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Comparative analysis of the DFB fiber laser and fiber-optic interferometric strain sensors
Author(s): G. A. Cranch; G. M. H. Flockhart; C. K. Kirkendall
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Paper Abstract

The DFB fiber laser strain sensor is shown to provide an improvement in the minimum detectable length change by a factor of 275 at 2 kHz for an applied strain when compared with an interferometric sensor interrogated by an equivalent DFB laser. This corresponds to a strain resolution enhancement by a factor of 18, if the strain is applied over a 10cm length of fiber. The ability of the fiber laser sensor to operate in its thermodynamic noise limit is shown to be the primary reason for this enhanced sensitivity. Thermodynamically limited noise performance is demonstrated with three interrogation methods.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 July 2007
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 6619, Third European Workshop on Optical Fibre Sensors, 66192C (2 July 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.738561
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G. A. Cranch, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
SFA Inc. (United States)
G. M. H. Flockhart, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
SFA Inc. (United States)
C. K. Kirkendall, Naval Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6619:
Third European Workshop on Optical Fibre Sensors
Antonello Cutolo; Brian Culshaw; José Miguel López-Higuera, Editor(s)

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