Javier Urricelqui

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We demonstrate a novel dynamic BOTDA sensor based, for the first time to our knowledge, on the use of the Brillouin phase-shift in addition to the conventional Brillouin gain. This provides the advantage of measurements that are largely immune to variations in fiber attenuation or changes in pump pulse power. Furthermore, the optical detection deployed(More)
We demonstrate a Brillouin optical time domain analysis sensor based on a phase-modulated probe wave and RF demodulation that provides measurements tolerant to frequency-dependent variations of the pump pulse power induced by non-local effects. The tolerance to non-local effects is based on the special characteristics of the detection process, which(More)
We demonstrate the extension of the measurement range of Brillouin optical time-domain analysis (BOTDA) sensors using a distributed Brillouin amplifier (DBA). The technique is based on injecting a DBA pump wave in the fiber to generate an additional Brillouin interaction that amplifies the BOTDA pump pulses and compensates optical fiber attenuation. This(More)
We present a novel technique for Brillouin optical time domain analysis (BOTDA) sensors that simultaneously compensates non-local effects and reduces Brillouin noise. The technique relies on the wavelength modulation of the optical source to modify the Brillouin interaction between probe and pump waves during their propagation. The resulting Brillouin(More)
We introduce a novel phasorial differential pulse-width pair (PDPP) method for Brillouin optical time-domain analysis (BOTDA) sensors that combines spatial resolution enhancement with increased tolerance to non-local effects. It is based on the subtraction of the complex time-domain traces supplied by a sensor configuration that uses a phase-modulated probe(More)
We demonstrate a simple technique to provide conventional Brillouin optical time-domain analysis sensors with mitigation for pump pulse attenuation. The technique is based on operating the sensor in loss configuration so that energy is transferred from the probe wave to the pump pulse that becomes amplified as it counter-propagates with the probe wave.(More)
This paper presents a thorough study of the different sources of noise affecting Brillouin optical time-domain analyzers (BOTDA), providing a deep insight into the understanding of the fundamental limitations of this kind of sensors. Analytical and experimental results indicate that the noise source ultimately fixing the sensor performance depends basically(More)
Brillouin optical time-domain analysis (BOTDA) sensors have great potential to provide distributed measurements of temperature and strain over large structures with high spatial resolution and measurement precision. However, their performance ultimately depends on the amount of probe and pump pulse power that can be injected into the sensing fiber, which(More)
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