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  • Vol. 39, Iss. 33 — Nov. 20, 2000
  • pp: 6151–6157

Application of superresolution techniques to ring laser gyroscopes: exploring the quantum limit

B. Tom King  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 39, Issue 33, pp. 6151-6157 (2000)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.39.006151


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Abstract

Two methods for extracting linewidth estimates from evenly sampled partially coherent signals, where white frequency fluctuations are the major source of noise, are discussed. The first method utilizes the Allan deviation, requiring multiple frequency estimates for each linewidth estimate. The second method utilizes the second-order autoregressive model to provide a linewidth estimate with each frequency estimate. A characterization shows that the latter technique is reliable for short data sets (≤1 s). The application of these techniques to large, quantum-noise-limited ring laser gyroscopes is demonstrated. The results of the analysis compare favorably with a theoretical analysis.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2800) Fiber optics and optical communications : Gyroscopes
(070.4790) Fourier optics and signal processing : Spectrum analysis
(070.6020) Fourier optics and signal processing : Continuous optical signal processing
(120.5790) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Sagnac effect
(140.3370) Lasers and laser optics : Laser gyroscopes
(270.2500) Quantum optics : Fluctuations, relaxations, and noise

History
Original Manuscript: November 16, 1999
Revised Manuscript: July 28, 2000
Published: November 20, 2000

Citation
B. Tom King, "Application of superresolution techniques to ring laser gyroscopes: exploring the quantum limit," Appl. Opt. 39, 6151-6157 (2000)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-39-33-6151


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