Enhancement of multiplexing capability of low-coherence interferometric fiber sensor array by use of a loop topology

Libo Yuan, Wei Jin, Li Min Zhou, Y. L. Hoo, M. S. Demokan

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A novel technique for enhancing the multiplexing capability of low-coherence interferometric sensor array is proposed. The technique uses a fiber loop topology and allows for twice as many sensors as the conventional low-coherence reflectometry system to be multiplexed. Power budget and signal analyses for different sizes of sensor array are performed. A ten-sensor system was experimentally demonstrated and applied for quasi-distributed temperature measurement. An additional advantage of the technique is that it provides an extra degree of redundancy through the bidirectional interrogation of the sensor array and thus improves the system reliability.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1313-1319
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Lightwave Technology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2003


  • Fiber-optic interferometer
  • Loop topology
  • Low-coherence reflectometry
  • Multiplexing techniques
  • Optical fiber sensors
  • Redundancy
  • Strain/temperature measurements

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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