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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 10 — May. 11, 2009
  • pp: 8370–8381

Full Stokes polarimeter for characterization of fiber optic gyroscope coils

Arthur Lompado, John C. Reinhardt, L. Chris Heaton, Jeff L. Williams, and Paul B. Ruffin  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 10, pp. 8370-8381 (2009)

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We describe the design, construction, calibration, and validation of a Stokes vector polarimeter for investigating the polarization characteristics of fiber optic gyroscope coils. The device measures the complete Stokes vector, and reports conventional polarization properties including the Degree of Polarization (DoP), the orientation and Degree of Linear Polarization (DoLP), and the handedness and Degree of Circular Polarization (DoCP). The sensor operates at 1550 nm and employs a division of aperture optical architecture to acquire full Stokes vectors at 8 kHz while calculating polarization properties at a rate of 200 Hz. Preliminary measurements performed on both traditionally and unconventionally wound gyroscope coils are also presented.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sensors
(060.2800) Fiber optics and optical communications : Gyroscopes
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: March 6, 2009
Revised Manuscript: April 27, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: April 29, 2009
Published: May 1, 2009

Arthur Lompado, John C. Reinhardt, L. Chris Heaton, Jeff L. Williams, and Paul B. Ruffin, "Full Stokes polarimeter for characterization of fiber optic gyroscope coils," Opt. Express 17, 8370-8381 (2009)

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