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  • Vol. 39, Iss. 18 — Jun. 20, 2000
  • pp: 3032–3043

Frequency-derived distributed optical-fiber sensing technique: theory and characterization

Farhad Parvaneh, Vincent A. Handerek, and Alan J. Rogers  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 39, Issue 18, pp. 3032-3043 (2000)

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Frequency-derived distributed optical-fiber sensing is a method for remote measurement of the spatial distribution of linear birefringence in an optical fiber, allowing a corresponding measurement of those external measurands that influence this birefringence. The method employs a pump–probe scheme, which, by use of the optical Kerr effect, generates an optical modulation of the probe beam, with a modulation frequency whose temporal variation maps the spatial distribution of birefringence. We provide a complete theoretical analysis of this method by using Jones calculus and graphic representation on the Poincaré sphere. The relevant characterization of the technique and some experimental results are also presented; these show good agreement with the theory.

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OCIS Codes
(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(060.2370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sensors
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers

Original Manuscript: April 20, 1999
Revised Manuscript: December 8, 1999
Published: June 20, 2000

Farhad Parvaneh, Vincent A. Handerek, and Alan J. Rogers, "Frequency-derived distributed optical-fiber sensing technique: theory and characterization," Appl. Opt. 39, 3032-3043 (2000)

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