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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 3 — Jan. 30, 2012
  • pp: 2562–2571

Superbroad near-to-mid-infrared luminescence from Bi53+ in Bi5(AlCl4)3

Renping Cao, Mingying Peng, Lothar Wondraczek, and Jianrong Qiu  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 3, pp. 2562-2571 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.002562


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Abstract

Superbroad near-to-mid infrared (NIR-MIR) photoluminescence was observed from Bi5(AlCl4)3 at room temperature, spanning the spectral range of about 1000 to 4000 nm. On the basis of structural considerations and dynamic analyses, Bi53+ clusters were identified as the optically active species, inherently differing from the species which is typically believed to be active in NIR-emitting Bi-doped glasses. In comparison to most other NIR-luminescent Bi-doped materials, the MIR-part of the luminescence spectrum is still present at room temperature. Emission intensity and excited state lifetime were found to exhibit abnormal temperature dependence, where the former increases with temperature up to a critical value of about 150 K. This behavior is related to a temperature-dependent overlap between ground state and excited states. The observed stabilization of MIR photoemission at room temperature may be a starting point for the development of Bi-based NIR-MIR light sources with superbroad emission spectrum, where Bi53+ or similar polycationic species act as optical gain medium.

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OCIS Codes
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications
(140.4480) Lasers and laser optics : Optical amplifiers
(160.2540) Materials : Fluorescent and luminescent materials
(160.2750) Materials : Glass and other amorphous materials

ToC Category:
Materials

History
Original Manuscript: November 22, 2011
Revised Manuscript: January 10, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: January 10, 2012
Published: January 20, 2012

Citation
Renping Cao, Mingying Peng, Lothar Wondraczek, and Jianrong Qiu, "Superbroad near-to-mid-infrared luminescence from Bi5 3+ in Bi5(AlCl4)3," Opt. Express 20, 2562-2571 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-3-2562


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