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Multimode interference-based fiber-optic displacement sensor

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3 Author(s)
Mehta, A. ; Sch. of Opt./CREOL, Univ. of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA ; Mohammed, W. ; Johnson, E.G.

A new concept for a multimode interference-based fiber-optic displacement sensor is investigated both theoretically and experimentally. By applying multimode interference and reimaging theory to optical fibers, a displacement sensor consisting of only a section of multimode fiber fusion spliced to a single-mode fiber can be readily fabricated. Observation and analysis of the power reflected off of a surface and back through the device over a finite wavelength range provides enough information to use the device as a calibrated displacement sensor over a large displacement range.

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Photonics Technology Letters, IEEE  (Volume:15 ,  Issue: 8 )

Date of Publication:

Aug. 2003

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