Abstract

We propose and demonstrate experimentally a low-noise closed-loop fiber optic gyroscope (FOG) driven by two broadband sources simultaneously. The basic characteristic of built-up super broadband light source (SBLS) consisting of two superluminescent diodes (SLDs) with different wavelengths was designed and analyzed. The dispersion characteristic of half-wave voltage of multifunction integrated optical circuit (MIOC) was investigated theoretically and experimentally. The tested results agree well with the theoretical model and confirm that the customized MIOC can operate well over a large spectral bandwidth. An experimental FOG driven by the SBLS was built with a solid-core polarization maintaining photonic crystal fiber coil and the closed-loop operation was realized well. Its bias drift and scale factor were tested preliminarily, and high performance is achieved compared with the FOGs with a single SLD source.

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