Broad, flat fluorescence emissions from nanostructured rare-earth doped silicates

Christopher D. Haines, Varadh Ranganathan, Susan B. Halpern, Bernard H. Kear, Lisa C. Klein, George H. Sigel, Nan Yao

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We have synthesized nanostructured rare-earth doped silicates by two different methods: combustion flame - chemical vapor condensation (CF-CVC) and sol-gel processing. Substantial rare-earth concentrations (∼ 8 wt. %) were achieved with no signs of concentration quenching. We have observed unprecedented spectrally broad/flat fluorescence emissions at 1.55 μm from the Er3+-doped materials, which we attribute to their unique nanostructures developed during heat treatments. In depth results of a combined XRD/TEM study monitoring the evolution of the nanostructure will be presented. The role of processing conditions, chemistry, and particle size will also be discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number51
Pages (from-to)431-438
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2004
EventPhotonic Crystal Materials and Nanostructures - Strasbourg, France
Duration: Apr 27 2004Apr 29 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Erbium
  • Fluorescence
  • Nanopowders
  • Rare-earth
  • Silica


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