Abstract

A major source of noise in fiber-optic Sagnac interferometers was identified to be the fluctuation of the phase of Rayleigh backscattering resulting from minute temperature variations and vibration. This noise can be reduced either by introducing a phase modulation into the fiber ring or by the use of a low-coherence source. A noise-equivalent rotation rate of 8 × 10−4 deg/sec was achieved.

© 1981 Optical Society of America

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