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Distributed measurement of the polarization properties of a fiber using a backscatter technique
Author(s): Marc Wuilpart; Alan J. Rogers; Patrice Megret; Michel Blondel
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Paper Abstract

The new Polarization-OTDR technique theoretically and numerically described in this paper is based on the fact that the polarization state evolution of the backscattered signal gives information about the distribution of the fiber birefringence along its length. The knowledge of the full polarization properties of a single-mode optical fiber can be very useful in optical fiber sensing. The distributed measurement of the polarization properties can indeed allow to map external fields like strain and temperature and therefore makes possible the realization of full-distributed optical fiber sensors. There are also implications of this new method in the measurement of polarization mode dispersion in optical-fiber telecommunications systems. Simulations have been done and gave promising results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 August 2000
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4074, Applications of Optical Fiber Sensors, (31 August 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.397898
Show Author Affiliations
Marc Wuilpart, Faculte Polytechnique de Mons (Belgium)
Alan J. Rogers, King's College London (United Kingdom)
Patrice Megret, Faculte Polytechnique de Mons (Belgium)
Michel Blondel, Faculte Polytechnique de Mons (Belgium)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4074:
Applications of Optical Fiber Sensors
Alan J. Rogers, Editor(s)

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