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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry Van Driel
  • Vol. 26, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 2009
  • pp: 1930–1938

Strong 1.53 μ m to NIR–VIS–UV upconversion in Er-doped fluoride glass for high-efficiency solar cells

Svetlana Ivanova and Fabienne Pellé  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 26, Issue 10, pp. 1930-1938 (2009)

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Optical spectra of Er-doped modified ZBLAN glasses are studied at room temperature. Radiative quantum yields of the I 11 2 4 and I 13 2 4 levels are estimated from the experimentally measured lifetimes and from the spontaneous emission probabilities calculated from the Judd–Ofelt theory. The spectra of upconversion (UC) luminescence excited with 1.53 μ m cw Er fiber laser are investigated in a wide spectral domain [from the near-infrared (NIR) to UV]. Absolute UC efficiency (i.e., the ratio of UC luminescence power to the absorbed pump power) is experimentally measured; efficiency of up to 12.7% is obtained. A conclusion is made about perspectives of use of the studied glasses as upconverter material for solar cells of enhanced efficiency.

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OCIS Codes
(160.2750) Materials : Glass and other amorphous materials
(160.4330) Materials : Nonlinear optical materials
(160.4760) Materials : Optical properties
(160.5690) Materials : Rare-earth-doped materials
(300.6280) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, fluorescence and luminescence
(300.6410) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, multiphoton

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Original Manuscript: March 18, 2009
Revised Manuscript: June 26, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: June 29, 2009
Published: September 18, 2009

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Svetlana Ivanova and Fabienne Pellé, "Strong 1.53 μm to NIR-VIS-UV upconversion in Er-doped fluoride glass for high-efficiency solar cells," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 26, 1930-1938 (2009)

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