Abstracts 2005

Abstract of Publication No. 519

Andreas Sieber, Roland Bircher, Oliver Waldmann, Graham Carver, Grégory Chaboussant, Hannu Mutka and Hans-Ulrich Güdel
Effect of Pressure on the Magnetic Anisotropy in the Single-Molecule Magnet Mn12-Acetate: An Inelastic Neutron Scattering Study
Angew. Chem. 117, 4311-4314 (2005)      Full Text (PDF)      DOI-Link      Supplementary Data (PDF)     
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 44, 4239-4242 (2005)      Full Text (PDF)      DOI-Link      Supplementary Data (PDF)     

Abstract: Up-conversion (UC) entails the addition of two (or more) photons to generate one of higher energy. This process is very interesting, both from a fundamental point of view as well as for (future) applications. Here, dependence of the emission spectra on excitation power and measurement temperature are reported for the very efficient near-infrared to visible photon UC material NaYF4: 2% Er3+, 18% Yb3+. In the high-power limit for continuous-wave laser excitation, roughly 50% of all near-infrared photons absorbed by the material are up-converted and emitted in the visible spectral range. The excitation spectrum shows a 39 cm–1 energy gap between the two lowest crystal-field components |0> and |1> of the Yb3+ 2F5/2 multiplet, which sensitizes the UC emission. There is very efficient energy transfer to the lowest energy crystal-field component of the Er3+ 4I11/2 state from 2F5/2|1>, resulting in an activation energy for all Er3+ related up- and down-conversion emissions that scales with the number of excitation photons required multiplied by the 39 cm–1 energy gap.

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