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Fiber optic current transformer with low cost standard connectors employing a fiber depolarizer
Author(s): Andreas Koch; Holger Hirsch; Dirk Peier; Hartwig Senftleben
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Paper Abstract

For the desired improvement of electromagnetic compatibility using optical current transformers a separation of optical sensor head and electronic components by an optical link is required. Intensity modulated optical output signals of a polarimetric fiber optic current transformer can easily be transmitted by standard multimode fibers. A realization of the supply of a sensor fiber with linearly polarized light employing low cost standard monomode fiber is presented here. It is based on the transportation of depolarized optical waves and recovery of lineraly polarized light by a linear polarizer. First three methods of depolarizing optical waves emerging a semiconductor laser source using birefringent materials are theoretically described. They make use of a crystal wedge depolarizer, a crystal Lyot-depolarizer and a fiber Lyot- depolarizer. All methods are reflected on simplicity in handling and possiblity of low cost realization. A Lyot depolarizer employing a high birefringent fiber is chosen and tested. A single ended device of a polarimetric fiber optic current transformer with twisted sensor fiber is provided with such an optical link which transfer characteristics are not influenced by the birefringence properties of standard single mode fibers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 September 1995
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2510, Fiber Optic and Laser Sensors XIII, (25 September 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.221703
Show Author Affiliations
Andreas Koch, Univ. Dortmund (Germany)
Holger Hirsch, Univ. Dortmund (Germany)
Dirk Peier, Univ. Dortmund (Germany)
Hartwig Senftleben, Univ. Dortmund (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2510:
Fiber Optic and Laser Sensors XIII
Ramon P. DePaula; John W. Berthold III, Editor(s)

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