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Optical time domain reflectometry using an M-ary FSK probe and coherent detection

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1 Author(s)
M. Sumida ; NTT Opt. Network Syst. Lab., Yokosuka, Japan

This paper proposes a new approach to enhancing the performance of optical time domain reflectometry (OTDR). This approach launches a probe signal modulated in the M-ary FSK format into a test fiber and detects the backscattering by coherent detection, which offers excellent frequency discrimination, followed by simple signal processing to recover the fiber impulse response. Fault location experiments verify the theoretical prediction of that the proposed approach reduces the measurement time to 1/M without sacrificing measurable dynamic range or spatial resolution. They also show that the approach is effective in reducing fluctuations in the OTDR trace. It is experimentally confirmed that OTDR with the proposed approach is feasible for long haul transmission systems

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Journal of Lightwave Technology  (Volume:14 ,  Issue: 11 )