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Opt Express. 2010 Aug 30;18(18):18769-78. doi: 10.1364/OE.18.018769.

Brillouin optical time-domain analysis assisted by second-order Raman amplification.

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Instituto de Física Aplicada, CSIC. C/ Serrano 144, Madrid 28006, Spain.


We propose and experimentally demonstrate a new method to extend the range of Brillouin optical time domain analysis (BOTDA) systems. It exploits the virtual transparency created by second-order Raman pumping in optical fibers. The idea is theoretically analyzed and experimentally demonstrated in a 50 km fiber. By working close to transparency, we also show that the measurement length of the BOTDA can be increased up to 100 km with 2 meter resolution. We envisage extensions of this technique to measurement lengths well beyond this value, as long as the issue of relative intensity noise (RIN) of the primary Raman pump can be avoided.

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