Strain-Insensitive Biocompatible Temperature Sensor Based on DNA Solid Film on an Optical Microfiber

Sanggwon Song, Aeri Jung, Seongjin Hong, Kyunghwan Oh

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We demonstrated a biocompatible and highly sensitive temperature sensor using DNA-CTMA (DNA-Cetyl trimethyl ammonium) solid film deposited on micro-tapered fiber. The micro-tapered silica fiber provided a built-in interferometer that was inherently sensitive to the environment variation due to the enhancement of evanescent wave interaction. The tapered region was coated with DNA-CTMA film with a high thermo-optic coefficient enabling a high-temperature sensitivity higher than -0.9 nm/°C in the bio-medically important region from 35 to 80 °C in a water bath. The cross-sensitivity problem between the temperature-sensing and the strain-sensing was successfully resolved since the elastic properties of the DNA-CTMA film on the micro-tapered silica fiber resulted in a very low strain sensitivity of -7 pm mu varepsilon . Detailed procedures for device fabrication and optical characterization of the proposed device were described.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8886478
Pages (from-to)1925-1928
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Photonics Technology Letters
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Dec 15

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Manuscript received September 4, 2019; revised October 22, 2019; accepted October 24, 2019. Date of publication October 29, 2019; date of current version December 19, 2019.This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) Grant Funded by the Korean Government (MSIT) under Grant 2019R1A2C2011293. (Corresponding author: Kyunghwan Oh.) The authors are with the Photonic Device Physics Laboratory, Institute of Physics and Applied Physics, Yonsei University, Seoul 120-749, South Korea (e-mail:;;; Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/LPT.2019.2950039

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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