Gold-assisted enhancement of the luminescence of Mn2+ ions induced by silicon in phosphate glass

José A. Jiménez, Stephon Smith

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This Letter reports the first investigation on the influence of gold on the photoluminescence (PL) of Mn2+ ions in phosphate glass incorporated via silicon. The glasses were prepared by melting and characterized by X-ray diffraction, optical absorption, and PL spectroscopy with decay dynamics and time-resolved assessment. While silicon-induced defects produced a new Mn2+ excitation band around 255 nm, gold co-doping augmented it. By exciting Si-defects at 255 nm, sensitized Mn2+ PL around 640 nm was observed, which was enhanced by gold. Resonantly-excited at 360 nm, the Mn2+ PL dynamics was analyzed in the context of a bi-exponential decay in connection with interacting and isolated Mn2+ ions. Further, a third fast component became prominently manifested with gold under 255 nm excitation. From time-resolved spectra, it was suggested to be linked to the influence of Au particles on luminescent defects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number126776
JournalPhysics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics
Issue number30
StatePublished - Oct 30 2020


  • Glasses
  • Luminescence
  • Nanoparticles
  • Optical properties
  • Plasmonics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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