Abstracts 1997

Abstract of Publication No. 274

Toni Riedener and Hans U. Güdel
Upconversion dynamics of Er3+ doped RbGd2Br7
J. Chem. Phys. 107, 2169-2174 (1997)      Full Text (PDF)      DOI-Link     

Abstract: NIR-to-VIS upconversion mechanisms upon excitation into 4I11/2 around 980 nm in the Er3+ doped low energy phonon host material RbGd2Br7 are identified and analyzed. The small energy difference between the first excitation step 4I15/2 4I11/2 and the second step 4I11/2 4F7/2 leads to a competitive situation of excited state absorption and energy transfer upconversion processes. Their relative efficiency strongly depends on the excitation energy and temperature. Fingerprinting techniques based on the temporal evolution of the upconverted luminescence after a 10 ns laser pulse are used to distinguish the two mechanisms. Rate constants for the relevant processes are determined. With Wt = 68 s1 at 10 K the energy transfer step in the upconversion process is comparable to Er3+ doped CsCdBr3.

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