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New ring resonator gyroscope utilizing a double cavity and a low coherence length source
Author(s): Andre Booysen; Pieter L. Swart; Stephanus J. Spammer; Johan Meyer
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Paper Abstract

A novel configuration for an all-fiber ring resonator gyroscope utilizing a double cavity and a short-coherence-length light source is presented here. The gyroscope can achieve a higher finesse than a Sagnac interferometer resulting in higher sensitivity as a result of multiple path interferences. The sensitivity can be increased further by the insertion of an optical amplifier which compensates for attenuation in the fiber ring. The proposed instrument makes use of fewer components than other low-coherence-length, high-finesse gyroscopes based on a combination of the Sagnac interferometer and ring resonator. Simple phase-tracking techniques can be used to determine the rotation rate. A light-emitting diode is used as light source in order to reduce noise that results from coherent Rayleigh back scattering, the Kerr effect, and dc phase bias shifts. The proposed gyroscope can be made polarization insensitive by employing a Faraday rotator mirror.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 March 1994
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2070, Fiber Optic and Laser Sensors XI, (9 March 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.169905
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Andre Booysen, Rand Afrikaans Univ. (South Africa)
Pieter L. Swart, Rand Afrikaans Univ. (South Africa)
Stephanus J. Spammer, Rand Afrikaans Univ. (South Africa)
Johan Meyer, Rand Afrikaans Univ. (South Africa)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2070:
Fiber Optic and Laser Sensors XI
Ramon P. DePaula, Editor(s)

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