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  • Editor: Bernard Kippelen
  • Vol. 19, Iss. S3 — May. 9, 2011
  • pp: A312–A318

Broadband UV-to-green photoconversion in V-doped lithium zinc silicate glasses and glass ceramics

Guojun Gao, Robert Meszaros, Mingying Peng, and Lothar Wondraczek  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue S3, pp. A312-A318 (2011)

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We report on photoluminescence of vanadium-doped lithium zinc silicate glasses and corresponding nanocrystalline Li2ZnSiO4 glass ceramics as broadband UV-to-VIS photoconverters. Depending on dopant concentration and synthesis conditions, VIS photoemission from [VO4]3- is centered at 550-590 nm and occurs over a bandwidth (FWHM) of ~250 nm. The corresponding excitation band covers the complete UV-B to UV-A spectral region. In as-melted glasses, the emission lifetime is about 34 μs up to a nominal dopant concentration of 0.5 mol%. In the glass ceramic, it increases to about 45 μs. For higher dopant concentration, a sharp drop in emission lifetime was observed, what is interpreted as a result of concentration quenching. Self-quenching is further promoted by energy transfer to V4+ centers (2Гt42Гt3). Partitioning of vanadium into V5+ and V4+ was examined by electron paramagnetic resonance and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Suppression of V5+-reduction requires careful adjustment of the optical basicity of the host glass and/or synthesis conditions.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3380) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials
(140.4480) Lasers and laser optics : Optical amplifiers
(160.2540) Materials : Fluorescent and luminescent materials
(160.4670) Materials : Optical materials

ToC Category:
Fluorescent and Luminescent Materials

Original Manuscript: February 11, 2011
Revised Manuscript: April 5, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: April 14, 2011
Published: April 18, 2011

Guojun Gao, Robert Meszaros, Mingying Peng, and Lothar Wondraczek, "Broadband UV-to-green photoconversion in V-doped lithium zinc silicate glasses and glass ceramics," Opt. Express 19, A312-A318 (2011)

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