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850nm gain-switched pulse laser and its application in photon counting OTDR
Author(s): Bin Li; Qiang Zhou; Heng Zhou; You Wang; Guangwei Deng; Yunxiang Wang; Hao Li; Ruiming Zhang; Kun Qiu; Haizhi Song
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Paper Abstract

In this study, we propose and experimentally demonstrate a picosecond pulse laser at 850 nm. To generate picosecond laser pulse, we operate a vertical cavity surface emitting laser under a gain-switched pulsed mode, which is realized by driving it with our home-made drive circuit based on field programmable gate array and radio frequency devices. The obtained laser pulses are with the pulse width of less than 675 ps, and with repetition rate from single shot to megahertz. On the other hand, based on our gain-switched pulsed laser, we design and realize a cost-effective optical time domain reflectometry prototype equipment with photon counting technology for monitoring the healthy condition of aeronautical fiber. Our prototype equipment achieves a spatial resolution of less than 9 cm, and a dynamic range of around 18 dB above the noise floor. Such prototype equipment has already been employed to monitor an optical cable with 32 fiber channels on plane.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 November 2018
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 10819, Optical Metrology and Inspection for Industrial Applications V, 1081915 (2 November 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2502081
Show Author Affiliations
Bin Li, Univ. of Electronic Science and Technology of China (China)
Qiang Zhou, Univ. of Electronic Science and Technology of China (China)
Heng Zhou, Univ. of Electronic Science and Technology of China (China)
You Wang, Univ. of Electronic Science and Technology of China (China)
Southwest Institute of Technical Physics (China)
Guangwei Deng, Univ. of Electronic Science and Technology of China (China)
Yunxiang Wang, Univ. of Electronic Science and Technology of China (China)
Hao Li, Univ. of Electronic Science and Technology of China (China)
Ruiming Zhang, Univ. of Electronic Science and Technology of China (China)
Kun Qiu, Univ. of Electronic Science and Technology of China (China)
Haizhi Song, Univ. of Electronic Science and Technology of China (China)
Southwest Institute of Technical Physics (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10819:
Optical Metrology and Inspection for Industrial Applications V
Sen Han; Toru Yoshizawa; Song Zhang, Editor(s)

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