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  • Vol. 20, Iss. 19 — Oct. 1, 1981
  • pp: 3448–3452

Photobleaching effects in optical fiber waveguides

E. J. Friebele and M. E. Gingerich  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 20, Issue 19, pp. 3448-3452 (1981)

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The effect of optical signal intensity at the wavelength of system operation (0.85 μm) on the recovery of the radiation-induced attenuation in optical fiber waveguides following exposure to a 3700-rad dose of ionizing radiation has been investigated. Photobleaching has been observed in both pure and doped silica core fibers, although the effect is more pronounced in the former.

© 1981 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: April 3, 1981
Published: October 1, 1981

E. J. Friebele and M. E. Gingerich, "Photobleaching effects in optical fiber waveguides," Appl. Opt. 20, 3448-3452 (1981)

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  1. For an extensive review of radiation damage in optical fiber waveguides see E. J. Friebele, Opt. Eng. 18, 552 (1979). [CrossRef]
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  12. The <5% difference between the initial losses of the dark and low power data shown in Figs. 2 and 3 arises because of differences in the total dose due to the difficulty of inserting and removing the sample from the source with accuracy greater than ~0.5 sec.

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