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Sensors 2012, 12(3), 2467-2486; doi:10.3390/s120302467
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Interferometric Fiber Optic Sensors

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Received: 16 January 2012; in revised form: 6 February 2012 / Accepted: 6 February 2012 / Published: 23 February 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Optical Fiber Sensors)
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Abstract: Fiber optic interferometers to sense various physical parameters including temperature, strain, pressure, and refractive index have been widely investigated. They can be categorized into four types: Fabry-Perot, Mach-Zehnder, Michelson, and Sagnac. In this paper, each type of interferometric sensor is reviewed in terms of operating principles, fabrication methods, and application fields. Some specific examples of recently reported interferometeric sensor technologies are presented in detail to show their large potential in practical applications. Some of the simple to fabricate but exceedingly effective Fabry-Perot interferometers, implemented in both extrinsic and intrinsic structures, are discussed. Also, a wide variety of Mach-Zehnder and Michelson interferometric sensors based on photonic crystal fibers are introduced along with their remarkable sensing performances. Finally, the simultaneous multi-parameter sensing capability of a pair of long period fiber grating (LPG) is presented in two types of structures; one is the Mach-Zehnder interferometer formed in a double cladding fiber and the other is the highly sensitive Sagnac interferometer cascaded with an LPG pair.
Keywords: fiber-optic sensors; fiber interferometers; Fabry-Perot interferometers; Mach-Zehnder interferometers; Michelson interferometers; Sagnac interferometers fiber-optic sensors; fiber interferometers; Fabry-Perot interferometers; Mach-Zehnder interferometers; Michelson interferometers; Sagnac interferometers
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Lee, B.H.; Kim, Y.H.; Park, K.S.; Eom, J.B.; Kim, M.J.; Rho, B.S.; Choi, H.Y. Interferometric Fiber Optic Sensors. Sensors 2012, 12, 2467-2486.

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Lee BH, Kim YH, Park KS, Eom JB, Kim MJ, Rho BS, Choi HY. Interferometric Fiber Optic Sensors. Sensors. 2012; 12(3):2467-2486.

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Lee, Byeong Ha; Kim, Young Ho; Park, Kwan Seob; Eom, Joo Beom; Kim, Myoung Jin; Rho, Byung Sup; Choi, Hae Young. 2012. "Interferometric Fiber Optic Sensors." Sensors 12, no. 3: 2467-2486.


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