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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 18 — Sep. 15, 2006
  • pp: 2695–2697

Fabry–Perot optical binary switch for aircraft applications

Zhaoxia Xie and Henry F. Taylor  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 18, pp. 2695-2697 (2006)

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An optical binary switch for aircraft applications is demonstrated. A fiber Fabry–Perot interferometer (FFPI) bonded to a cantilever is used as the sensing element. A white-light interferometry system with two bulk Michelson interferometers sharing the same motor-driven translation stage is utilized to monitor the elongation of the FFPI. The system exhibits excellent linearity as a force sensor; the experimental results are in good agreement with theoretical calculated values. With a properly set threshold value, the system produces a binary output.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sensors
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: May 4, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: June 30, 2006
Published: August 25, 2006

Zhaoxia Xie and Henry F. Taylor, "Fabry-Perot optical binary switch for aircraft applications," Opt. Lett. 31, 2695-2697 (2006)

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