Abstract

In this paper, two techniques for interrogation and multiplexing of fiber loop mirror (FLM) intensity sensors based on optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR) are proposed. These configurations enable series and parallel FLM sensor interrogation. A fiber taper characterized as a displacement sensor was used as the intensity sensor. The OTDR parameters were optimized in order to obtain the best results. The optimized parameters were 100-ns pulse width and 10-dB input signal attenuation which permitted to attain ∼18 dB dynamic range in the operating wavelength of 1550 nm. The results show a linear behavior for both configurations with similar slope, −15.3 dB/mm, in the normalized displacement range of 0.2 to 0.7 mm. It was also achieved a displacement resolution of 0.027 and 0.093 mm, for the series and parallel configurations, respectively. Sensors multiplexing are demonstrated for both configurations and the systems do not present crosstalk. Based on the experimental results, the best configuration is the parallel one. The proposed approach is a viable alternative for multiplexing and interrogation of remote fiber sensors.

© 2014 IEEE

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