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A fiber optic sensor for detecting acceleration or displacement includes a fiber optic probe with a multimode transmitting optical fiber, a multimode receiving optical fiber and a edge reflector spaced apart from the fiber probe. The reflector moves in a transverse direction substantially normal to the longitudinal axis of the fiber optic probe, so the amount of light received by the receiving fiber indicates a relative acceleration or a relative displacement of the reflective surface with respect to the fiber probe in the transverse direction of motion of the edge of the reflector. The reflector can be mounted on a cantilever beam. The sensor can have one transmitting fiber, two receiving fiber, and a reflector with two edges, each edge partially covering one of the receiving fibers. A triaxial sensor system has at least two two-fiber sensors.