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  • Vol. 17, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2000
  • pp: 23–27

Praseodymium-doped alkali bismuth gallate glasses

S. Q. Man, E. Y. B. Pun, and P. S. Chung  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 17, Issue 1, pp. 23-27 (2000)

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We propose and demonstrate alkali bismuth gallate glasses as suitable hosts for the rare earth praseodymium (Pr3+) operating at 1.3-µm wavelength. The structure of the glasses was investigated by Raman spectroscopy. The optical absorption and the photoluminescence properties of Pr3+ in these glasses were characterized. The Raman spectrum shows two strong peaks, at 134 and 381 cm-1, and a weak peak at 660 cm-1. The results indicate that bismuth (Bi3+) and gallium (Ga3+) cations do take part in the formation of the glass network. The emission from the Pr3+:1G43H5 transition is at 1.34-µm wavelength, and the spectral bandwidth is 120 nm, which is wider than those of fluoride and chalcogenide glasses. The lifetime of the  1G4 level is ∼78 µs, and the quantum efficiency is ∼17.4%, which is higher than that in fluoride glasses.

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OCIS Codes
(160.2750) Materials : Glass and other amorphous materials
(160.5690) Materials : Rare-earth-doped materials
(250.4480) Optoelectronics : Optical amplifiers
(250.5230) Optoelectronics : Photoluminescence
(300.6250) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, condensed matter
(300.6280) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, fluorescence and luminescence

S. Q. Man, E. Y. B. Pun, and P. S. Chung, "Praseodymium-doped alkali bismuth gallate glasses," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 17, 23-27 (2000)

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