Photonic materials for holographic sensing

Monika Zawadzka, Tatsiana Mikulchyk, Dervil Cody, Suzanne Martin, Ali Kemal Yetisen, Juan Leonardo Martinez-Hurtado, Haider Butt, Emilia Mihaylova, Hussein Awala, Svetlana Mintova, Seok Hyun Yun, Izabela Naydenova

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Holography is a practical approach to fabricating optical sensors for applications in the detection of chemical analytes and physical changes. Holographic sensors incorporate diffraction gratings within functionalized polymers or natural organic polymer matrices, that allow indirect optical measurements of physical and chemical stimuli. The advantages of holographic sensors over other optical sensors are the ability to produce three-dimensional (3D) images and amenability to mass manufacturing at low-cost. The aim of this chapter is to (1) describe the principle of operation of holographic sensors (2) describe the holographic recording techniques used for their fabrication (3) discuss approaches to preparing recording media and overview strategies of their functionalization in order to obtain stimuli responsive devices, and (4) highlight emerging applications in environmental sensing and point-of-care diagnostics. Particular emphasis is put on the photonic materials used for holographic sensors recording and the different approaches used for their functionalization with the view of how this can be used to improve sensors sensitivity, selectivity and response time. The main challenges in holographic sensors research and possible solutions to these challenges are outlined.

Original languageBritish English
Title of host publicationSpringer Series in Materials Science
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages45
StatePublished - 2015

Publication series

NameSpringer Series in Materials Science
ISSN (Print)0933-033X


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