When hydrogen loading is used to enhance the photosensitivity of silica-based optical waveguides and fibres, the presence of molecular hydrogen dissolved in the glass matrix changes the effective index of propagation of guided optical modes by as much as 0.05%. Real-time monitoring of the reflectivity spectrum of Bragg gratings written in such conditions shows that the centre wavelength follows the changes in hydrogen concentration due to diffusion and reaction with glass defects.

Electronics Letters
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Malo, B. (B.), Albert, J, Hill, K.O. (K. O.), Bilodeau, F. (F.), & Johnson, D.C. (D. C.). (1994). Effective index drift from molecular hydrogen diffusion in hydrogen-loaded optical fibres and its effect on Bragg grating fabrication. Electronics Letters, 30(5), 442–444. doi:10.1049/el:19940274