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Title: Investigation of durability of optical coatings in highly purified tritium gas

Anti-reflection coated windows are part of Raman spectroscopy systems for tritium analytics in the KATRIN experiment and fusion-related applications. Damages of such windows were observed after three months of expo-sure to highly purified tritium gas in the LOOPINO facility. In this work, the origin of the damages was investigated, identified and eliminated. Coating samples manufactured by various physical vapor deposition methods have been tested for durability by exposure to pure tritium gas and subsequent visual inspection. Electron beam deposited coatings showed indications for damage after 17 days of tritium exposure in contrast to samples manufactured by ion assisted deposition or sputtering. An improved coating layout of the sample cell is presented for reliable long-term monitoring of tritium gas using Raman spectroscopy. (authors)
Authors:
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  1. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology - KIT, Karlsruhe (Germany)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22429706
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Fusion Science and Technology; Journal Volume: 67; Journal Issue: 2; Conference: TRITIUM 2013: 10. International Conference on Tritium Science and Technology, Nice Acropolis (France), 21-25 Oct 2013; Other Information: Country of input: France; 13 refs.
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; ELECTRON BEAMS; PHYSICAL VAPOR DEPOSITION; RAMAN SPECTROSCOPY; SPUTTERING; TRITIUM; VAPOR DEPOSITED COATINGS; WEAR RESISTANCE