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3 December 2014 A 4-element fiber laser hydrophone towed linear array
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The hydrophone which use DFB fiber laser as sensing element has many advantages such as thin diameter, high sensitivity, easy to multiplex array, wide dynamic range, immunity to electromagnetic interference and no need of impedance matching. A 4-element fiber laser hydrophone towed linear array is studied. A sleeve with grooves type fiber laser hydrophone is designed and realized. The sensitivity experiment of the hydrophone element shows that the sensitivity is about -135dB(re 1rad/μPa)in the range of acoustic frequency from 20Hz to 1000Hz, and the amplitude fluctuate of the frequency response curve is less than±1.5dB. Based on the hydrophone of this structure and the WDM technology, the 4-element fiber laser hydrophone towed linear array that is encapsulated with polyurethane sleeve is established, and its diameter is 15mm. The experiments of the hydrophone towed linear array in the lake test show that the localization and tracking of the target can be realized by the towed linear array.
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Hongcan Gu, Junbin Huang, Huabing Yu, Rizhong Li, Bo Tang, and Jing Wu "A 4-element fiber laser hydrophone towed linear array", Proc. SPIE 9297, International Symposium on Optoelectronic Technology and Application 2014: Laser and Optical Measurement Technology; and Fiber Optic Sensors, 92972Y (3 December 2014);


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