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An overview of fiber‐optic sensors

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Udd, Eric ; Blue Road Research, 2555 N. E. 205th Avenue, Troutdale, Oregon 97060

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Fiber‐optic sensor technology has experienced tremendous growth since its early beginnings in the 1970s with early laboratory demonstrations of fiber‐optic gyros and acoustic sensors and the introduction of the first commercial intensity and spectrally based sensors. These early efforts were followed by a tremendous growth of interest in the 1980s when the number of workers in the field increased from perhaps a few hundred to thousands. The result was the introduction in the 1990s of the first mass produced fiber‐optic sensors that are being used to support navigation and medical applications. The number of fiber‐optic sensors products can be expected to grow tremendously in the years to come as rapid progress continues to be made in the related optoelectronic and communication fields. This paper provides an overview of some of the technologies being used to support fiber‐optic sensor development and how they are being applied. © 1995 American Institute of Physics.

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Review of Scientific Instruments  (Volume:66 ,  Issue: 8 )