Use of distributed acoustic sensing for Doppler tracking of moving sources

Nina Shpalensky, Lihi Shiloh, Haniel Gabai, Avishay Eyal*

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Distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) via fiber-optic reflectometry techniques is finding more and more applications in recent years. In many of these applications, the position of detected acoustic or seismic sources is defined with a single longitudinal coordinate which specifies the distance between the detection point in the fiber to the DAS interrogator. In this paper we describe a DAS system which is intended to operate in a fluid (air or water) and to detect and localize moving objects, with three spatial coordinates, using the acoustic waves they generate or reflect and their Doppler shifts. The new method uses optical frequency domain reflectometry (OFDR) and lumped Rayleigh reflectors (LRR's) to ensure sufficiently high sensitivity for operation in fluid media. The new method was used to track a narrowband (CW) signal source.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17690-17696
Number of pages7
JournalOptics Express
Issue number13
StatePublished - 25 Jun 2018


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