Abstract

In heterodyne communication systems and for some fiber-optic sensors the polarization-holding properties of polarization-maintaining single-mode fibers determine crucially the performance of the whole system. The performance is deteriorated mainly by mode coupling caused by fiber imperfections and a little by the anisotropy of the Rayleigh scattering process. The latter effect, however, contributes considerably to the depolarization of the backscattered signal. Thus in polarization-sensitive optical time-domain reflectometry (OTDR) measurements the polarization-holding capabilities of a fiber link can be misinterpreted. An OTDR setup that permits separate measurements for both effects is outlined, and experimental results for the amount of anisotropic scattering is given.

© 1986 Optical Society of America

Full Article  |  PDF Article
OSA Recommended Articles
Distributed phase birefringence measurements based on polarization correlation in phase-sensitive optical time-domain reflectometers

Marcelo A. Soto, Xin Lu, Hugo F. Martins, Miguel Gonzalez-Herraez, and Luc Thévenaz
Opt. Express 23(19) 24923-24936 (2015)

Measurement of mode coupling distribution along a few-mode fiber using a synchronous multi-channel OTDR

Masataka Nakazawa, Masato Yoshida, and Toshihiko Hirooka
Opt. Express 22(25) 31299-31309 (2014)

References

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Citation lists with outbound citation links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Cited By

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Cited by links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Figures (2)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Figure files are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Equations (35)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Equations are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Metrics

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Article level metrics are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription