Ultrasensitive, high-dynamic-range and broadband strain sensing by time-of-flight detection with femtosecond-laser frequency combs

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Ultrahigh-resolution optical strain sensors provide powerful tools in various scientific and engineering fields, ranging from long-baseline interferometers to civil and aerospace industries. Here we demonstrate an ultrahigh-resolution fibre strain sensing method by directly detecting the time-of-flight (TOF) change of the optical pulse train generated from a free-running passively mode-locked laser (MLL) frequency comb. We achieved a local strain resolution of 18 p epsilon/Hz(1/2) and 1.9 p epsilon/Hz(1/2) at 1 Hz and 3 kHz, respectively, with large dynamic range of >154 dB at 3 kHz. For remote-point sensing at 1-km distance, 80 p epsilon/Hz(1/2) (at 1 Hz) and 2.2 p epsilon/Hz(1/2) (at 3 kHz) resolution is demonstrated. While attaining both ultrahigh resolution and large dynamic range, the demonstrated method can be readily extended for multiple-point sensing as well by taking advantage of the broad optical comb spectra. These advantages may allow various applications of this sensor in geophysical science, structural health monitoring, and underwater science.
Publisher
NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP
Issue Date
2017-10
Language
English
Article Type
Article
Keywords

FIBER-OPTIC SENSOR; HIGH-RESOLUTION; LOCKED LASERS; NOISE; SYNCHRONIZATION; INTERFEROMETER

Citation

SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, v.7, pp.13305

ISSN
2045-2322
DOI
10.1038/s41598-017-13738-w
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http://hdl.handle.net/10203/226922
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ME-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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