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Modeling and measurement of accuracy/distortion in an operationally passive FBG demodulation technique
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Paper Abstract

A system for interrogating fiber optic Bragg grating arrays at kiloHertz sampling rates with sub-microstrain resolution was presented recently. The system makes use of a tunable fiber Fabry-Perot filter for demultiplexing and a path-imbalanced Mach-Zehnder interferometer for wavelength conversion. The operationally-passive demodulation technique for the interferometer makes use of probing the 3x3 coupler at the interferometer output for its coupling parameters to execute the technique. In this work, we discuss the effects of how errors in determining these parameters translate into measurement error and harmonic distortion. We compare measured effects in the laboratory with predictive models to give error sensitivity metrics. We also consider two modes of sampling errors for such frequency-modulated systems and propose a generalized sampling criterion for minimizing harmonic distortion and measurement error.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6371, Photonic Sensing Technologies, 63710G (1 November 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.684786
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M. D. Todd, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
M. Seaver, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
F. Bucholtz, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
J. M. Nichols, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
S. T. Trickey, Naval Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6371:
Photonic Sensing Technologies
Michael A. Marcus; Brian Culshaw; John P. Dakin, Editor(s)

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