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Fabrication of optical fibers with palladium metallic particles embedded into the silica cladding
Stéphanie Leparmentier 1 , Georges Humbert, 2 Jean-Louis Auguste, 2 Gaëlle Delaizir, 3 Sylvie Delepine-Lesoille 1
1  Andra, French National Radioactive Waste Management Agency, rue J. Monnet, Chatenay Malabry, France
2  Xlim Research Institute, UMR 7252 CNRS/ University of Limoges, 123 Avenue Albert Thomas, Limoges, France
3  SPCTS, European Ceramic Center, UMR 7315 CNRS/ University of Limoges, 12 rue Atlantis, Limoges, France

Published: 15 October 2015 by The Optical Society in Optical Materials Express
The Optical Society, Volume 5; 10.1364/ome.5.002578
Abstract: Absorption of hydrogen gas (H2) in contact with palladium (Pd) makes Pd a material of choice for numerous H2 sensors. In this paper, we present the fabrication of optical fibers with embedded Pd particles in the silica cladding of the fibers. Fiber preforms prepared with a powder mixture of silica and palladium oxide (PdO) are heat-treated under specific conditions to reduce PdO to metallic Pd particles, dispersed in the silica matrix. Optical fibers with different topologies have been fabricated with lengths of several hundred meters and PdO concentration ranging from 0.01% to 5% mol (in addition to silica). Oxidation state, homogeneity, shape and size distribution of the particles embedded in the cladding of the preform and the fiber samples are studied with structural and micro-structural characterizations. Optical properties of the fibers are finally studied for evaluating the potential of this proof-of-concept work.
Keywords: silica, metals, Optical design and fabrication, Materials processing, Fiber materials
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