Towards smart sonar transducers - polarimetric sensing for sonar array compensation

Stephen Pierce, Gordon Flockhart, Michelle Mcguire, Abdeldjalil Bennecer, Gordon Hayward, Graham Thursby, George Stewart, Brian Culshaw

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An optical fibre polarimetric sensor is discussed for monitoring the acoustic output of an immersion sonar transducer in the frequency range around 250 kHz. It is shown that the sensor was suitable for both narrowband and broadband applications, and experimental results are presented to compare the measured sensor output with numerical models. Applications for the sensor include periodic sonar array calibration, and real time compensation to modify output acoustic field characteristics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication8th International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2011


  • ultrasound
  • optical fibre sensor
  • polarimetry
  • Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering


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