Fibre optics, good for the internet, amazing for sensing
Fibre optic are well known for their optical light guiding properties. Nearly a million of miles of fibre optics run all across the globe allowing fast high bandwidth data communication. However, fibre optics also have a wide array of properties which make them ideal as sensor platforms. Application range from measuring the rate of explosive wave propagation through buildings, radiation resistant hydrogen sensors and subsurface crude oil detection. This talk aims to explain the mechanisms and physics behind fibre optic sensors and highlight some of the various uses of fibre optics as sensor platforms for both physical and chemical measurands.