Vol. 52, Issue 4, pp. 565-574

Vol. 52 Issue 4 pp. 565-574

Utilization of telecommunication optical routes to power fiber-optic polarization sensors

Zdeněk Vyležich, Martin Kyselák


power supply, optical route, polarization, temperature sensor


A single-mode telecommunication optical route can be used for reliable power supplies of a remote non-electric temperature fiber-optic polarization sensor, but the optical route, due to many physical factors, affects an immediate state of polarization during the transmission. This negative phenomenon changes the sensitivity of the sensor itself. The thesis proposes two main approaches to solving that problem. The first approach is based on the suitable connection of a depolarizer and linear polarizers. The second approach is based on signal interference, which takes place in a polarization-maintaining fiber coupler. This article also evaluates the advantages and disadvantages of the two approaches and graphically demonstrates the functionality of the fiber-optic sensor, which was tested by applying a container with water of different temperatures. A big advantage of this type of sensor is that it is not necessary to have components, that are dependent on electricity, near the monitored place, where there may be no access to electricity, or the place may be sensitive to an electric charge. Paper demonstrates the possibility of successfully powering the non-electric sensor via a classical optical route.

Vol. 52
Issue 4
pp. 565-574

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