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Spectrochim Acta A Mol Biomol Spectrosc. 2013 Jan 15;101:74-81. doi: 10.1016/j.saa.2012.09.047. Epub 2012 Sep 28.

Investigation of spectroscopic properties, structure and luminescence spectra of Sm3+ doped zinc bismuth silicate glasses.

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  • 1Department of Applied Physics, Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, Hisar 125 001, Haryana, India.


The glasses with compositions 20ZnO·(79.5-x)Bi2O3·xSiO2·0.5Sm2O3 (10≤x≤50, mol%) have been synthesized using normal melt-quench technique. Optical absorption and fluorescence spectra of the glasses were recorded at ambient temperature. Judd-Ofelt (J-O) theory has been successfully applied to characterize the absorption and luminescence spectra of these glasses. From the measured intensities of absorption bands of these glasses, the Judd-Ofelt parameters, Ωλ (λ=2, 4, 6) have been evaluated. The variation of Ω2 with Bi2O3 content has been attributed to changes in the asymmetry of the ligand field at the rare earth (RE) ion site (due to structural change) and to changes in RE-O covalency, whereas the variation of Ω6 is found to be strongly dependent on nephlauxetic effect. The shift of the hypersensitive band shows that the covalency of the RE-O decreases with decrease in Bi2O3 content in the host glass. Also, using J-O theory various radiative properties like spontaneous emission probability (Arad), radiative life time (τr), fluorescence branching ratio (βr) and stimulated emission cross-section (σ) for various emission bands of these glasses in the visible spectral region have been determined. A close correlation is observed between the Bi2O3 content and the spectroscopic, radiative and structural properties of the prepared glasses. The values of radiative properties indicated that 4G5/2→6H7/2 and 4G5/2→6H9/2 transitions responsible for orange luminescence might be used in the development of materials for LED's and other optical devices in the visible region.

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