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Rare-earth doped optical fibers have been shown to be very sensitive to radiations, limiting the integration of fiber-based systems in space missions. In this paper, we present the characterization of two amplifiers based on a set of prototype active Erbium/Ytterbium codoped double clad fibers developed by Ixfiber SAS. One of these fibers has been codoped with cerium inside its core to enhance its radiation tolerance whereas the other is a classical phosphosilicate Er/Yb fiber. The two amplifiers based on these fibers have been exposed to γ-rays at a low dose rate (0.3 rad/s) and to doses up to 90 krad. Previous studies indicated that Er/Yb amplifiers using this type of fiber suffered significant degradation for cumulated dose above 5-10 krad. We observed, on the contrary, that with our radiation hardened fiber, the degradation of the fiber amplifier's output power can be limited to less than 30% after an exposure dose of …
International Society for Optics and Photonics
Publication date: 
10 Feb 2011

Sylvain Girard, Arnaud Laurent, Marilena Vivona, Claude Marcandella, Thierry Robin, Benoît Cadier, Aziz Boukenter, Youcef Ouerdane

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Volume: 7914 Pages: 79142P
Fiber Lasers VIII: Technology, Systems, and Applications