Radiation Effects on Ytterbium- and Ytterbium/Erbium-Doped Double-Clad Optical Fibers

Abstract : We characterize by different spectroscopic techniques the radiation effects on ytterbium-(Yb) and ytterbium/erbium (Yb/Er)-doped optical fibers. Their vulnerability to the environment of outer space is evaluated through passive radiation-induced attenuation (RIA) measurements during and after exposure to 10 keV X-rays, 1 MeV gamma-rays, and 105 MeV protons. These fibers present higher levels of RIA (1000 x) than telecommunication-type fibers. Measured RIA is comparable for gamma-rays and protons and is on the order of 1 dB/m at 1.55 mu m after a few tenths of a kilorad. Their host matrix codoped with aluminum (Al) and/or phosphorus (P) is mainly responsible for their enhanced radiation sensitivity. Thanks to the major improvements of the Er-doped glass spectroscopic properties in case of Yb-codoping, Yb/Er-doped fibers appear as very promising candidates for outer space applications. In the infrared part of the spectrum, losses in P-codoped Yb-doped fibers are due to the P-1 center that absorbs around 1.6 mu m and are very detrimental for the operation of Er-codoped devices in a harsh environment. The negative impact of this defect seems reduced in the case of Al and P-codoping.
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Sébastien Girard, Y. Ouerdane, B. Tortech, C. Marcandella, T. Robin, et al.. Radiation Effects on Ytterbium- and Ytterbium/Erbium-Doped Double-Clad Optical Fibers. IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2009, 56 (6), pp.3293-3299. ⟨10.1109/TNS.2009.2033999⟩. ⟨ujm-00457967⟩



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