White Paper: Photonics/Optics

Aging of Optical Fibers in Aggressive Environments: Mimicking Downhole and Undersea Applications

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The main goal of the study is to mimic certain aspects of downhole and undersea application conditions for glass optical fibers. A series of optical fibers was aged in distilled water, sea water, isopropyl alcohol and paraffin oil at multiple pressures and temperatures. The fibers under investigation had different coatings. The obtained results reveal limitations of different coating systems and provide a method of selecting fibers with appropriate coatings for different extreme applications.

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