31 August 2000 Distributed measurement of the polarization properties of a fiber using a backscatter technique
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Proceedings Volume 4074, Applications of Optical Fiber Sensors; (2000); doi: 10.1117/12.397898
Event: Symposium on Applied Photonics, 2000, Glasgow, United Kingdom
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.
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Marc Wuilpart, Alan J. Rogers, Patrice Megret, Michel Blondel, "Distributed measurement of the polarization properties of a fiber using a backscatter technique", Proc. SPIE 4074, Applications of Optical Fiber Sensors, (31 August 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.397898; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.397898
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Polarization

Birefringence

Optical fibers

Temperature metrology

Backscatter

Geometrical optics

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