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AUV-portable temperature-compensating fiber optic hydrophone
Author(s): Indu Fiesler Saxena; Narciso Guzman; Kaleonui J. Hui; Stephen Pflanze
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Paper Abstract

Passive acoustic monitoring hydrophones with low power consumption for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) are desirable for long term unmanned monitoring of ocean acoustics including marine mammal acoustics as well as those due to human activity. Fiber-optic hydrophones offer wider bandwidth and high sensitivity alternatives to conventional piezoelectric transducer (PZT) devices. Deployment on board AUVs requires operation under a wide range of temperature and pressure conditions that change with depth and location, hence, maintaining the sensitivity and reliability over the operating range is crucial. A read-out mechanism for a resonant hydrophone using a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) transducer is described. The read-out uses a temperature tuned DFB laser diode to compensate for FBG changes with temperature and depth, enabling operation over a wide temperature range. Its compact footprint and battery-powered readout system operation enables portability on AUVs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 May 2011
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8026, Photonic Applications for Aerospace, Transportation, and Harsh Environment II, 802608 (26 May 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.888721
Show Author Affiliations
Indu Fiesler Saxena, Intelligent Optical Systems, Inc. (United States)
Narciso Guzman, Intelligent Optical Systems, Inc. (United States)
Kaleonui J. Hui, Intelligent Optical Systems, Inc. (United States)
Stephen Pflanze, Intelligent Optical Systems, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8026:
Photonic Applications for Aerospace, Transportation, and Harsh Environment II
Alex A. Kazemi; Bernard Kress; Eric Y. Chan; Nabeel A. Riza; Lothar U. Kempen, Editor(s)

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