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A novel technique for reducing polarization noise in optical-time domain reflectometers for single-mode fibers

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5 Author(s)
Horiguchi, T. ; NTT Public Corporation, Ibaraki-ken, Japan ; Suzuki, K. ; Shibata, N. ; Nakazawa, M.
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A novel technique is proposed for reducing polarization noise of backscattering in ordinary single-mode fibers. The technique is based on the depolarization of light due to propagation in highly birefringent polarization-holding fiber. Performance of the technique is examined theoretically and experimentally. The experimental results show the usefulness of the technique for an optical-time domain reflectometer.

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Lightwave Technology, Journal of  (Volume:3 ,  Issue: 4 )