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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 49, Iss. 9 — Mar. 20, 2010
  • pp: 1671–1675

Intense green upconversion emission in Tb 3 + / Yb 3 + codoped alumino-germano-silicate optical fibers

Aoxiang Lin, Xueming Liu, Pramod R. Watekar, Haitao Guo, Bo Peng, Wei Wei, Min Lu, Won-Taek Han, and Jean Toulouse  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 49, Issue 9, pp. 1671-1675 (2010)

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We observed intense green upconversion emission from Tb 3 + centered at 546 nm due to transition D 4 5 F 5 7 in Tb 3 + / Yb 3 + codoped alumino-germano-silicate optical fibers by direct excitation of Yb 3 + ions with a laser diode at 976 nm . A two-photon cooperative energy transfer upconversion among a pair of Yb 3 + donor ions and a Tb 3 + acceptor ion are responsible for the observed green emission. Appropriately increasing the concentration of Tb 3 + relative to Yb 3 + was found to facilitate the energy transfer upconversion process from Yb 3 + to Tb 3 + , while an excess of Tb 3 + ions inversely introduced more of the concentration quenching effect and phonon-assistant backward energy transfer from Tb 3 + to Yb 3 + and, therefore, damaged the observed green emission. The intensity of the observed green emission was found optimum for a concentration ratio of Tb 3 + to Yb 3 + of 2 : 1 in alumino-germano-silicate optical glass fibers.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2290) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber materials
(140.7300) Lasers and laser optics : Visible lasers
(140.3613) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, upconversion

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: January 6, 2010
Revised Manuscript: March 1, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: March 1, 2010
Published: March 17, 2010

Aoxiang Lin, Xueming Liu, Pramod R. Watekar, Haitao Guo, Bo Peng, Wei Wei, Min Lu, Won-Taek Han, and Jean Toulouse, "Intense green upconversion emission in Tb3+/Yb3+ codoped alumino-germano-silicate optical fibers," Appl. Opt. 49, 1671-1675 (2010)

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