Sn centers-mediated enhancement of 1.53 μm emission of Er3+ ions in phosphate glass

José A. Jiménez, Mariana Sendova, Brian Hosterman, Logan Haney

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The effect of SnO co-doping on Er3+ emission in the near-infrared telecommunication window has been studied in a barium-phosphate glass matrix, obtained by melt-quenching. Photoluminescence excitation spectra acquired by monitoring Er3+ 4I13/24I15/2 emission at about 1.53 μm revealed a broad UV band around 300 nm, indicating a donor/acceptor energy transfer channel. The Sn co-doped glass exhibits a five-fold enhanced Er3+ emission relative to an Er-doped reference. The absorption and photoluminescence spectra support a mechanism starting with excitation of twofold-coordinated Sn centers, followed by energy transfer to erbium ions. Pathways likely resulting in the enhanced Er3+ emission are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)344-346
Number of pages3
JournalMaterials Letters
StatePublished - Sep 15 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Energy transfer
  • Glasses
  • Luminescence
  • Optical materials

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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