Design considerations for optical systems in ionizing and nonionizing radiation environments

Aditya Kalavagunta, Ron Schrimpf, Mark Neifeld

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We discuss the design considerations for optical systems subject to radiation damage. The impact of radiation on individual components is summarized; for example, the laser diode experiences shifts in threshold current and shifts in output wavelength. This and other knowledge about damage to active and passive components is used to study the system-level impact of radiation damage on candidate optical components and systems. Three examples are studied: a 5-km wavelength division multiplexed (WDM) network, a Mach-Zehnder interferometer multiplexer (MZI), and a bulk grating demultiplexer (BGD). The MZI and BGD suffer minor attenuation losses due to irradiation, but their extreme sensitivity to the input wavelength can cause complete signal loss.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3595-3602
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science
Issue number6 II
StatePublished - Dec 2004


  • Ionizing radiation
  • Laser diode
  • Noionizing radiation
  • Optical link
  • Wavelength shift

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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