Conference Proceedings for Optical Fiber Sensors Conference (8th) held in Monterey, California on January 29 - 31 1992
INSTITUTE OF ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS ENGINEERS INC NEW YORK
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This conference is the eighth in the Optical Fiber Sensor OFS series, the first being held in London in 1983. There has been considerable progress over the past nine years and recently a number of the technological hurdles which have slowed the development of this technology have been overcome. The number of commercially available fiber optic sensors is still growing, however workers in the fiber sensor area now have a better appreciation of the strengths of conventional sensor technology and realize the stiffness of the competition. However a number of workers in the user community, initially skeptical, are beginning to see the real advantages fiber optic sensor technology has to offer. It has always been the OFS conference charter to publish original, significant research in the area of fiber optic sensors. As the technology matures it is natural that emphasis shifts towards applications- oriented research and development. Since the last OFS conference there have been a number of important demonstrations of fiber optic sensor technology - for example a 48 channel all optical towed array was successfully tested at sea by the U.S. Navy. In the area of fiber optic gyroscope progress has also been rapid towards the demonstration of the viability of this technology for wide ranging applications. As these areas mature a number of other applications-especially smart skins, are rapidly expanding. This gives opportunities for the development of new sensing and interrogation techniques.
- Acoustic Detection and Detectors
- Navigation and Guidance
- Target Direction, Range and Position Finding
- Fiber Optics and Integrated Optics