Fiber-optic sensing: a historical perspective

B. Culshaw, A. Kersey

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Sensing via fiber optics has occupied R&D groups for over 40 years, and some important transitions into the commercial sector have been achieved. We look at the fundamental concepts involved in the various sensing approaches, and the differentiators which have led to commercial impact. We also look to the future of fiber-optic sensors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1064-1078
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Lightwave Technology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - May 2008


  • distributed sensors
  • fiber-optic sensors
  • gyroscopes
  • hydrophones
  • sensor applications
  • sensor components
  • sensor markets
  • commercial sector
  • fiber optic sensor
  • historical perspective
  • research and development groups

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