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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 8 — Apr. 13, 2009
  • pp: 6525–6531

Backreflected radiation due to a propagating fiber fuse

Kazi S. Abedin, Masataka Nakazawa, and Tetsuya Miyazaki  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 8, pp. 6525-6531 (2009)

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The properties of backreflected light due to voids in a fiber fuse were studied using optical coherence-domain reflectometry of a damaged fiber and real-time monitoring of the electrical (RF) spectrum. Light reflected backward at the interface of a propagating fiber fuse acquired low-frequency broadband amplitude modulation, which can be detected remotely at the source end, using an RF spectrum analyzer. For the light backreflected during propagation of a fiber fuse, we derived an analytical expression that well explained the spectral features observed experimentally in the RF spectrum. Finally, a novel method that allowed us to rapidly terminate the fiber fuse propagation (in a few milliseconds) is also shown.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.2290) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber materials
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(350.1820) Other areas of optics : Damage

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: February 13, 2009
Revised Manuscript: March 31, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: March 31, 2009
Published: April 3, 2009

Kazi S. Abedin, Masataka Nakazawa, and Tetsuya Miyazaki, "Backreflected radiation due to a propagating fiber fuse," Opt. Express 17, 6525-6531 (2009)

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