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Kerr Voltage Sensor
Author(s): Gary R. Allen
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Paper Abstract

The electrooptic Kerr effect is the interaction of an applied electric field with a birefringent fluid medium resulting in a change in the refractive index of the fluid. It has found a variety of applications in the measurement of the applied voltage and electric field by analyzing the polarization rotation of light shined through the fluid. Potentials of kilovolts to megavolts, and risetimes as fast as nanoseconds have been measured.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 August 1986
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 0648, Photonics: High Bandwidth Analog Applications, (13 August 1986); doi: 10.1117/12.964536
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Gary R. Allen, Sandia National Laboratories (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0648:
Photonics: High Bandwidth Analog Applications
James S. Chang, Editor(s)

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