Light on physics and math, with a heavy focus on practical applications, Optical, Acoustic, Magnetic, and Mechanical Sensor Technologies discusses the developments necessary to realize the growth of truly integrated sensors for use in physical, biological, optical, and chemical sensing, as well as future micro- and nanotechnologies.

Used to pick up sound, movement, and optical or magnetic signals, portable and lightweight sensors are perpetually in demand in consumer electronics, biomedical engineering, military applications, and a wide range of other sectors. However, despite extensive existing developments in computing and communications for integrated microsystems, we are only just now seeing real transformational changes in sensors, which are critical to conducting so many advanced, integrated tasks.

This book is designed in two sections—Optical and Acoustic Sensors and Magnetic and Mechanical Sensors—that address the latest developments in sensors.

The first part covers:

  • Optical and acoustic sensors, particularly those based on polymer optical fibers
  • Potential of integrated optical biosensors and silicon photonics
  • Luminescent thermometry and solar cell analyses
  • Description of research from United States Army Research Laboratory on sensing applications using photoacoustic spectroscopy
  • Advances in the design of underwater acoustic modems

The second discusses:

  • Magnetic and mechanical sensors, starting with coverage of magnetic field scanning
  • Some contributors’ personal accomplishments in combining MEMS and CMOS technologies for artificial microsystems used to sense airflow, temperature, and humidity
  • MEMS-based micro hot-plate devices
  • Vibration energy harvesting with piezoelectric MEMS
  • Self-powered wireless sensing

As sensors inevitably become omnipresent elements in most aspects of everyday life, this book assesses their massive potential in the development of interfacing applications for various areas of product design and sciences—including electronics, photonics, mechanics, chemistry, and biology, to name just a few.

part 1|1 pages

Optical and Acoustic Sensors

chapter 1|24 pages

Optical Fiber Sensors

ByRogério Nogueira, Lúcia Bilro, Nélia Alberto, Hugo Lima, João Lemos Pinto

chapter 2|18 pages

Sensors Based on Polymer Optical Fibers

Microstructured and Solid Fibers
ByChristian-Alexander Bunge, Hans Poisel

chapter 3|33 pages

Label-Free Biosensors for Biomedical Applications

The Potential of Integrated Optical Biosensors and Silicon Photonics
ByJeffrey W. Chamberlain, Daniel M. Ratner

chapter 4|27 pages

Luminescent Thermometry for Sensing Rapid Thermal Profiles in Fires and Explosions

ByJoseph J. Talghader, Merlin L. Mah

chapter 6|36 pages

Sensing Applications Using Photoacoustic Spectroscopy

ByEllen L. Holthoff, Paul M. Pellegrino

chapter 7|36 pages

Design of a Low-Cost Underwater Acoustic Modem

ByBridget Benson, Ryan Kastner

part 2|1 pages

Magnetic and Mechanical Sensors

chapter 8|30 pages

Accurate Scanning of Magnetic Fields

ByHendrik Husstedt, Udo Ausserlechner, Manfred Kaltenbacher

chapter 9|14 pages

Artificial Microsystems for Sensing Airflow, Temperature, and Humidity by Combining MEMS and CMOS Technologies

ByNicolas André, Laurent A. Francis, Bertrand Rue, Denis Flandre, Jean-Pierre Raskin

chapter 10|24 pages

Microelectromechanical System-Based Micro Hot-Plate Devices

ByJürgen Hildenbrand, Andreas Greiner, Jan G. Korvink

chapter 11|34 pages

Vibration Energy Harvesting with Piezoelectric Microelectromechanical Systems

ByMarcin Marzencki, Skandar Basrour

chapter 12|20 pages

Self-Powered Wireless Sensing in Ground Transport Applications

ByAnurag Kasyap, Alexander Edrington