Overcoming the Lead Fiber-Induced Limitation on Pulse Repetition Rate in Distributed Fiber Sensors

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Overcoming the Lead Fiber-Induced Limitation on Pulse Repetition Rate in Distributed Fiber Sensors
Title:
Overcoming the Lead Fiber-Induced Limitation on Pulse Repetition Rate in Distributed Fiber Sensors
Journal Title:
Photonics
Publication Date:
12 December 2022
Citation:
Zhang, H., Dong, H., Hu, D. J. J., & Hao, J. (2022). Overcoming the Lead Fiber-Induced Limitation on Pulse Repetition Rate in Distributed Fiber Sensors. Photonics, 9(12), 965. https://doi.org/10.3390/photonics9120965
Abstract:
Distributed fiber sensor (DFS)-based dynamic sensing has attracted increasing attention thanks to the growing demand in areas such as structural health monitoring and geophysical science. The maximum detectable frequency of DFSs depends on the maximum pulse repetition rate (MPRR), which is limited by the total length of the fiber under test (FUT). In some real-world applications, there is some distance between the interrogator and the monitoring site. Therefore, only a small part of the FUT acts as a sensing fiber (SF), while the other major part just acts as a lead fiber (LF), and the MPRR is limited by the LF and SF. Overcoming the LF-induced extra limitation on the MPRR is a practical problem for many DFS applications. In this paper, to the best of our knowledge, we propose a simple approach for overcoming the LF-induced extra limitation on the MPRR by dividing the DFS interrogator into two parts, for the first time. The proposed approach can be easily implemented for the real-world applicationsof DFSs whose LF is much longer than SF. It has been experimentally validated by using conventional phase-sensitive optical time domain reflectometry and Brillouin optical time domain analysis.
License type:
Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
Funding Info:
This research / project is supported by the A*STAR - RIE 2020 Industry Alignment Fund
Grant Reference no. : A19F1a0104
Description:
ISSN:
2304-6732
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