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Phase demodulation scheme for long-distance distributed Mach-Zehnder interferometer
Author(s): Chun Zhan; Jianmin Wang; Ying Zhan; Junguo Yuan
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Paper Abstract

A phase demodulation scheme of interferometic distributed optic fiber sensor (DOFS) for strain and vibrations measurement is proposed in this paper. We discuss the principles of interferometic DOFS based on long-length MZI, and present the preliminary results on the application of distributed optic fiber sensor for the measurements of distributed signals in long-distance region. And illustrate important points in regard to the phase demodulation. The system is all fiber and uses a 3×3 coupler for phase demodulation. Parameters such as strain sensitivity, transverse strain sensitivity, failure strain, and frequency response are discussed. In addition, this technique can yield a large dynamic range with phase amplitudes for its symmetry. The high speed digital processing (DSP) technology is used in the sensor system, which can carry out all operations in real time and promote the resolution of localization. The hardware design of phase demodulation scheme of the sensor is completed and the experimental results are obtained. The new scheme greatly reduces the complexity of practical fiber interferometers and an experimental setup has been implemented to demonstrate its expected merits. The interferometic DOFS has better sensitivity and resolution than the others. In theoretic, it allows fully distributed strain, vibration and acoustic wave measurement over a sensing length of tens of kilometer. At the time of writing, the system is only partially completed; therefore the content of this paper will focus on the principle of distributed optical fiber sensor. The results mainly are presented in laboratory.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 March 2008
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6621, International Symposium on Photoelectronic Detection and Imaging 2007: Photoelectronic Imaging and Detection, 662123 (3 March 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.790981
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Chun Zhan, Jiangxi Science and Technology Normal Univ. (China)
Jianmin Wang, Jiangxi Science and Technology Normal Univ. (China)
Ying Zhan, Jiangxi Science and Technology Normal Univ. (China)
Junguo Yuan, Huazhong Univ. of Science and Technology (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6621:
International Symposium on Photoelectronic Detection and Imaging 2007: Photoelectronic Imaging and Detection

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