1 January 1987 Factors Affecting Splice Loss Measurements Using The OTDR
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Proceedings Volume 0841, Fiber Optic Networks and Coherent Technology in Fiber Optic Systems II; (1987) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.967593
Event: Cambridge Symposium on Fiber Optics and Integrated Optoelectronics, 1987, Cambridge, MA, United States
The Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) has been used to measure splice loss in fiber optic cables for several years. The OTDR requires bidirectional measurements be made and values averaged to get an accurate result. One theory implies that knowing optical characteristics of the fibers being spliced could allow for a measurement to be made in one direction only. This paper investigates that theory, and our findings indicate that bidirectional measurements are required in order to achieve accurate results.
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William L. Smith, William L. Smith, Virendra S. Shah, Virendra S. Shah, William C. Young, William C. Young, "Factors Affecting Splice Loss Measurements Using The OTDR", Proc. SPIE 0841, Fiber Optic Networks and Coherent Technology in Fiber Optic Systems II, (1 January 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.967593; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.967593


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