Accession Number : ADD017764

Title :   Polarization Insensitive Current and Magnetic Field Optic Sensor.

Descriptive Note : Patent, Filed 29 Apr 94, patented 18 Jul 95,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Esman, Ronald D ; Kersey, Alan D ; Marrone, Michael J

Report Date : 18 Jul 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 12

Abstract : A sensor system includes a sensor head, an optical source, and a measurement apparatus. The sensor head includes a beamsplitter having first, second, third, and fourth ports, the beamsplitter being responsive to light selectively applied to the first, second and third ports for passing light of a first polarization state from the first port to the second port, for passing light of a second polarization state from the first port to the third port, for passing light of the second polarization state from the second port to the fourth port, and for passing light of the first polarization state from the third port to the fourth port. The optical source means provides light to the first port. The sensor head further includes a bidirectional polarimetric sensor responsive to polarized light output by the beamsplitter at the second and third ports and to an electromagnetic field applied to the polarimetric sensor for producing first polarized light at said third port and for producing second polarized light at said second port. The first and second polarized light have polarization states each of which varies as a function of the electromagnetic field and the polarization State of the light output by the beamsplitter at the other one of the second and third ports. The measurement means is responsive to light from the fourth port for producing an output signal indicative of the electromagnetic field strength.

Descriptors :   *MAGNETOOPTICS, *INTERFEROMETRY, *PATENTS, ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS, OPTICS, MAGNETIC FIELDS, POLARIZATION, LIGHT, SENSITIVITY, SIGNALS, MEASURING INSTRUMENTS, OPTICAL DETECTORS, FIELD INTENSITY

Subject Categories : Optical Detection and Detectors

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE