Segregating the true perturbation position from ghost energy points region in φ-OTDR systems

Muhammad Adeel, Javier Tejedor, Javier Macias-Guarasa, Chao Shang, Chao Lu

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φ-OTDR perturbation detection applications demand optimal precision of the perturbation location. Strategies for improving both signal-to-noise (SNR) and precision of the perturbation location in a laboratory environment may fail when applying to a very long fiber under test (FUT) in real-field environments. With this deployment, meaningful energy points representing the response of a certain perturbation can be located at random locations of the fiber other than the original location of the perturbation. These random locations are referred to as the ghost energy points that confuse the system to mistakenly consider the location of these points as the original perturbation location. We present in this paper a novel space-time scanning (ST-scan) method that segregates the ghost energy point locations from those of the real perturbation so that the original perturbation location estimation is improved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2699-2713
Number of pages15
JournalOptics Express
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 3 Feb 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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