High-resolution long-reach distributed Brillouin sensing based on combined time-domain and correlation-domain analysis

David Elooz, Yair Antman, Nadav Levanon, Avi Zadok

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A new scheme for distributed Brillouin sensing of strain and temperature in optical fibers is proposed, analyzed and demonstrated experimentally. The technique combines between time-domain and correlation-domain analysis. Both Brillouin pump and signal waves are repeatedly co-modulated by a relatively short, high-rate phase sequence, which introduces Brillouin interactions in a large number of discrete correlation peaks. In addition, the pump wave is also modulated by a single amplitude pulse, which leads to a temporal separation between the generation of different peaks. The Brillouin amplification of the signal wave at individual peak locations is resolved in the time domain. The technique provides the high spatial resolution and long range of unambiguous measurement offered by correlation-domain Brillouin analysis, together with reduced acquisition time through the simultaneous interrogation of a large number of resolution points. In addition, perfect Golomb codes are used in the phase modulation of the two waves instead of random sequences, in order to reduce noise due to residual, off-peak Brillouin interactions. The principle of the method is supported by extensive numerical simulations. Using the proposed scheme, the Brillouin gain spectrum is mapped experimentally along a 400 m-long fiber under test with a spatial resolution of 2 cm, or 20,000 resolution points, with only 127 scans per choice of frequency offset between pump and signal. Compared with corresponding phase-coded, Brillouin correlation domain analysis schemes with equal range and resolution, the acquisition time is reduced by a factor of over 150. A 5 cm-long hot spot, located towards the output end of the pump wave, is properly identified in the measurements. The method represents a significant advance towards practical highresolution and long range Brillouin sensing systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6453-6463
Number of pages11
JournalOptics Express
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2014


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