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Development of fiber optic gyroscopes for industrial and consumer applications
Author(s): Yukio Ikeda; Toshiya Yuhara; Tatsuya Kumagai; Hirokazu Soekawa; Hiroshi Kajioka
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Paper Abstract

This paper will present the current status of the fiber optic gyroscope (FOG), a ring interferometric rotation sensor for commercial applications by industries and consumers. An open-loop FOG with all polarization-maintaining fiber components is being used in these applications. One primary application is in vehicle navigation systems for automobiles, and a mass-produced has already been installed in luxury automobiles in Japan. Another application is in sweeper robots, Other applications such as a route-measuring system for boreholes, an attitude-controlling system for industrial helicopters, and an optocompass or north-seeking instrument will also be described. These FOGs are compact and reliable and need only a +12 V or a +24 V DC power source. This bias error is determined by the electrical system rather than the optical system and varies between 0.01 and 36 deg/h depending on the design of the signal-processing unit. The scale factor error varies between 0.1% and 1% also depending on the design, however, it is stable over the temperature range from -30 to 85 degree(s)C.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 January 1995
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 2349, Industrial Optical Sensors for Metrology and Inspection, (4 January 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.198700
Show Author Affiliations
Yukio Ikeda, Hitachi Cable, Ltd. (Japan)
Toshiya Yuhara, Hitachi Cable, Ltd. (Japan)
Tatsuya Kumagai, Hitachi Cable, Ltd. (Japan)
Hirokazu Soekawa, Hitachi Cable, Ltd. (Japan)
Hiroshi Kajioka, Hitachi Cable, Ltd. (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2349:
Industrial Optical Sensors for Metrology and Inspection
Kevin G. Harding; H. Philip Stahl, Editor(s)

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