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Nonplanar Rings For Laser Gyroscopes
Author(s): Terry A. Dorschner
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Paper Abstract

Conventional ring laser gyroscopes (RLGs) are planar; the light beams are constrained to lie in a single plane. This need not be the case. We have found that nonplanar ring resonators offer certain advantages for the multioscillator (four frequency) RLGs developed by Raytheon. An overview is given of those properties of nonplanar rings which are pertinent to RLGs, including the inertial rotation sensitivity (the scale factor and the direction of the sensitive axis), the mode polarization, and the frequency spectrum. Design equations for a class of simple nonplanar rings are given and applications to multioscillator RLGs are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 September 1983
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 0412, Fiber Optic and Laser Sensors I, (19 September 1983); doi: 10.1117/12.935816
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Terry A. Dorschner, Raytheon Company (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0412:
Fiber Optic and Laser Sensors I
Emery L. Moore; O. Glenn Ramer, Editor(s)

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