Optical properties of aluminophosphate glasses containing silver, tin, and dysprosium

J. A. Jiménez, S. Lysenko, H. Liu

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The spectroscopic properties of a Dy3+-doped aluminophosphate glass containing silver and tin were reported. Different oxidation and aggregation states of silver were obtained by varying silver concentration and glass thermal history. The addition of silver and tin at the lowest concentration studied results in Dy3+ ions emission under nonresonant UV excitation in connection with the appearance of an excitation band around 270 nm, which is associated to isolated Ag+ ions and twofold-coordinated Sn centers. The increase in silver and tin concentration leads to a broadening of aforementioned band and to the presence of charged silver dimers as evidenced by the appearance of an excitation band around 330 nm. The data indicated that light absorption might take place at ionic silver species and twofold-coordinated Sn centers, followed by energy transfer to Dy3+ ions. After heat treatment, ionic silver species were reduced to atomic Ag by tin with the subsequent formation of Ag nanoparticles (NPs) inside the dielectric host. A quenching effect in Dy3+ ions luminescence was shown with the presence of the Ag NPs, most notably for excitation of 6H15/24F9/2, 4I15/2, 4G11/2 transitions, which were in resonance with the dipole absorption mode of the particles. The silver NPs were believed to provide radiationless pathways for excitation energy loss in Dy3+ ions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2983-2990
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Materials Science
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jun 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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