Excited-state dynamics and enhanced near-IR emission in Nd3+-structurally activated aluminophosphate glass containing silver and tin

José A. Jiménez, Sergiy Lysenko, Mariana Sendova, Chunqing Zhao

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The excited state dynamics and near-infrared (IR) luminescent properties of Nd3+-doped melt-quenched aluminophosphate glass containing silver and tin have been investigated under pulsed-laser and steady-state excitation at 266 nm. A comparative emission dynamics assessment was carried out concerning Ag and Sn dopants in the glass matrix with and without neodymium. The data indicates an effective non-radiative energy transfer from single Ag+ ions and Sn centers as donors to neodymium activator ions which ultimately populates the 4F3/2 emitting state in Nd3+. As a result, the near-IR (1.06 μm) emission from the 4F3/2 metastable state in Nd3+ is enhanced about an order of magnitude relative to a purely Nd-doped reference. In addition, the 4F3/2 excited state lifetime becomes significantly longer in the presence of silver and tin. A comparative 31P nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy study suggests glass depolymerization upon neodymium doping. It is proposed that a structural alteration might be linked to the established non-radiative energy transfer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)88-92
Number of pages5
JournalOptical Materials
StatePublished - Aug 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Energy transfer
  • Glasses
  • Photoluminescence
  • Rare-earths

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Computer Science(all)
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Spectroscopy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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