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September 2, 2009 Dr. Henry Du transforming conventional fiber-optics sensing approaches
Professor Henry Du, Director of the Chemical Engineering & Materials Science Department at Stevens Institute of Technology has received a significant NSF grant for his research entitled “Core-to-Cladding-to-Core Mode Coupling and Recoupling in Photonic Crystal Fiber with Long Period Gratings for Resonance Laser Absorption Spectroscopy.” Working with Dr. Dennis Trevor of OFS Laboratories in Somerset, NJ, this project holds the promise of radically changing conventional fiber optic-based sensing approaches with significantly improved sensitivity at reduced system complexity and cost.
This research will provide a foundation for the practical manipulation of novel fiber-optic sensing schemes. The potential impact is enormous, and successful completion could usher in a new sensing paradigm that fundamentally transforms the conventional fiber-optic evanescent field sensing approach.
This project will serve as an excellent opportunity for the training of doctoral students, provide valuable experiences for high school teachers and students in a frontier research area, and thanks to the university-industry partnership under NSF’s Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI), the research to market transfer utilization period is greatly enhanced.