Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/19853
Title: A novel fiber-optic intra-cavity sensing network using a mode-locked fiber ring laser
Authors: Yu, HB
Jin, W 
Liao, YB
Stewart, G
Culshaw, B
Ho, HL
Keywords: Adsorption
Fibre lasers
Fibre optic sensors
Gas sensors
Laser cavity resonators
Laser mode locking
Micro-optics
Monitoring
Remote sensing by laser beam
Ring lasers
Spectrochemical analysis
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: IEEE
Source: Ofs 2002 : 2002, 15th Optical Fiber Sensors Conference, technical digest : 6-10 May 2002, Hilton Portland, Portland, OR, USA, v. 1, p. 507-510 How to cite?
Abstract: A promising method for high sensitivity gas detection is intra-cavity spectroscopy (V.M. Baev et al., Applied Physics vol. B55, pp. 463-477, 1992), where the gas absorber is placed directly within a laser cavity. The high sensitivity arises from the very large number of passes through the gas cell within the cavity, effectively transforming a short absorption cell into a highly efficient multi-pass system. As a consequence a weak gas absorption line can have an enormous impact on the laser output. Recently intra-cavity spectroscopy with fiber lasers has attracted considerable attention. An all-fiber intra-cavity laser system can use the mature passive and active fiber components from the communications market with compact micro-optic gas cells, allowing safe, remote and continuous gas monitoring. In this paper, we present a system that combines a mode-locked fiber ring laser with intra-cavity spectroscopy to distinguish between different gas cells in a ladder sensing network. The system outputs strong pulsed lasing signals only when certain matching conditions are satisfied (J.S. Wey et al., IEEE Photonics Tech. Lett., vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 152-154, 1995) and individual sensors are addressed by different frequencies of the mode-locked fiber ring laser.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/19853
ISBN: 0-7803-7289-1
DOI: 10.1109/OFS.2002.1000735
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