We present a hybrid Brillouin/Rayleigh sensor for multiparameter sensing in optical fibers. The system makes use of a single laser pulse to excite both Rayleigh and Brillouin backscattering in the same optical fiber. In the detection path, the backscattered signals are separated based on their different wavelengths. The system is capable of determining simultaneously the Brillouin frequency shift (BFS) of the fiber, as well as the frequency contents of any vibration acting on the same fiber as recovered by phase sensitive OTDR (Φ- OTDR) measurements. The reported experiments show the possibility to perform simultaneous temperature and vibration measurements, as well as to perform dynamic strain measurements combining the information provided by slope-assisted Brillouin scattering measurements, with those provided by amplitude-based Φ-OTDR measurements.
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