Abstract

In the optical detection of ultrasound, resonators with high Q-factors are often used to maximize sensitivity. However, increasing the Q-factor of a resonator may reduce the linear range of the interrogation scheme, making it more susceptible to strong external perturbations and incapable of measuring strong acoustic signals. In this Letter, a passive-demodulation scheme for pulse interferometry was developed for high dynamic-range measurements. The passive scheme was based on an unbalanced Mach–Zehnder interferometer and a 90° optical hybrid, which was implemented in a dual-polarization all-fiber setup. We demonstrated the passive scheme for detecting ultrasound bursts with pressure levels for which the response of conventional, active interferometric techniques became nonlinear.

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