Chemical and Biochemical Sensing with Optical Fibers and Waveguides / Edition 1

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The increasingly widespread use of optical chemical sensor technology has paved the way for a broad range of exciting new applications in areas such as medicine, biotechnology, remote control, and the environment. In fact, this technique is growing so rapidly that it has proven difficult to obtain updated reference material on the subject — until now.

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Summarizes the state of the art in waveguide-based chemical sensing and biosensing, drawing mostly on literature published between 1992 and 1995, somewhat to the neglect of the historical dimension of the field. Discusses the concepts of ionic and molecular recognition, optical chemoreception, and optical signal processing and optical electrical transduction. Applications are described in a separate section to be expanded for future editions; currently they include clinical diagnostics, in-vivo monitoring, environmental monitoring, process control, and networks. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780890067376
  • Publisher: Artech House, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 389
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Gilbert E. Boisdé is currently involved with active research in fiber optics, remote Spectometry, and physical and chemical sensors. With nearly 40 years of industry experience, he has written more than 60 technical papers and 5 book contributions, and holds 20 patents on the field of fiber optics. Dr. Boisdé received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Ecole Supérieure de Chimie de l'Université de Rennes (ENSCUR). Alan Harmer is director of Harmer and Associates, a consulting group involved in technology development, design and prototyping, and assessment studies. Holding advanced degrees in physics and electrical engineering from Oxford University and MIT respectively, he has published over 70 technical papers and holds 20 patents.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Historical Account of Fiber Optic Sensors. Definitions and Classes of Sensors. Importance and Role of Optical and Fiber Optic Sensors. Essential Theory in Optics: Light. Propagation of Light. Interference and Diffraction. Coherence. Polarization. Light Interaction with Matter. Signal Processing. Optical Components: Prisms and Gratings. Light Guides. Planar Waveguides. Integrated Optics. Specific Arrangements in Chemistry. Sources and Detectors. Other Components. Optical Sensing Techniques: Intensity Modulation. Refractometry. Interferometry. Spectometry. Luminescence. Polarimetry. Evanescence Spectroscopy. Reflectrometry.. Photoacoustic Techniques. Chemical and Biochemical Considerations: Acid-Base Reactions. Chemical Reactions Between Two Components. Chemical Reactions Multicomponents. Labeling Reagents. Catalytic Reactions (Enzymes). Analytical Specifications (Calibration, Precision, etc.). Immobilization Techniques. Biochemical Specifications. Photophysics and Photochemical Processes. Undesirable Effects. Dynamic Measurements and Photokinetics. Applications as Biosensors: Generalities. Clinical Analysis and Monitoring. Catalytic and Biocatalytic. Immunosensors. Biotechnology. Other Optodes for Medical Sensing (Temperature, etc.). Ions, Gas, and Environmental Sensors: Ions Sensors. Gas Sensors. Environmental Sensors. Process Control, and Other Sensors: Process Control and Remote On-Line Spectometry. Physico-Chemical Sensors. Solvents. Humidity. Other Applications (Agriculture, etc.). Networks: Multiplexing Techniques. Networks for Chemistry. Evaluation of Optical Sensors: Advantages and Disadvantages of Optical Sensing. Comparison with Other Techniques. Trends, Markets, Prospects.

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