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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 18 — Aug. 31, 2009
  • pp: 15904–15910

Near infrared-emitting Er- and Yb-Er- doped CeF3 nanoparticles with no visible upconversion

Mei Chee Tan, G. A. Kumar, and Richard E. Riman  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 18, pp. 15904-15910 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.17.015904


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Abstract

In this work, a host which interacts and enhanced energy transfer to the luminescent center such that it facilitates the infrared emission while avoiding undesired emissions was found. An intense emission at ~1530 nm with no other visible emissions was observed in Er- and Yb-Er- doped CeF3 nanoparticles upon excitation at ~975 nm. The average measured luminescence lifetimes of the ~1530 nm emission for heat-treated CeF3:Er and CeF3:Yb,Er nanoparticles was ~4.5−6.5 ms, with internal quantum efficiencies up to ~52−75%. These nanoparticles offer a vast range of potential applications, which include optical amplifiers, waveguides, laser materials and infrared imaging probes.

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OCIS Codes
(000.1570) General : Chemistry
(160.0160) Materials : Materials
(160.5690) Materials : Rare-earth-doped materials

ToC Category:
Materials

History
Original Manuscript: May 7, 2009
Revised Manuscript: June 16, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: June 16, 2009
Published: August 24, 2009

Citation
Mei Chee Tan, G. A. Kumar, and Richard E. Riman, "Near infrared-emitting Er- and Yb-Er- doped CeF3 nanoparticles with no visible upconversion," Opt. Express 17, 15904-15910 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-18-15904


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