Optical transitions and frequency upconversion emission of Er3+ ions in Ga2S3-GeS2-La2S3 glasses

H. Higuchi, M. Takahashi, Y. Kawamoto, K. Kadono, T. Ohtsuki, N. Peyghambarian, N. Kitamura

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Spectroscopic properties of Er3+ in Ga2S3-GeS2-La2S3 glasses are investigated on the basis of the spontaneous emission probabilities calculated by the use of the Judd-Ofelt theory and lifetime data. Frequency upconversion spectra are also measured with excitation at 800 and 980 nm. The spontaneous emission probabilities are much larger than those of the other glass systems such as oxides and fluorides. This is mainly attributed to the large refractive indices of the sulfide glasses. The quantum efficiencies of 4I11/2 and 4F9/2 levels are comparable or larger than the typical values of Er3+ in a fluoride glass. This is a consequence of the large spontaneous emission probabilities and low phonon energies of the sulfide glasses. However, the quantum efficiency of the 4S3/2 level is less than one-half of the value in the fluoride glass. The nonradiative transition probability of the 4S3/2 level is much larger than the value which is evaluated from the multiphonon relaxation theory. This suggests the presence of the other nonradiative relaxation process in addition to the multiphonon relaxation. This process is considered to be the energy transfer from the excited Er3+ to the band-gap excitation of the matrix glass. In upconversion spectra, the 497 nm emission from the 4F7/2 level is observed in addition to the red (665 nm) and the green (533 and 552 nm) emission bands.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-27
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998

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  • General Physics and Astronomy


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