Europium-doped aluminophosphate glasses prepared by the melt-quenching technique have been studied by photoluminescence (PL) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The effects of silver and tin doping, and of further thermal processing on Eu3+ ions luminescence have been assessed. For the glass system containing only europium, Eu3+ PL observed under UV excitation is suggested to occur through energy transfer from the excited glass host. After silver and tin doping, an enhanced UV excited Eu3+ PL has been indicated to occur essentially due to radiative energy transfer from isolated Ag+ ions and/or two fold-coordinated Sn centers. Since thermal processing of the material leads to a quenching effect on Eu3+ PL and Ag nanoparticles (NPs) formation due to reduction of silver ions by tin, XPS was employed in order to investigate the possibility for Eu3+→Eu2+ reduction during HT as a potential source of the PL decrease. The data points towards Ag NPs as main responsible for the observed weakening of Eu3+ PL.
- X-ray spectroscopy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Condensed Matter Physics