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Radiation effects on optical fibers and amplifiers
Author(s): Robert G. Ahrens; James J. Jaques; Michael J. LuValle; David J. DiGiovanni; Robert S. Windeler
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Paper Abstract

The effects of gamma radiation on rare-earth doped optical fibers have been investigated over the range of 0.01 to 145 kilorads(Si) per hour to total doses exceeding 100 kilorads(Si). The effects of 3 to 4 MeV protons have also been investigated. The level of radiation induced damage has been found to be strongly dependent on radiation dose rate and fiber composition. The existence of dose rate dependence is explained by the process of simultaneous creation of color center defects and annihilation via thermal annealing. Through the use of a suitable kinetic analysis technique, we have determined appropriate rate constants for this process and have developed an empirical model based on our experimental results. In addition to these results, we present the effects of gamma radiation on the performance of operational high power erbium-ytterbium optical amplifiers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 May 2001
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4285, Testing, Reliability, and Applications of Optoelectronic Devices, (17 May 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.426891
Show Author Affiliations
Robert G. Ahrens, Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs. (United States)
James J. Jaques, Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs. (United States)
Michael J. LuValle, Lucent Technologies (United States)
David J. DiGiovanni, Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs. (United States)
Robert S. Windeler, Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4285:
Testing, Reliability, and Applications of Optoelectronic Devices
Aland K. Chin; S. C. Wang; Niloy K. Dutta; Niloy K. Dutta; Kurt J. Linden; S. C. Wang, Editor(s)

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