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Wavelength Monitors for Optical Sensing Applications

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Optical sensors have many advantages, but before they can compete effectively in the $50 billion global sensor market, their prices have to drop.

Peter Kiesel, Oliver Schmidt and Noble Johnson, Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) Inc.

Many new applications of optical sensors have emerged in recent years. The automotive sector is creating demands for robust and advanced optical sensing as optical information processing expands into the next generation of automobiles. Optical sensors are widely used in monitoring the condition of civil structures, as well as in biological, chemical and environmental applications. In comparison with their electronic counterparts, optical sensors offer many distinct advantages. They are sensitive, allow for remote and distributed sensing, can be used in harsh environments and are immune to...Read full article

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