Plastic optical fiber systems can be configured for a wide variety of measurement applications and environments.
Applications include temperature, pressure, flex, strain, rotation, movement, and chemical composition. Most fiber optic sensor configurations are based on Fabry-Perot, Mach-Zehnder, Michelson, or Sagnac interferometric systems with fiber specialized for the specific application. More about these sensors can be read about in the following paper published in 2012, http://www.mdpi.com/1424-8220/12/3/2467/htm.
Because of its large core, POF can withstand shock, vibration, and bends much better than the glass equivalent. Fiber’s resistance to electromagnetic interference and ability to be placed without high current or voltage allows fiber sensors to be used in sensitive environments copper cannot.