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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 5 — Mar. 11, 2013
  • pp: 5606–5624

Development of a multi-point polarization-based vibration sensor

Nicolas Linze, Pierre Tihon, Olivier Verlinden, Patrice Mégret, and Marc Wuilpart  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 5, pp. 5606-5624 (2013)

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In this paper we propose a novel kind of multi-point vibration sensor based on the polarization properties of light. Its principle relies on the combination of mechanical transducers with fiber Bragg gratings. When subject to vibrations, the mechanical transducers induce birefringence variations within the fiber and in turn modify the state of polarization, which appears as a power variation after going through a polarizer. The FBGs reflect light from different positions of the sensing fiber and provide wavelength multiplexing. We show that this sensor can provide the vibration frequencies in a quasi-distributed manner.

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(060.2370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sensors
(280.4788) Remote sensing and sensors : Optical sensing and sensors

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Original Manuscript: December 7, 2012
Revised Manuscript: February 15, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: February 15, 2013
Published: February 28, 2013

Nicolas Linze, Pierre Tihon, Olivier Verlinden, Patrice Mégret, and Marc Wuilpart, "Development of a multi-point polarization-based vibration sensor," Opt. Express 21, 5606-5624 (2013)

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