Unraveling the role of Au clusters vs. plasmonic particles on the defects-induced Mn2+luminescence promoted by Si in phosphate glass

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This paper reports on the elucidation of the synergistic effect of gold particles on the defects-induced photoluminescence (PL) of Mn2+ions in phosphate glass promoted by silicon as reductant. The glasses studied were prepared by melt-quenching with fixed MnO2 and Si contents, while the concentration of Au2O3 was varied to assess the role of non-plasmonic vs. plasmonic Au clusters on Mn2+ PL. Glass structural features were examined by Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy and O 1 s X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, with thermal behavior assessed by differential scanning calorimetry. Optical extinction, transmission electron microscopy, and PL spectroscopy with time-resolved measurements were then employed. The data supports non-plasmonic Au clusters as main species at the origin of the enhanced Mn2+emission. Potential causes for the variation in the PL properties are discussed, wherein an energy transfer pathway originating at Au clusters is proposed to account for the non-resonant UV-excited PL from Mn2+ ions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number111695
JournalMaterials Research Bulletin
StatePublished - Apr 2022


  • Glasses
  • Luminescence
  • Optical properties
  • Structural and thermal properties
  • Time-resolved spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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