30 May 2016 Gamma radiation influence on silica optical fibers measured by optical backscatter reflectometry and Brillouin sensing technique
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Proceedings Volume 9916, Sixth European Workshop on Optical Fibre Sensors; 99162J (2016) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2236678
Event: Sixth European Workshop on Optical Fibre Sensors (EWOFS'2016), 2016, Limerick, Ireland
Abstract
We have studied the influence of gamma rays on physical properties of different commercially available silica optical fibers stepwise irradiated up to a total dose of 100 kGy. The detection of radiation-induced changes in silica glass offers the possibility of using selected optical fibers as distributed radiation sensors. The measurements performed by us were based on optical backscatter reflectometry and Brillouin distributed sensing. The measurement methods enable an analysis of radiation-induced modification of the group refractive index and density of the optical fibers. The most distinct physical effect observed by us concerns the increase of the optical attenuation with rising total radiation doses. Quantitative measurement results indicate a crucial impact of fiber dopants on radiation-induced physical and sensory characteristics of silica optical fibers affected by differences in fiber fabrication techniques. Based on the obtained results, the suitability of distributed Brillouin sensing for dosimetry applications seems to be improved by modifying the refractive index profile of the fiber core.
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A. Wosniok, D. Sporea, D. Neguţ, K. Krebber, "Gamma radiation influence on silica optical fibers measured by optical backscatter reflectometry and Brillouin sensing technique", Proc. SPIE 9916, Sixth European Workshop on Optical Fibre Sensors, 99162J (30 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2236678; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2236678
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