Optical fiber Fresnel reflection sensor for direct detection of the solid-liquid phase change in n-octadecane

Wei Han, Marek Rebow, Dejun Liu, Gerald Farrell, Yuliya Semenova, Qiang Wu

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Abstract

An all optical fiber Fresnel reflection sensor for detecting the solid-liquid phase change in n-octadecane is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. The sensor probe consists of a single-mode fiber with a cleaved end which is immersed in the material sample under test. As the n-octadecane changes from solid to liquid or from liquid to solid, its refractive index (RI) changes resulting in changes of the light power ratio reflected by the probe. Since the RI of n-octadecane during its phase transition changes discontinuously, inflection in the reflected light power ratio dependence indicates the phase change of the sample in the vicinity of the sensor probe. The results of this work suggest that such a simple optical fiber sensor can be used for detection of liquid-solid phase changes in other materials with similar to n-octadecane thermo-optic properties.
Original languageEnglish
Article number125107
JournalMeasurement Science and Technology
Volume29
Issue number12
Early online date23 Oct 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2018

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