Photonic skins for optical sensing: highlights of the PHOSFOS project

Francis Berghmans, Hugo Thienpont, Peter van Daele, Peter Dubruel, Waclaw Urbanczyk, J. Rayss, David J. Webb, J. Vlekken, Kyriacos Kalli, Kate Sugden

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PHOSFOS (Photonic Skins For Optical Sensing) is a research project funded by the European Commission's 7th Framework Programme. The project aims at developing a flexible and stretchable foil that integrates highly advanced optical fibre sensing elements as well as optical and electrical powering functionalities and read-out of the sensors. This skin-like foil can be wrapped around or attached to irregularly shaped objects or bodies and will allow quasi-distributed sensing of mechanical quantities such as deformation and pressure. The applications targeted can be found in the fields of structural health monitoring and healthcare.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication20th International Conference on Optical Fibre Sensors
EditorsJulian D.C. Jones, et al
Place of PublicationBellingham, WA (US)
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)978-0-8194-7814-6
Publication statusPublished - 5 Oct 2009
Event20th International Conference on Optical Fibre Sensors - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 Oct 20099 Oct 2009

Publication series

NameSPIE Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)2410-9045


Conference20th International Conference on Optical Fibre Sensors
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
OtherThe International Conference on ‘Optical Fibre Sensors’ is acknowledged as the world’s leading conference on all topics related to fibre-optic, guided-wave and optical sensing devices, systems, theories and techniques for research and applications.

Bibliographical note

F. Berghmans; H. Thienpont; P. Van Daele; P. Dubruel; W. Urbanczyk; J. Rayss; D. J. Webb; J. Vlekken; K. Kalli and K. Sugden. "Photonic skins for optical sensing: highlights of the PHOSFOS Project", Proc. SPIE 7503, 20th International Conference on Optical Fibre Sensors, 75030B (October 05, 2009).

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  • flexible electronics
  • optical fibre sensor
  • photonic crystal fibre
  • polymer optical fibre


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