Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE)


Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering

First Advisor

Otto Gregory

Second Advisor

Tao Wei


The purpose of the thesis was to establish a methodology for designing and implementing an intrinsic sensing approach to monitor the health of polymeric seals. The experimental design and modeling presented within was the basis for optical sensing of polymers, although the quantification of properties and results will depend on the polymer used. The optical properties of translucent polymers were investigated as a function of plasma-exposure time, and the optical property changes were used for sensing. Light intensity was calculated theoretically and experimentally verified for two translucent polymers across the visible spectrum (400 - 700 nm) at different incident angles.

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