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Synergistic effects of Nd3+ and Ag nanoparticles doping on spectroscopic attributes of phosphate glass

Yusof, N. N. and Ghoshal, S. K. and Jupri, S. A. and Azlan, M. N. (2020) Synergistic effects of Nd3+ and Ag nanoparticles doping on spectroscopic attributes of phosphate glass. Optical Materials, 110 . p. 110403. ISSN 0925-3467

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.optmat.2020.110403


Efficient, inexpensive and eye-safe new host glass as up-conversion (UC) emission solid-state laser media became demanding. Nanoparticles (NPs) of various noble metals have been inserted into the phosphate-based amorphous host matrix to enhance the rare-earth ions (REIs) stimulated emission cross-section. Furthermore, only a few reports exist on the combined influences of neodymium ions (Nd3+) and pure silver (Ag) NPs on the structural and optical response of magnesium zinc sulfophosphate (MZSP) glasses. In this view, a series of MZSP glasses were doped by Nd3+ ions and pure Ag NPs (at different concentrations) to improve their structural and optical properties. Such melt-quench synthesized glasses were characterized at room temperature using diverse analytical measurement tools. The XRD pattern of as-quenched samples approved their amorphous nature. The FTIR and Raman spectra of glasses revealed the presence of characteristic bonding vibrations of different functional groups. The TEM images showed the existence of spherical Ag NPs (mean size of 8.34 nm) in the host glass matrix. The surface plasmon resonance (SPR) band of Ag NPs was detected around 451 nm. The UV–Vis–NIR absorption and PL emission spectra of glasses were utilized to evaluate the Judd-Ofelt (JO) intensity parameters (O2, O4 and O6) and radiative properties. The observed fluctuation in the O2 values with the increase in Ag NPs contents was attributed to the dynamic change of ligands symmetry around Nd3+ inside the glass network. Variations in the O4 and O6 values with the increase in Ag NPs contents indicated a considerable reduction in the glass rigidity. The PL spectra of glasses exhibited a prominent band around 576–584 nm corresponding to the 2G7/2 +4G5/2 ?4I9/2 transition in Nd3+. Glass prepared with 0.5 mol% of Ag NPs disclosed the highest PL enhancement (˜19 times) and largest emission cross-section (˜4.35 × 10-24 cm2) which was ascribed to the synergism between Ag NPs SPR mediated strong local field effect (LFE) and the subsequent energy transfer to Nd3+ appeared in the proximity of NPs. It was concluded that the proposed glass composition can lead to the development of UC solid-state laser compared to many other reported glass system.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Neodymium ion, Silver nanoparticles
Subjects:Q Science > QC Physics
ID Code:93909
Deposited By: Widya Wahid
Deposited On:28 Feb 2022 21:17
Last Modified:28 Feb 2022 21:17

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