Gamma Irradiation Effects in Optical Fibres, Splitters, and Connectors
AuthorsSreckovic, Milesa Z.
Pantelic, Sladjana N.
Stanković, Srboljub J.
Polic, Suzana R.
Bugarinovic, Aleksandar R.
Ostojic, Stanko M.
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The paper presents a brief overview of contemporary ELION techniques with stress on their use for material modification and dosimetry. In the attempt to avoid some common misjudges of irradiation effects, special attention is paid to exact definition of irradiation geometry and careful adjustment of dose rates, which enable a proper elaboration of experimental results. In particular, effects of gamma-rays irradiation on properties of commercial optical fibres, splitters, connectors, and fibre joints are examined, which enables monitoring of irradiation effects in complex configurations made of materials with different radiation hardness (resistance). It has been established that gamma-rays irradiation of the investigated elements influences, in different ways, the transmission of laser beam signals of various wavelengths, under different modulation regimes. After irradiation, the signal attenuation is noticeably larger, both in optical connectors and optical splitter, than before it, a...nd the effect increases in time. The effects are more pronounced at the 99 % than at the 1 % Y-splitter output at both measured wavelengths, and are more pronounced at 1310 nm than at 1550 nm.
Keywords:gamma-irradiation / fibre / optical connector / material property / laser signal propagation / dosimetry / hardness
Source:Nuclear technology and radiation protection, 2017, 32, 4, 375-380
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