Abstract

A method to suppress the polarization-fluctuation-induced drift in a resonator fiber-optic gyro is proposed in this paper. By inserting one in-line polarizer whose polarization extinction ratio is 30 dB into a polarization-maintaining fiber resonator with 0° polarization-axis splices, the unwanted resonance is introduced to high loss and therefore the ratio of the resonance height of the desired eigen-states of polarization (ESOP) to the unwanted ESOP is 74 dB theoretically; thus the polarization-fluctuation-induced drift is adequately suppressed. The new scheme has excellent operability and high temperature stability simultaneously. Compared to the resonator with twin 90° polarization-axis rotated splices, this scheme does not need precise length difference control. This work is of great importance in the research on resonator integrated optic gyros.

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