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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 9 — Apr. 26, 2010
  • pp: 9531–9541

Long-range hybrid network with point and distributed Brillouin sensors using Raman amplification

Ander Zornoza, Rosa Ana Pérez-Herrera, César Elosúa, Silvia Diaz, Candido Bariain, Alayn Loayssa, and Manuel Lopez-Amo  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 9, pp. 9531-9541 (2010)

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We propose a novel concept for hybrid networks that combine point and distributed Brillouin sensors in a cost-effective architecture that also deploys remote distributed Raman amplification to extend the sensing range. A 46-km proof-of-concept network is experimentally demonstrated integrating point vibration sensors based on fiber Bragg gratings and tapers with distributed temperature sensing along the network bus. In this network the use of Raman amplification to compensate branching and fiber losses provides a temperature resolution of 0.7°C and 13 m. Moreover, it was possible to obtain good optical signal to noise ratio in the measurements from the four point vibration sensors that were remotely multiplexed in the network. These low-cost intensity sensors are able to measure vibrations in the 0.1 to 50 Hz frequency range, which are important in the monitoring of large infrastructures such as pipelines.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sensors
(120.7280) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Vibration analysis
(290.5830) Scattering : Scattering, Brillouin
(280.4788) Remote sensing and sensors : Optical sensing and sensors

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Original Manuscript: February 8, 2010
Revised Manuscript: April 6, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: April 6, 2010
Published: April 22, 2010

Ander Zornoza, Rosa Ana Pérez-Herrera, César Elosúa, Silvia Diaz, Candido Bariain, Alayn Loayssa, and Manuel Lopez-Amo, "Long-range hybrid network with point and distributed Brillouin sensors using Raman amplification," Opt. Express 18, 9531-9541 (2010)

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