Integrated Fiber Optic Strain Sensing Using Low-Coherence Wavelength-Encoded Addressing
Patent Application, Filed 26 Dec 1998
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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A system is disclosed for measuring strain using a technique of detecting the optical path difference in a sensing interferometer using an interrogating interferometer including a chirped fiber Bragg grating in which the optical path difference in the sensing interferometer is changed with the strain in the sensing arm, whereas the optical path difference of the interrogating interferometer is changed only by changing the center wavelength of addressing light, making use of the wavelength- dependency on the penetration depth inside the chirped fiber Bragg grating interferometer. Consequently, strain in the sensing interferometer can be assessed by determining the wavelength in which a coherence matched condition between the sensing and interrogation interferometers is attained.
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
- Fiber Optics and Integrated Optics