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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 33, Iss. 16 — Aug. 15, 2008
  • pp: 1884–1886

Near-infrared quantum cutting in transparent nanostructured glass ceramics

Daqin Chen, Yuansheng Wang, Yunlong Yu, Ping Huang, and Fangyi Weng  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 16, pp. 1884-1886 (2008)

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Quantum cutting downconversion involving the emission of two near-infrared photons for each blue photon absorbed is realized in transparent glass ceramics with embedded Pr 3 + Yb 3 + : β - Y F 3 nanocrystals. On excitation of Pr 3 + ions with a visible photon at 482 nm , Yb 3 + ions emit two near-infrared photons at 976 nm through an efficient cooperative energy transfer from Pr 3 + to Yb 3 + , with optimal quantum efficiency close to 200%. The development of the near-infrared quantum cutting transparent glass ceramic could open a route to enhance the energy efficiency of the silicon solar cell by converting one blue solar photon to two near-infrared ones.

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OCIS Codes
(160.2540) Materials : Fluorescent and luminescent materials
(160.4670) Materials : Optical materials
(160.5690) Materials : Rare-earth-doped materials
(300.6340) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, infrared

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Original Manuscript: May 20, 2008
Revised Manuscript: June 16, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: July 2, 2008
Published: August 11, 2008

Daqin Chen, Yuansheng Wang, Yunlong Yu, Ping Huang, and Fangyi Weng, "Near-infrared quantum cutting in transparent nanostructured glass ceramics," Opt. Lett. 33, 1884-1886 (2008)

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