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    • Spectroscopic studies of Cu2+ ions in sol–gel derived silica matrix

      P I Paulose Gin Jose Vinoy Thomas Gijo Jose N V Unnikrishnan M K R Warrier

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      The Cu2+ ion doped silica gel matrices in monolithic shape were prepared by hydrolysis and condensation of tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS). The absorption, transmittance and fluorescence spectra of the gel matrices heat treated at different temperatures were monitored. The loss of water and hydroxyl group from silica network changes the optical properties of the Cu2+ ions in the host, noted by the change in colour of monolith and spectral characteristics. The pronounced blue shift observed (700–900 nm to 600–850 nm) for the broad band of the absorption spectra of the samples heated up to 700°C is attributed to the ligand field splitting and partial removal of hydroxyl group from the silica matrices. The results indicate broadband filtering effects of the samples in the wavelength region 400–600 nm. Absorption and fluorescence spectra of the glass matrices heated to 1000°C confirms the conversion of Cu2+ ion to Cu+ ion.

    • Energy transfer and thermal studies of Pr3+ doped cerium oxalate crystals

      R Pragash Gijo Jose N V Unnikrishnan C Sudarsanakumar

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      Energy transfer process at room temperature for cerium (sensitizer) oxalate single crystals doped with different concentrations (10, 13, 15, 17 and 20%) of praseodymium ions (activator) grown by hydro silica gel method has been evaluated. The analysis of energy level diagrams of cerium and praseodymium ions indicates that the energy gap between the sensitizer and the activator ions varies in a small range suggesting a possible energy transfer from the Ce3+ to Pr3+. The emission and absorption spectra of these crystals were recorded. The overlapping of the absorption spectra of Pr3+ and emission spectra of Ce3+ at wavelengths 484 and 478 nm, respectively, strongly supports the possible energy transfer process in this system. From the absorption spectra, oscillator strength, electric dipole moment, branching ratio and Judd–Ofelt parameters of this system were evaluated by least square programming. The quantum efficiency, energy transfer probabilities and thermal properties have been studied.

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