Spectrally resolved transmission loss in gamma irradiated Yb-doped optical fibers

Brian P. Fox, Zachary V. Schneider, Kelly Simmons-Potter, William J. Thomes, Dorothy C. Meister, Ray P. Bambha, Dahv A.V. Kliner

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Yb3+-doped silicate fibers are commonly employed in optical systems utilizing fiber lasers and amplifiers. Deployment of such materials and systems in space-based and other adverse radiation environments requires knowledge of their response to fluxes of ionizing radiation. This paper reports the results of gamma radiation exposures on a suite of passive, modern, highly Yb3+-doped aluminosilicate fibers. Of interest are the effects of total dose and dose rate as well as the development of radiation-induced absorption across a broad spectral window (1.0-1.7 μm). Results indicate that these fibers exhibit reasonable radiation resistance to gamma exposures typical of a five-year low-Earth-orbit environment. Maximum transmittance losses of less than 10% in the 1.0-1.7-μm spectral region for total gamma exposures of 2-5 krad (Si) were observed. In addition, it was found that the dependence of transmittance on radiation dose generally followed a power law that was dependent on dose rate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)581-586
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008


  • Gamma irradiation
  • Photodarkening
  • Radiation effects
  • Radiation-induced absorption
  • Rare-earth doped fibers
  • Yb-doped fibers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Fox, B. P., Schneider, Z. V., Simmons-Potter, K., Thomes, W. J., Meister, D. C., Bambha, R. P., & Kliner, D. A. V. (2008). Spectrally resolved transmission loss in gamma irradiated Yb-doped optical fibers. IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics, 44(6), 581-586. https://doi.org/10.1109/JQE.2008.919873