Accession Number:

ADA143142

Title:

Raman Investigation of the Rate of OH Uptake in Stressed and Unstressed Optical Fibers

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

HOWARD UNIV WASHINGTON DC DEPT OF CHEMISTRY

Report Date:

1984-05-24

Pagination or Media Count:

14.0

Abstract:

Raman measurements of the rate of OH uptake in silicone-clad pure fused silica optical filters 530 ppm initial OH, immersed in water at room temperature, were accomplished with and without tensile stress by determining the integrated intensity of the OH-stretching contour at approx. 3690 per cm. Up to tensile stresses of 1.56 GPa 15.6 kbar, no significant changes in the rate of OH uptake, relative to the uptake rate for an unstressed fiber, were observed. For diffusion through silicone rubber, a 14 increase in the overall Raman OH signal from the fused silica occurred in 200 h. This 14 increase means that a large increase in the OH concentration occurred within a few microns from the surface of the 200 micron diameter fiber, because diffusion of water is very slow in fused silica at room temperature. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Fiber Optics and Integrated Optics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE