Reduced optical transmission of SiO{sub 2} fibers used in controlled fusion diagnostics [report]

A.T. Ramsey, H.G. Adler, K.W. Hill
1993 unpublished
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more » ... ific commercial produce, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not necessarilyconstituteor imply itsendorsement,recommendation, or favoring by the United States Governmentor any agencythereof. The views and opinionsof authorsexpressedhereindo not necessarilystate or reflectthose of the United States Governmentor any agency thereof. NOTICE This report has been reproducedfrom the best available copy. Availablein papercopyand microfiche. We have subjecteda silica core fiber optic cable to 4 years of low-level neutron and gamma radiation from Princeton's TFTR controlled fusionexperiment The accumulated dosewas 200 Gy. As a result of the radiation, we have measuredincreasedal_nuadons of 100 -300 dB/km in the visible part of _e spectrum,and a decreaseof the numerical aperture. An attempt to decrease this damage by photobleaching failed. We arguethat this failure isnotunexpected, since therate of damage isso slowandthedme scale so longthattheself-annealing process keepstheresidual damage attheirreducible level seeninother experiments. The implications of these findings forcontrolled fusion diagnostics duringupcomingexperiments withhighly reactive deuu:rium-tritium plasmas arediscussed.
doi:10.2172/10135031 fatcat:bgf5f6zus5dtzbafnshl65ehh4