We experimentally investigate the use of an arrayed waveguide grating (AWG) to interrogate interferometric sensors. A single broad-band light source is used to illuminate the system. Reflected spectral information is directed to an AWG with integral photodetectors providing 40 electrical outputs. We show that using the dual-wavelength technique we can measure the length of a Fabry-Pérot cavity by determining the optical phase changes of the scanned interferometric pattern, which produced a maximum unambiguous range of 1440 μm with an active sensor and a maximum unambiguous range of 300 μm with the introduction of a second processing interferometer, which allows the sensor to be passive. © 2005 IEEE.
- arrayed waveguide grating (AWG)