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Prominent spectral features of Sm3+ ion in disordered zinc tellurite glass

Tanko, Y. A. and Sahar, M. R. and Ghoshal, S. K. (2016) Prominent spectral features of Sm3+ ion in disordered zinc tellurite glass. Results in Physics, 6 . pp. 7-11. ISSN 2211-3797


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Trivalent rare earth doped glasses with modified spectroscopic features are essential for solid state lasers and diverse photonic applications. Glass composition optimisation may fulfil such demand. Stimulating the spectral properties of samarium (Sm3+) ions in tellurite glass host with desired enhancement is the key issue. Glasses with composition (80-x)TeO2-20ZnO-(x)Sm2O3, where 0≤x≤1.5mol% are prepared using melt quenching method. The role of varying Sm3+ contents to improving the absorption and emission properties of the prepared glasses are determined. XRD pattern verifies amorphous nature of synthesised glasses. FTIR spectroscopy has been used to observe the structural modification of (TeO4) trigonal bipyramid structural units. DTA traces display prominent transition peaks for glass transition, crystallisation and melting temperature. Samples are discerned to be stable with desired Hruby parameter and superior glass forming ability. The UV-Vis-NIR absorption spectra reveals nine peaks centred at 470, 548, 947, 1085, 1238, 1385, 1492, 1550 and 1589nm. These bands arise due to 6H5/2→4I11/2, 4G5/2, 6F11/2, 6F9/2, 6F7/2, 6F5/2, 6F3/2, 6H15/2 and 6F1/2 transitions, respectively. The direct, indirect band gap and Urbach energy calculated from the absorption edge of UV-Vis-NIR spectra are found to appear within (2.75-3.18)eV, (3.22-3.40)eV, and (0.20-0.31)eV, respectively. The observed increase in refractive index from 2.45 to 2.47 is ascribed to the generation of non-bridging oxygen atoms via the conversion of TeO4 into TeO3 units. Conversely the decrease in refractive index to 2.39 is attributed to the lower ionic radii (1.079Å) of Sm3+. PL spectra under the excitation of 452nm display four emission bands centred at 563, 600, 644 and 705nm corresponding to 4G5/2→6H5/2, 6H7/2, 6H9/2 and 6H11/2 transitions of samarium ions. Excellent features of the results nominate these compositions towards prospective applications.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Absorption, Emission, FTIR spectroscopy, Samarium oxide, Tellurite glass
Subjects:Q Science > QC Physics
ID Code:74406
Deposited By: Widya Wahid
Deposited On:29 Nov 2017 23:58
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