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In this case, the backscattered light becomes the major contribution to the total ORL, limiting the effect of end reflection. The following graph shows the total ORL (reflectance and backscatter) for both terminated fiber (with no end reflection) and non-terminated fiber (with a glass-to-air backreflection of 4% or -14 dB). For distances shorter than 40 km, the difference in ORL between the terminated and non-terminated fiber is significant. But for longer distances (higher losses), the total ORL is almost equivalent.
The mini-OTDR has become the popular choice for pre-installation and restoration testing where ease-of-use and mobility are important. 8 Fiber Characterization Testing Most fiber characterization test platforms are modular in design and contain a mainframe and different plug-in modules, which can be added to suit the required application. These platforms can usually perform complete fiber characterization including the following tests: – Loss testing – Optical return loss (ORL) – Optical time domain reflectometry (OTDR) – Polarization mode dispersion (PMD) – Chromatic dispersion (CD) – Attenuation profile (AP) or spectral attenuation (SA) JDSU fiber characterization test platform Fiber characterization platforms contain a controller, display, operator controls, and optional equipment, such as a talk set, printer, input/output interfaces, modem, and hard/floppy disk 58 drives with CD-ROM read/write capabilities.
Comparing absolute power levels in Watts and dBm Absolute Power (W) Absolute Power (dBm) 1W 100 mW 10 mW 5 mW 1 mW 500 µW 100 µW 10 µW 1 µW 100 nW +30 dBm +20 dBm +10 dBm +7 dBm 0 dBm -3 dBm -10 dBm -20 dBm -30 dBm -40 dBm The table below provides the relationship between dB and power loss in terms of a percentage. 2 Measurement Parameters In order to qualify the use of an optical fiber or an optical fiber system for proper transmission, several key measurements are performed. • End-to-end optical link loss • Rate of attenuation per unit length • Attenuation contribution to splices, connectors, and couplers (events) • Length of the fiber or distance to an event 41 • Linearity of fiber loss per unit length (attenuation discontinuities) • Reflectance or optical return loss (ORL) • Chromatic dispersion (CD) • Polarization mode dispersion (PMD) • Attenuation profile (AP) Other measurements, such as bandwidth, may also be performed.
A Lexicon of Atsugewi (Survey of California and Other Indian Languages, 5) by David Lockwood Olmsted