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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 19 — Sep. 23, 2013
  • pp: 22186–22193

Investigation of upconversion and near infrared emission properties in CeO2: Er3+, Yb3+ inverse opals

Hangjun Wu, Zhengwen Yang, Jiayan Liao, Shenfeng Lai, Jianbei Qiu, Zhiguo Song, Yong Yang, Dacheng Zhou, and Zhaoyi Yin  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 19, pp. 22186-22193 (2013)

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The upconversion emission of rare earth ions can be modified in photonic crystals, however, the influence of upconversion emission modification of rare earths on near infrared emission has not been investigated yet in the photonic crystals. In the paper, CeO2: Er3+, Yb3+ inverse opals with the photonic band gaps at 545, 680 and 450 nm were prepared by polystyrene colloidal crystal templates. The upconversion and the near infrared emission properties of Er3+ ions were systematically investigated in the CeO2: Er3+, Yb3+ inverse opals. Comparing with the reference sample, significant suppression of both the green and red upconversion luminescence of Er3+ ions were observed in the inverse opals. It is interesting that the infrared emission located at 1560 nm was enhanced due to inhibition of upconversion emission in the inverse opals. Additionally, mechanism of upconversion emission of the inverse opal was discussed. The photon avalanche upconversion process is observed.

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OCIS Codes
(300.6280) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, fluorescence and luminescence
(050.5298) Diffraction and gratings : Photonic crystals

ToC Category:
Photonic Crystals

Original Manuscript: July 15, 2013
Revised Manuscript: August 20, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: August 25, 2013
Published: September 12, 2013

Hangjun Wu, Zhengwen Yang, Jiayan Liao, Shenfeng Lai, Jianbei Qiu, Zhiguo Song, Yong Yang, Dacheng Zhou, and Zhaoyi Yin, "Investigation of upconversion and near infrared emission properties in CeO2: Er3+, Yb3+ inverse opals," Opt. Express 21, 22186-22193 (2013)

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