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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 18 — Sep. 9, 2013
  • pp: 21218–21223

Fiber-connected UWB sensor network for high-resolution localization using optical time-division multiplexing

Jianbin Fu and Shilong Pan  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 18, pp. 21218-21223 (2013)

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A fiber-connected ultra-wideband (UWB) sensor network for high-resolution localization which consists of a central station and several sensor nodes is proposed and demonstrated. To make the central station easily identify the received UWB pulses from different sensor nodes, optical time-division multiplexing (OTDM), realized by inserting a certain length of optical fiber between every two sensor nodes, is implemented. Due to the OTDM technology, the UWB pulses received by different sensors are mapped into different time slots, so neither parameter estimation nor clock synchronization is required in the UWB sensor node. All complex signal processing is completed in the central station, which greatly improve the localization accuracy and simplify the system. A proof-of-concept experiment for two-dimensional localization is demonstrated. Spatial resolution as high as 3.9 cm is achieved.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors
(060.5625) Fiber optics and optical communications : Radio frequency photonics

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: June 28, 2013
Revised Manuscript: August 18, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: August 19, 2013
Published: September 3, 2013

Jianbin Fu and Shilong Pan, "Fiber-connected UWB sensor network for high-resolution localization using optical time-division multiplexing," Opt. Express 21, 21218-21223 (2013)

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