SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1988

Radiation-Induced Absorption in Fused Silica


The transient radiation-induced absorption in fused silica due to neutron and γ-ray irradiation has been investigated. Transient absorption coefficients at 325 nm have been measured during and after pulsed reactor (TRIGA) irradiation. Radiation-induced absorption results from the generation of color centers.

Most of the previous efforts have been concerned with the permanent effects due to low dose rate steady-state irradiations. This study focuses on the transient effects due to pulsed irradiations and their dependence on dose rate and total dose. The transient absorption coefficient increases very rapidly to a maximum value during the pulse, then decreases over a time period >1000 seconds to a permanent value after the pulse. In general, the absorption coefficient is found to increase with increasing dose rate and total dose.

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Miley, GH
Chapman, R
Nadler, J
Williams, W
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Developed by Committee: F01
Pages: 79–88
DOI: 10.1520/STP24405S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5033-1
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-4481-1