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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 12, Iss. 18 — Sep. 6, 2004
  • pp: 4339–4346

Strain event detection using a double-pulse technique of a Brillouin scattering-based distributed optical fiber sensor

Seok-Beom Cho, Jung-Ju Lee, and Il-Bum Kwon  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 12, Issue 18, pp. 4339-4346 (2004)

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Stimulated Brillouin scattering in optical fibers can be used to measure strain or temperature in a distributed manner. Brillouin optical time domain analysis (BOTDA) is the most common sensor system based on the Brillouin scattering. To improve the spatial resolution of these measurements, shorter pulses must be used, resulting in reduced signal powers causing a decrease of the dynamic range. In this paper, a double-pulse technique was proposed to enhance the spatial resolution of BOTDA. Experimental results showed that the ability to resolve two adjacent events could be enhanced, about twice, by using a double-pulsed pump light without decreases in the dynamic range.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sensors
(290.5830) Scattering : Scattering, Brillouin

ToC Category:
Research Papers

Original Manuscript: July 22, 2004
Revised Manuscript: September 1, 2004
Published: September 6, 2004

Seok-Beom Cho, Jung-Ju Lee, and Il-Bum Kwon, "Strain event detection using a double-pulse technique of a Brillouin scattering-based distributed optical fiber sensor," Opt. Express 12, 4339-4346 (2004)

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