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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 13 — Jun. 25, 2007
  • pp: 8237–8242

High resolution optical time domain reflectometer based on 1.55μm up-conversion photon-counting module

Matthieu Legré, Rob Thew, Hugo Zbinden, and Nicolas Gisin  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 13, pp. 8237-8242 (2007)

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We implement a photon-counting Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) at 1.55μm which exhibits a high 2-point resolution and a high accuracy. It is based on a low temporal-jitter photon-counting module at 1.55μm. This detector is composed of a periodically poled Lithium niobate (PPLN) waveguide, which provides a wavelength conversion from near infrared to visible light, and a low jitter silicon photon-counting detector. With this apparatus, we obtain centimetre resolution over a measurement range of tens of kilometres.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2270) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber characterization
(120.3940) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrology
(120.5820) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Scattering measurements

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: March 1, 2007
Revised Manuscript: June 11, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: June 13, 2007
Published: June 18, 2007

Matthieu Legré, Rob Thew, Hugo Zbinden, and Nicolas Gisin, "High resolution optical time domain reflectometer based on 1.55μm up-conversion photon-counting module," Opt. Express 15, 8237-8242 (2007)

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