Gian-Luca Bona

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Long-term monitoring with optical fibers has moved into the focus of attention due to the applicability for medical measurements. Within this Review, setups of flexible, unobtrusive body-monitoring systems based on optical fibers and the respective measured vital parameters are in focus. Optical principles are discussed as well as the interaction of light(More)
In this paper, a textile-based respiratory sensing system is presented. Highly flexible polymeric optical fibres (POFs) that react to applied pressure were integrated into a carrier fabric to form a wearable sensing system. After the evaluation of different optical fibres, different setups were compared. To demonstrate the feasibility of such a wearable(More)
To reduce the coupling loss of a fiber-to-ridge waveguide connection, a planar silica spot-size converter for a wavelength of 1.55 m is implemented in the form of a nonperiodic segmented waveguide structure with irregular tapering. A simple single-step lithography process is sufficient for the fabrication of the planar structures. An evolutionary algorithm(More)
The rapidly growing optical communication market requires photonic components with ever-increasing functionality and complexity that can be fabricated reliably at low cost. Of the various approaches used to fabricate photonic components, those based on planar waveguides have achieved high performance and represent a promising path toward compact integration(More)
We report on the fabrication of a grating-based add–drop filter in SiON planar waveguide technology. We achieved apodization of the Bragg grating by concatenating subgratings with various duty cycles. We present the theoretical and experimental dependence of the coupling coefficient on the duty cycle, which leads to a minimum coupling coefficient of 30%.(More)
In this paper, different polymer optical fibres for applications in force sensing systems in textile fabrics are reported. The proposed method is based on the deflection of the light in fibre waveguides. Applying a force on the fibre changes the geometry and affects the wave guiding properties and hence induces light loss in the optical fibre. Fibres out of(More)
We demonstrate a reliable fabrication method to produce plasmonic dipole nanoantennas with gap values in the range of 3.5-20 nm. The method combines electron beam lithography to create gold nanorods and helium focused ion beam milling to cut the gaps. Results show a reproducibility within 1 nm. Scattering spectra of antennas show a red shift of resonance(More)
In this paper, a textile-based sensing principle for long term photopletysmography (PPG) monitoring is presented. Optical fibers were embroidered into textiles such that out-coupling and in-coupling of light was possible. The "light-in light-out" properties of the textile enabled the spectroscopic characterization of human tissue. For the optimization of(More)
Studying and understanding the conditions under which organic semiconductors can be engineered to form aligned single crystals in thin films is of primary importance owing to their unique orientation-dependent optoelectronic properties. Efforts to reach this goal by self-assembly from solution-processed films have been rewarded only with limited success. In(More)
We study the effect of a spiral corrugation on the outer surface of a fully metal-coated scanning near-field optical microscopy (SNOM) probe using the finite element method. The introduction of a novel form of asymmetry, devoid of any preferential spatial direction and covering the whole angular range of the originally axisymmetric tip, allows attaining(More)