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Stabilized extrinsic fiber-optic Fizeau sensor for surface acoustic wave detection

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5 Author(s)
T. A. Tran ; Bradley Dept. of Electr. Eng., Virginia Polytech. Inst. & State Univ., Blacksburg, VA, USA ; W. V. Miller ; K. A. Murphy ; A. M. Vengsarkar
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A surface acoustic wave sensor based on an in-line extrinsic Fizeau interferometer is described. A single-mode fiber, used as the input/output fiber, and a multimode fiber, used solely as a reflector, form an air-gap that acts as a low-finesse Fabry-Perot or Fizeau cavity. The Fresnel reference reflection from the glass/air interface at the front of the air-gap interferes with the sensing reflection from the air/glass interface at the far end of the air-gap. Strains in the thin-walled silica tube housing the two fibers change the length of the air-gap, thereby altering the phase difference between the reference and sensing reflections. A theoretical analysis of the interaction between the strain induced by elastic stress wave fields and the fiber sensor housing is presented

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Journal of Lightwave Technology  (Volume:10 ,  Issue: 10 )