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An acoustooptical directional coupler for an optical time-domain reflectometer

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4 Author(s)
Horiguchi, T. ; Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation, Ibaraki, Japan ; Nakazawa, M. ; Tokuda, Masamitsu ; Uchida, Naoya

An optical directional coupler in which a TeO2acoustooptical deflector (AOD) is employed has been designed and developed for use in an optical time-domain reflectometer (OTDR). A low round-trip insertion loss of 4.6 dB and low crosstalk of below -48 dB were attained for the fabricated coupler. Signals of large amplitude, such as Fresnel reflection, could be suppressed to less than - 33 dB by switching of the optical directional coupler. Amplitude fluctuation of the back-scattered signal due to polarization fluctuation in single-mode fibers is reduced to a negligible extent.

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Lightwave Technology, Journal of  (Volume:2 ,  Issue: 2 )