We propose and demonstrate a novel high-voltage optical-fiber sensor. This sensor consists of an emitting fiber, a receiving fiber, and a piezoelectric bimorph transducer. The emitting fiber is fixed in a base, whereas the receiving fiber is mounted on the free end of the piezoelectric bimorph transducer. When a voltage is applied to the piezoelectric bimorph transducer, its free end is displaced over a distance δ. The displacement induces a loss in the optical coupling between the emitting and the receiving fiber. The voltage can be measured by monitoring the coupling loss.
© 2004 Optical Society of America
(060.2370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sensors
Original Manuscript: July 29, 2003
Revised Manuscript: November 14, 2003
Published: March 20, 2004
Fengguo Sun, Gaozhi Xiao, Zhiyi Zhang, and Chander P. Grover, "Piezoelectric bimorph optical-fiber sensor," Appl. Opt. 43, 1922-1925 (2004)