Single-longitudinal-mode fiber Bragg grating ring laser for real-time strain monitoring

Y. Zhu*, O. Balogun, S. Krishnaswamy

*Corresponding author for this work

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Tunable optical components based on in-fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) are of great interest for applications in structural health monitoring (SHM). In this work, we explore the single-longitudinal-mode operation of a tunable fiber ring laser with optical feedback by employing a FBG as the narrowband wavelength selector. Furthermore, we experimentally demonstrate the feasibility of quasi-static and dynamic spectral tuning of the fiber ring laser at frequencies up to hundreds of kilohertz using a single FBG sensing element. With multiple sensing elements, the fiber ring laser system allows for active monitoring of real-time strains in a multipoint sensor array configuration, which is particularly suitable for the localization of high frequency mechanical strain produced by impact loading and cracking events in structures. The proposed fiber ring laser system offers several potential advantages in the diagnostic sensing of mechanical strains for SHM implementations including fully integrated laser and sensor system, high source power levels at the sensor wavelength, narrow laser line-width, coherent spectral demodulation, and low device costs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 5th European Workshop - Structural Health Monitoring 2010
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
Event5th European Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring 2010 - Naples, Italy
Duration: Jun 28 2010Jul 4 2010


Other5th European Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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