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Sensors 2017, 17(1), 47; doi:10.3390/s17010047

A Fiber-Optic Interferometric Tri-Component Geophone for Ocean Floor Seismic Monitoring

College of Instrumentation & Electrical Engineering, Jilin University, Changchun 130061, China
Institute of Automation, Shandong Academy of Sciences, Jinan 250014, China
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Academic Editors: Manuel Lopez-Amo, Jose Miguel Lopez-Higuera and Jose Luis Santos
Received: 22 October 2016 / Revised: 7 December 2016 / Accepted: 23 December 2016 / Published: 28 December 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Optical Fiber Sensors 2016)
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For the implementation of an all fiber observation network for submarine seismic monitoring, a tri-component geophone based on Michelson interferometry is proposed and tested. A compliant cylinder-based sensor head is analyzed with finite element method and tested. The operation frequency ranges from 2 Hz to 150 Hz for acceleration detection, employing a phase generated carrier demodulation scheme, with a responsivity above 50 dB re rad/g for the whole frequency range. The transverse suppression ratio is about 30 dB. The system noise at low frequency originated mainly from the 1/f fluctuation, with an average system noise level −123.55 dB re rad / Hz ranging from 0 Hz to 500 Hz. The minimum detectable acceleration is about 2 ng / Hz , and the dynamic range is above 116 dB. View Full-Text
Keywords: fiber optic Michelson interferometer; vibration sensor; phase generated carrier; geophone fiber optic Michelson interferometer; vibration sensor; phase generated carrier; geophone

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Chen, J.; Chang, T.; Fu, Q.; Lang, J.; Gao, W.; Wang, Z.; Yu, M.; Zhang, Y.; Cui, H.-L. A Fiber-Optic Interferometric Tri-Component Geophone for Ocean Floor Seismic Monitoring. Sensors 2017, 17, 47.

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