Researchers from the U.S. University of Yekaterinburg have created fibre optics capable of operating in environments with extremely high levels of radiation, which allow their use in both traditional electronics and space and nuclear facilities.
According to RIA News, such optical fibres will be highly needed in space projects because they can be used in the construction of instruments with protection against severe ionizing cosmic radiation; moreover, the fibre optics developed in UrFI can also be incorporated into infrared space telescopes, thus replacing massive mirrors and lenses, which are both capable of receiving and transmitting the radiation of space objects, and the authors of the development suggest that the life of such fibres will be longer than that of the telescopes themselves.
The fibre optics are reported to be based on monocrystals of methyl and iodistic silver. Computer simulations have determined the optimal conditions for their manufacture for the production of homogeneous infrared optical fibres. . According to the publication, "Computer modelling has already been tested.
As Anastasia Yuzhakova, representing the fibre technology lab and the photonics of Urfu, stated, ".
According to scientists, in the long run this allows fibres to be used not only in conventional optoelectronics, but also in conditions of intense ionizing radiation — in laser surgery, endoscopic and diagnostic medicine, and even in determining the compositions of nuclear waste and, of course, in space — the results of the work have already been published in the publication Ortical Materials.