Fibre optic polarimetric detection of Lamb waves

G.J. Thursby, F. Dong, Y. Yong, B.L. Sorazu, D. Betz, B. Culshaw

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In this paper we describe the detection of Lamb waves by monitoring the changes in the polarimetric state of the light emerging from an optical fibre which has been either bonded to, or incorporated into, a sample plate. Results have been obtained using both isotropic materials, such as polymer sheets, or anisotropic materials such as carbon fibre composites. These results demonstrate that polarimetric analysis has the potential to provide an alternative method of detecting Lamb waves and also provides a possible method for investigating the nature of the interaction between the acoustic wave and the light propagating through the fibre.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - May 2002
Event15th Optical Fiber Sensors Conference - Portland, United States
Duration: 6 May 200210 May 2002


Conference15th Optical Fiber Sensors Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • bonding
  • sheet materials
  • polymers
  • organic materials
  • optical materials
  • optical fibers
  • optical detectors
  • monitoring
  • fiber optics
  • composite materials
  • fibre optic
  • polarimetric detection
  • lamb waves


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