Optical Fiber Time Delay Comparison Between NIST and LAMETRO

J Res Natl Inst Stand Technol. 2022 Jan 10:126:126040. doi: 10.6028/jres.126.040. eCollection 2021.


We describe the results of a bilateral measurement comparison of optical fiber time delay between the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST, USA) and Laboratorio de Metrología, Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (LAMETRO-ICE, Costa Rica), which was conducted on a single-mode optical fiber reference spool at wavelengths of 1310 nm and 1550 nm. The measurement results showed the largest difference to be less than 0.93 ns, which is within the combined standard uncertainty (coverage factor k = 1) for the measurement systems at the two laboratories.

Keywords: BIPM; OTDR; communications; international comparison; modulation phase shift; optical fiber; optical time domain reflectometer; time delay.