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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 17 — Aug. 25, 2014
  • pp: 20542–20550

Single YVO4:Eu nanoparticle emission spectra using direct Eu3+ ion excitation with a sum-frequency 465-nm solid-state laser

Thanh-Liêm Nguyên, Marc Castaing, Thierry Gacoin, Jean-Pierre Boilot, François Balembois, Patrick Georges, and Antigoni Alexandrou  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 17, pp. 20542-20550 (2014)

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We report emission spectrum measurements on single YxEu1-xVO4 nanoparticles. The inhomogeneous widths of the emission peaks are identical for single nanoparticles and for ensembles of nanoparticles, while being broader than those of the bulk material. This indicates that individual nanoparticles are identical in terms of the distribution of different local Eu3+ sites due to crystalline defects and confirms their usability as identical, single-particle oxidant biosensors. Moreover, we report a 465 nm solid-state laser based on sum-frequency mixing that provides a compact, efficient solution for direct Eu3+ excitation of these nanoparticles. Both these two aspects should broaden the scope of Eu-doped nanoparticle applications.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3530) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, neodymium
(160.5690) Materials : Rare-earth-doped materials
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(300.6280) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, fluorescence and luminescence
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials

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Original Manuscript: June 11, 2014
Revised Manuscript: July 25, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: July 28, 2014
Published: August 18, 2014

Thanh-Liêm Nguyên, Marc Castaing, Thierry Gacoin, Jean-Pierre Boilot, François Balembois, Patrick Georges, and Antigoni Alexandrou, "Single YVO4:Eu nanoparticle emission spectra using direct Eu3+ ion excitation with a sum-frequency 465-nm solid-state laser," Opt. Express 22, 20542-20550 (2014)

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