We report the experimental investigation of the sensitivity characteristics to the surrounding refractive index (SRI) in thinned long period gratings (LPGs) for a wide range of fiber diameters and different low-orders cladding modes. Wet chemical etching combined with microscopic and spectral analysis allow us to experimentally retrieve the SRI sensitivity characteristics of thinned LPGs. The obtained results allow us to identify accurately the dependence of the sensitivity characteristics on the fiber radius, taking into account the SRI range and the order mode. This provides a useful tool to identify the thinned structure able to fulfill the sensitivity requirements by maintaining an acceptable robustness level.
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