Scientific article

Photon-Counting OTDR for Local Birefringence and Fault Analysis in the Metro Environment

Published inJournal of lightwave technology, vol. 22, no. 2, p. 390-400
Publication date2004

Optical time domain reflectometery (OTDR) is one of the most used measurement techniques in the characterization of optical fiber links. In this paper, we present a thorough investigation of an OTDR using a Peltier cooled photon-counting detector at 1.55 um. Due to its superior spatial resolution and the absence of classical dead-zones, it is well suited for detailed, high resolution analysis of problem zones. We give a detailed analysis of its performance, and also demonstrate that a polarization-sensitive photon-counting OTDR can be used to extract local birefringences too large to be measured with standard P-OTDRs.

  • Birefringence: distributed, detection
  • Metrology
  • Optical time-domain reflectometry
  • Photon counting
  • Polarization-sensitive backscattering technique
Citation (ISO format)
WEGMULLER, Mark, SCHOLDER, François, GISIN, Nicolas. Photon-Counting OTDR for Local Birefringence and Fault Analysis in the Metro Environment. In: Journal of lightwave technology, 2004, vol. 22, n° 2, p. 390–400. doi: 10.1109/JLT.2004.824355
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