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Optical fiber-based liquid level sensor. Chandani, Sameer M.; Jaeger, Nicolas A. F.


A liquid level sensor based on etched D-shaped silica optical fibers is presented. The optical transmission of the sensor depends on the liquid level. The sensor can be realized as a continuous level sensor with a high resolution and requires only one fiber and one optical source and detector. We have demonstrated a sensor with a resolution of ~ 1 mm. The sensor works for liquids with refractive indices greater than ~ 1.45. We show that the sensor response is the same for increasing and decreasing liquid levels. Copyright 2007 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers. One print or electronic copy may be made for personal use only. Systematic reproduction and distribution, duplication of any material in this paper for a fee or for commercial purposes, or modification of the content of the paper are prohibited.

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