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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 8 — Apr. 12, 2010
  • pp: 8671–8679

High spatial resolution distributed sensing in optical fibers by Brillouin gain-profile tracing

Tom Sperber, Avishay Eyal, Moshe Tur, and Luc Thévenaz  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 8, pp. 8671-8679 (2010)

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A novel BOTDA technique for distributed sensing of the Brillouin frequency in optical fibers with cm-order spatial resolution is proposed. The technique is based upon a simple modulation scheme, requiring only a single long pump pulse for acoustic excitation, and no subsequent interrogating pulse. Instead, the desired spatial mapping of the Brillouin response is extracted by taking the derivative of the probe signal. As a result, the spatial resolution is limited by the fall-time of the pump modulation, and the phenomena of secondary “echo” signals, typically appearing in BOTDA sensing methods based upon pre-excitation, is mitigated. Experimental demonstration of the detection of a Brillouin frequency variation significantly smaller than the natural Brillouin linewidth, with a 2cm spatial resolution, is presented.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sensors
(290.5900) Scattering : Scattering, stimulated Brillouin
(350.5730) Other areas of optics : Resolution

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Original Manuscript: February 8, 2010
Revised Manuscript: March 18, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: March 18, 2010
Published: April 9, 2010

Tom Sperber, Avishay Eyal, Moshe Tur, and Luc Thévenaz, "High spatial resolution distributed sensing in optical fibers by Brillouin gain-profile tracing," Opt. Express 18, 8671-8679 (2010)

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