Patent Number: 8,797,019

Title: Handheld fiber optic current and voltage monitor for high voltage applications

Abstract: A handheld fiber optic current and voltage monitor for applications in high voltage environment. A light source generates constant optical signal that is split by a fiber optic splitter into two paths. One path feeds a DMEMS based current sensor that is driven by a current to voltage conversion device that converts the current in a conductor into a voltage. The other path goes to a DMEMS based electric field sensor driven by a condenser antenna that converts the electric field near a high voltage power line conductor into a voltage. The output optical signals from the current sensor and the electric field sensor are received by respective optical receivers and converted into electric signals. A signal processing unit processes the signals, and a display screen displays the results. All these are mounted on a plastic mast for handheld operation.

Inventors: Shan; Xuekang (San Diego, CA), Hao; Jin (San Diego, CA)


International Classification: G01R 19/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/05/12018