BRAGG Photonics, Fibre Grating Technology, and Tuilaser, represented by Lastek , have jointly launched a new product family, the Starter Kit, to extend the fibre grating technology platform for the sensor industries.
Fibre gratings have been known to revolutionise optical communication, multiplexing and demultiplexing many channels in the same fibre strand.
In the past few years, fibre gratings have been deployed in volume in such applications as pumps stabiliser/lockers, DWDM filters, Gain flat filters for amplifiers and dispersion compensators for high speed optical network.
"Few people know that fibre gratings in the form of an array can be used for the distributed sensing of critical civil structures, like bridges, tunnels and dams," Dr Peter Chan, manager for sensor solutions at BRAGG Photonics, said.
"The cost of fibre grating sensors is rapidly approaching that of strain gauges, that is if one looks at cost of ownership and use."
The Starter Kit is an introductory level system targeted at research institutes, universities, and technical colleged interested in training, finding out more about the technology, and doing rapid prototype for novel sensor applications, such as bio-sensor, aero-engineering and medical applications.
Each Starter Kit contains everything needed to start writing, complete with photosensitive fibres and phase masks. Other options are available for more complex devices.