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Optically powered sensors: are they really fiber optic sensors?
Author(s): Jan Gustav Werthen; A. G. Andersson; Ta-Chung Wu
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Paper Abstract

Optical power provides a novel and often superior way of delivering power to electronic sensors and transducers. Total immunity to lightning and other electromagnetic interference comes from the use of fiber optics to provide power and data communication. The key element in any optically powered sensor or transducer is a photovoltaic power converter developed by Photonic. This device converts light into electrical energy for powering of the sensor and associated circuitry. Pertinent design issues include, choice of light source, minimization of power consumption, single vs. dual fiber, data protocol and level of integration. In addition to a discussion of these issues, a brief outlook on the future of optically powered systems is presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 August 1996
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2872, Second Pacific Northwest Fiber Optic Sensor Workshop, (5 August 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.245576
Show Author Affiliations
Jan Gustav Werthen, Photonic Power Systems, Inc. (United States)
A. G. Andersson, Photonic Power Systems, Inc. (United States)
Ta-Chung Wu, Photonic Power Systems, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2872:
Second Pacific Northwest Fiber Optic Sensor Workshop
Eric Udd, Editor(s)

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