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An optical space domain reflectometer based on the Faraday effect

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3 Author(s)
Frigo, N.J. ; Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC, USA ; Dandridge, A. ; Villarruel, C.A.

A reflectometer capable of resolution equivalent to 100 ps in the time domain is described. Our implementation uses the Faraday effect caused by an alternating magnetic field to create a time varying polarization rotation which is analyzed and synchronously detected. It is simple, inexpensive, independent of fiber dispersion, applicable to fiber bundles, and is capable of remote field application.

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