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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 25 — Dec. 5, 2011
  • pp: 25057–25065

Musical instrument pickup based on a laser locked to an optical fiber resonator

Saverio Avino, Jack A. Barnes, Gianluca Gagliardi, Xijia Gu, David Gutstein, James R. Mester, Costa Nicholaou, and Hans-Peter Loock  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 25, pp. 25057-25065 (2011)

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A low-noise transducer based on a fiber Fabry-Perot (FFP) cavity was used as a pickup for an acoustic guitar. A distributed feedback (DFB) laser was locked to a 25 MHz-wide resonance of the FFP cavity using the Pound-Drever-Hall method. The correction signal was used as the audio output and was preamplified and sampled at up to 96 kHz. The pickup system is largely immune against optical noise sources, exhibits a flat frequency response from the infrasound region to about 25 kHz, and has a distortion-free audio output range of about 50 dB.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sensors
(120.7280) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Vibration analysis

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Original Manuscript: September 13, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: November 10, 2011
Published: November 23, 2011

Saverio Avino, Jack A. Barnes, Gianluca Gagliardi, Xijia Gu, David Gutstein, James R. Mester, Costa Nicholaou, and Hans-Peter Loock, "Musical instrument pickup based on a laser locked to an optical fiber resonator," Opt. Express 19, 25057-25065 (2011)

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