OSA's Digital Library

Optics Letters

Optics Letters


  • Vol. 26, Iss. 21 — Nov. 1, 2001
  • pp: 1681–1683

Ultrashort-laser-pulse-induced persistent spectral hole burning of Eu3+ in sodium borate glasses

Koji Fujita, Masayuki Nishi, and Kazuyuki Hirao  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 26, Issue 21, pp. 1681-1683 (2001)

View Full Text Article

Acrobat PDF (83 KB)

Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools



We have observed persistent spectral hole burning (PSHB) in Eu3+ -doped sodium borate glasses irradiated with near-IR femtosecond laser pulses. As-prepared glasses, i.e., glasses melted in air, do not show PSHB even at low temperatures (~77K) , but room-temperature PSHB occurs in the irradiated glasses. The exposure to IR radiation causes both the reduction of Eu3+ to Eu2+ and the formation of intrinsic defects. We propose that the photoinduced redistribution of electric charges between Eu3+ to Eu2+ is responsible for the occurrence of PSHB.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(160.2750) Materials : Glass and other amorphous materials
(160.5690) Materials : Rare-earth-doped materials
(300.6360) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, laser

Koji Fujita, Masayuki Nishi, and Kazuyuki Hirao, "Ultrashort-laser-pulse-induced persistent spectral hole burning of Eu3+ in sodium borate glasses," Opt. Lett. 26, 1681-1683 (2001)

Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset


  1. D. H. Cho, K. Hirao, and N. Soga, “Persistent spectral hole burning of Sm2+ in borate glasses,” J. Non-Cryst. Solids 189, 181–190 (1995), and references therein.
  2. R. M. Macfarlane and R. M. Shelby, “Measurement of optical dephasing of Eu3+ and Pr3+ doped silicate glasses by spectral hole-burning,” Opt. Commun. 45, 46–51 (1983).
  3. K. Fujita, K. Tanaka, K. Hirao, and N. Soga, “Room-temperature persistent spectral hole burning of Eu3+ in sodium aluminosilicate glasses,” Opt. Lett. 23, 543–545 (1998).
  4. K. Fujita, K. Tanaka, K. Hirao, and N. Soga, “High-temperature persistent spectral hole burning of Eu3+ ions in silicate glasses: new room-temperature hole-burning materials,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 15, 2700–2705 (1998).
  5. K. Fujita, K. Tanaka, K. Yamashita, and K. Hirao, “Room-temperature persistent spectral hole burning of Eu3+-doped sodium borate glasses,” J. Lumin. 87–89, 682–684 (2000).
  6. M. Nogami, T. Hayakawa, and T. Ishikawa, “Room-temperature photochemical hole burning in Eu3+-doped Al2O 3– SiO2 glass,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 75, 3072–3075 (1999).
  7. D. Ricard, W. Beck, A. Y. Karasik, M. A. Borik, and J. Arvanitidis, “Room-temperature persistent spectral hole burning in Eu3+-doped Inorganic glasses: the mechanisms,” J. Lumin. 86, 317–322 (2000).
  8. J. Qiu, K. Miura, T. Suzuki, T. Mitsuyu, and K. Hirao, “Permanent photoreduction of Sm3+ to Sm2+ inside a sodium aluminoborate glass by an infrared femtosecond pulse laser,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 74, 10–12 (1999).
  9. J. Qiu, K. Kojima, K. Mira, T. Mituyu, and K. Hirao, “Infrared femtosecond laser pulse-induced permanent reduction of Eu3+ to Eu2+ in a fluorozirconate glass,” Opt. Lett. 24, 786–788 (1999).
  10. H. Ebendo-Heidepriem and D. Ehrt, “Electron spin resonance spectra of Eu2+ and Tb4+ ions in glasses,” J. Phys. Condens. Matter 11, 7627–7634 (1999), and references therein.
  11. A. Bishay, “Radiation induced color centers in multicomponent glass,” J. Non-Cryst. Solids 3, 54–114 (1970).
  12. O. M. Efimov, K. Gabel, S. V. Garnov, L. B. Glebov, S. Grantham, M. Richardson, and M. J. Soeileau, “Color-center generation in silicate glass exposed to infrared femtosecond pulse,” J. Opt. Soc. Am B 15, 193–199 (1998).
  13. K. Tanaka, K. Fujita, N. Matsuoka, K. Hirao, and N. Soga, “Large Faraday effect and local structure of alkali silicate glasses containing divalent europium ions,” J. Mater. Res. 13, 1989–1995 (1998).
  14. G. M. Williams, J. A. Ruller, and E. J. Friebele, “Permanent photoinduced refractive index changes in rare earth doped glasses,” Proc. Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. 224, 59–64 (1992).

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited