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The integration of rare-earth doped optical fibers as part of fiber-based systems in space implies the development of waveguides tolerant to the radiation levels associated with the space missions. We report the spatial distribution, the photoluminescence (PL) properties of color centers and the related changes induced by X-rays radiation at different doses (50, 500 and 1000 krad) for two different prototypes of Er-doped optical fibers. Each sample (in the version pristine, X-irradiated and H2 loaded prior to radiation exposure) was characterized by confocal microscopy luminescence (CML) measurements in Visible range with Visible (488 nm) or UV (325 nm) laser light excitation. The set of tested fibers allowed us to obtain information on the radiation responses of the silica-based host matrix and on the transitions between the energy states of rare-earth ions. Under Vis-excitation, the luminescence spectrum of the core …
International Society for Optics and Photonics
Publication date: 
14 Oct 2010

M Vivona, Sébastien Girard, C Marcandella, T Robin, B Cadier, Marco Cannas, A Boukenter, Y Ouerdane

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Volume: 7839 Pages: 78391H
2nd Workshop on Specialty Optical Fibers and Their Applications (WSOF-2)