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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

Journal of the Optical Society of America B

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  • Editor: Grover Swartzlander
  • Vol. 30, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 2013
  • pp: 2032–2042

Spectroscopic study and Judd–Ofelt analysis of Pr3+-doped Zr–Ba–La–Al glasses in visible spectral range

Melinda Olivier, Jean-Louis Doualan, Virginie Nazabal, Patrice Camy, and Jean-Luc Adam  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 30, Issue 8, pp. 2032-2042 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.30.002032


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Abstract

Visible transitions in the blue, green, and red of Pr3+ ions are of interest for laser applications. A description of spectroscopic properties of this rare earth ion in Zr–Ba–La–Al (ZBLA) fluorozirconate glass matrix is presented, using an original approach. Magnetic-dipole and electric-dipole contributions are calculated, in the context of the Judd–Ofelt theory, to determine the Ωt (t=2, 4, 6) parameters, lifetime, and branching ratios of P30 emitting level. Influence of overlapping transitions and sensitized transitions are discussed, as well as the use of the standard or normalized method. Branching ratios are measured using an experimental method and compared to theoretical ones. The influence of higher energy and thermally populated P31 and I16 levels on the P30 lifetime is also studied. Considering this influence, a good agreement is found between theoretical and experimental P30 lifetimes. Finally, emission cross sections are calculated for the visible transitions, using either the reciprocity method or the Füchtbauer–Ladenburg formula, for different calculated Judd–Ofelt parameters, highlighting the ability of Pr3+-doped ZBLA to be used as a laser material.

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OCIS Codes
(160.2540) Materials : Fluorescent and luminescent materials
(160.2750) Materials : Glass and other amorphous materials
(160.3380) Materials : Laser materials
(160.4670) Materials : Optical materials
(160.5690) Materials : Rare-earth-doped materials
(230.3120) Optical devices : Integrated optics devices

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Materials

History
Original Manuscript: April 16, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: May 9, 2013
Published: July 5, 2013

Citation
Melinda Olivier, Jean-Louis Doualan, Virginie Nazabal, Patrice Camy, and Jean-Luc Adam, "Spectroscopic study and Judd–Ofelt analysis of Pr3+-doped Zr–Ba–La–Al glasses in visible spectral range," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 30, 2032-2042 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-30-8-2032

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