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Fiber Bragg grating sensors
Author(s): Mark Volanthen; Harald Geiger; Keith J. Trundle; John P. Dakin
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Paper Abstract

Three different fiber sensor systems using gratings are presented. Firstly, using an acousto-optic tunable filter and closed loop feedback, arrays of fiber Bragg gratings are being used to monitor small-scale perturbations in composite materials by mapping the strain field around a defect. Gratings are also used as distributed sensors by measuring the wavelength as a function of distance. Low-coherence interferometry selects the location under interrogation and a tunable filter measures the local wavelength. An open loop interrogation technique using a commercially available optical coherence domain reflectometer is demonstrated. The reflectivity of the sensor grating is measured as a function of both distance and wavelength. Gratings 40 cm long are interrogated and several distributed grating sensors are multiplexed in an array. Thirdly, a new sensing concept using subcarrier fiber gratings (SFGs) has been proposed and modelled. The SFG is a periodic reflective array resonant at RF frequencies. The resonance may be measured using subcarrier interferometry. Modelling has demonstrated the SFG to have superior performance over other subcarrier sensors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 1997
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3099, Micro-optical Technologies for Measurement, Sensors, and Microsystems II and Optical Fiber Sensor Technologies and Applications, (24 September 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.281245
Show Author Affiliations
Mark Volanthen, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)
Harald Geiger, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)
Keith J. Trundle, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)
John P. Dakin, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3099:
Micro-optical Technologies for Measurement, Sensors, and Microsystems II and Optical Fiber Sensor Technologies and Applications
Olivier M. Parriaux; Ernst-Bernhard Kley; Brian Culshaw; Magnus Breidne, Editor(s)

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