Improved emission characteristics of Tb3+-doped sol-gel glasses by utilizing high solubility of terbium nitrate

K. Itoh, N. Kamata, T. Shimazu, C. Satoh, K. Tonooka, K. Yamada

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We attained heavy Tb3+-doping into a SiO2 matrix up to 22.8 mol% in Tb2O3 concentration by sol-gel process using terbium nitrate. Co-doping of Al3+ and/or Na+ led to the improvement on photoluminescence characteristics: The 5D3 emission was observed at low Tb3+ concentration, indicating an inter-ionic resonant energy transfer, and the intensity of 5D4 emission increased up to 10 mol% with increasing Tb3+ concentration in co-doped samples. The effect of Al3+ and Na+ on the glass network and neighboring configuration of Tb3+ is discussed based on the optical spectra.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)676-678
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Luminescence
Publication statusPublished - 2000 May
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Luminescence and Optical Spectroscopy of Condensed Matter (ICL'99) - Osaka, Jpn
Duration: 1999 Aug 231999 Aug 27

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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