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Optical voltage sensors: principle, problem and research proposal
Author(s): Changsheng Li
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Paper Abstract

Sensing principles and main problems to be solved for optical voltage sensors are briefly reviewed. Optical effects used for voltage sensing usually include electro-optic Pockels and Kerr effects, electro-gyration effect, elasto-optical effect, and electroluminescent effects, etc. In principle, typical optical voltage sensor is based on electro-optic Pockels crystals and closed-loop signal detection scheme. Main problems to be solved for optical voltage sensors include: how to remove influence of unwanted multiple optical effects on voltage sensing performance; how to select or develop a proper voltage sensing material and element; how to keep optical phase bias to be stable under temperature fluctuation and vibration; how to achieve dc voltage sensing, etc. In order to suppress the influence of unwanted optical effects and light beam coupling-related loss on voltage sensing signals, we may pay more attention to all-fiber and waveguide voltage sensors. Voltage sensors based on electroluminescent effects are also promising in some application fields due to their compact configuration, low cost and potential long-term reliability.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 October 2016
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10158, Optical Communication, Optical Fiber Sensors, and Optical Memories for Big Data Storage, 101581N (25 October 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2248375
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Changsheng Li, BeiHang Univ. (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10158:
Optical Communication, Optical Fiber Sensors, and Optical Memories for Big Data Storage

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