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Evaluation of a pragmatic approach for the prediction of radiation-induced losses in optical fibers exposed to a gamma-ray environment
Author(s): Marco Van Uffelen; Francis Berghmans; Marc C. Decreton; Antoine Nowodzinski; Jean-Claude Lecompte
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Paper Abstract

The many advantages of optical fibers for their use in various nuclear environments ushered the respective communities to extensive studies over the last decades. Forecasting the behavior of fiber-optic links exposed to ionizing radiation still remains an important issue. We have developed an industry-aimed pragmatic method based on a simple model for the prediction of radiation induced losses in commercially available optical fibers exposed to 60Co gamma rays. When environmental and measurement conditions are well defined, long-term losses could be predicted with a precision of about 15%, for dose rates ranging between 100 Gy/h and 3 kGy/h and total doses up to MGy levels. Thermally induced effects were also considered, between ambient temperature and 80 degree(s)C. From an interpretation of these results, we discuss its applicability and potential further improvements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 October 2000
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4134, Photonics for Space Environments VII, (26 October 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.405332
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Marco Van Uffelen, SCK-CEN--Belgium Nuclear Research Ctr. (Belgium)
Francis Berghmans, SCK-CEN--Belgium Nuclear Research Ctr. (Belgium)
Marc C. Decreton, SCK-CEN--Belgium Nuclear Research Ctr. (Belgium)
Antoine Nowodzinski, CEA-Saclay (France)
Jean-Claude Lecompte, CEA-Saclay (Belgium)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4134:
Photonics for Space Environments VII
Edward W. Taylor, Editor(s)

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