Harsh environments minimally invasive optical sensor using free-space targeted single-crystal silicon carbide
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IEEE Sens. J.
harsh environment; high-temperature sensor; optical interferometry; optical sensor; silicon carbide; FIBEROPTIC TEMPERATURE; Engineering, Electrical & Electronic; Instruments & Instrumentation; Physics, Applied
To the best of our knowledge, for the first time, a single-crystal silicon carbide (SiC)-based minimally invasive smart optical sensor suited for harsh environments has been designed and demonstrated. The novel sensor design is based on an agile wavelength source, instantaneous single-wavelength strong two-beam interferometry, full optical power cycle data acquisition, free-space targeted laser beams, multiple single-crystal-thick SiC optical front-end chips, and multiwavelength signal processing for unambiguous temperature measurements to form a fast and distributed smart optical sensor system. Experiments conducted using a 1550-nm eye-safe band-tunable laser and a 300-mu m coating-free thick SiC chip demonstrate temperature sensing from room temperature to 1000 degrees C with an estimated average 1.3 degrees C resolution. Applications for the proposed sensor include use in fossil fuel-based power systems, aerospace/aircraft systems, satellite systems, deep-space exploration systems, and drilling and oil mining industries.
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