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Two-beam phase-sensitive optical time domain reflectometer based on Jones matrix modeling
Author(s): Yang An; Xin Feng; Jian Li; Hao Feng; Shijiu Jin

Paper Abstract

A two-beam phase-sensitive optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR) is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. Optical pulses are launched into two distributed fibers. With the interference effect of two channel Rayleigh scattering signals and the positioning principle of the traditional OTDR, detection and location of vibration events along sensing fibers can be achieved using a new signal processing scheme. What is more, to investigate the sensitivity fading problem that often occurred when polarization controller (PC) is not utilized, the optical polarization model based on the equivalent Jones matrices of sensing fibers is established. Simulation results show that due to the polarization characteristic discrepancy of the sensing fibers, the signal amplitude varies a lot for different polarization states of the incident light. Experimental result shows that with the PC, the signal signal to noise ratio can be stabilized as 9.5 dB, which verifies the effectiveness of the sensor.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 September 2013
PDF: 6 pages
Opt. Eng. 52(9) 094102 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.52.9.094102
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 52, Issue 9
Show Author Affiliations
Yang An, Tianjin Univ. (China)
Xin Feng, Tianjin Univ. (China)
Jian Li, Tianjin Univ. (China)
Hao Feng, Tianjin Univ. (China)
Shijiu Jin, Tianjin Univ. (China)

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