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Design And Performance Of A Fiber Optic Gyroscope Using Integrated Optics
Author(s): B. R. Youmans; R. K. Bartman; P. M. Salomon; W. J. Minford; F. T. Stone
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Paper Abstract

Navigation grade fiber optic rotation sensors (FORS) are being developed as an alternative to spinning mass gyro's for unmanned planetary exploration spacecraft. FORS is attractive because of its many advantages such as long life, low weight, low power and low cost as compared to its mechanical counterparts. FORS incorporates an advanced integrated optics circuits fabricated for JPL by AT&T Bell Laboratories. The advanced 8-component integrated optics circuit performs all the key signal processing functions and in addition incorporates a unique optical beat detection circuit (OBDC)2 thereby providing an output in the form of pulses proportional to incremental angular position similar to a ring laser gyro (RLG) but without the inherent lock-in problem RLG's possess.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 February 1990
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 1169, Fiber Optic and Laser Sensors VII, (13 February 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.963048
Show Author Affiliations
B. R. Youmans, California Institute of Technology (United States)
R. K. Bartman, California Institute of Technology (United States)
P. M. Salomon, California Institute of Technology (United States)
W. J. Minford, AT&T Bell Laboratory (United States)
F. T. Stone, AT&T Bell Laboratory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1169:
Fiber Optic and Laser Sensors VII
Ramon P. DePaula; Eric Udd, Editor(s)

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