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In this work we report the results of a theoretical and experimental study that we have carried out on a Brillouin optical time domain analysis (BOTDA) sensing scheme using a novel low-noise actively-stabilized fiber Brillouin ring laser (BRL) as probe source. The BRL laser is based on a short-cavity (SC), < 4 meters long, layout achieving double-resonance (DR) operation for both pump and probe signals; an active wavelength-locking circuit is used to stabilize the signal and tune the signal frequency over a range of ̴ 200 MHz range. The wavelength-locked SC-DR BRL shows spectral linewidth of approximately 10 kHz and RIN values of ~-145 dB/Hz across the (0-600) MHz range; pump-probe frequency shift can be efficiently tuned across the entire Brillouin gain spectrum of the sensing fiber with sub-kHz precision (200 Hz) and high temporal stability for timescale of BOTDA measurements (more than 100 ms). A …
International Society for Optics and Photonics
Publication date: 
7 Mar 2019

Diego Marini, Leonardo Rossi, Filippo Bastianini, Gabriele Bolognini

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Volume: 10897 Pages: 108971U
Fiber Lasers XVI: Technology and Systems