Faculty Advisor

Swartzlander, Grover A.

Abstract

This project explores waveguiding properties of Nafion, commonly used as a proton exchange membrane (PEM) in fuel cells. Several experiments were conducted to determine whether the guiding properties varied with humidity. In these experiments a humidified Nafion waveguide was observed to have optical properties that are measurably different from a dry Nafion waveguide. The output intensity of the humidified Nafion waveguide was 284 ?4 percent of the output of the dry Nafion waveguide.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2001

Major

Engineering Physics

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Physics

Advisor Program

Physics

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