Abstracts 1999

Abstract of Publication No. 320

Stefan R. Lüthi, Markus Pollnau, Hans U. Güdel and Markus P. Hehlen
Near-infrared to visible upconversion in Er3+-doped Cs3Lu2Cl9, Cs3Lu2Br9 and Cs3Y2I9 excited at 1.54 mm
Phys. Rev. B 60, 162-178 (1999)      Full Text (PDF)      DOI-Link     

Abstract: A detailed study of upconversion processes in Cs3Er2X9 (X = Cl, Br, I) crystals and in the diluted systems Cs3Lu2Cl9:1% Er3+, Cs3Lu2Br9:1% Er3+, and Cs3Y2I9:1% Er3+ is presented. Efficient two-, three-, and four-step upconversion excitation along the sequence 4I15/2 4I13/2 4I9/2 4S3/2 2H9/2 leading to luminescence throughout the visible and near UV is demonstrated using a 1.54-mm excitation wavelength. This stepwise excitation is possible due to the low phonon energies and, consequently, the significantly longer lifetime of the 4I9/2 intermediate state in these systems relative to oxides and fluorides. The absorption and upconversion luminescence intensities increase along the isostructural series X = Cl, Br, I as a result of the decreasing energy of the electric-dipole allowed 4f-5d transitions and, thus, their increasing influence on the parity forbidden 4f-4f transitions. The excitation mechanisms in the chloride systems are investigated by time-resolved spectroscopy and the respective dynamics is studied by a rate-equation model. In the diluted sample 4I9/2 4S3/2 excited-state absorption plays a major role and occurs within 3 cm1 of the ground-state absorption, whereas the dynamics in the concentrated system is dominated by energy-transfer upconversion (ETU) in all excitation steps. Of the 35 most likely ETU processes, eight are found to contribute significantly to the excitation mechanisms in the concentrated system. The excitation pathways leading to red luminescence from 4F9/2 are also partly resolved.

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