Skip to Main Content
We propose here a novel surveillance scheme for an optically amplified transmission system which allows simultaneous in-service fault identification for fiber and optical amplifiers. While requiring additional fiber Bragg gratings of designated wavelengths to be integrated with optical amplifiers, the monitoring light source is derived from the unused spectra of ASE and no dedicated light source is needed as in conventional OTDR technique. We have further demonstrated the scheme's feasibility with a 100-km, three-EDFA optical transmission system.
Date of Publication: Nov. 1997