Patent Number: 6,166,815

Title: Constantly high sensitivity fiber optic interferometer sensor

Abstract: A fiber optic interferometric sensor (150) having constantly high sensitivity by use of two lasers (152, 154) that simultaneously output at first and second wavelengths. By judicious choice of the wavelengths, the optical path length difference between the two interferometer paths (164, 166) can be kept near the maximum slope of the interference fringes for one or the other of the wavelengths. The output from the interferometer (160) is divided between first and second detector arms (170, 130). A filter (172) in the first detector arm passes the first wavelength and rejects the second. A filter (182) in the second detector arm passes the second wavelength and rejects the first. A first detector (174) at the output of the first detector arm reads the interference pattern at the first wavelength. A second detector arm reads the interference pattern at the second wavelength.

Inventors: Vali; Victor (Laguna Hills, CA), Shih; I-Fu (Los Alamitos, CA), Chang; David B. (Tustin, CA)

Assignee: Raytheon Company

International Classification: G01B 9/02 (20060101); G01D 5/353 (20060101); G01D 5/26 (20060101); G01B 009/02 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2017