11 June 2014 Effects of Rayleigh backscattering on the stability of distributed feedback fiber laser sensors
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Rayleigh backscattering induces mode hopping of distributed feedback (DFB) fiber lasers in the sensor array, and the critical length related to Rayleigh backscattering limits the size of DFB fiber laser sensor networking. Based on a three-mirror cavity model, the critical length for a DFB fiber laser is derived. It increases nearly exponentially with the coupling coefficient for the ideal π -shifted DFB fiber lasers. The reflectivity of the sub-fiber Bragg grating at the lasing wavelength is the main factor to resist Rayleigh backscattering for a nonideal DFB fiber laser. The corresponding experiments have been carried out, and the critical length of larger than 150 m was achieved for 42-mm-long DFB fiber lasers.
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Tuanwei Xu, Tuanwei Xu, Meizhen Ren, Meizhen Ren, Jun He, Jun He, Gaosheng Fang, Gaosheng Fang, Fang Li, Fang Li, Yuliang Liu, Yuliang Liu, } "Effects of Rayleigh backscattering on the stability of distributed feedback fiber laser sensors," Optical Engineering 53(6), 066102 (11 June 2014). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.OE.53.6.066102 . Submission:
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