25 October 2016 Detection of load application onto an optical fiber through changes in speckle patterns in an output light spot
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For the purpose of investigating possibilities of utilizing, for sensing application, changes in speckle patterns to be observed in an output light spot from an optical fiber due to external disturbance, a certain level of load was applied onto an optical fiber through which laser beams emitted from a laser diode were propagating, and changes in the speckle patterns in the output light spot were investigated. In order to realize effective load application onto the optical fiber, a load application section was provided in which several ridges were intentionally provided onto opposite flat plates. A jacket-covered communication-grade multi-mode glass optical fiber was placed in the load application section so that corrugated bending of the fiber was intentionally induced via load application due to the ridges. A PV cell panel was irradiated with the output light spot from the optical fiber containing the speckle patterns therein. When weights were placed in the load application section, an output voltage from the PV cell panel was changed, indicating that the load application onto the optical fiber can be detected with this detection setup. Removal of the once-placed weights was also detected via changes in the PV cell panel output. Then, the load application onto the optical fiber and its removal was successfully detected via turn-on/off operations of an LED which was controlled in accordance with the changes in the output voltage level from the PV cell panel, in other words, through the changes in the speckle patterns.
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Makoto Hasegawa, Ryo Takeda, Yuki Fujioka, "Detection of load application onto an optical fiber through changes in speckle patterns in an output light spot", Proc. SPIE 9685, 8th International Symposium on Advanced Optical Manufacturing and Testing Technologies: Design, Manufacturing, and Testing of Micro- and Nano-Optical Devices and Systems; and Smart Structures and Materials, 96850C (25 October 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2241959; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2241959
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