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Chin. Phys. B, 2014, Vol. 23(12): 124214    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/23/12/124214

Optical properties of phosphate glasses co-doped with Yb3+ and silver nanoparticles

M. A. Vallejo H.a, M. A. Martinez G.a, A. V. Kiryanova, J. L. Lucio M.b
a Centro de Investigaciones en Óptica, Loma del Bosque 115, Col. Lomas del Campestre, León 37150, Guanajuato, México;
b División de Ciencias e Ingenierías del Campus León de la Universidad de Guanajuato. Loma del Bosque 103,Col. Lomas del Campestre 37150, León Guanajuato, México
Abstract  We report the fabrication and spectroscopic characterization of Yb3+-doped phosphate glass, also containing silver nitrate. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) provides the evidence of the formation of silver nano-particles (SNPs), which are formed as a consequence of melting and thermal decomposition of AgNO3. Absorption spectra of the samples in the visible-to-near-infrared spectral range reveal the presence of bands centered at 410 nm associated with the SNP-plasmon resonance, and at 976 nm due to the Yb3+. Under 916-nm laser-diode pumping, the effect of the SNP reflects that: i) the fluorescence in the 950-nm–1150-nm spectral range is strongly enhanced (~30 times), while the fluorescence decay time associated with the 2F5/2→F7/2 transition of Yb3+ increases 25%, and ii) the basic lasing properties (saturation pumping intensity, the emission and absorption cross sections) are substantially improved.
Keywords:  rare earths      phosphate glasses      silver nanoparticles  
Received:  24 April 2014      Revised:  01 July 2014      Accepted manuscript online: 
PACS:  42.70.-a (Optical materials)  
  78.20.-e (Optical properties of bulk materials and thin films)  
  81.05.Kf (Glasses (including metallic glasses))  
Fund: Lucio M J L was financially supported by the CONACyT (Grant No. CB-2009-136186-F).
Corresponding Authors:  M. A. Martinez     E-mail:

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M. A. Vallejo H., M. A. Martinez G., A. V. Kiryanov, J. L. Lucio M. Optical properties of phosphate glasses co-doped with Yb3+ and silver nanoparticles 2014 Chin. Phys. B 23 124214

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