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Opt Lett. 2009 Nov 15;34(22):3565-7. doi: 10.1364/OL.34.003565.

Broadband conversion of visible light to near-infrared emission by Ce3+, Yb3+-codoped yttrium aluminum garnet.

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  • 1State Key Laboratory of High Field Laser Physics, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201800, China.


We show that Ce(3+) can be an efficient sensitizer for Yb(3+) in the host lattice of yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG). With blue-light excitation to induce the 4f-->5d transition of Ce(3+), characteristic near-IR emission of Yb(3+) due to transition of (2)F(5/2)-->(2)F(7/2) peaking at 1030 nm is generated as a result of energy transfer from Ce(3+) to Yb(3+). The result of spectral evolution with temperature indicates that the efficiency of energy transfer is enhanced owing to thermal effect. This evidence implies that the phonon-assisted process participates in the downconversion of YAG: Ce(3+), Yb(3+).

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