Europium complex-based thermochromic sensor for integration in plastic optical fibres

  • Lopez I
  • Luisa Mendonça A
  • Fernandes M
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Abstract

We report on a new thermochromic material containing a europium complex for thermal sensing through its fluorescence response to temperature. The ratio between the strong luminescence peak of europium (III) and a side band emission is employed as a new probe for optical sensing of temperature. The ratio is observed to follow an Arrhenius-type dependence with temperature. Based on these results we developed a thermal probe based on a segment of luminescent thermometer optically cemented to the tip of a PMMA fibre. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Arrhenius
  • Europium
  • Fluorescence
  • Sensors
  • Thermochromism

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