Control of optical performance from Er-doped alumina synthesized using an ECR plasma

J. C. Barbour, B. G. Potter

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Hydrogen in deposited optical ceramics can modify the optical properties, and therefore the role of the hydrogen needs to be understood to control its effects. Erbium-doped amorphous alumina films were deposited using simultaneous electron beam evaporation of aluminum and erbium while bombarding the sample with 30 eV O2(+) ions from an electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) plasma. The hydrogen content was measured, using elastic recoil detection, as a function of isochronal annealing treatments. The data was fit to a simple trap-release model in order to determine an effective activation energy for the thermal release of H from alumina and Er-doped alumina. The intensity of the ion-beam stimulated luminescence from these samples was monitored in the visible and near infrared regions as a function of the thermal treatments. In order to gain a better understanding of the influence of hydrogen, the ionoluminescence (IL) data from samples containing hydrogen were fit with a simple linear equation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)387-392
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1997 MRS Fall Symposium - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: Nov 30 1997Dec 4 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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