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Opt Lett. 1995 Oct 1;20(19):2021-3.

Self-calibrating quantum efficiency measurement technique and application to Pr(3+)-doped sulfide glass.


A measurement technique is described in which the radiative quantum efficiency of certain transitions in rare-earth-doped glasses can be determined based only on relative fluorescence measurements. We calibrate the emission from the level of interest by measuring emission into that level from a higher excited level. Application of the technique to Pr(3+)-doped sulfide glasses yields quantum efficiencies for the (1)G(4) ? (3)H(5) transition as high as 60%, in good agreement with measurements using the integrating sphere technique. Calculated efficiency values based on the Judd-Ofelt technique are shown to be subject to inherent uncertainties.

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