Distributed temperature change sensor, based on Rayleigh backscattering in an optical fibre

R. Rathod, R.D. Pechstedt, David A. Jackson, David J. Webb

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A frequency-modulated continuous-wave technique is used to detect the presence of frequency shifts in the Rayleigh-backscattered light in a single-mode optical fiber as a result of a changing temperature. The system is able to detect a rate of temperature change of 0.014 K/s, when a 20-cm length of fiber is heated. The system is also able to demonstrate a spatial resolution of better than 15 cm.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)593-595
Number of pages3
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1994

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© 1994 The Optical Society. This paper was published in Optics Letters and is made available as an electronic reprint with the permission of OSA. The paper can be found at the following URL on the OSA website: http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-19-8-593. Systematic or multiple reproduction or distribution to multiple locations via electronic or other means is prohibited and is subject to penalties under law.


  • frequency-modulated continuous-wave technique
  • frequency shifts
  • Rayleigh-backscattered light
  • single-mode optical fiber
  • changing temperature


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