American Journal of Applied Sciences

Investigation of the Characteristics of Thulium Doped Alumina Nanoparticles for Applications in Silica-Based Fibers

Nur Atiqa Bt Rahmat, Hairul Azhar Abd Rashid, H.Y. Wong and Mukter Zaman

DOI : 10.3844/ajassp.2017.150.156

American Journal of Applied Sciences

Volume 14, Issue 1

Pages 150-156

Abstract

It is reported that during the fabrication of doping RE ions into the silica preform, the distribution of particles is inhomogeneous and becomes uneven throughout the fiber which lead to unwanted spectroscopic characteristics. It is assumed that by using thulium doped with alumina, the problem with the inhomogeneity of the particles inside the fiber can be solved. With the incorporation of alumina particles with thulium ions, the clustering effect and the ion-ion interactions between the ions can be prevented. In this research, thulium doped alumina nanoparticles will be synthesized by using sol-gel method to achieve particles within the nanoscale range of less than 100 nm in size, evenly distributed nanoparticles and high uniformity. The characterization activities will be perform by using optical microscope, FESEM, EDS and particle analyzer to identify the properties of the resulting solutions. By doping thulium with alumina nanoparticles, it is assumed that the amplification in the transmission systems can be increased and the conversion of passive optical fibers to active fibers can be achieved.

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© 2017 Nur Atiqa Bt Rahmat, Hairul Azhar Abd Rashid, H.Y. Wong and Mukter Zaman. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.