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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 47, Iss. 34 — Dec. 1, 2008
  • pp: 6416–6421

Transparent colloid containing upconverting nanocrystals: an alternative medium for three-dimensional volumetric display

Xiaofeng Liu, Guoping Dong, Yanbo Qiao, and Jianrong Qiu  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 47, Issue 34, pp. 6416-6421 (2008)

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We report an alternative medium of transparent upconverting colloid containing lanthanide ion doped NaYF 4 nanocrystals for three-dimensional (3D) volumetric display. The colloids exhibit tunable upconversion luminescence with a wide spectrum of colors by adjusting the doping concentrations of the nanocrystals and the compositions of the colloids. Our preliminary experimental result indicates that an upconverting colloid-based 3D volumetric display using a convergent near infrared laser beam to induce a localized luminescent spot near the focus is technically feasible. Therefore arbitrary 3D objects can be created inside the upconverting colloid by use of computer controlled 3D scanning systems.

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OCIS Codes
(120.2040) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Displays
(160.5690) Materials : Rare-earth-doped materials
(190.7220) Nonlinear optics : Upconversion
(260.2510) Physical optics : Fluorescence
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials

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Original Manuscript: September 4, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: October 17, 2008
Published: November 26, 2008

Xiaofeng Liu, Guoping Dong, Yanbo Qiao, and Jianrong Qiu, "Transparent colloid containing upconverting nanocrystals: an alternative medium for three-dimensional volumetric display," Appl. Opt. 47, 6416-6421 (2008)

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