17 October 2014 Simple fiber optic sensor for applications in security systems
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In this paper we demonstrate measurement results of the modalmetric fiber optic sensor used for the monitoring of the fiber optic link integrity to protect it against unauthorized access to classified information. The presented construction is based on the detection of changes of the modes distribution in a multimode fiber. Any mechanical stress on the multimode fiber causes changes of polarization and distribution of propagating modes, hence it changes the distribution of modes at the end of the multimode fiber. Observation of these changes using a narrow core single-mode fiber allows to use the structure as an optical fiber sensor. We used several kilometers long optical links to conduct field tests of laboratory sensor. On this basis the prototype module of modalmetric fiber optic sensor wasbuilt. The modification of optoelectronic part, the variation of sensor length and the change of the method of light reflection at the end of the fiber enable the use of the modalmetric fiber optic sensor in many applications. The sensor finds wide range of applications in security systems. It can be applied to protect the museum's collection, transmission lines and to protect objects of critical infrastructure.
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M. Zyczkowski, M. Karol, P. Markowski, M. S. Napierala, "Simple fiber optic sensor for applications in security systems", Proc. SPIE 9248, Unmanned/Unattended Sensors and Sensor Networks X, 92480B (17 October 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2066816; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2066816
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