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Highly sensitive distributed birefringence measurements based on a two-pulse interrogation of a dynamic Brillouin grating
Author(s): Marcelo A. Soto; Andrey Denisov; Xabier Angulo-Vinuesa; Sonia Martin-Lopez; Luc Thévenaz; Miguel Gonzalez-Herraez
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Paper Abstract

A method for distributed birefringence measurements is proposed based on the interference pattern generated by the interrogation of a dynamic Brillouin grating (DBG) using two short consecutive optical pulses. Compared to existing DBG interrogation techniques, the method here offers an improved sensitivity to birefringence changes thanks to the interferometric effect generated by the reflections of the two pulses. Experimental results demonstrate the possibility to obtain the longitudinal birefringence profile of a 20 m-long Panda fibre with an accuracy of ~10-8 using 16 averages and 30 cm spatial resolution. The method enables sub-metric and highly-accurate distributed temperature and strain sensing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 April 2017
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 10323, 25th International Conference on Optical Fiber Sensors, 103238Z (23 April 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2267471
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Marcelo A. Soto, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)
Andrey Denisov, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)
Xabier Angulo-Vinuesa, Univ. de Alcalá (Spain)
Sonia Martin-Lopez, Univ. de Alcalá (Spain)
Luc Thévenaz, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)
Miguel Gonzalez-Herraez, Univ. de Alcalá (Spain)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10323:
25th International Conference on Optical Fiber Sensors
Youngjoo Chung; Wei Jin; Byoungho Lee; John Canning; Kentaro Nakamura; Libo Yuan, Editor(s)

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