Effect of erbium ion concentration on structural and luminescence properties of lead borosilicate glasses for fiber amplifiers.

Author(s) Babu, M.Reddi; Rao, M.; Babu, M.
Journal Luminescence
Date Published 2018 Feb

This investigation reports, the effect of the concentration of erbium and lead ions on the physical, structural and optical properties of lead borosilicate glasses. These glasses were synthesized by the melt quench method. In the synthesis, the concentration of the erbium (Er3+ ) ion was varied in the order of 0.0, 0.1, 0.5, 1.0 and 2.0 mol% and lead (Pb2+ ) ion was varied in the order of 30, 29.9, 29.5, 29 and 28 mol%. The glasses were analyzed using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy. From XRD, the amorphous nature of lead borosilicate glasses was confirmed. The functional groups which were present in the glasses have been identified by analyzing the FT-IR spectrum. From the absorption spectra, the oscillator strengths as well as the Judd-Ofelt (JO) intensity parameters were determined and compared with other hosts. The JO intensity parameters were further used to calculate certain radiative properties for the excited luminescent levels of Er3+ ion. From emission spectra, full width at half maxima (FWHM), stimulated emission cross-sections (σe ) and certain lasing parameters were evaluated and compared with reference host glasses. The lifetimes of 4 I13/2 excited level of Er3+ ion have also been recorded and analyzed. The calculated and experimental lifetimes were compared in terms of quantum efficiencies. From the photoluminescence analysis, the erbium doped lead borosilicate glasses well suited for optical fiber amplifiers are discussed.

DOI 10.1002/bio.3374
ISSN 1522-7243
Citation Luminescence. 2018;33(1):7178.

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