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An apparatus for intended use in measuring, sensing, or detecting a characteristic of a fluid, such as a liquid food product, is disclosed. The apparatus includes a body having a pocket for positioning adjacent to the opening in a pipe or like structure for receiving a portion of a fluid therein. In one possible use, a first optical medium, such as an optical fiber, transmits light from a source toward a portion of the fluid flow entering the pocket. Light received by one or more optical mediums positioned in backscatter, sidescatter, or transmission configurations relative to the first optical medium is detected by a corresponding sensor or detector. Using the output of this sensor or detector, an optical characteristic of the fluid may be measured. An overall system using the apparatus and related method for detecting an optical characteristic of a fluid are also disclosed.


University of Kentucky Research Foundation, Lexington, KY (US)

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