Various studies report that Tb3+/Yb3+ co-doped materials can split one UV or 488 nm (visible) photon in two near infrared (NIR) photons at 980 nm by an energy-transfer process involving one Tb3+ and two Yb3+ ions. Additionally, it was demonstrated that Ag multimers can provide an efficient optical sensitizing effect for rare earth ions (RE3+ ions), resulting in a broadband enhanced excitation, which could have a significant technological impact, overcoming their limited spectral absorptions and small excitation cross sections. However, a systematic and detailed investigation of the down-conversion process enhanced by Ag nanoaggregates is still lacking, which is the focus of this paper. Specifically, a step by step analysis of the energy-transfer quantum-cutting chain in Ag-exchanged Tb3+/Yb3+ co-doped glasses and glass-ceramics is presented. Moreover, the direct Ag-Yb3+ energy-transfer is also considered. Results of structural, compositional, and optical characterizations are given, providing quantitative data for the efficient broadband Ag-sensitization of Tb3+/Yb3+ quantum cutting. A deeper understanding of the physical processes beneath the optical properties of the developed materials will allow a wiser realization of more efficient energy-related devices, such as spectral converters for silicon solar cells and light-emitting devices (LEDs) in the visible and NIR spectral regions.

Ag-sensitized Tb3+/Yb3+ codoped silica-zirconia glasses and glass-ceramics: Systematic and detailed investigation of the broadband energy-transfer and downconversion processes

Enrichi F.
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Cattaruzza E.;Riello P.;Vomiero A.
2021

Abstract

Various studies report that Tb3+/Yb3+ co-doped materials can split one UV or 488 nm (visible) photon in two near infrared (NIR) photons at 980 nm by an energy-transfer process involving one Tb3+ and two Yb3+ ions. Additionally, it was demonstrated that Ag multimers can provide an efficient optical sensitizing effect for rare earth ions (RE3+ ions), resulting in a broadband enhanced excitation, which could have a significant technological impact, overcoming their limited spectral absorptions and small excitation cross sections. However, a systematic and detailed investigation of the down-conversion process enhanced by Ag nanoaggregates is still lacking, which is the focus of this paper. Specifically, a step by step analysis of the energy-transfer quantum-cutting chain in Ag-exchanged Tb3+/Yb3+ co-doped glasses and glass-ceramics is presented. Moreover, the direct Ag-Yb3+ energy-transfer is also considered. Results of structural, compositional, and optical characterizations are given, providing quantitative data for the efficient broadband Ag-sensitization of Tb3+/Yb3+ quantum cutting. A deeper understanding of the physical processes beneath the optical properties of the developed materials will allow a wiser realization of more efficient energy-related devices, such as spectral converters for silicon solar cells and light-emitting devices (LEDs) in the visible and NIR spectral regions.
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