Micro-strain administered SHG intensity enhancement by heavy Ce doping in co-precipitated ZnO nanoparticles

Saikat Chattopadhyay, Ashok Kumawat, Kamakhya Prakash Misra, Nilanjan Halder, Atul Bandyopadhyay, Albin Antony, Ashok Rao, P. Poornesh, J. Jedryka, K. Ozga, B. Kucharska, R. D.K. Misra

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The objective of the present study is to explore the non-linear behaviour of Ce-doped ZnO system. Undoped and Ce-doped ZnO nanoparticles of size ~23–70 nm were prepared by sol-gel co-precipitation approach. There was complete absence of Ce-containing phase until 3 at.% dopant. Band-gap decreased in a linear manner from 3.262 to 3.212 eV on doping with Ce. Emission peaks at 360 and 380 nm were observed in the PL spectra. However, at 7 at.% dopant, CeO2 and Ce2O3 were observed. Interestingly, a significant increase in second harmonic generation (SHG) signal intensity of ~3.5 times was observed when the dopant concentration was increased from 3 to 7 at.% in ZnO nanoparticles. The SHG signal in doped-ZnO was governed by micro-strain such that it increased with decrease of micro-strain and vice-versa. The dependence of ZnO morphology and SHG intensity on Ce-dopant concentration in ZnO has potential for applications in bio-imaging and bio-sensing.

Original languageEnglish
Article number115041
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering B: Solid-State Materials for Advanced Technology
Publication statusPublished - 04-2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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