The effects of irradiation on the performance of optical fibers with silica core were examined during irradiation in a fission reactor, JMTR. The fibers performed well in terms of their radiation characteristics up to the fast neutron fluence of 1.06 × 1020 n/cm2 and the gamma ray dose rate of 4.3 × 109 Gy at 460 K. Three kinds of optical radiation induced by the reactor irradiation were observed during irradiation. Origins of these optical radiations were studied. Broad optical radiations centered at 0.45 and 0.73 μm are thought to be Cherenkov radiation. The sharp optical radiation at 1.27 μm was thought to be generated in the silica core by the gamma-ray irradiations in the reactor.
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