Detection of solvents using a distributed fibre optic sensor

A. MacLean, C. Moran, W. Johnstone, B. Culshaw, D. Marsh, P. Parker

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A fibre optic sensor that is capable of distributed detection of liquid solvents is presented. Sensor interrogation using optical time domain reflectometry (OTDR) provides the capability of locating solvent spills to a precision of ±2 m over a total sensor length that may extend to 20 km.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1237-1238
Number of pages2
JournalElectronics Letters
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 21 Aug 2003


  • fibre optics
  • liquid solvents
  • optical time
  • reflectometry

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