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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 23 — Nov. 7, 2011
  • pp: 23271–23278

Gamma irradiation effect on Rayleigh scattering in low water peak single-mode optical fibers

Jianxiang Wen, Gang-Ding Peng, Wenyun Luo, Zhongyin Xiao, Zhenyi Chen, and Tingyun Wang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 23, pp. 23271-23278 (2011)

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The Rayleigh scattering loss in low water peak single-mode optical fibers under varying Gamma rays irradiation has been investigated. We observed that the Rayleigh scattering coefficient (CR) of the fiber is almost linearly increased with the increase of Gamma irradiation in the low-dose range (< 500 Gy). Based on the electron spin resonance (ESR) spectra analysis, we confirmed that the Rayleigh scattering mainly results from the irradiation-induced defect centers associated with electron transfer or charge density redistribution around Ge and O atoms. This work provides a new interpretation of the optical loss and reveals a new mechanism on irradiation influence on Rayleigh scattering.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2400) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber properties
(290.5870) Scattering : Scattering, Rayleigh
(350.5610) Other areas of optics : Radiation

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: August 3, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: October 7, 2011
Published: November 1, 2011

Jianxiang Wen, Gang-Ding Peng, Wenyun Luo, Zhongyin Xiao, Zhenyi Chen, and Tingyun Wang, "Gamma irradiation effect on Rayleigh scattering in low water peak single-mode optical fibers," Opt. Express 19, 23271-23278 (2011)

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