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Optical fiber characterization for optimization of a Brillouin-scattering-based fiber optic sensor
Author(s): Kellie A. Brown; Anthony W. Brown; Bruce G. Colpitts
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Paper Abstract

Brillouin scattering-based distributed fiber optic sensors have been shown to be effective diagnostic tools for monitoring structural health, and detecting fires and hot spots, among other uses. Current research has mainly been focused on improving the spatial, strain and temperature resolutions, and sensing lengths of these systems, generally by the use of better signal processing and improved equipment. In contrast, there has been little published work on optimizing the sensing optical fiber itself. A number of commercially available optical fibers have been measured in order to determine how to optimize their Brillouin characteristics. Some characteristics chosen are the number of Brillouin peaks, the frequency of the peaks, their linewidth, and the temperature and strain coefficients of each peak. It is shown that lowering the intrinsic Brillouin frequency of the fiber can increase the Brillouin strain coefficient and decrease the temperature coefficient of the optical fiber for the main Brillouin peak, among other results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 November 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5579, Photonics North 2004: Photonic Applications in Telecommunications, Sensors, Software, and Lasers, (16 November 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.567086
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Kellie A. Brown, Univ. of New Brunswick (Canada)
Anthony W. Brown, Univ. of New Brunswick (Canada)
Bruce G. Colpitts, Univ. of New Brunswick (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5579:
Photonics North 2004: Photonic Applications in Telecommunications, Sensors, Software, and Lasers
Donna Strickland; Trevor J. Hall; Stoyan Tanev; Xiaoyi Bao; Franko Kueppers; David V. Plant, Editor(s)

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