Investigating the Performance of a Few-Mode Fiber for Distributed Acoustic Sensing
Alias, Mohd Sharizal
Ng, Tien Khee
Ooi, Boon S.
KAUST DepartmentComputer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering (CEMSE) Division
Electrical Engineering Program
Online Publication Date2019-09-17
Print Publication Date2019
Permanent link to this recordhttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/656862
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AbstractWe experimentally investigated the performance of a distributed acoustic sensor (DAS) designed using a few-mode fiber (FMF), when launching different spatial modes under intentional index perturbation within the fiber. Our demonstration showed that the quasi-single mode (QSM) operated FMF offers higher signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) for the DAS, compared with the case when launching other degenerate higher order modes. Additionally, we compared the behavior of the single-mode fiber (SMF)- and FMF-based DAS when using optical pulses of varying power levels. The FMF enables the realization of a DAS with longer sensing range and higher spatial resolution. The developed FMF-based DAS is further tested via sensing various vibration events produced by piezoelectric transducer (PZT) cylinder, pencil break, and loudspeaker.
JournalIEEE Photonics Journal