Using optical code-division multiple-access techniques in Michelson interferometer vibration sensor networks

Chih Ta Yen, Jen Fa Huang, Guan Jie Huang

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This study proposes a spectral-amplitude-coding optical code-division multiple-access (SAC-OCDMA) framework for accessing the vibration frequency of a test object by using a Michelson interferometer vibration sensor (MIVS). Each sensor node possesses an individual signature codeword, and liquid crystal spatial light modulator (LC-SLM) encoders/decoders (codecs) are adopted to provide excellent orthogonal properties in the frequency domain. The proposed LC-SLM-based OCDMA system mitigates multiple access interference among all sensor nodes. When optical beams strike and are reflected by the object, the sensing interferometer becomes sensitive to external physical parameters such as temperature, strain, and vibration. The MIVS includes a Michelson interferometer placed at a specific distance from the test object on a designed vibration platform. A balanced photodetector (BPD) was used to convert the light output of the LC-SLM decoders into electrical signals, and a digitizing oscilloscope was used to Fourier transform the BPD electrical signal output, thereby yielding the vibration frequency of the test object. The results showed that the proposed sensor network with an interferometer can be used as a distributed highly sensitive sensor to obtain mechanical values. This study provides a new optical sensor network for current vibration frequency measurements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)343-354
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Vibroengineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering

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