Long-Term Exposure of Fiber Bragg Gratings in the BR1 Low-Flux Nuclear Reactor

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Abstract

We report the results of a long-term exposure of fiber Bragg gratings in the BR1 low-flux nuclear reactor at SCK CEN in Mol, Belgium. Gratings fabricated in the photosensitive and the standard fibers were installed in February 2000 in a research channel of the reactor and remained there until August 2008. During this time the reactor was operational 4690h so that the gratings received a total thermal/fast neutron fluence ~16.9/1.47 x 1017 n/cm2, and a gamma-dose ~10 MGy. The temperature cycled from 10 to 80 C. All the gratings were easily detectable at the end of the experiment. After more than eight years exposure the amplitude and the shape of the gratings spectra remained unchanged for fibers devoid of hydrogen loading, while FBGs fabricated using hydrogen loading did exhibit moderate changes. The results show that fiber Bragg gratings indeed have potential for long-term temperature monitoring in nuclear installations.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2044-2048
JournalIEEE transactions on nuclear Science
Volume57
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010
EventRADECS 2009 - RADECS 2009, Brugge, Belgium
Duration: 14 Sep 200918 Sep 2009

Keywords

  • Fiber Bragg gratings, optical fiber nuclear radiation effects, radiation-induced Bragg wavelength shift

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