Analysis on energy transfer process of Ho<sup>3+</sup> doped fluoroaluminate glass sensitized by Yb<sup>3+</sup> for mid-infrared 2.85μm emission

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Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, 2014, 149 pp. 41 - 50
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This work reports the mid-infrared emission properties around 2.85μm in a Yb3+/Ho3+ codoped fluoroaluminate glass. This fluoroaluminate glass shows a good thermal stability and high transmittance around 3μm. The mid-infrared emission characteristics and energy transfer mechanism upon the excitation of the conventional 980nm laser diode have been investigated. The prepared glass possesses higher spontaneous transition probability (31.77s-1) along with the larger calculated emission cross section (1.91×10-20cm2) corresponding to the laser transition of Ho3+:5I6→5I7. Besides, the upconversion, 1.2μm and 2μm fluorescence spectra were measured to understand mid-infrared emission behavior together with decay curves of Ho3+:5I6 level. Moreover, energy transfer microparameters between Yb3+ and Ho3+ were calculated and discussed based on Dexter[U+05F3]s model. Hence, the advantageous spectroscopic characteristics of Yb3+/Ho3+ codoped fluoroaluminate glass as well as the good thermal property indicate that this kind of glass is an attractive host for developing mid-infrared solid state laser. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.
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