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    • Rare earth fluorescence in NASICON type phosphate glass, Na3TiZnP3O12

      G Vijaya Prakash P Nachimuthu M Vithal R Jagannathan

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      The emission spectra of Pr3+, Eu3+ and Dy3+ doped in NASICON type phosphate glass, Na3TiZnP3O12 (NTZP) are studied. The dopant rare earth ions occupy sites with 8–9 coordination in a highly covalent environment. For Pr3+ ion, calculated and observed branching ratios for lasing transitions3P03H4,6 agree well and found to be 0·64 and 0·24, respectively. The emissions of Pr3+ show strong temperature dependence on account of Boltzmann population of the higher excited states at room temperature. The excitation spectrum of Eu3+ gives rise to phonon assisted side band for5D27F0 transition at higher energy side with a phonon energy maximum of 1022 cm−1 and an electron phonon coupling strength (g) of 0·018. The value of phonon energy maximum agrees with infrared spectral data. The results show that observation of high energy emissions in phosphate glasses require much higherg values. The red/orange and yellow/blue transitions of Eu3+ and Dy3+, respectively show that the Eu3+ occupy more distorted site than Dy3+.

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