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Error compensation via signal correlation in high-precision closed-loop fiber optic gyros
Author(s): Guenter Spahlinger; Manfred W. Kemmler; Markus Ruf; Mauricio A. Ribes; Steffen Zimmermann
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Paper Abstract

Fiber optic gyroscopes (FOGs) are preferably driven as closed-loop controlled systems, if linearity and dynamic range are of major concern. Proper modulation of the Sagnac interferometer (SIF) feedback signal is necessary to minimize low frequency signal perturbation and to reliably detect luminance intensity in the linear regions of the sinusoidal Sagnac phase to intensity mapping. Deterministic modulation however, is accompanied by well known 'dead zones' and bias errors due to unavoidable crosstalk between the modulator and the optical detector. In the paper we propose a high precision closed-loop FOG system with deadbeat control and pseudorandom modulation of the SIF feedback signal. The random modulation principle completely eliminates 'dead zones' in the detection of small rotation rates, and bears an inherent potential for compensation and control of several error sources encountered in non-ideal systems by means of signal correlation. The principle of correlation based control is introduced in a general context and applied to a set of dedicated control loops within the proposed closed-loop FOG. Results obtained form several prototype realizations of the correlation controlled high precision FOG indicate a potential for bias error reduction by two orders of magnitude and considerable decrease in random walk.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 November 1996
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2837, Fiber Optic Gyros: 20th Anniversary Conference, (12 November 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.258182
Show Author Affiliations
Guenter Spahlinger, LITEF GmbH (Germany)
Manfred W. Kemmler, LITEF GmbH (Germany)
Markus Ruf, LITEF GmbH (Germany)
Mauricio A. Ribes, LITEF GmbH (Germany)
Steffen Zimmermann, LITEF GmbH (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2837:
Fiber Optic Gyros: 20th Anniversary Conference
Eric Udd; Herve C. Lefevre; Kazuo Hotate, Editor(s)

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