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Susana Silva is graduated in Applied Physics from the University of Porto, Portugal. She received the Ph.D. degree in Physics at the University of Porto, Portugal, on optical fiber sensors for refractive index and gas sensing. She is currently an R&D Researcher at the Center for Applied Photonics at INESC TEC. In the last few years, S. Silva has published more than 50 papers in international journals. S. Silva received the prize for best PhD Theses in Optics and Photonics of 2013. Her field of expertise is the fabrication of optical fiber sensors for monitoring of physical parameters. Her current research interests are optical sensors for biomedical applications and distributed fiber optic sensing for biodiversity applications.

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  • Name

    Susana Oliveira Silva
  • Role

    Assistant Researcher
  • Since

    01st March 2005
  • Nationality

    Portugal
  • Centre

    Applied Photonics
  • Contacts

    +351220402301
    susana.o.silva@inesctec.pt
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Publications

2024

Linear Fiber Laser Configurations for Optical Concentration Sensing in Liquid Solutions

Authors
Soares, L; Pérez Herrera, RA; Novais, S; Ferreira, A; Silva, S; Frazão, O;

Publication

Abstract
In this study, different configurations based on linear fiber lasers were proposed and experimentally demonstrated to measure the concentration of paracetamol liquid solutions in a range of 52.61 to 201.33 g/kg. The optical gain was provided by a commercial bidirectional Erbium-Doped Fiber Amplifier (EDFA) and the linear cavity was obtained using two commercial Fiber Bragg Gratings (FBGs). The main difference of each configuration was the coupling ratio of the optical coupler used to extract the system signal. The sensing head corresponded to a Single-Mode Fiber (SMF) tip that worked as an intensity sensor. The results reveal that, despite the optical coupler used (50:50, 60:40, 70:30 or 80:20), all the configurations reached the laser condition, however, the concentration sensing was only possible using a laser drive current near to the threshold value. The configurations using a 70:30 and an 80:20 optical coupler allowed to perform paracetamol concentration measurements with a higher sensitivity of (-3.00±0.24) pW/(g/kg). In terms of resolution, the highest value obtained was 1.75 g/kg, when it was extracted 20% of the output power to the linear cavity fiber laser configuration.

2024

Enhanced Sensitivity in Optical Sensors through Self-Image Theory and Graphene Oxide Coating

Authors
Cunha, C; Monteiro, C; Vaz, A; Silva, S; Frazao, O; Novais, S;

Publication
SENSORS

Abstract
This paper presents an approach to enhancing sensitivity in optical sensors by integrating self-image theory and graphene oxide coating. The sensor is specifically engineered to quantitatively assess glucose concentrations in aqueous solutions that simulate the spectrum of glucose levels typically encountered in human saliva. Prior to sensor fabrication, the theoretical self-image points were rigorously validated using Multiphysics COMSOL 6.0 software. Subsequently, the sensor was fabricated to a length corresponding to the second self-image point (29.12 mm) and coated with an 80 mu m/mL graphene oxide film using the Layer-by-Layer technique. The sensor characterization in refractive index demonstrated a wavelength sensitivity of 200 +/- 6 nm/RIU. Comparative evaluations of uncoated and graphene oxide-coated sensors applied to measure glucose in solutions ranging from 25 to 200 mg/dL showed an eightfold sensitivity improvement with one bilayer of Polyethyleneimine/graphene. The final graphene oxide-based sensor exhibited a sensitivity of 10.403 +/- 0.004 pm/(mg/dL) and demonstrated stability with a low standard deviation of 0.46 pm/min and a maximum theoretical resolution of 1.90 mg/dL.

2023

Measurement of Paracetamol Concentration Using an Erbium-Doped Fiber Ring Cavity

Authors
Soares, L; Perez Herrera, RA; Novais, S; Ferreira, A; Silva, S; Frazao, O;

Publication
PHOTONICS

Abstract
Process Analytical Technology (PAT) has been increasingly used in the pharmaceutical industry to monitor essential parameters in real-time during pharmaceutical processes. The concentration of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs), such as paracetamol, is one of these parameters, and controlling its variations allows for optimization of the production process. In this study, a refractometric sensor, implemented by an interrogation system based on an Erbium-Doped Fiber Ring Cavity (EDFRC), was presented and experimentally demonstrated. The Cavity Ring proposed included a 1 x 3 coupler. One port of the coupler was used to increase the optical power of the system through a Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG), and the other two ports were used as sensing head and reference. The sensor detected variations of paracetamol concentration with a sensitivity of [(-1.00 +/- 0.05) x 10(-3)] nW/(g/kg) and a resolution of 5.53 g/kg. The results demonstrate the potential of this technology as a possible non-invasive PAT tool.

2023

Fiber Loop Mirror Based on Optical Fiber Circulator for Sensing Applications

Authors
Robalinho, P; Soares, B; Lobo, A; Silva, S; Frazao, O;

Publication
SENSORS

Abstract
In this paper, a different Fiber Loop Mirror (FLM) configuration with two circulators is presented. This configuration is demonstrated and characterized for sensing applications. This new design concept was used for strain and torsion discrimination. For strain measurement, the interference fringe displacement has a sensitivity of (0.576 +/- 0.009) pm.mu epsilon(-1). When the FFT (Fast Fourier Transformer) is calculated and the frequency shift and signal amplitude are monitored, the sensitivities are (-2.1 +/- 0.3) x 10(-4) nm(-1) mu epsilon(-1) and (4.9 +/- 0.3) x 10(-7) mu epsilon(-1), respectively. For the characterization in torsion, an FFT peaks variation of (-2.177 +/- 0.002) x 10(-12) nm(-1)/degrees and an amplitude variation of (1.02 +/- 0.06) x 10(-3)/degrees are achieved. This configuration allows the use of a wide range of fiber lengths and with different refractive indices for controlling the free spectral range (FSR) and achieving refractive index differences, i.e., birefringence, higher than 10(-2), which is essential for the development of high sensitivity physical parameter sensors, such as operating on the Vernier effect. Furthermore, this FLM configuration allows the system to be balanced, which is not possible with traditional FLMs.

2023

Erbium-doped fiber ring cavity for the measurement of refractive index variations

Authors
Perez Herrera, RA; Soares, L; Novais, S; Frazão, O; Silva, S;

Publication
Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering

Abstract

Supervised
thesis

2022

Automatic Categorization of Health-related Messages in Online Health Communities

Author
João Paulo Gomes Torres Abelha

Institution
UP-FEUP

2022

Collaborative platform for soundwalks to improve health literacy and communication

Author
João Paulo Monteiro Leite

Institution
UP-FEUP

2022

Augmented Reality in Industrial Equipment

Author
João Pedro Pinheiro de Lacerda Campos

Institution
UP-FEUP

2022

Deep Implicit Representations in Autonomous Driving

Author
João Pedro Pinto Mota

Institution
UP-FEUP

2022

Object Selection in DeskVR

Author
João Miguel dos Santos de Lima Monteiro

Institution
UP-FEUP