Articles | Volume 8, issue 1
Research article
15 Jan 2015
Research article |  | 15 Jan 2015

Fiber optic distributed temperature sensing for the determination of air temperature

S. A. P. de Jong, J. D. Slingerland, and N. C. van de Giesen

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By using two cylindrical thermometers with different diameters, one can determine what temperature a zero diameter thermometer would have. Such a virtual thermometer would not be affected by solar heating and would take on the temperature of the surrounding air. We applied this principle to atmospheric temperature measurements with fiber optic cables using distributed temperature sensing (DTS). With two unshielded cable pairs, one black pair and one white pair, good results were obtained.