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Novel fiber optic sensor array based on the Sagnac interferometer
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Paper Abstract

We present a novel concept for an acoustic fiber sensor array based on the Sagnac interferometer. Its characteristics and performance are analyzed theoretically and shown to be superior in several important areas to standard sensor arrays based on Mach-Zehnder (MZ) interferometers. In particular, the Sagnac sensor array (SSA) exhibits a stable bias point, a reduced conversion of source phase noise into intensity noise, a frequency response matched to the ambient ocean noise (of relevance for underwater acoustic sensing), and freedom from polarization-induced signal fading. The dynamic range of the SSA can also be easily designed to far exceed the dynamic range of a MZSA.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 December 1999
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3860, Fiber Optic Sensor Technology and Applications, (9 December 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.372969
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Benjamin J. Vakoc, Stanford Univ. (United States)
Michel J. F. Digonnet, Stanford Univ. (United States)
Gordon S. Kino, Stanford Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3860:
Fiber Optic Sensor Technology and Applications
Michael A. Marcus; Brian Culshaw, Editor(s)

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