Electro-optic fiber sensor for amplitude and phase detection of radio frequency electromagnetic fields.

Abstract

We present a miniature fiber-optic electromagnetic field (EMF) sensor that is capable of simultaneously detecting the amplitude and phase of an EMF in the range of 0.1-6 GHz. We focus on magnetic field measurements, since the H-field is more significant in our target applications due its direct relation to the current. The sensor is based on an open optical platform to which various antennas can be attached and contains a radio-frequency amplifier for signal conditioning and a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser as an electro-optic converter. The millimeter size and the full electrical isolation of the sensor allow EMF detection with minimal disturbance. We have characterized the sensor in the near field of a lambda/2 dipole, a rectangular waveguide, and a microstrip line, and we explain the experimental results with a simple theoretical model confirming the mapped near-field distribution of the investigated field source.

Cite this paper

@article{Kramer2006ElectroopticFS, title={Electro-optic fiber sensor for amplitude and phase detection of radio frequency electromagnetic fields.}, author={Axel Kramer and Peter M{\"{u}ller and Urs Lott and Niels Kuster and Fin Bomholt}, journal={Optics letters}, year={2006}, volume={31 16}, pages={2402-4} }