The resonant micro-optic gyroscope (RMOG) is an attractive candidate for inertial rotation sensors requiring small, light and robust gyros. A high-performance RMOG needs a low-loss and high finesse waveguide-type ring resonator (WRR). Two general configurations of the WRRs which are made of Ge-doped silica core waveguides based on plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition including the reflector-type and the transmitter-type are introduced. The reflector-type WRR with a length of 7.9 cm and a diameter of 2.5 cm has a finesse of 196.7 and a resonant depth of 98%. In addition, it’s pigtailed with single-polarization fiber to reduce the polarization error. The transmitter-type WRR with a length of 15.9 cm and a diameter of 5.06 cm has a finesse of 128 and a resonant depth of 95%. The waveguide loss low as 0.007 dB/cm has been measured, leading to the shot-noise limited sensitivity of 1.0°/h when the average optical power at the input of the photodetector is 1 mW and the detecting bandwidth is 1 Hz.
A high-finesse silica waveguide ring resonator (WRR) is designed and a new record is demonstrated experimentally. The finesse and the resonant depth of the silica WRR with a length of 7.9 cm and a diameter of 2.5 cm are 196.7 and 98%, respectively. In addition, the silica WRR is pigtailed with single-polarization fiber to improve the polarization extinction ratio thus to reduce the polarization error. With the application of this high-finesse and high polarization extinction ratio WRR to the resonant micro-optic gyroscope (RMOG), a bias stability of 0.004°/s was observed over a one-hour timeframe.
A double closed-loop resonant micro optic gyro (RMOG) employing a hybrid digital phase modulation technique is demonstrated, showing encouraging progress. In this hybrid modulation scheme, the width of one stair of the stair-like digital serrodyne wave is optimized according to the rise time of the digital-to-analogue converter to obtain the maximum sideband suppression. Based on the optimum parameters of the hybrid modulation scheme, a typical bias stability of 0.05/s in 1 hr is demonstrated in an RMOG with a silica waveguide ring resonator having a ring length of 7.9 cm. This is the best long-term performance which has ever been reported in an RMOG to our knowledge.
A resonant micro optic gyro (RMOG) is a promising candidate for applications requiring small, light and robust gyros. A high-performance RMOG requires a low-loss micro-ring resonator, and thus a resonator having a high finesse. We experimentally create a new record for high-finesse micro-ring resonators by using 30-cm long low-loss fiber coils laid into the V-groove on a silicon substrate. Both the simulation and experimental results indicate that the 30-cm long micro-ring resonator is sufficient to build a tactical-grade RMOG. Experimentally, a bias stability of 0.046/s in 1800 s with an integration time of 1 s is successfully demonstrated.