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A reconstruction technique for long-range stimulated Brillouin scattering distributed fibre-optic sensors: Experimental results

The experimental validation of a numerical technique for temperature/strain profile reconstruction based on Brillouin optical-fibre time-domain analysis (BOTDA) sensors is presented. In this approach, we search directly for the Brillouin frequency shift profile along the fibre that matches the measured data. The algorithm is based on a harmonic expansion of the unknown profile, whose coefficients are determined by means of a multidimensional minimization. Experimental measurements have been carried out in order to reveal the influence of nonlocalities in Brillouin measurements, and to prove the capability of the proposed algorithm to compensate for these effects

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