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Radiation induced loss measurements of optical fibres with Optical Time Domain Reflectometers (OTDR) at high and low dose rates
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RADECS 91. Vol.15. Radiation - effects on components and systems : First European Conference on Radiation and Its Effects on Devices and Systems, La Grande-Motte, near Montpellier, France, September 9 - 12, 1991
Piscataway: IEEE, 1992
|European Conference on Radiations and Their Effects on Devices and Systems <1, 1991, Montpellier>|
| Conference Paper, Electronic Publication|
|Fraunhofer INT ()|
| backscatter measurement; optical fibres; Optical Time Domain Reflectometer; OTDR; photobleaching; radiation induced loss; transmission loss measurement|
The proven way of determining induced loss of optical fibres are transmission loss measurements. For longterm irradiations of radiation hard fibres at low dose rates, however, the induced loss is mostly small compared to the unavoidalble drifts of the measuring system. Measurements with OTDRs where each time a new absolute loss measurement is performed could overcome this problem, provided this method yields the same results as transmission loss measurements. We made measurements on single mode and graded index fibres with OTDRs of three different manufacturers and found that, under comparable conditions, OTDR measurements yield exactly the same results.