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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 51, Iss. 14 — May. 10, 2012
  • pp: 2548–2553

Method to measure the second-order birefringence vector distribution along optical fibers based on high-speed polarization optical time domain reflectometry

Chao Shang, Chongqing Wu, Zhi Wang, Yongjun Wang, Jian Wang, Zhengyong Li, and Shuangshou Yang  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 51, Issue 14, pp. 2548-2553 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.51.002548


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Abstract

Based on a high-speed polarization optical domain reflectometry, an innovative method to measure the second-order birefringence vector distribution along optical fibers was proposed and implemented in this paper. Some interesting data were obtained along a 1 km long single mode fiber by only one detection. The second-order birefringence magnitude distribution curve can reflect both magnitude and direction change information of the first-order birefringence, and it was more stable (except the catastrophe points) than that of the first-order. The larger variable range of the second-order birefringence magnitude may provide a higher sensitivity than the first-order for birefringence-based distributed sensors.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.2300) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber measurements
(120.4825) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical time domain reflectometry

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: January 23, 2012
Revised Manuscript: February 19, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: March 2, 2012
Published: May 4, 2012

Citation
Chao Shang, Chongqing Wu, Zhi Wang, Yongjun Wang, Jian Wang, Zhengyong Li, and Shuangshou Yang, "Method to measure the second-order birefringence vector distribution along optical fibers based on high-speed polarization optical time domain reflectometry," Appl. Opt. 51, 2548-2553 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-51-14-2548

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