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Slow light rotation sensors and gyroscopes
Author(s): Jacob Scheuer
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Paper Abstract

Recent studies on optical rotation sensors employing slow-light media show great potential for the realization of compact, yet sensitive devices. In particular, the rapid progress in micro and nano fabrication methods render coupled cavity based slow-light structures as promising candidates for the realization of such devices. In slow-light structures, the impact of rotation is manifested in a completely different way than it does in conventional Gyros, thus giving rise to extremely different characteristics such as exponential sensitivity, phase-shift control and more. In this paper, I review the principles of slow-light rotation sensors with emphasis on the differences from conventional optical Gyros. The underlying physical mechanisms of the variously studied slow-light Gyros as well as the expected performances will be presented and compared.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 March 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7579, Laser Resonators and Beam Control XII, 757919 (5 March 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.847175
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Jacob Scheuer, Tel Aviv Univ. (Israel)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7579:
Laser Resonators and Beam Control XII
Alexis V. Kudryashov; Alan H. Paxton; Vladimir S. Ilchenko, Editor(s)

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