Abstract

A step frequency method (SFM) is proposed as a new scheme for an optical fiber fault locator. The principle of operation and significant features of the method are described. The feasibility was demonstrated by detecting the discontinuities in a 10-km long multimode fiber using the 830-nm wavelength. The results demonstrate the feasibility of using the SFM in practical fiber optical networks.

© 1987 Optical Society of America

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