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Temperature insensitive all-fiber accelerometer using a photonic crystal fiber long-period grating interferometer
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Paper Abstract

Fiber-optic accelerometers have attracted great attention in recent years due to the fact that they have many advantages over electrical counterparts because all-fiber accelerometers have the capabilities for multiplexing to reduce cabling and to transmit signals over a long distance. They are also immune to electromagnetic interference. We propose and develop a compact and robust photonic crystal fiber (PCF) Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) that can be implemented as an accelerometer for measurements of vibration and displacement. To excite core mode to couple out with cladding modes, two long-period gratings (LPGs) with identical transmission spectra are needed to be written in an endless single-mode PCF using a CO2 laser. The first LPG can couple a part of core mode to several cladding modes. After the light beams travel at different speeds over a certain length of the core and cladding, the cladding modes will be recoupled back to the core when they meet the second LPG, resulting in interference between the core mode and cladding modes. Dynamic strain is introduced to the PCF-MZI fiber segment that is bonded onto a spring-mass system. The shift of interference fringe can be measured by a photodetector, and the transformed analog voltage signal is proportional to the acceleration of the sensor head. Based on simulations of the PCF-MZI accelerometer, we can get a sensitivity of ~ 0.08 nm/g which is comparable with fiber Bragg grating (FBG) accelerometers. The proposed accelerometer has a capability of temperature insensitivity; therefore, no thermal-compensation scheme is required. Experimental results indicate that the PCF-MZI accelerometer may be a good candidate sensor for applications in civil engineering infrastructure and aeronautical platforms.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 April 2012
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8347, Nondestructive Characterization for Composite Materials, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Infrastructure, and Homeland Security 2012, 83470A (5 April 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.915019
Show Author Affiliations
Shijie Zheng, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
Yinian Zhu, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
Sridhar Krishnaswamy, Northwestern Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8347:
Nondestructive Characterization for Composite Materials, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Infrastructure, and Homeland Security 2012
Andrew L. Gyekenyesi, Editor(s)

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