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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 21 — Oct. 11, 2010
  • pp: 22032–22040

Preparation and luminescence of bulk oxyfluoride glasses doped with Ag nanoclusters

V. K. Tikhomirov, V. D. Rodríguez, A. Kuznetsov, D. Kirilenko, G. Van Tendeloo, and V. V. Moshchalkov  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 21, pp. 22032-22040 (2010)

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Bulk oxyfluoride glasses doped with Ag nanoclusters have been prepared using the melt quenching technique. When pumped in the absorption band of Ag nanoclusters between 300 to 500 nm, these glasses emit a very broad luminescence band covering all the visible range with a weak tail extending into the near infrared. The maximum of the luminescence band and its color shifts to the blue with a shortening of the excitation wavelength and an increasing ratio of oxide to fluoride components, resulting in white color luminescence at a particular ratio of oxide to fluoride; with a quantum yield above 20%.

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OCIS Codes
(160.2750) Materials : Glass and other amorphous materials
(250.5230) Optoelectronics : Photoluminescence
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials

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Original Manuscript: August 2, 2010
Revised Manuscript: September 3, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: September 5, 2010
Published: October 4, 2010

V. K. Tikhomirov, V. D. Rodríguez, A. Kuznetsov, D. Kirilenko, G. Van Tendeloo, and V. V. Moshchalkov, "Preparation and luminescence of bulk oxyfluoride glasses doped with Ag nanoclusters," Opt. Express 18, 22032-22040 (2010)

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