Luminescence properties of Nd3+ and Er3+ doped glasses in the VUV region

Kohei Yamanoi, Takahiro Murata, Yasunobu Arikawa, Tomoharu Nakazato, Marilou Cadatal-Raduban, Toshihiko Shimizu, Nobuhiko Sarukura, Mitsuo Nakai, Takayoshi Norimatsu, Hiroaki Nishimura, Hiroshi Azechi, Shigeru Fujino, Hideki Yoshida, Akira Yoshikawa, Nakahiro Satoh, Hirofumi Kan

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We report the vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) spectroscopy of APLF + Nd and APLF + Er glass, with composition 20Al(PO3)3-80LiF + 1NdF 3 and + 1ErF3 (in mol%). APLF + Nd and APLF + Er have a dominant fluorescence peak at 185 nm and 168 nm with decay times of 4.5 ns and 5.8 ns, respectively. Fluorescence from APLF + Nd is attributed to 4f 25d → 4f3 transitions in neodymium (Nd) while fluorescence from APLF + Er is due to spin allowed transition in erbium (Er). This is the first report of VUV fluorescence from rare earth ions doped in glass hosts, which could provide the basis for mass production of VUV emitting materials. Our results also suggest the potential of using APLF + Nd and APLF + Er as neutron scintillators during inertial confinement fusion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1962-1964
Number of pages3
JournalOptical Materials
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Sep


  • Neodymium
  • Scintillator
  • Vacuum ultraviolet emitting-glass

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Computer Science(all)
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Spectroscopy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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