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Amplitude and Frequency Dependence of the Signal-to-Noise Ratio in LDV Measurements

[+] Author Affiliations
Patrick F. O’Malley, Joseph F. Vignola, John A. Judge

The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

Paper No. DETC2011-48692, pp. 545-549; 5 pages
  • ASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 1: 23rd Biennial Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise, Parts A and B
  • Washington, DC, USA, August 28–31, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5478-5
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


When making measurements using many sensors, it is expected that, within normal operating ranges, the signal-to-noise ratio is approximately linear (i.e. 20 dB/decade). This generality does not hold, however, when making measurements using a laser Doppler vibrometer (LDV). If the velocity of the target of an LDV measurement increases by an order of magnitude, changes in the speckle pattern will introduce noise into the measurand. An experiment was conducted using an LDV system to measure the velocity response of a speaker excited over several orders of magnitude in both frequency and amplitude. Results are presented showing the relationship between signal-to-noise ratio and vibration amplitude.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME



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