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Data interrogation for Fabry-Perot whitelight interferometry
Author(s): Haiying Huang
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Paper Abstract

Among various optical fiber distance sensing techniques, optical fiber sensors based on white-light Fabry-Perot interferometry offer the simplest configuration, the highest sensitivity, and the most precise distance measurement. Because a whitelight interferometric sensor can overcome the directional ambiguity problem encountered by the other interferometric techniques, it is especially attractive for applications where absolute distance measurement is desired. However, conventional two-fringe matching data demodulation technique can induce a half wavelength error to the distance measurement. In this paper, we present an improved fringe matching data interrogation technique that can overcome this problem. The data interrogation scheme consists of two steps: a rough estimation of the distance and the phase shift using the two fringe matching technique and a more precise estimation of the distance and the phase shift using the correctional terms derived from the fringe difference. Simulation results indicate that the algorithm can converge to the correct distance with sub-Armstrong accuracy over a large dynamic range.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 April 2006
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6174, Smart Structures and Materials 2006: Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems, 617419 (11 April 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.660028
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Haiying Huang, Purdue Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6174:
Smart Structures and Materials 2006: Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems
Masayoshi Tomizuka; Chung-Bang Yun; Victor Giurgiutiu, Editor(s)

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