Performance analysis of peak tracking techniques for fiber Bragg grating interrogation systems

Daniele Tosi, Massimo Olivero, Guido Perrone

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In this paper, we propose a spectral correlation-based technique for tracking the wavelength shift of a fiber Bragg grating. We compared this approach, by means of a Monte Carlo numerical simulation, to the typical peak tracking techniques applied in classic interrogation systems. As result, we obtained a considerable gain in terms of noise tolerance (about 20 dB), which can be further incremented by selecting large-bandwidth gratings. This permits to increase the power budget of a fiber Bragg grating interrogator without changing the optical layout, overcoming classical limitations of commercial and custom systems. Penalties due to the non-idealities have been evaluated through the same Monte Carlo approach. Finally, we discuss a practical application of the peak tracking techniques to a fiber Bragg grating-based weight sensor, in which we applied the spectral correlation to track both the Bragg wavelength position, spectral deformations due to high strain, and spectral non-linearity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)252-262
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Microwaves, Optoelectronics and Electromagnetic Applications
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012


  • Fiber Bragg grating (FBG)
  • Fiber optic sensor (FOS)
  • Monte Carlo simulation
  • Optical instrumentation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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