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Enhancement of Brillouin signal in plastic optical fibers using pulsed pump with multimode-fiber-assisted coupling
Author(s): Yosuke Mizuno; Neisei Hayashi; Kentaro Nakamura
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Paper Abstract

A cost-effective technique for coupling a plastic optical fiber (POF) to a silica single-mode fiber (SMF) is proposed, which can, by exploiting a multimode fiber (MMF), avoid the damage or burning at the butt-coupled POF/SMF interface. Using this coupling technique, we also show that the Brillouin Stokes power in a POF can be enhanced by combined use of pulsed pump and an erbium-doped fiber amplifier. When the pulsed pump with average optical power of 18 dBm, duty ratio of 15%, and pulse period of 2 μs is launched into a 200-m-long POF, 4-dB enhancement of the Stokes power is obtained compared to that with 18-dBm continuous-wave pump. The relatively small enhancement is probably caused by the high Brillouin threshold of POFs. The Stokes power dependence on duty ratio is non-monotonic, which might originate from a longer phonon lifetime in POFs than that in silica SMFs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 May 2013
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 8794, Fifth European Workshop on Optical Fibre Sensors, 87942I (20 May 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2023242
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Yosuke Mizuno, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan)
Neisei Hayashi, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan)
Kentaro Nakamura, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8794:
Fifth European Workshop on Optical Fibre Sensors
Leszek R. Jaroszewicz, Editor(s)

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