Investigation of High Temperature Silica Based Fiber Optic Materials


Single Crystal Sapphire Fibers
Single Crystal Sapphire Fibers
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Website:  Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Award Number:  FE0027891
Project Duration:  10/01/2016 – 09/30/2018
Total Award Value:  $400,000
DOE Share:  $400,000
Performer Share:  $0
Technology Area:  University Training and Research
Key Technology: 
Location:  Blacksburg, Virginia

Project Description

The project will develop a comprehensive and complete understanding of the optical and mechanical stability of fused silica optical fibers at high temperatures under various gaseous species conditions, conduct comprehensive testing and analysis of the interactions of fuel gas stream species with state-of-the-art optical fibers to understand the induced devitrification, chemical reactions, and the diffusion of chemical species on the mechanical and optical performance, evaluate novel and traditional fused silica fibers that will be drawn under various process conditions to fully understand the fundamental mechanisms that govern performance.

Project Benefits

The predictive models developed will enable the selection of optical fibers for specific operating environments.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager 
Barbara Carney:
Technology Manager 
Briggs White:
Principal Investigator 
Gary Pickrell:

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