Improving demodulation accuracy of low-coherence interferometer against spatial-frequency nonlinearity
We present an effective method to compensate the spatial-frequency nonlinearity for polarized low-coherence interferometer with location-dependent dispersion element. Through the use of location-dependent dispersive characteristics, the method establishes the exact relationship between wave number and discrete Fourier transform (DFT) serial number. The jump errors in traditional absolute phase algorithm are also avoided with nonlinearity compensation. We carried out experiments with an optical fiber Fabry-Perot (F-P) pressure sensing system to verify the effectiveness. The demodulated error is less than 0.139kPa in the range of 170kPa when using our nonlinearity compensation process in the demodulation.