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Fully distributed polarization properties of an optical fiber using the backscattering technique
Author(s): Marc Wuilpart; Alan J. Rogers; Patrice Megret; Michel Blondel
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Paper Abstract

The new Polarization-OTDR (Optical Time-Domain Reflectometry) technique theoretically and numerically described in this paper is based on the fact that the polarization state evolution ofthe backscattered signal gives information about the distribution of the fibre birefringence along its length. The knowledge of full polarization properties of a singlemode optical fibre can be very useful for determining the Polarization Mode Dispersion (PMD), which has become an important limiting factor in high capacity optical communications systems. Another interesting application is the possible realisation of fully-distributed optical-fibre sensor (FDOFS). Simulations have been done and gave promising results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 December 2000
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4087, Applications of Photonic Technology 4, (15 December 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.406431
Show Author Affiliations
Marc Wuilpart, Polytechnique de Mons (Belgium)
Alan J. Rogers, King's College London (United Kingdom)
Patrice Megret, Polytechnique de Mons (Belgium)
Michel Blondel, Polytechnique de Mons (Belgium)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4087:
Applications of Photonic Technology 4
Roger A. Lessard; George A. Lampropoulos, Editor(s)

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