Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Novel optical fibers in life sciences

Overall Course Objectives

This course introduces the basic steps in fabrication techniques of novel optical fibers suitable for life science applications such as neuro-stimulation using multi-functional optical fibers, bio-sensing using polymer optical fibers, and non-destructive bio-imaging of skin cancer enabled by optical fiber based supercontinuum generation. As a part of the lectures the students have the chance to meet and discuss with medical research collaborators such as Bisbebjerg Hospital and industrial partners such as SHUTE Sensing solutions A/S.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the main optical materials for the fabrication of infrared and polymer fibers.
  • Describe the main fiber fabrication approaches based on stack-and-draw method, extrusion, rod-in-tube, etc.
  • Explain the main properties, advantages and limitations of chalcogenide glasses and polymer materials for optical fiber production..
  • Fabrication of canes/fibers using the draw tower
  • Describe the sensing mechanism in Optical Fiber Bragg Grating sensors and design a fiber sensor with Bragg resonance at visible and near-infrared region.
  • Fabrication of Bragg grating in polymer optical fiber.
  • Connectrorization of polymer optical fibres for real world sensing applications.
  • Characterize the sensing performance of polymer optical Fiber Bragg Grating sensor.
  • Explain the physics of Fourier domain optical coherence tomography (OCT).
  • Explain the utility of OCT in the context of skin cancer diagnosis.
  • Demonstrate 3D in-depth visualization of her/his own skin using a state-of-the-art OCT system and student-tailored software.

Course Content

Chalcogenide glasses and polymer materials, design of novel optical fibers, fabrication techniques of state-of-the-art fiber structures, Fiber Bragg Grating sensors and devices, Optical Coherence Tomography

Recommended prerequisites

Teaching Method

Lectures and exercises

Limited number of seats

Minimum: 5.

Please be aware that this course will only be held if the required minimum number of participants is met. You will be informed 8 days before the start of the course, whether the course will be held.

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13 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 34440
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 35
Semester end Week 48
Days Mon 13-17

7.500,00 DKK

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