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Distributed transverse load sensing in polarisation maintaining fibres using Rayleigh backscatter
Author(s): Robert R. J. Maier; William N. MacPherson; James S. Barton
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Paper Abstract

We demonstrate for the first time true distributed sensing of scale and location of transverse loading along an extended length of polarisation maintaining [PM] fibre with high spatial resolution using Optical Frequency Domain Reflectometry [OFDR]. Transverse loading of PM fibres induces local and differential changes in refractive index in slow and fast axis, depending on scale and direction of load relative to the axes. The change in refractive index is detected by monitoring the change in local periodicity of the statically distributed Rayleigh scatter for each PM fibre axis simultaneously using OFDR.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 October 2009
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 7503, 20th International Conference on Optical Fibre Sensors, 75030C (5 October 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.835131
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Robert R. J. Maier, Heriot-Watt Univ. (United Kingdom)
William N. MacPherson, Heriot-Watt Univ. (United Kingdom)
James S. Barton, Heriot-Watt Univ. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7503:
20th International Conference on Optical Fibre Sensors
Julian D. C. Jones, Editor(s)

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