Pr3+/Er3+ co-doped tellurite glass with composition 80TeO2-10Na2O-5WO3-5Nb2O5 was synthesized by the conventional melt-quenching technique, and the obtained glass was characterized by the UV/Vis/NIR absorption spectrum, near-infrared fluorescence spectrum, differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) curve, X-Ray diffraction (XRD) pattern and Raman spectrum. Under the 488nm excitation, it was found that Pr3+/Er3+ co-doped tellurite glass could emit an ultra-broadband near-infrared fluorescence which extended from 1200 to 1650nm with full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) of about 236nm, and this ultra-broadband fluorescence was contributed by the multichannel emissions of Pr3+ and 1.53µm band emission of Er3+. The luminescent mechanism and energy transfer processes between Pr3+ and Er3+ ions which are responsible for the observed ultra-broadband fluorescence were analyzed. Meanwhile, optical absorption bands that are assigned with corresponding electronic transitions with respect to Pr3+ and Er3+ ions were identified from the measured absorption spectrum, and based on the optical absorption data, the gain coefficient and important spectroscopic parameters like Judd-Ofelt intensity parameter, spontaneous radiative transition probability, radiative lifetime and branching ratio were calculated to elucidate the radiative properties of doped rare-earth ions. In addition, the DSC curve exhibited the good thermal stability of glass host with ΔT >150°C, Raman spectral study displayed the presence of different vibrational groups and XRD pattern confirmed the amorphous structural nature of the prepared glass. The present results indicate that Pr3+/Er3+ co-doped tellurite glass is promising for the ultra-broadband near-infrared band fiber amplifiers covering the expanded low-loss communication window.
Journal of Luminescence – Elsevier
Published: May 1, 2018
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