11 November 1999 Development in high-stability of an optical fiber refractometer using path-matching differential interferometry
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Proceedings Volume 3897, Advanced Photonic Sensors and Applications; (1999) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.369360
Event: International Symposium on Photonics and Applications, 1999, Singapore, Singapore
Abstract
This paper presents a new approach to develop an optical fiber refractometer. The objective of the study is to come up with a relatively inexpensive but reliable refractometer that can be used to measure the change of refractive index in a resolution of 10-5 and to work in a dynamic range up to 6 X 10-3 at a DC frequency up to 100 Hz. It is known that the phase modulations of optical fiber sensors are very sensitive to external disturbances, especially to the effects of thermal drifts or vibrations. A cancellation technique to compensate the effect of variation on a PZT stack is proposed in this paper to stabilize the system. Two parallel Fabry-Perot sensing cavities corresopndin to two path-matching cavities for read-out systems are employed to form path-matching differential interferometries. One Fabry-Perot cavity is used as sensing head, and the other as reference sensor. As a result, the experimental data show that the change of refractive index of a so-designed sensing system can be kept in at the level of 10-4 without any serious variations even for a three-hour long-term monitoring. Accordingly, the proposed new system can be easily implemented, and used as a long- term monitoring system in medical care environment.
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Yu-Lung Lo, Yu-Lung Lo, Hsin Yi Lai, Hsin Yi Lai, Wern Cheng Wang, Wern Cheng Wang, } "Development in high-stability of an optical fiber refractometer using path-matching differential interferometry", Proc. SPIE 3897, Advanced Photonic Sensors and Applications, (11 November 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.369360; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.369360
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