Photoluminescence and thermally stimulated luminescence properties of Pr3+-doped zinc sodium bismuth borate glasses

Vinod Hegde, C. S.Dwaraka Viswanath, Naveen Chauhan, K. K. Mahato, Sudha D. Kamath

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Present study reports the effects of varying concentrations of Pr3+ ions on the optical properties of 10ZnO-5Na2CO3-10Bi2O3-75-xB2O3-xPr6O11 (x = 0.1–1 mol%) glasses prepared through melt-quench technique with an aim to achieve suitable optical gain medium for optoelectronic applications. Minimal changes in the measured density, X-Ray diffractogram and Fourier Transform Infrared spectra of the prepared samples confirmed the stability of the glass structure even after 1 mol% doping of the Pr3+. Bonding nature of Pr3+ ion with surrounding ligands and Judd-Oflet (J-O) intensity parameters of the glasses were determined using optical absorption spectra. The photoemission spectra exhibited reddish orange emission around 605 nm at 445 nm excitation. The calculated color chromaticity with x = 0.5847, y = 0.3701 coordinates for 0.1 mol% of the Pr3+ in the glasses suggests suitable optical gain medium for reddish orange LED applications. Metastable lifetimes of the Pr3+ ion were found-out by exponential fitting to the decay profiles. Lasing parameters of the glasses such as branching ratio, radiative transition probability and stimulated emission cross-section of 1D23H4 transition were calculated using JO parameters indicating 0.1 mol% Pr3+-doped glasses suitable for 605 nm solid-state laser applications. The mechanism of energy transfer is determined by applying the Inokuti-Hirayama model and was found to involve a dipole-dipole type of interactions. Thermoluminescence (TL) glow curves of the gamma-ray treated 0.1 mol% Pr3+-doped zinc sodium bismuth borate glasses were de-convoluted using Computerized Glow Curve Deconvolution method to evaluate the energy storage properties of the glasses. The intensity variation of the TL component peak (CP2) at 500 K showed linear behavior up to 3 kG y suggesting application in high dose measurements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)268-277
Number of pages10
JournalOptical Materials
Publication statusPublished - 01-10-2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • General Computer Science
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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