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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 19 — Sep. 13, 2010
  • pp: 20136–20142

Photonic crystal fiber mapping using Brillouin echoes distributed sensing

B. Stiller, S. M. Foaleng, J.-C. Beugnot, M. W. Lee, M. Delqué, G. Bouwmans, A. Kudlinski, L. Thévenaz, H. Maillotte, and T. Sylvestre  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 19, pp. 20136-20142 (2010)

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In this paper we investigate the effect of microstructure irregularities and applied strain on backward Brillouin scattering by comparing two photonic crystal fibers drawn with different parameters in order to minimize diameter and microstructure fluctuations. We fully characterize their Brillouin properties including the gain spectrum and the critical power. Using Brillouin echoes distributed sensing with a high spatial resolution of 30 cm we are able to map the Brillouin frequency shift along the fiber and get an accurate estimation of the microstructure longitudinal fluctuations. Our results reveal a clear-cut difference of longitudinal homogeneity between the two fibers.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2270) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber characterization
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(060.5295) Fiber optics and optical communications : Photonic crystal fibers

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: June 29, 2010
Revised Manuscript: August 31, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: August 31, 2010
Published: September 7, 2010

Birgit Stiller, Stella M. Foaleng, Jean-Charles Beugnot, Min W. Lee, Michaël Delqué, Géraud Bouwmans, Alexandre Kudlinski, Luc Thévenaz, Hervé Maillotte, and Thibaut Sylvestre, "Photonic crystal fiber mapping using Brillouin echoes distributed sensing," Opt. Express 18, 20136-20142 (2010)

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