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In this work, we present an enhanced design for a Brillouin ring laser (BRL), which employs a double resonant cavity (DRC) with short fiber length, paired with a heterodyne-based wavelength-locking system, to be employed as a pump-probe source for Brillouin sensing. The enhanced source is compared to traditional long-cavity pump-probe source, showing a significantly lower relative intensity noise (~-145 dB/Hz in the whole 0–800 MHz range), a narrow linewidth (10 kHz), and large tunability features, resulting in an effective pump-probe source in BOTDA systems, with an excellent pump-probe frequency stability (~200 Hz), which is uncommon for fiber lasers. The enhanced source showed an improved signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of about 22 dB with respect to standard BRL schemes, resulting in an improved temperature/strain resolution in BOTDA applications up to 5.5 dB, with respect to previous high-noise …
Optical Society of America
Publication date: 
30 Sep 2019

Leonardo Rossi, Diego Marini, Filippo Bastianini, Gabriele Bolognini

Biblio References: 
Volume: 27 Issue: 20 Pages: 29448-29459
Optics express