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Comparative measurement of Rayleigh scattering in single-mode optical fibers based on an OTDR technique

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4 Author(s)
Fermann, M.E. ; Dept. of Electron. & Inf. Eng., Southampton Univ., UK ; Poole, S.B. ; Payne, D.N. ; Martinez, F.

A technique for comparing the Rayleigh scattering coefficients of single-mode step index fibers is described, and its theoretical limitations are discussed. The validity of the technique is proved using telecommunications-grade fibers. Of particular interest is the variation of scatter found with increasing core index. In addition, the influence of small (<0.1%) quantities of rare-earth dopant ions on the fiber scatter losses is analyzed for the first time

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Lightwave Technology, Journal of  (Volume:6 ,  Issue: 4 )

Date of Publication:

Apr 1988

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