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Distributed polarimetric optical fiber sensor using a tunable semiconductor laser
Author(s): Adam Mazikowski; Henryk J. Wierzba; Pawel Wierzba
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Paper Abstract

The widespread migration to the Wavelength Division Multiplexing telecommunication systems stimulates the demand for tunable external cavity semiconductor lasers used for production testing and maintenance purposes. As these lasers have a coherence length of hundreds meters and their prices are continually decreasing, it can be predicted that these lasers will soon be commonly used as a source in interferometric and polarimetric sensors. In this paper we present the theoretical description of a distribution optical fiber sensor using polarization mode coupling in a polarization maintaining optical fiber. The performance of the sensor using a tunable semiconductor laser is analyzed and the possible applications of this type of sensor are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 April 1999
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 3730, Optoelectronic and Electronic Sensors III, (30 April 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.346871
Show Author Affiliations
Adam Mazikowski, Technical Univ. of Gdansk (Poland)
Henryk J. Wierzba, Technical Univ. of Gdansk (Poland) and Technical Univ. of Koszalin (Poland)
Pawel Wierzba, Technical Univ. of Gdansk (Poland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3730:
Optoelectronic and Electronic Sensors III
Antoni Nowakowski; Bogdan Chachulski, Editor(s)

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