Quadratic behavior of fiber Bragg grating temperature coefficients

Gordon M.H. Flockhart, Robert R.J. Maier, James S. Barton, William N. MacPherson, Julian D.C. Jones, Karen E. Chisholm, Lin Zhang, Ian Bennion, Ian J. Read, Peter D. Foote

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We describe the characterization of the temperature and strain responses of fiber Bragg grating sensors by use of an interferometric interrogation technique to provide an absolute measurement of the grating wavelength. The fiber Bragg grating temperature response was found to be nonlinear over the temperature range -70 °C to 80 °C. The nonlinearity was observed to be a quadratic function of temperature, arising from the linear dependence on temperature of the thermo-optic coefficient of silica glass over this range, and is in good agreement with a theoretical model.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2744-2751
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Optics
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2004

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