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Impact of annealing time on silver nanoparticles growth assisted spectral features of erbium-zinc-boro-tellurite glass

Said Mahraz, Z. A. and Sahar, M. R. and Ghoshal, S. K. (2016) Impact of annealing time on silver nanoparticles growth assisted spectral features of erbium-zinc-boro-tellurite glass. Journal of Luminescence, 180 . pp. 1-7. ISSN 0022-2313

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Abstract

Modifying the optical response of rare earth doped inorganic glasses by embedding nanoparticles is a never-ending quest. Accurate size and shape control of metal NPs inside the glass matrix through precise heat treatment (annealing) is challenging. We report for the first time, the effects of annealing time on the optical properties of the Er3+-doped zinc-boro-tellurite glasses containing silver NPs. Glasses are prepared using melt-quenching method where the growth of NPs is tuned by varying heat treatment duration. Modifications in physical, optical, and structural parameters are ascribed to the alteration of non-bridging oxygen due to HT. Shrinkage of NPs sizes from 12.8 to 6.6 nm for annealing time beyond 6 hr at 410 °C is ascribed to their diffusion limited growth. Surface plasmon resonance bands at 550 and 580 nm revealed red shift. The intensity parameters related to the radiative transitions within 4fn configuration of Er3+ ion are determined and analyzed using Judd-Ofelt theory. The room temperature emission spectra under 476 nm excitation exhibited three peaks centered at 536, 550 and 630 nm corresponding to the transitions from 2H11/2, 4S3/2 and 4F9/2 excited states to 4I15/2 ground state. Luminescence intensity enhancement (by a factor as much as 4.52) is majorly attributed to the local field effect of Ag NPs and quenching is due to the energy transfer from NPs to Er3+. Present glass compositions are demonstrated to be promising for the development of photonic devices.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Annealing, Emission spectroscopy, Energy transfer, Erbium, Excited states, Ground state, Heat treatment, Judd-Ofelt theory, Luminescence, Nanoparticles, Optical properties, Photonic devices, Quenching, Silver, Surface plasmon resonance, Tellurium compounds, Zinc, Diffusion limited growth, Heat-treatment duration, Judd-ofelt analysis, Luminescence intensity, Melt quenching method, Radiative transitions, Room temperature emissions, Tellurite glass, Glass
Subjects:Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions:Science
ID Code:71836
Deposited By: Fazli Masari
Deposited On:20 Nov 2017 16:18
Last Modified:20 Nov 2017 16:18

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