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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 5 — Mar. 11, 2013
  • pp: 6109–6114

Distributed fiber-optic laser-ultrasound generation based on ghost-mode of tilted fiber Bragg gratings

Jiajun Tian, Qi Zhang, and Ming Han  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 5, pp. 6109-6114 (2013)

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Active ultrasonic testing is widely used for medical diagnosis, material characterization and structural health monitoring. Ultrasonic transducer is a key component in active ultrasonic testing. Due to their many advantages such as small size, light weight, and immunity to electromagnetic interference, fiber-optic ultrasonic transducers are particularly attractive for permanent, embedded applications in active ultrasonic testing for structural health monitoring. However, current fiber-optic transducers only allow effective ultrasound generation at a single location of the fiber end. Here we demonstrate a fiber-optic device that can effectively generate ultrasound at multiple, selected locations along a fiber in a controllable manner based on a smart light tapping scheme that only taps out the light of a particular wavelength for laser-ultrasound generation and allow light of longer wavelengths pass by without loss. Such a scheme may also find applications in remote fiber-optic device tuning and quasi-distributed biochemical fiber-optic sensing.

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OCIS Codes
(120.4290) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Nondestructive testing
(060.3735) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber Bragg gratings

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: January 28, 2013
Revised Manuscript: February 24, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: February 24, 2013
Published: March 4, 2013

Jiajun Tian, Qi Zhang, and Ming Han, "Distributed fiber-optic laser-ultrasound generation based on ghost-mode of tilted fiber Bragg gratings," Opt. Express 21, 6109-6114 (2013)

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