A high-frequency accelerometer based on distributed bragg reflector fiber laser

Kuanglu Yu, Chun Cheung Lai, Chongqing Wu, Yao Zhao, Chao Lu, Hwa Yaw Tam

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We propose an optical accelerometer based on distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) fiber laser sensor. The transducer's vibration reduces the birefringence of the preloaded fiber laser and consequently changes the beat frequency of the two orthogonally polarized lasing modes, thus the frequency can be used to retrieve the acceleration information. The DBR probe is a segment of bare erbium fiber, which has a very high natural frequency of vibration. Experimental results show that sensitivity of 4.810 MHz/g with a dynamic range of 0.01g-5g (where g = 9.8 m/s2 is the gravity of the earth) and natural frequency of ∼ 1.3 kHz can be obtained with this sensing system.
Original languageEnglish
Article number6824791
Pages (from-to)1418-1421
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Photonics Technology Letters
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2014


  • accelerometer
  • DBR laser
  • Fiber optics sensors
  • vibration measurements

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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