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  • Editor: Christian Seassal
  • Vol. 20, Iss. S6 — Nov. 5, 2012
  • pp: A879–A887

Ultra-high photoluminescent quantum yield of β-NaYF4: 10% Er3+ via broadband excitation of upconversion for photovoltaic devices

Sean K. W. MacDougall, Aruna Ivaturi, Jose Marques-Hueso, Karl W. Krämer, and Bryce S. Richards  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue S6, pp. A879-A887 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.00A879


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Abstract

The upconversion photoluminescent quantum yield (PLQY) of erbium-doped hexagonal sodium yttrium fluoride (β-NaYF4: 10% Er3+) was measured under broadband excitation with full width half maxima ranging from 12 to 80 nm. A novel method was developed to increase the bandwidth of excitation, while remaining independent of power via normalization to the air mass 1.5 direct solar spectrum. The measurements reveal that by broadening the excitation spectrum a higher PLQY can be achieved at lower solar concentrations. The highest PLQY of 16.2 ± 0.5% was achieved at 2270 ± 100 mW mm−2 and is the highest ever measured.

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OCIS Codes
(040.5350) Detectors : Photovoltaic
(160.5690) Materials : Rare-earth-doped materials
(190.7220) Nonlinear optics : Upconversion
(250.5230) Optoelectronics : Photoluminescence
(300.6420) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, nonlinear

ToC Category:
Materials

History
Original Manuscript: July 5, 2012
Revised Manuscript: September 10, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: September 18, 2012
Published: October 9, 2012

Citation
Sean K. W. MacDougall, Aruna Ivaturi, Jose Marques-Hueso, Karl W. Krämer, and Bryce S. Richards, "Ultra-high photoluminescent quantum yield of β-NaYF4: 10% Er3+ via broadband excitation of upconversion for photovoltaic devices," Opt. Express 20, A879-A887 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-S6-A879


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