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Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Soda-Straw-Like Fiber Optic Sensors
At Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), researcher Jonathan Weiss, nicknamed the "light wizard," uses inexpensive soda-straw-like glass tubes for solving a variety of sensing problems. His twelve patents cover areas such as detecting if a car battery is about to die or if dangerous chemical materials are about to escape from a landfill into groundwater.

He also developed a sensor which can tell the difference between two liquids in a container. This could be used by oil companies which need to safely determine when to stop pumping oil from the ground before water invades a tank. This market represents about $750 million per year and these sensors should be available in two years according to an interesting story from the Albuquerque Tribune, "Bright Idea: Random chat leads to sensor pact."

Apparently, Weiss found an industrial partner for SNL on a flight between Albuquerque and New York. This overview is focused on this fiber optic sensor.
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