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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 6 — Mar. 15, 2012
  • pp: 1064–1066

Distributed high-temperature pressure sensing using air-hole microstructural fibers

Tong Chen, Qingqing Wang, Rongzhang Chen, Botao Zhang, Charles Jewart, Kevin P. Chen, Mokhtar Maklad, and Phillip R. Swinehart  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 6, pp. 1064-1066 (2012)

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We present spatially resolved Rayleigh scattering measurements in different polarization-maintaining (PM) fibers for high-temperature pressure sensing. The pressure-induced birefringence in the fiber cores is interrogated using polarization-resolved frequency-swept interferometry. The pressure responses of a PM photonic crystal fiber and a twin-air-hole PM fiber are investigated for a pressure range of 0 to 13.8 MPa (0–2000 psi) at room temperature and at temperatures as high as 800 °C. The proposed sensing system provides, for the first time to our knowledge, a truly distributed pressure-sensing solution for high-temperature applications.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sensors
(120.6780) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Temperature
(060.4005) Fiber optics and optical communications : Microstructured fibers
(120.5475) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Pressure measurement

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: October 17, 2011
Revised Manuscript: December 9, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: December 25, 2011
Published: March 12, 2012

Tong Chen, Qingqing Wang, Rongzhang Chen, Botao Zhang, Charles Jewart, Kevin P. Chen, Mokhtar Maklad, and Phillip R. Swinehart, "Distributed high-temperature pressure sensing using air-hole microstructural fibers," Opt. Lett. 37, 1064-1066 (2012)

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