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Optical Materials Express

  • Editor: David J. Hagan
  • Vol. 3, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 2013
  • pp: 270–277

Enhancement of 1.53 μm emission band in NaYF4:Er3+,Yb3+,Ce3+ nanocrystals for polymer-based optical waveguide amplifiers

Xuesong Zhai, Jie Li, Shusen Liu, Xinyang Liu, Dan Zhao, Fei Wang, Daming Zhang, Guanshi Qin, and Weiping Qin  »View Author Affiliations

Optical Materials Express, Vol. 3, Issue 2, pp. 270-277 (2013)

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NaYF4:Er3+,Yb3+,Ce3+ nanocrystals (NCs) were synthesized by using a solvothermal approach. Under the excitation of a 980 nm laser, the 1.53 μm emission band of Er3+ ions in the NCs was enhanced by 6 times after codoping Ce3+ ions owing to the efficient energy transfer between Ce3+ and Er3+: 4I11/2 (Er3 +) + 2F5/2 (Ce3+) → 4I13/2 (Er3+) + 2F7/2 (Ce3+). By dispersing the NaYF4:Er3+,Yb3+,Ce3+ NCs into SU-8 2005 polymer matrix, we constructed Er3+-doped polymer-based optical waveguide amplifiers (EDPOWAs) and measured their performances. The measured optical gain of the EDPOWA doped with NaYF4: Er3+,Yb3+,Ce3+ NCs was enhanced by ~2dB in comparison with that doped with NaYF4:Er3+,Yb3+ NCs. These results showed that NaYF4:Er3+,Yb3+,Ce3+ NCs are promising candidates for building high gain EDPOWAs.

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OCIS Codes
(160.5690) Materials : Rare-earth-doped materials
(250.4480) Optoelectronics : Optical amplifiers
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials

ToC Category:
Fluorescent and Luminescent Materials

Original Manuscript: October 17, 2012
Revised Manuscript: December 6, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: December 25, 2012
Published: January 17, 2013

Xuesong Zhai, Jie Li, Shusen Liu, Xinyang Liu, Dan Zhao, Fei Wang, Daming Zhang, Guanshi Qin, and Weiping Qin, "Enhancement of 1.53 μm emission band in NaYF4:Er3+,Yb3+,Ce3+ nanocrystals for polymer-based optical waveguide amplifiers," Opt. Mater. Express 3, 270-277 (2013)

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