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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 11 — May. 29, 2006
  • pp: 4617–4624

Laser frequency-noise-limited ultrahigh resolution remote fiber sensing

Jong H. Chow, Ian C. M. Littler, David E. McClelland, and Malcolm B. Gray  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 11, pp. 4617-4624 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.14.004617


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Abstract

When a fiber Fabry-Perot is used in an ultra-sensitive strain detection system via a radio-frequency interrogation scheme, its frequency discrimination properties can be enhanced by reducing the linewidth of its resonance. This increases the signal-to-noise ratio, and thus suppresses the strain equivalent noise floor. We demonstrate this improvement in a long-distance high performance remote sensing system and show that in reflection, it can mitigate the effects of random phase noise introduced by Rayleigh back-scattering. In transmission, it improves the remote system sensitivity to sub-picostrain resolution, which surpasses any other long-distance remote sensing system to date. With the reduced fiber Fabry-Perot linewidth, all noise sources in the delivery fiber become irrelevant, as the transmission system is limited only by the pre-stabilized laser frequency noise.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.2370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sensors
(120.0280) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Remote sensing and sensors
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: March 22, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: May 8, 2006
Published: May 29, 2006

Citation
Jong H. Chow, Ian C. Littler, David E. McClelland, and Malcolm B. Gray, "Laser frequency-noise-limited ultrahigh resolution remote fiber sensing," Opt. Express 14, 4617-4624 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-14-11-4617


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