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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 11 — May. 24, 2010
  • pp: 11720–11727

Self-mixing flow sensor using a monolithic VCSEL array with parallel readout

Yah Leng Lim, Russell Kliese, Karl Bertling, Katsuyoshi Tanimizu, P. A. Jacobs, and Aleksandar D. Rakić  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 11, pp. 11720-11727 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.18.011720


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Abstract

The self-mixing sensing technique is a compact, interferometric sensing technique that can be used for measuring fluid flows. In this work, we demonstrate a parallel readout self-mixing flow velocity sensing system based on a monolithic Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser (VCSEL) array. The parallel sensing scheme enables high-resolution full-field imaging systems employing electronic scanning with faster acquisition rates than mechanical scanning systems. The self-mixing signal is acquired from the variation in VCSEL junction voltage, thus markedly reducing the system complexity. The system was validated by measuring velocity distribution of fluid in a custom built diverging-converging planar flow channel. The results obtained agree well with simulation and demonstrate the feasibility of high frame-rate and resolution parallel self-mixing sensors.

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OCIS Codes
(250.7260) Optoelectronics : Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers
(280.3420) Remote sensing and sensors : Laser sensors
(280.4788) Remote sensing and sensors : Optical sensing and sensors

ToC Category:
Sensors

History
Original Manuscript: April 9, 2010
Revised Manuscript: April 30, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: May 13, 2010
Published: May 18, 2010

Citation
Yah Leng Lim, Russell Kliese, Karl Bertling, Katsuyoshi Tanimizu, P. A. Jacobs, and Aleksandar D. Rakic, "Self-mixing flow sensor using a monolithic VCSEL array with parallel readout," Opt. Express 18, 11720-11727 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-18-11-11720


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