The properties of backreflected light due to voids in a fiber fuse were studied using optical coherence-domain reflectometry of a damaged fiber and real-time monitoring of the electrical (RF) spectrum. Light reflected backward at the interface of a propagating fiber fuse acquired lowfrequency broadband amplitude modulation, which can be detected remotely at the source end, using an RF spectrum analyzer. For the light backreflected during propagation of a fiber fuse, we derived an analytical expression that well explained the spectral features observed experimentally in the RF spectrum. Finally, a novel method that allowed us to rapidly terminate the fiber fuse propagation (in a few milliseconds) is also shown.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics