Accession Number : ADD018049

Title :   Active Fiber Cavity Strain Sensor with Temperature Independence.

Descriptive Note : Patent, Filed 31 Mar 94, patented 30 Jan 96,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Friebele, Edward J ; Kersey, Alan D

Report Date : 30 Jan 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : A strain sensor system formed from a laser cavity where changes in length of the cavity are used to measure strain. The cavity can include a passive optical fiber strain sensing section and/or an active doped optical fiber section that lasers when pumped by a laser pump. The cavity can be a ring or linear cavity with or without mode locking. The light oscillating in the cavity sets up multiple oscillation modes. The multiple modes create beat modes or frequencies. The measured frequency difference between beat mode frequencies is inversely proportional to the length of the cavity. The measured frequency change in one of the mode frequencies or one of the beat frequencies is proportional to the absolute strain on the fiber. A heavy metal fluoride glass sensing section makes the sensor temperature insensitive.

Descriptors :   *FIBER OPTICS, *STRAIN GAGES, *PATENTS, LASER PUMPING, LASER CAVITIES, OPTICAL DETECTORS, BEAT SIGNALS

Subject Categories : Fiber Optics and Integrated Optics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE