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  1. White light upconversion in Yb-sensitized (Tm, Ho)-doped KLu(WO4)2 nanocrystals: the effect of Eu incorporation.

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    Barrera, E W; Pujol, M C; Carvajal, J J; Mateos, X; Solé, Rosa; Massons, J; Speghini, A; Bettinelli, M; Cascales, C; Aguiló, M; Díaz, F

    2014-01-28

    Monoclinic Yb-sensitized (Tm, Ho)-doped KLu(WO4)2 nanocrystals of ~100 nm size have been synthesized by the modified Pechini sol-gel method. Their diode laser near-infrared (~980 nm) excited upconversion emission properties have been characterized at power densities in the range 30-355 W cm(-2). Bright white light composed of blue ~475 nm, green ~540 nm, and red ~650 nm emissions, corresponding to Tm(3+ 1)G4 → (3)H6, Ho(3+ 5)S2, (5)F4 → (5)I8, and Ho(3+ 5)F5 → (5)I8 electronic transitions, respectively, was generated by adjusting the Yb, Tm, and Ho contents in KLu(WO4)2 nanocrystalline samples. Chromaticity coordinates of the emitted white light can be tuned by modifying the excitation power density. The effect of Tm and Ho on the luminescence dynamics has been described by analyzing the upconverted emission intensity dependence on the excitation power, as well as from Stokes and decay time measurements. The effect on upconversion properties of further codoping with Eu in these (Tm, Ho, Yb)-doped KLu(WO4)2 nanocrystals has also been studied. PMID:24322200

  2. Facile synthesis and luminescence properties of Y2O3:Ln(3+) (Ln(3+) = Eu(3+), Tb(3+), Dy(3+), Sm(3+), Er(3+), Ho(3+), Tm(3+), Yb(3+)/Er(3+), Yb(3+)/Tm(3+), Yb(3+)/Ho(3+)) microspheres.

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    Xu, Zhenhe; Zhao, Qian; Ren, Baoyi; You, Lixin; Sun, Yaguang

    2014-08-01

    Multicolor and monodisperse Y2O3:Ln(3+) (Ln(3+) = Eu(3+), Tb(3+), Dy(3+), Sm(3+), Er(3+), Ho(3+), Tm(3+), Yb(3+)/Er(3+), Yb(3+)/Ho(3+)) microspheres were prepared through a facile urea-assisted homogeneous precipitation method followed by a subsequent calcination process. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectrum (EDS), Fourier transformed infrared (FT-IR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), photoluminescence (PL) and cathodoluminescence (CL) spectra were employed to characterize the samples. The XRD results reveal that the as-prepared spheres can be well indexed to cubic Y2O3 phase with high purity. The SEM and TEM images show the obtained Y2O3:Ln(3+) samples consist of regular nanospheres with the mean diameter of 350 nm. And the possible formation mechanism is also proposed. Upon ultraviolet and low-voltage electron beams excitation, Y2O3:Ln(3+) (Ln(3+) = Eu(3+), Tb(3+), Dy(3+), Sm(3+), Er(3+), Ho(3+), Tm(3+)) samples exhibit respective bright red (Eu(3+), (5)D0 --> (7)F2), green (Tb(3+), (5)D4 --> (7)F5), blue (Dy(3+), (4)F9/2 --> (6)H13/2), yellow (Sm(3+), (4)G5/2 --> (6)H7/2), green (Er(3+), (4)S3/2 --> (4)I15/2), green (Ho(3+), (5)S2 --> (5)I8), blue (Tm(3+), (1)D2 --> (3)F4) down-conversion (DC) emissions. Under 980 nm NIR irradiation, Y2O3:Ln(3+) (Ln(3+) = Yb(3+)/Er(3+), Yb(3+)/Tm(3+) and Yb(3+)/Ho(3+)) exhibit characteristic up-conversion (UC) emissions of green (Er(3+), (2)H11/2, (4)S3/2, (2)H11/2 --> (4)I5/2), blue (Tm(3+), (1)G4 --> (3)H6) and green (Ho(3+), (5)F4, (5)S2 --> (5)I8), respectively. These merits of multicolor emissions in the visible region endow this kind of material with potential applications in the field of light display systems, lasers, and optoelectronic devices. PMID:25936002

  3. Structural and optical properties of lanthanide oxides grown by atomic layer deposition (Ln = Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb).

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    Hansen, Per-Anders; Fjellvåg, Helmer; Finstad, Terje; Nilsen, Ola

    2013-08-14

    Ln2O3 thin films with optically active f-electrons (Ln = Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb) have been grown on Si(100) and soda lime glass substrates by atomic layer deposition (ALD) using Ln(thd)3 (Hthd = 2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-3,5-heptanedione) and ozone as precursors. The temperature range for depositions was 200-400 °C. Growth rates were measured by spectroscopic ellipsometry and a region with a constant growth rate (ALD window) was found for Ln = Ho and Tm. All the compounds are grown as amorphous films at low temperatures, whereas crystalline films (cubic C-Ln2O3) are obtained above a certain temperature ranging from 300 to 250 °C for Nd2O3 to Yb2O3, respectively. AFM studies show that the films were smooth (rms < 1 nm) except for depositions at the highest temperatures. The refractive index was measured by spectroscopic ellipsometry and was found to depend on the deposition temperature. Optical absorption measurements show that the absorption from the f-f transitions depends strongly on the crystallinity of the material. The clear correlation between the degree of crystallinity, optical absorptions and refractive indices is discussed. PMID:23774891

  4. Large-scale synthesis of Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Ln{sup 3+} (Ln{sup 3+} = Eu{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+}, Yb{sup 3+}/Er{sup 3+}, Yb{sup 3+}/Tm{sup 3+}, and Yb{sup 3+}/Ho{sup 3+}) microspheres and their photoluminescence properties

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    Gao, Yu; Gong, Jian; Fan, Miaomiao; Fang, Qinghong; Wang, Na; Han, Wenchi; Xu, Zhenhe

    2012-12-15

    Graphical abstract: In this work, multicolor and monodisperse Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Ln{sup 3+} (Ln{sup 3+} = Eu{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+}, Yb{sup 3+}/Er{sup 3+}, Yb{sup 3+}/Tm{sup 3+}, and Yb{sup 3+}/Ho{sup 3+}) microspheres were prepared by a homogeneous precipitation method followed by a subsequent calcination process. Display Omitted Highlights: ► Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Ln{sup 3+} microspheres were prepared by a precipitation followed by a calcination process. ► Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+}/Tb{sup 3+} samples exhibit respective red or green emissions. ► Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Yb{sup 3+}/Er{sup 3+}/Tm{sup 3+}/Ho{sup 3+} exhibit emissions of green, blue, yellow-green, respectively. ► These finding may find potential applications in bioanalysis and field emission displays. -- Abstract: In this work, multicolor and monodisperse Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Ln{sup 3+} (Ln{sup 3+} = Eu{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+}, Yb{sup 3+}/Er{sup 3+}, Yb{sup 3+}/Tm{sup 3+}, and Yb{sup 3+}/Ho{sup 3+}) microspheres were prepared by a homogeneous precipitation method followed by a subsequent calcination process. X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transformed infrared (FT-IR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), photoluminescence (PL) spectra, and cathodoluminescence (CL) spectra were employed to characterize the samples. Upon ultraviolet and low-voltage electron beams excitation, Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Ln{sup 3+} (Ln{sup 3+} = Eu{sup 3+} and Tb{sup 3+}) samples exhibit respective bright red (Eu{sup 3+}, {sup 5}D{sub 0} → {sup 7}F{sub 2}) and green (Tb{sup 3+}, {sup 5}D{sub 4} → {sup 7}F{sub 5}) down-conversion (DC) emissions. Under 980 nm NIR irradiation, Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Ln{sup 3+} (Ln{sup 3+} = Yb{sup 3+}/Er{sup 3+}, Yb{sup 3+}/Tm{sup 3+}, and Yb{sup 3+}/Ho{sup 3+}) exhibit characteristic up-conversion (UC) emissions of green (Er{sup 3+}, {sup 4}S{sub 3/2}, {sup 2}H{sub 11/2} → {sup 4}I{sub 15/2}), blue (Tm{sup 3+}, {sup 1}G{sub 4} → {sup

  5. Controlled synthesis and luminescence properties of Ca0.5Y1-x(MoO4)2:xRE3+ (RE = Eu, Pr, Sm, Tb, Dy, Yb/Er, Yb/Tm, and Yb/Ho) phosphors by hydrothermal method versus pulsed laser deposition

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    Mahalingam, Venkatakrishnan; Thirumalai, Jagannathan; Krishnan, Rajagopalan; Chandramohan, Rathinam

    2016-01-01

    Herein, we report on rare-earth (RE) activated Ca0.5Y1-x(MoO4)2:xRE3+ (RE = Eu, Pr, Sm, Tb, Dy, Yb/Er, Yb/Ho, and Yb/Tm) phosphors synthesized using a surfactant-mediated hydrothermal route. Timedependent experiments were performed, and the morphological evolution of the phosphors was studied. From prepared powder samples of Ca0.5Y1-x(MoO4)2:xRE3+ (RE = Eu and Yb/Er), nano-sized thin phosphor films were grown using pulsed laser deposition (PLD). The surface topography of the as-grown thin phosphor films was analyzed. The asprepared phosphors were characterized by structural and optical studies. The powder phosphor exhibited bi pyramid-like micro-architectures. Structural studies indicated that Ca0.5Y1-x(MoO4)2 possesses the scheelite tetragonal crystal structure. The down-conversion luminescence of Ca0.5Y1-x(MoO4)2:xRE3+ (RE = Eu, Pr, Sm, Tb, and Dy) as powder phosphors and Eu3+ doped Ca0.5Y1-x(MoO4)2 thin phosphor film were studied. Upon irradiation with a 980 nm laser, the Ca0.5Y1-x(MoO4)2: xRE3+ (RE = Yb/Er, Yb/Ho, and Yb/Tm) powder phosphors and Ca0.5Y1-x(MoO4)2:xRE3+ (RE = Yb/Er) thin phosphor film showed intense up-converted visible emissions in green, yellow, and blue regions. The fluorescence decay time and color co-ordinates were determined for all synthesized phosphors. From the obtained results, the prepared powder and thin film phosphors are suggested to be suitable candidates for display and electro-luminescence applications. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  6. Raman spectra of 2Ln/sub 2/O/sub 3/ /times/ 9TiO/sub 2/ compounds (Ln = Ce, La, Nd, Pr, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tm, Yb, Tb)

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    Mel'nik, N.N.; Tsapenko, L.M.

    1988-03-01

    This work uses Raman and x-ray phase analysis methods to investigate compounds of the type 2Ln/sub 2/O/sub 3/ /times/ 9TiO/sub 2/ (where Ln = Ce, La, Nd, Pr, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tm, and Yb). The compounds were synthesized by melting in an optical beam on a water-cooled substrate (quench rate approx. 10/sup 2/ deg/sec) and by rapid quenching of a melt cupel by slamming with water-cooled blocks quench rate approx. 10/sup 5/ - 10/sup 6/ deg/sec. The x-ray diffraction study was done on a DRON-2 diffractometer. The Raman light spectra were recorded with a DFS-24 double monochromator employing argon laser excitation.

  7. Investigation of upconversion and downconversion fluorescence emissions from β-NaLn1F{sub 4}:Yb{sup 3+}, Ln2{sup 3+} (Ln1 = Y, Lu; Ln2 = Er, Ho, Tm, Eu) hexagonal disk system

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    He, Enjie; Zheng, Hairong; Gao, Wei; Tu, Yinxun; Lu, Ying; Li, Guian

    2013-09-01

    Graphical abstract: Well-defined β-NaLn1F4:Yb{sup 3+}, Ln2{sup 3+} (Ln1 = Y, Lu; Ln2 = Er, Ho, Tm, Eu) hexagonal thin disks with a simple and user-friendly hydrothermal approach by using sodium citrate as a shape modifier. Much stronger UC and DC fluorescence emissions were observed in NaLuF{sub 4}-based hexagonal disks than that for NaYF{sub 4} counterparts. The strength of hypersensitive transitions is mainly attributed to the decrease of local symmetry Ln-F bond lengths in β-NaLuF{sub 4}. It will show a great potential in improving near-infrared conversion efficiency of silicon solar cells and removable sub-micro luminescent platforms. - Highlights: • Regular hexagonal disks (NaLnF{sub 4}) were synthesized by a simple hydrothermal method. • Much stronger UC and DC emissions were observed in NaLuF{sub 4}-based disks. • Stronger fluorescence emissions in NaLuF{sub 4}-based disks were explained reasonably. • NaLuF{sub 4}-based disks can act as a removable luminescent platform for nano-assembly. • NaLuF{sub 4}-based disks can be applied in improving efficiency of solar cells. - Abstract: Uniform hexagonal β-NaLn1F{sub 4}:Yb{sup 3+}, Ln2{sup 3+} (Ln1 = Y, Lu; Ln2 = Er, Ho, Tm, Eu) disks were synthesized with hydrothermal method in which the sodium citrate was used as a shape modifier. The experimental observation indicated that both upconversion and downconversion fluorescence emissions were significantly stronger in β-NaLuF{sub 4} than that for β-NaYF{sub 4}. It was found that the stronger hypersensitive transitions were mainly due to the increase of J–O parameter (Ω{sub 2}) in β-NaLuF{sub 4} host, while the stronger insensitive transitions were mainly caused by the stronger overlap of electron cloud that was induced by the decrease of Ln-F bond lengths. Additionally, the larger absorption strength in the near-infrared region is another important factor for the stronger fluorescence emissions. The current research has a great potential in

  8. Upconversion processes in Yb-sensitized Tm:ZBLAN

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    Carrig, T.J.; Cockroft, N.J.

    1996-10-01

    A spectroscopic study of 22 rare-earth-ion doped ZBLAN (fluorozirconate) glass was done to study feasibility of sensitizing Tm:ZBLAN with Yb to facilitate development of an efficient, conveniently pumped blue upconversion fiber laser. it was found that, under single-color pumping, 480 nm emission from Tm{sup 3+} was strongest when Yb,Tm:ZBLAN is excited at 975 nm; the strongest blue blue emission was obtained from a glass sample with 2.0 wt% Yb + 0.3 wt% Tm. Also, for weak 975 nm pump intensities, strength of blue upconversion emission can be greatly enhanced by simultaneously pumping at 785 nm. This increased upconversion efficiency is due to reduced number of energy transfer steps needed to populate the Tm{sup 3+} {sup 1}G{sub 4} energy level. Measurements of fluorescence lifetimes vs dopant concentration were also made for Yb{sup 3+}, Tm{sup 3+}, and Pr{sup 3+} transitions in ZBLAN in order to better characterize concentration quenching effects. Energy transfer between Tm{sup 3+} and Pr{sup 3+} in ZBLAN is also described.

  9. Luminescence of Er/Yb and Tm/Yb doped FAp nanoparticles and ceramics

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    Grigorjeva, L.; Smits, K.; Millers, D.; Jankoviča, Dz

    2015-03-01

    The nanoparticles of hydroxiapatite and fluorapatite doped with Er/Yb and Tm/Yb were synthesized and characterized by FTIR, XRD, SEM and TEM methods. The results of up-conversion luminescence studies were presented for the samples as prepared, annealed at 500°C and at 900-1000 °C. At annealing above 800°C the ceramic state was formed. It is shown that fluorapatite host is more appropriate than hydroxiapatite host for rare ions luminescence and up-conversion processes. The post preparing annealing of nanarticles significantly enhanced the luminescence intensity. The Tm/Yb doped fluorapatite shows intense up-conversion luminescence in 790-800 nm spectral region and is potentially useful for biomedical applications.

  10. Spectroscopic and laser characterization of Yb,Tm:KLu(WO4)2 crystal

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    Loiko, P. A.; Serres, J. M.; Mateos, X.; Demesh, M. P.; Yasukevich, A. S.; Yumashev, K. V.; Petrov, V.; Griebner, U.; Aguiló, M.; Díaz, F.

    2016-01-01

    We report on a comprehensive spectroscopic and laser characterization of monoclinic Yb,Tm:KLu(WO4)2 crystals. Stimulated-emission cross-section spectra corresponding to the 3F4 → 3H6 transition of Tm3+ ions are determined. The radiative lifetime of the 3F4 state of Tm3+ ions is 0.82 ms. The maximum Yb3+ → Tm3+ energy transfer efficiency is 83.9% for 5 at.% Yb - 8 at.% Tm doping. The fractional heat loading for Yb,Tm:KLu(WO4)2 is 0.45 ± 0.05. Using a hemispherical cavity and 5 at.% Yb - 6 at.% Tm doped crystal, a maximum CW power of 227 mW is achieved at 1.983-2.011 μm with a maximum slope efficiency η = 14%. In the microchip laser set-up, the highest slope efficiency is 20% for a 5 at.% Yb- 8 at.% Tm doped crystal with a maximum output power of 201 mW at 1.99-2.007 μm. Operation of Yb,Tm:KLu(WO4)2 as a vibronic laser emitting at 2.081-2.093 μm is also demonstrated.

  11. Biosorption of La, Eu and Yb using Sargassum biomass.

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    Diniz, Vivian; Volesky, Bohumil

    2005-01-01

    Biosorption of the lanthanides: Lanthanum (La(3+)), Europium (Eu(3+)) and Ytterbium (Yb(3+)) from single-component and multi-component batch systems using Sargassum polycystum Ca-loaded biomass was studied. The ion exchange sorption mechanism was confirmed by the release of calcium ions from the biomass that matched the total number of metal and protons removed from the solution. The metal binding increased with pH due to the decrease of proton concentration in the system, as they also compete for the binding sites. The maximum metal uptake capacity for pH 3, 4 and 5 ranged approximately between (0.8-0.9) mmol g(-1) for La (0.8-0.9) mmol g(-1) for Eu, and (0.7-0.9) mmol g(-1) for Yb. Biosorption from multi-component mixtures was examined at pH 4 using equimolar initial concentrations of the metals. The metal affinity sequence established was Eu>La>Yb, and the maximum metal uptake obtained was 0.29, 0.41, 0.28 mmol g(-1) for La, Eu and Yb, respectively. PMID:15607182

  12. Upconversion energy transfer in Yb3+/Tm3+ doped tellurite glass

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    Żmojda, J.; Dorosz, D.; Kochanowicz, M.; Dorosz, J.

    2011-06-01

    The paper presents energy transfer in tellurite glass from the system TeO2 - GeO2 - PbO - PbF2- BaO - Nb2O5 - LaF3 doped with Yb3+/Tm3+ ions. Under the excitation of 976 nm laser a strong blue emission (477 nm) corresponding to the transition 1G4 --> 3H6 in thulium ions was observed. Analysing the influence of the content of Tm3+ ions on the level of luminescence obtained by the mechanism of upconversion it was established that the most effective energy transfer between Yb 3+--> Tm3+ ions took place in the matrix doped in the following proportion: 1 Yb3+:0.1 Tm3+ (%mol). Based on the non-resonant process of energy transfer between Yb3+ and Tm3+ ions the mechanism of upconversion was discussed.

  13. Possible undercompensation effect in the Kondo insulator (Yb,Tm)B12

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    Alekseev, P. A.; Nemkovski, K. S.; Mignot, J.-M.; Clementyev, E. S.; Ivanov, A. S.; Rols, S.; Bewley, R. I.; Filipov, V. B.; Shitsevalova, N. Yu.

    2014-03-01

    The effects of Tm substitution on the dynamical magnetic response of Yb1-xTmxB12 (x=0, 0.08, 0.15, and 0.75) and Lu0.92Tm0.08B12 compounds have been studied using time-of-flight inelastic neutron scattering. Major changes were observed in the spectral structure and temperature evolution of the Yb contribution to the inelastic response for a rather low content of magnetic Tm ions. A sizable influence of the RB12 host (YbB12, as compared to LuB12 or pure TmB12) on the crystal-field splitting of the Tm3+ ion is also reported. The results point to a specific effect of impurities carrying a magnetic moment (Tm, as compared to Lu or Zr) in a Kondo insulator, which is thought to reflect the "undercompensation" of Yb magnetic moments, originally Kondo screened in pure YbB12. A parallel is made with the strong effect of Tm substitution on the temperature dependence of the Seebeck coefficient in Yb1-xTmxB12, which was reported previously.

  14. Solvothermal syntheses, and characterization of [Ln(en){sub 4}(SbSe{sub 4})] (Ln=Ce, Pr) and [Ln(en){sub 4}]SbSe{sub 4}.0.5en (Ln=Eu, Gd, Er, Tm, Yb): The effect of lanthanide contraction on the crystal structures of lanthanide selenidoantimonates(V)

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    Jia Dingxian Zhu Aimei; Jin Qinyan; Zhang Yong; Jiang Wenqing

    2008-09-15

    Two types of lanthanide selenidoantimonates [Ln(en){sub 4}(SbSe{sub 4})] (Ln=Ce(1a), Pr(1b)) and [Ln(en){sub 4}]SbSe{sub 4}.0.5en (Ln=Eu(2a), Gd(2b), Er(2c), Tm(2d), Yb(2e); en=ethylenediamine) were solvothermally synthesized by reactions of LnCl{sub 3}, Sb and Se with the stoichiometric ratio in en solvent at 140 deg. C. The four-en coordinated lanthanide complex cation [Ln(en){sub 4}]{sup 3+} formed in situ balances the charge of SbSe{sub 4}{sup 3-} anion. In compounds 1a and 1b, the SbSe{sub 4}{sup 3-} anion act as a monodentate ligand to coordinate complex [Ln(en){sub 4}]{sup 3+} and the neutral compound [Ln(en){sub 4}(SbSe{sub 4})] is formed. The Ln{sup 3+} ion has a nine-coordinated environment involving eight N atoms and one Se atom forming a distorted monocapped square antiprism. In 2a-2e the lanthanide(III) ion exists as isolated complex [Ln(en){sub 4}]{sup 3+}, in which the Ln{sup 3+} ion is in a bicapped trigonal prism geometry. A systematic investigation of the crystal structures reveals that two types of structural features of these lanthanide selenidoantimonates are related with lanthanides contraction across the lanthanide series. TG curves show that compounds 1a-1b and 2a-2e remove their organic components in one and two steps, respectively. - Graphical abstract: Two types of lanthanide selenidoantimonates [Ln(en){sub 4}(SbSe{sub 4})] (Ln=Ce, Pr) and [Ln(en){sub 4}]SbSe{sub 4}.0.5en (Ln=Eu, Gd, Er, Tm, Yb; en=ethylenediamine) have been synthesized under the mild solvothermal conditions, and a systematic investigation of the crystal structures reveals that two types of structural features of these lanthanide selenidoantimonates are related with lanthanides contraction across the lanthanide series.

  15. Infrared luminescence of Tm{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} codoped lanthanum aluminum germanate glasses

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    Zhang Qiang; Zhang Guang; Chen Guorong; Qiu Jianrong; Chen Danping

    2010-01-15

    Tm{sup 3+} doped and Tm{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} codoped lanthanum aluminum germanate (LAG) glasses are prepared by melt-quenching method and characterized optically. Based on the measurement of absorption spectrum, Judd-Ofelt intensity parameters ({Omega}{sub 2},{Omega}{sub 4},{Omega}{sub 6}) are calculated. The radiation emission rates, branching ratios, and lifetimes of Tm{sup 3+} are calculated to evaluate the spectroscopic properties of Tm{sup 3+} in LAG glass. The infrared emission properties of the samples are investigated and the results show that the 1.8 {mu}m emission can be greatly enhanced by adding proper amount of Yb{sup 3+} under the excitation of 980 nm. The energy transfer processes of Yb{sup 3+}-Yb{sup 3+} and Yb{sup 3+}-Tm{sup 3+} are analyzed, and the results show that Yb{sup 3+} ions can transfer their energy to Tm{sup 3+} ions with high efficiency and large energy transfer coefficient.

  16. Upconversion properties and dynamics study in Tm3+ and Yb3+ codoped CaSc2O4 oxide material

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    Li, Jing; Zhang, Jiahua; Hao, Zhendong; Zhang, Xia; Zhao, Jihong; Luo, Yongshi

    2013-06-01

    The upconversion properties of Tm3+ and Yb3+ codoped CaSc2O4 phosphor excited at 980 nm are reported. The blue emission of Tm3+:1G4 → 3H6, red emission of Tm3+:1G4 → 3F4, near-infrared emissions of Tm3+:3H4 → 3H6 (800 nm) and 3F4 → 3H6 (1600 nm) are observed when excited Yb3+:2F5/2 level. The spectral properties of Yb3+:2F5/2 and Tm3+:3F4, 3H4, 1G4 levels are described in detail as a function of Yb3+ and Tm3+ concentrations. By the trends of intensity ratios of Tm3+:3F4 to Yb3+:2F5/2 and Tm3+:1G4 to 3H4 with the doped concentrations, upconversion dynamics is analyzed in Tm3+ and Yb3+ codoped CaSc2O4 material. The concentration dependent lifetimes of Yb3+:2F5/2 and Tm3+:1G4, 3H4 levels measured prove the existence of the efficient Yb3+ → Tm3+ energy transfer and followed Tm3+ → Yb3+ back-energy transfer processes, respectively. The energy transfer efficiency is up to 70% before concentration quenching occurrence. The back-energy transfer process is evidenced by the presence of the Yb3+:2F5/2 → 2F7/2 in the emission spectrum excited Tm3+:1G4 level at 466 nm. The detailed spectroscopic study conduces to understand the upconversion dynamics process in Tm3+ and Yb3+ codoped excellent CaSc2O4 oxide material.

  17. Yb3+ sensitized Tm3+ upconversion in tellurite lead oxide glass

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    Mohanty, Deepak Kumar; Rai, Vineet Kumar; Dwivedi, Y.

    2012-04-01

    Triply ionized thulium/thulium - ytterbium doped/codoped TeO2-Pb3O4 (TPO) glasses have been fabricated by classical quenching method. The upconversion emission spectra in the Tm3+/Tm3+-Yb3+ doped/codoped glasses upon excitation with a diode laser lasing at ˜980 nm has been studied. Effect of the addition of the Yb3+ on the upconversion emission intensity in the visible and near infrared regions of the Tm3+ doped in TPO glass has been studied and the processes involved explored.

  18. Yb3+ sensitized Tm3+ upconversion in tellurite lead oxide glass.

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    Mohanty, Deepak Kumar; Rai, Vineet Kumar; Dwivedi, Y

    2012-04-01

    Triply ionized thulium/thulium--ytterbium doped/codoped TeO2-Pb3O4 (TPO) glasses have been fabricated by classical quenching method. The upconversion emission spectra in the Tm3+/Tm3+-Yb3+ doped/codoped glasses upon excitation with a diode laser lasing at ∼980 nm has been studied. Effect of the addition of the Yb3+ on the upconversion emission intensity in the visible and near infrared regions of the Tm3+ doped in TPO glass has been studied and the processes involved explored. PMID:22265952

  19. Blue Upconversion Luminescence in Tm3+/Yb3+-Codoped Lead Chloride Tellurite Glass

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    Xu, Shi-Qing; Zhang, Jun-Jie; Wang, Guo-Nian; Dai, Shi-Xun; Hu, Li-Li; Jiang, Zhong-Hong

    2004-05-01

    The upconversion properties of Tm3+/Yb3+-codoped lead chloride tellurite glass under 980 nm excitation were investigated. The intense blue (476 nm) emission and weak red (649 nm) emission corresponding to the 1G4rightarrow3H6 and 1G4rightarrow3H4 transitions of Tm3+ ions, respectively, were simultaneously observed at room temperature. The dependence of upconversion intensities on excitation power and the possible upconversion mechanisms are evaluated. The intense blue upconversion luminescence of Tm3+/Yb3+-codoped lead chloride tellurite glass can be used as potential host material for the development of blue upconversion optical devices.

  20. Near-infrared Downconversion in LuPO4: Tm3+, Yb3+ Phosphors.

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    Li, Li; Wang, Yongjie; Shen, Jun; Chang, Wenxuan; Jin, Tianting; Wei, Xiantao; Tian, Ya

    2016-04-01

    Tm3+ and Yb3+ codoped LuPO4 phosphors were synthesized by the reverse-strike co-precipitation method. The obtained LuPO4:Tm3+,Yb3+ phosphors were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), diffuse reflectance spectra, photoluminescence (PL) spectra, and decay lifetime to understand the observed near-infrared downconversion (DC) phenomena. The XRD results show that all the prepared phosphors can be readily indexed to the pure tetragonal phase of LuPO4 and exhibit good crystallinity. The experimental results showed that the strong visible emission around 649 nm from Tm3+(1G4 --> 3F4) and near-infrared (NIR) emission around 1003 nm from Yb3+(2F5/2 --> 2F7/2) of LuPO4:Tm3+,Yb3+ phosphors were observed under 468 nm excitation, respectively. The Yb3+ concentration dependence of luminescent properties and lifetimes of both the visible and NIR emissions have also been investigated. The quenching concentration of Yb3+ ions approaches 30 mol%. The DC mechanism is also discussed in detail. PMID:27451658

  1. Upconversion emission properties of CeO2: Tm3+, Yb3+ inverse opal photonic crystals

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    Cheng, Gong; Wu, Hangjun; Yang, Zhengwen; Liao, Jiayan; Lai, Shenfeng; Qiu, Jianbei; Song, Zhiguo

    2014-10-01

    The ordered and disordered templates were assembled by vertical deposition of polystyrene microspheres. The CeO2: Tm3+, Yb3+ precursor solution was used to infiltrate into the voids of the ordered and disordered templates, respectively. Then the ordered and disordered templates were calcined at 950°C in an air furnace, and the CeO2: Tm3+, Yb3+ inverse opals were obtained. The upconversion emissions from CeO2: Tm3+, Yb3+ inverse opals were suppressed due to the photon trapping caused by Bragg reflection of lattice planes when the upconversion emission band was in the range of the photonic band gaps in the inverse opals.

  2. Upconversion properties of Er3+, Yb3+ and Tm3+ codoped fluorophosphate glasses.

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    Liao, Meisong; Hu, Lili; Fang, Yongzheng; Zhang, Junjie; Sun, Hongtao; Xu, Shiqing; Zhang, Liyan

    2007-11-01

    Er3+, Yb3+ and Tm3+ codoped fluorophosphate glasses emitting blue, green and red upconversion luminescence at 970 nm laser diode excitation were studied. It was shown that Tm3+ behaves as the sensitizer to Er3+ for the green upconversion luminescence through the energy transfer process: Tm3+:3H4+Er3+:4I 15/2-->Er3+:4I 9/2+Tm3+:3H6, and for the red upconversion luminescence through the energy transfer process: Tm3+:3F4+Er3+:4I 11/2-->Tm3+:3H6+Er3+:4F 9/2. Moreover, Er3+ acts as quenching center for the blue upconversion luminescence of Tm3+. The sensitization of Tm3+ to Er3+ depends on the concentration of Yb3+. The intensity of blue, green and red emissions can be changed by adjusting the concentrations of the three kinds of rare earth ions. This research may provide useful information for the development of high color and spatial resolution devices and white light simulation. PMID:17329153

  3. Intense red upconversion luminescence from Tm3+/Yb3+ codoped transparent glass ceramic.

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    Xu, Wei; Chen, Jianmin; Wang, Peng; Zhang, Zhiguo; Cao, Wenwu

    2012-01-15

    Tm3+/Yb3+ codoped transparent glass ceramic containing β-PbF2 nanocrystals was successfully prepared. After thermal treatment, emissions from the state of Tm3+ excited by 980 nm laser were greatly quenched by cross relaxation and the 700 nm luminescence from Tm3+:3F2,3→3H6 transition was strongly enhanced. A nearly monochromatic red luminescence band was observed. Based on the luminescence decay curves and Judd-Ofelt analysis, the strengthened cross relaxation played an important role in such phenomenon. PMID:22854468

  4. Upconversion studies in Gd2O3:Tm3+/Yb3+ phosphor

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    Singh, A. K.; Kumar, K.; Rai, S. B.; Rai, D. K.

    2013-06-01

    The Tm3+/Yb3+ doped Gd2O3 phosphor is prepared through combustion technique and its visible upconversion emission studies are made on 980 nm near infrared excitation. The upconversion studied showed good upconversion emission in blue region (477nm) but the highest emission intensity was observed at 802 nm wavelength. The Tm3+ ion concentration dependence of upconversion emission intensity studies are also done and optimum concentration of Tm3+ ion is found 0.2mol% for blue upconversion. The power dependence studies are also made to know the process of upconversion emission.

  5. Luminescence properties of Tm3+/Yb3+ codoped lead alumina bismuth borate glasses

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    Goud, K. Krishna Murthy; Reddy, M. Chandra Shekhar; Rao, B. Appa

    2016-05-01

    This paper reports on the spectroscopic properties of Yb3+ and Tm3+ codoped lead alumina bismuth borate glasses. Optical absorption spectra of these Samples were recorded at room temperature in the wavelength range 350-2000 nm. The absorption spectra exhibited the bands at 658 nm (3H6→3F2), 686 nm (3H6→3F3), 792 nm (3H6→3H4), 1211 nm (3H6→3H5) and 1663 nm (3H6→3F4) due to Tm3+ ions. The band at 977 nm (2F7/2→2F5/2) is due to Yb3+ ions. Optical band gap (Eopt) and Urbach energy (ΔE) values were calculated from the spectra. It was observed that the value of optical band gap decreases with increase in the concentration of Tm3+ ions. The upconversion luminescence spectra were measured under excitation of 980 nm laser diode, and the intense blue (470 nm) and green (656 nm) emission were simultaneously observed at room temperature. A proposed upconversion mechanism involving energy transfer from Yb3+ to Tm3+ has been presented.

  6. Color Tunable and Upconversion Luminescence in Yb-Tm Co-Doped Yttrium Phosphate Inverse Opal Photonic Crystals.

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    Wang, Siqin; Qiu, Jianbei; Wang, Qi; Zhou, Dacheng; Yang, Zhengwen

    2016-04-01

    For this paper, YPO4: Tm, Yb inverse opals with the photonic band gaps at 475 nm and 655 nm were prepared by polystyrene colloidal crystal templates. We investigated the influence of photonic band gaps on the Tm-Yb upconversion emission which was in the YPO4: Tm Yb inverse opal photonic crystals. Comparing with the reference sample, significant suppression of both the blue and red upconversion luminescence of Tm3+ ions were observed in the inverse opals. The color purity of the blue emission was improved in the inverse opal by the suppression of red upconversion emission. Additionally, mechanism of upconversion emission in the inverse opal was discussed. We believe that the present work will be valuable for not only the foundational study of upconversion emission modification but also the development of new optical devices in upconversion lighting and display. PMID:27451700

  7. Synthesis, persistent luminescence, and thermoluminescence properties of yellow Sr3SiO5:Eu2+,RE3+ (RE=Ce, Nd, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb) and orange-red Sr(3-x)Ba(x)SiO5:Eu2+, Dy3+ phosphor.

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    Li, Ye; Li, Baohong; Ni, Chenchen; Yuan, Shuxia; Wang, Jing; Tang, Qiang; Su, Qiang

    2014-02-01

    Sunlight-excitable orange or red persistent oxide phosphors with excellent performance are still in great need. Herein, an intense orange-red Sr3-xBaxSiO5:Eu(2+),Dy(3+) persistent luminescence phosphor was successfully developed by a two-step design strategy. The XRD patterns, photoluminescence excitation and emission spectra, and the thermoluminescence spectra were investigated in detail. By adding non-equivalent trivalent rare earth co-dopants to introduce foreign trapping centers, the persistent luminescence performance of Eu(2+) in Sr3SiO5 was significantly modified. The yellow persistent emission intensity of Eu(2+) was greatly enhanced by a factor of 4.5 in Sr3SiO5:Eu(2+),Nd(3+) compared with the previously reported Sr3SiO5:Eu(2+), Dy(3+). Furthermore, Sr ions were replaced with equivalent Ba to give Sr3-xBaxSiO5 :Eu(2+),Dy(3+) phosphor, which shows yellow-to-orange-red tunable persistent emissions from λ=570 to 591 nm as x is increased from 0 to 0.6. Additionally, the persistent emission intensity of Eu(2+) is significantly improved by a factor of 2.7 in Sr3-xBaxSiO5 :Eu(2+),Dy(3+) (x=0.2) compared with Sr3SiO5 :Eu(2+),Dy(3+). A possible mechanism for enhanced and tunable persistent luminescence behavior of Eu(2+) in Sr3-xBaxSiO5:Eu(2+),RE(3+) (RE=rare earth) is also proposed and discussed. PMID:24203579

  8. Trapping processes in CaS:Eu{sup 2+},Tm{sup 3+}

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    Jia, Dongdong; Jia, Weiyi; Evans, D. R.; Dennis, W. M.; Liu, Huimin; Zhu, Jing; Yen, W. M.

    2000-09-15

    CaS:Eu{sup 2+},Tm{sup 3+} is a persistent red phosphor. Thermoluminescence was measured under different excitation and thermal treatment conditions. The results reveal that the charge defects, created by substituting Tm{sup 3+} for Ca{sup 2+}, serve as hole traps for the afterglow at room temperature. Tm{sup 3+} plays the role of deep electron trapping centers, capturing electrons either through the conduction band or directly from the excited Eu{sup 2+} ions. These two processes, in which two different sites of Tm{sup 3+} are involved, correspond to two traps with different depths. (c) 2000 American Institute of Physics.

  9. Three- and two-photon upconversion luminescence switching in Tm/Yb-codoped sodium niobate nanophosphor

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    Kumar, Kagola Upendra; Silva, Wagner Ferreira; Venkata Krishnaiah, Kummara; Jayasankar, Chalicheemalapalli Kulala; Jacinto, Carlos

    2014-01-01

    Intense infrared-to-visible upconversion (UC) emission in Tm/Yb-codoped sodium niobate (NaNbO) nanocrystals under resonant excitation at 976 nm is presented. The results showed that by increasing the pump power/intensity, a strong reduction is observed at the 800/480 nm emitted intensity ratio, characterizing what can be denominated as laser pump power-induced color tunability or luminescent switching. The physical origin is discussed with a focus on tailoring of luminescent switchers to operate at a large pump power range and, indeed, it is intrinsically associated with the competition of the two- and three-photon UC processes and with highly efficient UC emissions in the investigated material. The effect of Yb-ion concentration along with the theoretical aspects on luminescence switching has been investigated. The results obtained here could be useful in the field of sensors and networks for optical processing and optical communications.

  10. Synthesis and optical properties of transparent glass ceramics with Eu,Yb:PbF2 nanocrystals

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    Loiko, P. A.; Rachkovskaya, G. E.; Zakharevich, G. B.; Yumashev, K. V.

    2015-02-01

    Transparent oxyfluoride glass ceramics containing Eu,Yb:PbF2 nanocrystals (average diameter 6.5 nm) is synthesized by secondary heat treatment of the initial SiO2-PbO-PbF2-CdF2 glass doped with YbF3 (1 mol %) and Eu2O3 (1 mol %); the optical absorption and the upconversion luminescence of this ceramics are studied. Intense orange luminescence (the CIE color coordinates are x = 0.602, y = 0.398) is obtained under excitation by a laser diode at a wavelength of 960 nm.

  11. Specific features of magnetoresistance during the antiferromagnet—paramagnet transition in Tm1 - x Yb x B12

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    Sluchanko, N. E.; Azarevich, A. N.; Bogach, A. V.; Glushkov, V. V.; Demishev, S. V.; Levchenko, A. V.; Filippov, V. B.; Shitsevalova, N. Yu.

    2013-05-01

    The transverse magnetoresistance Δρ/ρ( H, T) of Tm1 - x Yb x B12 single crystals is studied in the ytterbium concentration range corresponding to the antiferromagnet-paramagnet transition in a magnetic field up to 80 kOe at low temperatures. A magnetic H- T phase diagram is constructed for the antiferromagnetic state of substitutional Tm1 - x Yb x B12 solid solutions with x ≤ 0.1. The contributions to the magnetoresistance in the antiferromagnetic and paramagnetic phases of the dodecaborides under study are separated. Along with negative quadratic magnetoresistance -Δρ/ρ ∝ H 2, the magnetically ordered phase of these compounds is found to have component Δρ/ρ ∝ H that linearly changes in a magnetic field. The negative contribution to the magnetoresistance of Tm1 - x Yb x B12 is analyzed in terms of the Yosida model for a local magnetic susceptibility.

  12. Effect of Metal Coating on NaYF4:Yb3+,Tm 3+ Upconversion Nanoparticles

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    Alazemi, Abdulrahman

    Upconversion is the process in which two or more low-energy photons are absorbed and emitted as one high-energy photon. This research reports on the effect of layer-by-layer polyelectrolytes and silver coating on hexagonal NaYF4:Yb3+,Tm3+ in an attempt to enhance the upconversion intensity. The synthesized upconversion nanoparticles were separated into two, ˜140 nm and a mixture of two populations, ˜250 nm and ˜25 nm. The former case observed enhancement, when silver coated on the upconversion nanoparticles using hydroquinone as the reducing agent, with no layers and with several layers (three, four and five) of polyelectrolytes. The size (140 nm) and morphology of the hexagonal NaYF4:Yb 3+,Tm3+ were similar. The enhancement was confirmed when sodium cyanide was added to remove the silver coating from the sample resulting in a decrease in the upconversion intensity. Quenching was observed in the latter case, when silver coating was unsuccessful and that there are two populations of upconversion nanoparticles (large ˜250 nm and small ˜25 nm).

  13. White upconversion emission in Li+/Yb3+/Tm3+/Er3+-doped Gd6MoO12 phosphors

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    Sun, Jiayue; Xue, Bing; Du, Haiyan

    2013-07-01

    The Yb3+/Er3+/Tm3+-doped Gd6MoO12 phosphors and Li+/Yb3+/Er3+/Tm3+-doped Gd6MoO12 phosphors were synthesized by the high-temperature solid-state method. Under 980 nm laser diode excitation, the Gd6MoO12:Li+/Yb3+/Er3+/Tm3+ phosphors show the white upconversion (UC) emission at the pump power of 200 mW/cm2, which is composed of the blue (1G4→3H6 of Tm3+), green (2H11/2, 4S3/2→4I15/2 of Er3+), and red (4F9/2→4I15/2 of Er3+) UC emissions. The calculated CIE color coordinates of Gd6MoO12:Tm3+/Er3+/Yb3+ phosphors changed from blue area to white area after the Li+ ion doping. Then, the effect of Li+ ions mixing on the emission was analysed. The relative UC mechanisms and properties were also investigated and proposed based on their spectral. The additional mixed Li+ ions enhanced the red and green upconversion emission largely in this phosphor and then formed the white UC emission, which indicated that the Li+ is a promising dopant for tuning white light luminescence in some case.

  14. White upconversion luminescence in CaF2:Yb(3+)/Eu(3+) powders via the incorporation of Y(3+) ions.

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    Li, Yangyang; Guo, Junjie; Liu, Xiaohui; Aidilibike, Tuerxun; Qin, Weiping

    2016-06-28

    White upconversion luminescence (UCL) was achieved under 980 nm excitation in the CaF2:Yb(3+)/Eu(3+) material using Y(3+) to adjust the luminescence performance. In this luminescent system, Yb(3+) not only plays the role of a sensitizer of Eu(3+), but also generates green fluorescence from Yb(3+) dimers (2-Yb(3+)) by cooperative transitions in the CaF2 matrix. One of the primary colors of green corresponds to the 2-Yb(3+) cooperative emission exactly. Eu(3+) acts as an activator for emitting red and blue fluorescence simultaneously. Interestingly, the color of the UCL can be controlled by adjusting the doping concentration of Y(3+) ions, and white UCL was realized when the concentration of Y(3+) was 1%. PMID:27265683

  15. The Upconversion Luminescence Properties of Er3+/Tm3+, Yb3+-Codoped Cubic BaLiF3.

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    Qiang, Qinping; Guo, Linna; Han, Lili; Wang, Yuhua

    2016-04-01

    Cubic BaLiF3 samples were prepared using a facile surfactant-assisted hydrothermal-microemulsion method. The samples were characterized by X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). The upconversion luminescence (UCL) properties of the Er3+/Tm3+, Yb3+- codoped BaLiF3 samples were measured under a 980 nm excitation wavelength. Moreover, the effects of varying the concentration of Li+ ions on the luminescence properties of Er3+, Yb3+ codoped BaLiF3 were also investigated. The Tm3+, Yb3+ codoped BaLiF3 samples displayed multi-color emissions. This behavior can be explained by the pump power dependence of the upconversion emissions and the energy levels diagram. PMID:27451695

  16. Quantum sized Ag nanocluster assisted fluorescence enhancement in Tm3+-Yb3+ doped optical fiber beyond plasmonics

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    Chattopadhyay, Rik; Haldar, Arindam; Paul, Mukul C.; Das, Shyamal; Bhadra, Shyamal K.

    2015-12-01

    We report a process for enhancing fluorescence emission from conventional rare earth ions in optical fiber by metal nanocluster (MNC) in nonresonant indirect pumping. The process is completely different from formal metal enhanced fluorescence phenomenon as the MNCs are too small in size to support localized surface plasmon and the excitation wavelength is far from plasmon resonance frequency. We used an established theory of two coupled oscillators to explain the simultaneous enhancement of Ytterbium (Yb3+) and Thulium (Tm3+) emission by silver (Ag) NCs under nonresonant pumping in optical fiber. The fiber is pumped with a 980 nm fiber pigtailed laser diode with input power of 20-100 mW to excite the Yb3+. Four times enhancement of Yb3+ emission of 900-1100 nm and Tm3+ upconversion emission around 474 nm, 650 nm, and 790 nm is observed in the fiber with Ag NCs.

  17. Preparation and characterization of upconversion luminescent NaYF4:Yb, Er (Tm)/PS bulk transparent nanocomposites through in situ polymerization.

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    Chai, Ruitao; Lian, Hongzhou; Cheng, Ziyong; Zhang, Cuimiao; Hou, Zhiyao; Xu, Zhenhe; Lin, Jun

    2010-05-15

    The in situ polymerization method was applied to synthesize bulk nanocomposites consisting of hydrophobic NaYF(4):Yb, Er (Tm) nanoparticles as the filler and polystyrene (PS) as the host material. The oleic acid stabilized NaYF(4):Yb, Er (Tm) nanoparticles and NaYF(4):Yb, Er (Tm)/PS nanocomposites have been well characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), the thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), upconversion photoluminescence spectra and luminescence decays. The well-crystallized NaYF(4):Yb, Er (Tm) nanoparticles are spherical with a mean diameter of 40 nm. NaYF(4):Yb, Er/PS and NaYF(4):Yb, Tm/PS nanocomposites exhibit strong green and blue upconversion photoluminescence upon 980 nm laser excitation, due to the integration of luminescent NaYF(4):Yb, Er and NaYF(4):Yb, Tm nanoparticles, respectively. These nanocomposites can be potentially used as 3D display materials. PMID:20172531

  18. Infrared-to-visible conversion of radiation in YVO 4 crystals doped with Yb 3+ and Tm 3+ ions

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    Lisiecki, R.; Dominiak-Dzik, G.; Łukasiewicz, T.; Ryba-Romanowski, W.

    2004-10-01

    Up-conversion processes in Yb 3+ and Tm 3+ doped YVO 4 crystals have been investigated upon continuous wave and short pulse excitation around 975 nm. The energy transfer efficiency from Yb 3+ to Tm 3+ has been experimentally assessed, using results of pulsed laser excitation. Infrared emission originating in the 3H 4 level and a considerably weaker blue emission originating in the 1G 4 level of Tm 3+ has been observed. The ratio of the IR to blue up-converted emission intensities is about 25:1 at room temperature. The dependence of the intensity of both emissions on the excitation power implies a two-step excitation mechanism of the 3H 4 emission and a three-step excitation one of the 1G 4 emission. Temperature dependencies of IR and blue up-converted emission have been discussed based on optical absorption and emission spectra and lifetimes recorded at several temperatures between 4.2 and 300 K. Up-converted blue emission in YVO 4:Yb+Tm is qualitatively similar to that observed in other matrices containing ytterbium and thulium but high intensity of up-converted IR emission associated with the 3H 4- 3H 6 transition of Tm 3+ may offer a laser potential.

  19. Broad-beam transmission data for new brachytherapy sources, Tm-170 and Yb-169.

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    Granero, Domingo; Pérez-Calatayud, José; Ballester, Facundo; Bos, Adrie J J; Venselaar, Jack

    2006-01-01

    The characteristics of the radionuclides (170)Tm and (169)Yb are highly interesting for their use as high dose-rate brachytherapy sources. The introduction of brachytherapy equipment containing these sources will lead to smaller required thicknesses of the materials used in radiation protection barriers compared with the use of conventional sources such as (192)Ir and (137)Cs. The purpose of this study is to determine the required thicknesses of protection material for the design of the protecting walls. Using the Monte Carlo method, transmission data were derived for broad-beam geometries through lead and concrete barriers, from which the first half value layer and tenth value layer are obtained. In addition, the dose reduction in a simulated patient was studied to determine whether transmission in the patient is a relevant factor in radiation protection calculations. PMID:16030058

  20. [Direct upconversion sensitization luminescence of Tm(0.1)Yb(10.9): oxyfluoride glass].

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    Chen, X B; Sawanobori, N; Song, Z F

    2001-12-01

    This paper studied the direct upconversion sensitization luminescence of Tm(0.1)Yb(10.9): oxyfluoride glass pumped by 966 nm diode laser. We found that there are strong 474 nm three-photon upconversion fluorescence of 1G4-->3H6 transition. As well as there are weak 362, 452 and 650 nm three-photon upconversion fluorescence of 1D2-->3H6, 1D2-->3F4, 1G4-->3F4 and 681 nm two-photon upconversion fluorescence of 3F3-->3H6 transitions respectively. Their upconversion mechanism has been analyzed and discussed simply. PMID:12958885

  1. Y2O3:Tm,Yb nanophosphors for correlative upconversion luminescence and cathodoluminescence imaging.

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    Fukushima, Shoichiro; Furukawa, Taichi; Niioka, Hirohiko; Ichimiya, Masayoshi; Miyake, Jun; Ashida, Masaaki; Araki, Tsutomu; Hashimoto, Mamoru

    2014-12-01

    We present a phosphor nanoparticle that shows both upconversion luminescence (UCL) and cathodoluminescence (CL). With this particle, low-autofluorescence, deep-tissue and wide-field fluorescence imaging can be achieved with nanometer-order high-spatial-resolution imaging. We synthesized Y2O3:Tm,Yb nanophosphors that emit visible and near-infrared UCL under 980 nm irradiation and blue CL via electron beam excitation. The phosphors were applied to fluorescent imaging of HeLa cells. The photostability of the phosphors was superior to that of a conventional organic dye. We show that after uptake by HeLa cells, the particles can be imaged with SEM and CL contrast in a cellular section. This indicates that correlative UCL and CL imaging of biological samples could be realized. PMID:25146422

  2. Optical transitions of Tm3+ in oxyfluoride glasses and compositional and thermal effect on upconversion luminescence of Tm3+/Yb3+-codoped oxyfluoride glasses.

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    Feng, Li; Wu, Yinsu; Liu, Zhuo; Guo, Tao

    2014-01-24

    Optical properties of Tm(3+)-doped SiO2-BaF2-ZnF2 glasses have been investigated on the basis of the Judd-Ofelt theory. Judd-Ofelt intensity parameters, radiative transition probabilities, fluorescence branching ratios and radiative lifetimes have been calculated for different glass compositions. Upconversion emissions were observed in Tm(3+)/Yb(3+)-codoped SiO2-BaF2-ZnF2 glasses under 980 nm excitation. The effects of composition, concentration of the doping ions, temperature, and excitation pump power on the upconversion emissions were also systematically studied. PMID:24051289

  3. Thermal decomposition assisted synthesis and upconversion property of Fe3O4@YPO4:Tm/Yb hybrid nano-composite phosphor

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    Tiwari, S. P.; Kumar, K.; Rai, V. K.

    2015-06-01

    Hybrid nano-composite phosphor has been successfully synthesized through thermal decomposition method. The dual phase of samples assigned by XRD analysis shows the formation of nano-composite with crystallite size 20 nm and 12 nm for YPO4: Tm/Yb and Fe3O4@YPO4:Tm/Yb respectively. The FESEM images show the spherical shape and non agglomerated formation of nanoparticles. Three bands in upconversion emission mode were found in intense blue at 472 nm, red at 662 nm and NIR at 798 nm regions corresponding to1G4 → 3H6, 1G4 → 3F4 and 3H4 → 3H6 transition states respectively. The lifetime for1G4 → 3H6 level is found 1150 microsecond and 1400 microsecond for YPO4: Tm/Yb and Fe3O4@YPO4:Tm/Yb samples respectively.

  4. Diode-pumped 2 μm vibronic (Tm3+, Yb3+):KLu(WO4)2 laser.

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    Segura, Martha; Mateos, Xavier; Pujol, Maria Cinta; Carvajal, Joan Josep; Aguiló, Magdalena; Díaz, Francesc; Griebner, Uwe; Petrov, Valentin

    2012-05-10

    We report on laser operation in a (6 at. % Tm, 5 at. % Yb):KLu(WO4)2 codoped crystal. The vibrational frequencies of KLu(WO4)2 are coupled to the electronic transitions of Tm3+ at 1946 nm, creating virtual final laser levels at higher energy than the ground level 3H6 of Tm3+. The longest recorded laser wavelength was 2039 nm, which is longer than permitted by a pure electronic transition in Tm3+ ions in KLu(WO4)2. We show that every laser wavelength can be explained with the electron-phonon coupling effect, where the vibration frequencies were determined through Raman spectroscopy. PMID:22614492

  5. Tm3+/Er3+/Yb3+ tri-doped TeO2-PbF2-AlF3 glass for white-light-emitting diode

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    Ming, Chengguo; Song, Feng; Ren, Xiaobin; An, Liqun; Qin, Yueting

    2013-09-01

    By the high temperature melting method, Er3+/Yb3+, Tm3+/Yb3+, and Tm3+/Er3+/Yb3+ co-doped oxyfluoride telluride glasses with the compositions of (50TeO2-30PbF2-20AlF3)+(5Yb2O3-0.2Er2O3), (50TeO2-30PbF2-20AlF3)+(5Yb2O3-0.5Tm2O3), and (50TeO2-30PbF2-20AlF3)+(5Yb2O3-0.2Er2O3-0.5Tm2O3) (mol%) were prepared. The emission spectra of the samples were measured under 975 nm excitation. The emission color of Tm3+/Er3+/Yb3+ tri-doped glass is white to the naked eye. The International Commission on Illumination (CIE) coordinates (0.353,0.308) of the sample are close to the equal energy white-light illumination standard (x=0.333,y=0.333) and the color temperature is 4381 K. Our research will be helpful in developing luminescent materials for white light-emitting-diodes (LEDs).

  6. Multicolour upconversion emission from Ho3+-Tm3+-Yb3+ codoped CaMoO4 phosphor

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    Dey, Riya; Rai, Vineet Kumar

    2015-05-01

    The Ho3+-Tm3+-Yb3+ codoped CaMoO4 phosphor powder has been synthesized by chemical coprecipitation technique. For the structural investigation the X-ray diffraction analysis has been done. Multicolour upconversion (UC) emission in the visible region from the prepared material has been observed under the 980 nm near infrared (NIR) excitation. The UC emission bands ˜ 474 nm (blue), ˜ 541 nm (green) and ˜ 661 nm (red) region have been assigned as 1G4→3H6 (Tm3+), 5F45S2→5I8 (Ho3+) and 5F5→5I8 (Ho3+) transitions respectively.

  7. Tm(3+)/Yb(3+)co-doped tellurite glass for broadband optical amplifying over S+L bands.

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    Wang, Xunsi; Nie, Qiuhua; Xu, Tiefeng; Shen, Xiang; Dai, Shixun; Gai, Na; Zhou, Yu

    2009-04-01

    A kind of novel fluorescence which possesses a potential application in wide-band optical amplifying is reported in this paper. With 975-nm LD laser pumping and Yb(3+)-assisted energy transferring, the fluorescence of Tm(3+)in the tellurite glass can be measured with emission spectra in 1.4- and 1.6- microm bands, which would be continued to the 1.53 microm of the Er(3+). The full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) is 170 nm(110 + 60nm), and the lifetimes come up to 0.66 and 1.46 ms. Then, an interpretation was given to the mechanism of IR fluorescence emission which is based on the energy transferring and up-conversion of Tm(3+), Yb(3+) and Er(3+). PMID:19101195

  8. Mechanochemical preparation of nanocrystalline NaYF4:Gd3+/Yb3+/Tm3+: An efficient upconversion phosphor

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    Zhang, Jun; Riesen, Hans

    2015-11-01

    We report on a mechanochemical preparation route for NaYF4:Gd3+/Yb3+/Tm3+ nanoparticles by ball-milling NaF, YF3, GdF3, YbF3 and TmF3 at room temperature. An analysis by XRD and TEM demonstrates that the resulting materials are mainly (∼88% after 4 h ball-milling) in the hexagonal phase and are on the nanoscale with an average crystallite size of ∼20 nm. The prepared nanoparticles display efficient upconversion emission; upon excitation by a 980 nm laser diode, bright visible blue light emission can be observed. However, in accord with previous results, the strongest emission is observed in the NIR at 800 nm.

  9. Visible to near-infrared downconversion in Tm3+/Yb3+ co-doped chalcohalide glasses for solar spectra converter

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    Huang, Fei; Chen, Liyan; Han, Ying; Tang, Junzhou; Nie, Qiuhua; Zhang, Peiqing; Xu, Yinsheng

    2015-07-01

    Near-infrared downconversion which can be used to improve the utilization of solar spectral has drawn much attention. In this work, chalcohalide glasses with compositions of 50GeS2-25Ga2S3-25CsCl (in mol.%): 0.1 wt.% Tm2 S3 - x wt.% Yb2S3 (x = 0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3) were synthesized by vacuumed melt-quenching method. Absorption spectra, emission spectra, excitation spectra, and decay measurements were performed to prove the occurrence of cooperative energy transfer from the 1G4 level of Tm3+ ions to two Yb3+ ions. Quantum efficiency depends on Yb3+ concentration is calculated, and the highest is 114.1%. The photon energy of Yb3+ emission around 1 μm well matched with the operation band gap of the crystalline Si, so the glasses could potentially be applied in Si-based solar cell.

  10. Formation enthalpies of LaLn'O3 (Ln'=Ho, Er, Tm and Yb) interlanthanide perovskites

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    Qi, Jianqi; Guo, Xiaofeng; Mielewczyk-Gryn, Aleksandra; Navrotsky, Alexandra

    2015-07-01

    High-temperature oxide melt solution calorimetry using 3Na2O·MoO3 at 802 °C was performed for interlanthanide perovskites LaLn'O3 (Ln'=Ho, Er, Tm and Yb) and lanthanide oxides (La2O3, Ho2O3, Er2O3, Tm2O3 and Yb2O3). The enthalpies of formation of these interlanthanide perovskites from binary lanthanide oxides at room temperature (25 °C) were determined to be -8.3±3.4 kJ/mol for LaHoO3, -9.9±3.0 kJ/mol for LaErO3, -10.8±2.7 kJ/mol for LaTmO3 and -12.3±2.9 kJ/mol for LaYbO3. There is a roughly linear relationships between these enthalpy values and the tolerance factor for these and for other LaM3+O3 (M=In, Sc, Ga, Al, Fe and Cr) perovskites, confirming that the distortion of the perovskites as results from ionic radius difference of A-site and B-site cations, is the main factor determining the stability of these compounds.

  11. WHITE UPCONVERSION LUMINESCENCE FROM (Yb3+/Tm3+/Ho3+) TRIDOPED GdF3 NANORODS AFTER HEAT TREATMENT

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    Guo, Linna; Wang, Yuhua; Zhang, Jia; Wang, Yanzhao; Dong, Pengyu

    2012-09-01

    A series of Ho3+/Yb3+/Tm3+ tridoped GdF3 nanorods with different dopant concentrations were synthesized by a hydrothermal method. Transmission electron microscope (TEM) images indicate that the length and diameter of the nanorods is about 90 nm and 31 nm, respectively on average. No bright white upconversion light was observed from the samples with different Yb3+, Ho3+ or Tm3+ concentrations. Unexpectedly, the emission color coordinates of the samples after heat treatment move toward the central white region of the chromaticity diagram, and among these samples, the color coordinate (0.349, 0.329) of GdF3:15% Yb3+, 0.1% Ho3+, 0.8% Tm3+ is the most close to the standard white light (0.333, 0.333). This is unlike previous reports in which white light was achieved via tuning dopant concentration or excitation power. The reasons for the above phenomenon are presented by means of FT-IR spectra and the energy level diagram of dopants.

  12. Composition tuning the upconversion emission in NaYF4:Yb/Tm hexaplate nanocrystals.

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    Zhang, Hua; Li, Yujing; Lin, Yungchen; Huang, Yu; Duan, Xiangfeng

    2011-03-01

    Single crystal hexagonal NaYF4:Yb/Tm nanocrystals have been synthesized with uniform size, morphology and controlled chemical composition. Spectroscopic studies show that these nanocrystals exhibit strong energy upconversion emission when excited with a 980 nm diode laser, with two primary emission peaks centered around 452 nm and 476 nm. Importantly, the overall and relative emission intensity at these wavelengths can be readily tuned by controlling the concentration of the trivalent rare earth element dopants at the beginning of the synthesis which has been confirmed by EDX for the first time. Through systematic studies, the optimum rare earth ion doping concentration can be determined for the strongest emission intensity at the selected peak(s). Confocal microscopy studies show that the upconversion emission from individual NCs can be readily visualized. These studies demonstrate a rational approach for fine tuning the upconversion properties in rare-earth doped nanostructures and can broadly impact areas ranging from energy harvesting, energy conversion to biomedical imaging and therapeutics. PMID:21264435

  13. Composition Tuning the Upconversion Emission in NaYF4:Yb/Tm Hexaplate Nanocrystals

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    Zhang, Hua; Li, Yujing; Lin, Yungchen

    2011-01-01

    Single crystal hexagonal NaYF4:Yb/Tm nanocrytstals have been synthesized with uniform size, morphology and controlled chemical composition. Spectroscopic studies show that these nanocrystals exhibit strong energy upconversion emission when excited with a 980 nm diode laser, with two primary emission peaks centered around 452 nm and 476 nm. Importantly, the overall and relative emission intensity at these wavelengths can be readily tuned by controlling the concentration of the trivalent rare earth element dopants at the beginning of the synthesis which has been confirmed by EDX for the first time. Through systematic studies, the optimum rare earth ion doping concentration can be determined for the strongest emission intensity at the selected peak(s). Confocal microscope studies show that the upconversion emission from individual NCs can be readily visualized. These studies demonstrate a rational approach for fine tuning the upconversion properties in rare-earth doped nanostructures, and can broadly impact areas ranging from energy harvesting, energy conversion to biomedical imaging and therapeutics. PMID:21264435

  14. Properties of single crystalline AZn2Sb2 (A=Ca,Eu,Yb)

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    May, Andrew F; McGuire, Michael A; Ma, Jie; Delaire, Olivier A; Huq, Ashfia; Custelcean, Radu

    2012-01-01

    Single crystals of CaZn{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}, EuZn{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}, and YbZn{sub 2}Sb{sub 2} were grown from melts of nominal composition AZn{sub 5}Sb{sub 5} (A = Ca,Eu,Yb) with the excess melt being removed at 1073 K. The electrical transport properties are consistent with those previously reported for polycrystalline samples. This confirms that the p-type carrier concentrations ranging from 2 x 10{sup 19} cm{sup -3} to -1 x 10{sup 20} cm{sup -3} are intrinsic to these materials. Also consistent with transport in polycrystalline materials, the carrier mobility is found to be lowest in CaZn{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}, suggesting the trends in mobility and thermoelectric efficiency within these compounds are inherent to the material systems and not due to inhomogeneity or impurities in polycrystalline samples. These results suggest CaZn{sub 2}Sb{sub 2} has the strongest coupling between the doping/defects and the electronic framework. Magnetization measurements reveal an antiferromagnetic transition near 13 K in EuZn{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}, and the observed magnetic anisotropy indicates the spins align parallel and anti-parallel to c in the trigonal lattice. Powder neutron diffraction on polycrystalline samples of CaZn{sub 2}Sb{sub 2} and YbZn{sub 2}Sb{sub 2} reveals smooth lattice expansion to 1000 K, with c expanding faster than a. The Debye temperatures calculated from specific heat capacity data and the isotropic displacement parameters are found to correlate with the carrier mobility, with the CaZn{sub 2}Sb{sub 2} displaying the largest Debye temperature and smallest mobility.

  15. Quenching of the upconversion luminescence of NaYF4:Yb3+,Er3+ and NaYF4:Yb3+,Tm3+ nanophosphors by water: the role of the sensitizer Yb3+ in non-radiative relaxation

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    Arppe, Riikka; Hyppänen, Iko; Perälä, Niina; Peltomaa, Riikka; Kaiser, Martin; Würth, Christian; Christ, Simon; Resch-Genger, Ute; Schäferling, Michael; Soukka, Tero

    2015-07-01

    We have studied the mechanisms of water-based quenching of the upconversion photoluminescence of upconverting nanophosphors (UCNPs) via luminescence decay measurements for a better understanding of the non-radiative deactivation pathways responsible for the relatively low upconversion luminescence efficiency in aqueous solutions. This included both upconversion luminescence measurements and the direct excitation of emissive energy states of Er3+ and Yb3+ dopants in NaYF4:Yb3+,Er3+ UCNPs by measuring the decays at 550 and 655 nm upon 380 nm excitation and at 980 nm upon 930 nm excitation, respectively. The luminescence intensities and decays were measured from both bare and silanized NaYF4:Yb3+,Er3+ and NaYF4:Yb3+,Tm3+ UCNPs in H2O and D2O. The measurements revealed up to 99.9% quenching of the upconversion photoluminescence intensity of both Er3+ and Tm3+ doped bare nanophosphors by water. Instead of the multiphonon relaxation of excited energy levels of the activators, the main mechanism of quenching was found to be the multiphonon deactivation of the Yb3+ sensitizer ion caused by OH-vibrations on the surface of the nanophosphor. Due to the nonlinear nature of upconversion, the quenching of Yb3+ has a higher order effect on the upconversion emission intensity with the efficient Yb-Yb energy migration in the ~35 nm nanocrystals making the whole nanophosphor volume susceptible to surface quenching effects. The study underlines the need of efficient surface passivation for the use of UCNPs as labels in bioanalytical applications performed in aqueous solutions.We have studied the mechanisms of water-based quenching of the upconversion photoluminescence of upconverting nanophosphors (UCNPs) via luminescence decay measurements for a better understanding of the non-radiative deactivation pathways responsible for the relatively low upconversion luminescence efficiency in aqueous solutions. This included both upconversion luminescence measurements and the direct excitation

  16. Solvent extraction behavior of trivalent Nd, Eu, Ho, and Yb with dibenzoylmethane at 80{degree}C

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    Gao, J.; Choppin, G.R.

    1995-05-01

    The extraction behavior of trivalent lanthanide ions (Nd, Eu, Ho and Yb) has been studied with dibenzoylmethane (DBM) at 80{degree}C using molten paraffin wax as diluent. In the range of pH 7 to 8, the extraction of lanthanide cations is greater than 90%. The ratio of Ln:DBM in the extracted species was determined to be 1:3 by the slope analysis method. The pH{sub 1/2} values of extraction and the extraction constants of Nd(III), Eu(III), Ho(III) and Yb(III) are reported. 22 refs., 2 figs., 1 tab.

  17. A NaYbF4: Tm3+ nanoprobe for CT and NIR-to-NIR fluorescent bimodal imaging.

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    Xing, Huaiyong; Bu, Wenbo; Ren, Qingguo; Zheng, Xiangpeng; Li, Ming; Zhang, Shengjian; Qu, Haiyun; Wang, Zheng; Hua, Yanqing; Zhao, Kuaile; Zhou, Liangping; Peng, Weijun; Shi, Jianlin

    2012-07-01

    Early diagnosis that combines the high-resolutional CT and sensitive NIR-fluorescence bioimaging could provide more accurate information for cancerous tissues, which, however, remain a big challenge. Here we report a simple bimodal imaging platform based on PEGylated NaYbF(4): Tm(3+) nanoparticles (NPs) of less than 20 nm in diameter for both CT and NIR-fluorescence bioimaging. The as-designed nanoprobes showed excellent in vitro and in vivo performances in the dual-bioimaging, very low cytotoxicity and no detectable tissue damage in one month. Remarkably, the Yb(3+) in the lattice of NaYbF(4): Tm(3+) NPs functions not only as a promising CT contrast medium due to its high X-ray absorption coefficiency, but also an excellent sensitizer contributing to the strong NIR-fluorescent emissions for its large NIR absorption cross-section. In addition, these NPs could be easily excreted mainly via feces without detectable remnant in the animal bodies. PMID:22538199

  18. Improved Near-Infrared Up-Conversion Emission of Tm3+ Sensitized by Yb3+ and Ho3+ in LuF3 Nanocrystals.

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    Xu, Xuhui; Wu, Yumei; Bian, Wenjuan; Yu, Xue; Zhang, Buhao; Li, Qianyue; Qiu, Jianbei; Liu, BiTao

    2016-04-01

    In the present work, mono-disperse and uniform orthorhombic lutetium fluoride (LuF3) nanocrystals with an average size of about 35 nm have been successfully synthesized by a simple ionothermal method without any template. The infrared (IR) to visible up-conversion (UC) photoluminescence of LuF3 doped with Yb3+, Tm3+, and Ho3+ under 980 nm excitation was systemically studied. The intensity of near infrared (NIR) to visible up-conversion emission of Tm3+ was improved efficiently by adding Yb3+ and Ho3+ in LuF3, especially for the broad NIR emission band located at 812 nm. Meanwhile, compared to the Yb3+ and Tm3+ co-doped LuF3, the ratio of red to green emission in the Yb3+, TmS+, and HoS+ co-doped LuF3 changed greatly, and a bright yellowish-green emission was observed under 980 nm laser excitation. It shows that Yb3+, Tm3+ and Ho3+ co-doped LuF3 nanocrystals provided a potential application in vitro and in vivo bio-imaging, color displays and optical storage. PMID:27451685

  19. MOLTEN SALT SYNTHESIS OF YF3:Yb3+/Ln3+(Ln = Er3+, Tm3+) MICROSHEETS WITH MULTICOLOR UPCONVERSION LUMINESCENCE

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    Ding, Mingye; Lu, Chunhua; Cao, Linhai; Ni, Yaru; Xu, Zhongzi

    2013-12-01

    In this paper, highly crystalline YF3:Yb3+/Ln3+(Ln = Er3+, Tm3+) microsheets were successfully synthesized by a surfactant-free molten salt method for the first time. The results indicated that the as-obtained samples belonged to orthorhombic system and exhibited microsheets morphology with side lengths of 30 to 80 μm and wall thickness from 1 to 1.5 μm. By changing the dopant's species (Ln3+), multicolor (yellow and blue) upconversion emission can be observed in YF3:Yb3+/Ln3+ microsheets under 980 nm laser diode (LD) excitation. The upconversion mechanisms in co-doping YF3 samples were analyzed in detail based on the emission spectra. Importantly, this approach not only proposes a new alternative in synthesizing such materials, but also opens the possibility to meet the increasing commercial demand.

  20. Energy Transfer and 1.8 µm Emission in Tm³⁺/Yb³⁺ Co-Doped LiYF₄Crystal.

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    Yang, Shuo; Xia, Haiping; Zhang, Jiazhong; Jiang, Yongzhang; Gu, Xuemei; Zhang, Jianli; Wang, Dongjie; Jiang, Haochuan; Chen, Baojiu

    2016-01-01

    LiYF₄ single crystals co-doped with various Tm³⁺/Yb³⁺ concentrations were grown using the Bridg- man method. The luminescent properties of the crystals were investigated through emission spectra, emission cross section, and decay curves under excitation by 980 nm. Compared with the Tm³⁺ single-doped LiYF₄ crystal, an enhanced emission band from 1600 to 2150 nm was observed upon excitation of a 980 nm laser diode. The energy transfer from Yb³⁺ to Tm³⁺ and the optimum fluo- rescence emission around 1.80 µm of Tm³⁺ ion were investigated. The maximum emission cross section at 1.8 µm was calculated to be 1.48 x 10⁻²⁰ cm² according to the measured absorption spectrum. The high energy transfer efficiency of 86.5% from Yb³⁺ to Tm³⁺ ion demonstrate that the Yb³⁺ ions can efficiently sensitize the Tm³⁺ ions. PMID:27398484

  1. Upconversion white-light emission in Ho3+/Yb3+/Tm3+ tridoped LiNbO3 single crystal.

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    Xing, Lili; Wu, Xiaohong; Wang, Rui; Xu, Wei; Qian, Yannan

    2012-09-01

    Ho3+/Yb3+/Tm3+ tridoped LiNbO3 single crystal exhibiting intense upconversion white light under 980 nm excitation has been successfully fabricated by the Czochralski method. The tridoped LiNbO3 single crystal offers power dependent color tuning properties by simply changing excitation power. Efficient three-photon blue upconversion emission and two-photon green and red upconversion emissions have been observed. In addition, the red emission of Ho3+ originates dominantly from the nonradiative decay of green emission. The LiNbO3 with upconversion white light will be a potential laser candidate material. PMID:22940941

  2. Formation enthalpies of LaLn'O{sub 3} (Ln'=Ho, Er, Tm and Yb) interlanthanide perovskites

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    Qi, Jianqi; Guo, Xiaofeng; Mielewczyk-Gryn, Aleksandra

    2015-07-15

    High-temperature oxide melt solution calorimetry using 3Na{sub 2}O·MoO{sub 3} at 802 °C was performed for interlanthanide perovskites LaLn'O{sub 3} (Ln'=Ho, Er, Tm and Yb) and lanthanide oxides (La{sub 2}O{sub 3}, Ho{sub 2}O{sub 3}, Er{sub 2}O{sub 3}, Tm{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Yb{sub 2}O{sub 3}). The enthalpies of formation of these interlanthanide perovskites from binary lanthanide oxides at room temperature (25 °C) were determined to be −8.3±3.4 kJ/mol for LaHoO{sub 3}, −9.9±3.0 kJ/mol for LaErO{sub 3}, −10.8±2.7 kJ/mol for LaTmO{sub 3} and −12.3±2.9 kJ/mol for LaYbO{sub 3}. There is a roughly linear relationships between these enthalpy values and the tolerance factor for these and for other LaM{sup 3+}O{sub 3} (M=In, Sc, Ga, Al, Fe and Cr) perovskites, confirming that the distortion of the perovskites as results from ionic radius difference of A-site and B-site cations, is the main factor determining the stability of these compounds. - Graphical abstract: A linear relationship between the enthalpy of formation and the tolerance factor for interlanthanide LaLn'O{sub 3} (Ln'=Ho, Er, Tm, and Yb) and other LaM{sup 3+}O{sub 3} (M=In, Sc, Ga, Al, Fe and Cr) perovskites. - Highlights: • Interlanthanide perovskites were synthesized by solid state reactions. • Their enthalpies of formation were measured by oxide melt solution calorimetry. • ΔH{sub f,ox} shows a linear relationship with tolerance factor.

  3. Structural and up-conversion luminescence properties in Tm3+/Yb3+-codoped heavy metal oxide-halide glasses.

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    Sun, Hongtao; Duan, Zhongchao; Zhou, Gang; Yu, Chunlei; Liao, Meisong; Hu, Lili; Zhang, Junjie; Jiang, Zhonghong

    2006-01-01

    Tm3+/Yb3+-codoped heavy metal oxide-halide glasses have been synthesized by conventional melting and quenching method. Structural properties were obtained based on the Raman spectra, indicating that halide ion has an important influence on the phonon density and maximum phonon energy of host glasses. Intense blue and weak red emissions centered at 477 and 650 nm, corresponding to the transitions 1G4-->3H6 and 1G4-->3H4, respectively, were observed at room temperature. The possible up-conversion mechanisms are discussed and estimated. With increasing halide content, the up-conversion luminescence intensity and blue luminescence lifetimes of Tm3+ ion increase notably. Our results show that with the substitution of halide ion for oxygen ion, the decrease of phonon density and maximum phonon energy of host glasses both contribute to the enhanced up-conversion emissions. PMID:15950531

  4. [Study on red up-conversion luminescence of fluoride glasses doped with Er3+, Yb3+ and Tm3+].

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    Yan, Lei; Liu, Zheng-wei; Yang, Xiao-liang

    2005-06-01

    When the quality of Er2O3 is 10 times the former, the authors found that its character of up-conversion luminescence is distinct. Then the authors studied the luminescence system of Es3+ /Tm3+, Er3+ /Er3+ and Er3+ /Yb3+ /Tm3+ and their character of upconversion and fluorescence spectrum at 980 nm. In addition, the authors studied the relation between the three systems and the consistency of Er2O3. The authors found that the intensity of green and red light changed with the consistence of Er3+ in the experiment. It's the consistence of Er3+ that is the most causative. The chance is equal for each lanthanonion that makes up the luminescence system in the uniformity matter. With the distance between each pair of lanthanonions in the luminescence system is changed, the luminescence system and the color of the up-conversion luminescence also changed. PMID:16201349

  5. Upconversion luminescent property and EPR study of NaGdF4:Yb3+/Tm3+ synthesized by the hydrothermal method

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    Liu, Jing; Zhang, Jing-Ying; Liu, Kai; Gao, Hong-Jian; Yu, Xiao-Long; Cao, Yang; Liu, Zhong-Xin

    2015-09-01

    Water soluble upconversion (UC) luminescence hexagonal-phase NaGdF4: Yb3+/Tm3+ nanoparticles have been successfully synthesized by the hydrothermal method. XRD, SEM, UC photoluminescence spectra and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrum were used to characterize the nanoparticles. The intensity of UC emission region could be controlled through different sodium source and the fluorine source, 6PJ→8S7/2 emission of Gd3+ is also observed at 310 nm. A broad spectrum with a dominant resonance at g of about 2 was observed by the EPR spectrum of the NaGdF4:Yb3+/Tm3+ nanoparticles. The transparent NaGdF4:Yb3+/Tm3+ solution presented naked eye-visible violet-blue light under the 980 nm LD excitation. The current work paves the way for their potential application in infrared tomography and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

  6. NIR-to-NIR two-photon excited CaF2:Tm3+,Yb3+ nanoparticles: multifunctional nanoprobes for highly penetrating fluorescence bio-imaging.

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    Dong, Ning-Ning; Pedroni, Marco; Piccinelli, Fabio; Conti, Giamaica; Sbarbati, Andrea; Ramírez-Hernández, Juan Enrique; Maestro, Laura Martínez; Iglesias-de la Cruz, Maria Carmen; Sanz-Rodriguez, Francisco; Juarranz, Angeles; Chen, Feng; Vetrone, Fiorenzo; Capobianco, John A; Solé, José García; Bettinelli, Marco; Jaque, Daniel; Speghini, Adolfo

    2011-11-22

    In this study, we report on the remarkable two-photon excited fluorescence efficiency in the "biological window" of CaF(2):Tm(3+),Yb(3+) nanoparticles. On the basis of the strong Tm(3+) ion emission (at around 800 nm), tissue penetration depths as large as 2 mm have been demonstrated, which are more than 4 times those achievable based on the visible emissions in comparable CaF(2):Er(3+),Yb(3+) nanoparticles. The outstanding penetration depth, together with the fluorescence thermal sensitivity demonstrated here, makes CaF(2):Tm(3+),Yb(3+) nanoparticles ideal candidates as multifunctional nanoprobes for high contrast and highly penetrating in vivo fluorescence imaging applications. PMID:21957870

  7. Synthetic and spectroscopic studies of vanadate glaserites I: Upconversion studies of doubly co-doped (Er, Tm, or Ho):Yb:K3Y(VO4)2

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    Kimani, Martin M.; Chen, Hongyu; McMillen, Colin D.; Anker, Jeffery N.; Kolis, Joseph W.

    2015-03-01

    The synthesis and upconversion properties of trigonal glaserite-type K3Y(VO4)2 co-doped with Er3+/Yb3+, Ho3+/Yb3+, or Tm3+/Yb3+ were studied. Powder samples were synthesized by solid state reactions at 1000 °C for 48 h, while well-formed hexagonal single crystals of the same were grown hydrothermally using 10 M K2CO3 at 560-650 °C. Infrared-to-visible upconversion by Er3+/Yb3+, Ho3+/Yb3+, or Tm3+/Yb3+ codoped-K3Y(VO4)2 glaserite powder and single crystals was observed, and the upconversion spectral properties were studied as a function of different Er3+, Tm3+, Ho3+, and Yb3+ ion concentrations. The process is observed under 980 nm laser diode excitation and leads to strong green (552 nm) and red (659 nm) emission for Er3+/Yb3+, green (549 nm) and red (664 nm) emission for Ho3+/Yb3+, and blue (475 nm) and red (647 nm) emission for Tm3+/Yb3+. The main mechanism that allows for up-conversion is attributed the energy transfer among Yb3+ and the various Er3+/Ho3+/Tm3+ ions in excited states. These results illustrate the large potential of co-doped alkali double vanadates for photonic applications involving optoelectronics devices.

  8. Tunable multicolor and white-light upconversion luminescence in Yb3+/Tm3+/Ho3+ tri-doped NaYF4 micro-crystals.

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    Lin, Hao; Xu, Dekang; Teng, Dongdong; Yang, Shenghong; Zhang, Yueli

    2015-09-01

    NaYF4 micro-crystals with various concentrations of Yb(3+) /Tm(3+) /Ho(3+) were prepared successfully via a simple and reproducible hydrothermal route using EDTA as the chelating agent. Their phase structure and surface morphology were studied using powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The XRD patterns revealed that all the samples were pure hexagonal phase NaYF4. SEM images showed that Yb(3+)/Tm(3+)/Ho(3+) tri-doped NaYF4 were hexagonal micro-prisms. Upconversion photoluminescence spectra of Yb(3+)/Tm(3+)/Ho(3+) tri-doped NaYF4 micro-crystals with various dopant concentrations under 980 nm excitation with a 665 mW pump power were studied. Tunable multicolor (purple, purplish blue, yellowish green, green) and white light were achieved by simply adjusting the Ho(3+) concentration in 20%Yb(3+)/1%Tm(3+)/xHo(3+) tri-doped NaYF4 micro-crystals. Furthermore, white-light emissions could be obtained using different pump powers in 20%Yb(3+)/1%Tm(3+)/1%Ho(3+) tri-doped NaYF4 micro-crystals at 980 nm excitation. The pump power-dependent intensity relationship was studied and relevant energy transfer processes were discussed in detail. The results suggest that Yb(3+)/Tm(3+) Ho(3+) tri-doped NaYF4 micro-crystals have potential applications in optoelectronic devices such as photovoltaic, plasma display panel and white-light-emitting diodes. PMID:25377774

  9. Correlative near-infrared light and cathodoluminescence microscopy using Y2O3:Ln, Yb (Ln = Tm, Er) nanophosphors for multiscale, multicolour bioimaging.

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    Fukushima, S; Furukawa, T; Niioka, H; Ichimiya, M; Sannomiya, T; Tanaka, N; Onoshima, D; Yukawa, H; Baba, Y; Ashida, M; Miyake, J; Araki, T; Hashimoto, M

    2016-01-01

    This paper presents a new correlative bioimaging technique using Y2O3:Tm, Yb and Y2O3:Er, Yb nanophosphors (NPs) as imaging probes that emit luminescence excited by both near-infrared (NIR) light and an electron beam. Under 980 nm NIR light irradiation, the Y2O3:Tm, Yb and Y2O3:Er, Yb NPs emitted NIR luminescence (NIRL) around 810 nm and 1530 nm, respectively, and cathodoluminescence at 455 nm and 660 nm under excitation of accelerated electrons, respectively. Multimodalities of the NPs were confirmed in correlative NIRL/CL imaging and their locations were visualized at the same observation area in both NIRL and CL images. Using CL microscopy, the NPs were visualized at the single-particle level and with multicolour. Multiscale NIRL/CL bioimaging was demonstrated through in vivo and in vitro NIRL deep-tissue observations, cellular NIRL imaging, and high-spatial resolution CL imaging of the NPs inside cells. The location of a cell sheet transplanted onto the back muscle fascia of a hairy rat was visualized through NIRL imaging of the Y2O3:Er, Yb NPs. Accurate positions of cells through the thickness (1.5 mm) of a tissue phantom were detected by NIRL from the Y2O3:Tm, Yb NPs. Further, locations of the two types of NPs inside cells were observed using CL microscopy. PMID:27185264

  10. Correlative near-infrared light and cathodoluminescence microscopy using Y2O3:Ln, Yb (Ln = Tm, Er) nanophosphors for multiscale, multicolour bioimaging

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    Fukushima, S.; Furukawa, T.; Niioka, H.; Ichimiya, M.; Sannomiya, T.; Tanaka, N.; Onoshima, D.; Yukawa, H.; Baba, Y.; Ashida, M.; Miyake, J.; Araki, T.; Hashimoto, M.

    2016-01-01

    This paper presents a new correlative bioimaging technique using Y2O3:Tm, Yb and Y2O3:Er, Yb nanophosphors (NPs) as imaging probes that emit luminescence excited by both near-infrared (NIR) light and an electron beam. Under 980 nm NIR light irradiation, the Y2O3:Tm, Yb and Y2O3:Er, Yb NPs emitted NIR luminescence (NIRL) around 810 nm and 1530 nm, respectively, and cathodoluminescence at 455 nm and 660 nm under excitation of accelerated electrons, respectively. Multimodalities of the NPs were confirmed in correlative NIRL/CL imaging and their locations were visualized at the same observation area in both NIRL and CL images. Using CL microscopy, the NPs were visualized at the single-particle level and with multicolour. Multiscale NIRL/CL bioimaging was demonstrated through in vivo and in vitro NIRL deep-tissue observations, cellular NIRL imaging, and high-spatial resolution CL imaging of the NPs inside cells. The location of a cell sheet transplanted onto the back muscle fascia of a hairy rat was visualized through NIRL imaging of the Y2O3:Er, Yb NPs. Accurate positions of cells through the thickness (1.5 mm) of a tissue phantom were detected by NIRL from the Y2O3:Tm, Yb NPs. Further, locations of the two types of NPs inside cells were observed using CL microscopy. PMID:27185264

  11. Correlative near-infrared light and cathodoluminescence microscopy using Y2O3:Ln, Yb (Ln = Tm, Er) nanophosphors for multiscale, multicolour bioimaging

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    Fukushima, S.; Furukawa, T.; Niioka, H.; Ichimiya, M.; Sannomiya, T.; Tanaka, N.; Onoshima, D.; Yukawa, H.; Baba, Y.; Ashida, M.; Miyake, J.; Araki, T.; Hashimoto, M.

    2016-05-01

    This paper presents a new correlative bioimaging technique using Y2O3:Tm, Yb and Y2O3:Er, Yb nanophosphors (NPs) as imaging probes that emit luminescence excited by both near-infrared (NIR) light and an electron beam. Under 980 nm NIR light irradiation, the Y2O3:Tm, Yb and Y2O3:Er, Yb NPs emitted NIR luminescence (NIRL) around 810 nm and 1530 nm, respectively, and cathodoluminescence at 455 nm and 660 nm under excitation of accelerated electrons, respectively. Multimodalities of the NPs were confirmed in correlative NIRL/CL imaging and their locations were visualized at the same observation area in both NIRL and CL images. Using CL microscopy, the NPs were visualized at the single-particle level and with multicolour. Multiscale NIRL/CL bioimaging was demonstrated through in vivo and in vitro NIRL deep-tissue observations, cellular NIRL imaging, and high-spatial resolution CL imaging of the NPs inside cells. The location of a cell sheet transplanted onto the back muscle fascia of a hairy rat was visualized through NIRL imaging of the Y2O3:Er, Yb NPs. Accurate positions of cells through the thickness (1.5 mm) of a tissue phantom were detected by NIRL from the Y2O3:Tm, Yb NPs. Further, locations of the two types of NPs inside cells were observed using CL microscopy.

  12. Simultaneous size and luminescence control of NaYF4:Yb3+/RE3+ (RE = Tm, Ho) microcrystals via Li+ doping

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    Lin, Hao; Xu, Dekang; Teng, Dongdong; Yang, Shenghong; Zhang, Yueli

    2015-07-01

    Enhancement of upconversion (UC) luminescence is imperative for the applications of UC microcrystals (MCs). In this work, NaYF4:Yb3+/RE3+ (RE = Tm, Ho) MCs via Li+ doping were successfully prepared by a simple hydrothermal process with the assistance of citric acid. The UC luminescence intensities of NaYF4:Yb3+/RE3+ (RE = Tm, Ho) are significantly enhanced via Li+ doping at different concentrations. Compared to Li+-absent sample, UC luminescence intensities of blue emission (477 nm) and red emission (649 nm) in NaYF4:Yb3+/Tm3+ MCs via 15 mol% Li+ doping are improved by 10 and 9 times, respectively; UC luminescence intensities of green emission (538 nm) and red emission (644 nm) in NaYF4:Yb3+/Ho3+ MCs via 15 mol% Li+ doping are improved by 12 and 3 times, respectively. The mechanism of the enhancement via Li+ doping is discussed in details, which may be attributed to the fact that Li+ doping can cause the distortion of the local symmetry around RE ions. Our results indicate that the enhanced UC luminescence of NaYF4:Yb3+/RE3+ (RE = Tm, Ho) MCs via Li+ doping may have potential applications in optoelectronic devices such as solar cells and plasma display panel.

  13. 2.7 μm emission properties of Er3+/Yb3+/Eu3+: SrGdGa3O7 and Er3+/Yb3+/Ho3+: SrGdGa3O7 crystals

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    Xia, Houping; Feng, Jianghe; Ji, Yuexia; Sun, Yijian; Wang, Yan; Jia, Zhitai; Tu, Chaoyang

    2016-04-01

    Er3+/Yb3+/Eu3+: SrGdGa3O7 and Er3+/Yb3+/Ho3+: SrGdGa3O7 crystals were grown by Czochralski technology and detailed spectroscopic analyses were carried out. It was found that the spectra of Er3+/Yb3+/Eu3+: SrGdGa3O7 crystal show weaker near-infrared emission and stronger mid-infrared emission as compared with Er3+/Yb3+: SrGdGa3O7 crystal. Furthermore, the lifetime of the 4I13/2 state decreases from 10.58 ms in Er3+/Yb3+: SrGdGa3O7 crystal to 6.87 ms in Er3+/Yb3+/Eu3+: SrGdGa3O7 crystal, that is, the self-saturation for 2.7 μm laser in Er3+/Yb3+/Eu3+: SrGdGa3O7 crystal is suppressed greatly. These results indicate that the doping of Eu3+ in Er3+/Yb3+: SrGdGa3O7 crystal is beneficial to improve the 2.7 μm laser. In contrast, introducing Ho3+ in Er3+/Yb3+: SrGdGa3O7 crystal is adverse to realize Er3+-activated MIR laser operation. So Er3+/Yb3+/Eu3+: SrGdGa3O7 crystal could be a potential MIR gain media for enhanced 2.7 μm laser.

  14. Uniform NaYF{sub 4}:Yb, Tm hexagonal submicroplates: Controlled synthesis and enhanced UV and blue upconversion luminescence

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    Huang, Wenjuan; Ding, Mingye; Huang, Hengming; Jiang, Chenfei; Song, Yan; Ni, Yaru; Lu, Chunhua; Xu, Zhongzi

    2013-02-15

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ► β-NaYF{sub 4} phosphors as an excellent upconversion materials. ► Oleic acid can promote the transformation of α → β phase NaYF{sub 4}. ► The shape and size of β-NaYF{sub 4} submicroplate can be tuned by reactant concentration. ► Enhanced UV and blue peaks can be obtained by varying Yb{sup 3+} and Tm{sup 3+} concentration. -- Abstract: We reported the preparation of cubic (α-) and hexagonal (β-) NaYF{sub 4} particles in high boiling organic solvents 1-octadecene (ODE) and oleic acid (OA), through a thermal decomposition synthesis route. The as-prepared products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), photoluminescence (PL) spectra. By tuning the OA/ODE volume ratio and reactant concentration, we could manipulate the morphology, size, and crystal structure of the products. Highly uniform β-NaYF{sub 4} submicroplates were obtained from α-NaYF{sub 4} nanoparticles by increasing the OA/ODE volume ratio, while the phase kept unchanged with the increasing of reactant concentration. Upconversion emissions from UV to NIR emissions were observed in β-NaYF{sub 4} hexagonal submicroplates under 980 nm laser diode excitation. In addition, the enhanced UV and blue upconversion emissions were obtained by varying Tm{sup 3+} and Yb{sup 3+} ion concentration.

  15. Hydrothermal synthesis of Yb3+, Tm3+ co-doped Gd6MoO12 and its upconversion properties

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    Di, Qiu-Mei; Sun, Yu-Mei; Xu, Qi-Guang; Han, Liu; Xue, Bing; Sun, Jia-Yue

    2015-06-01

    Yb3+, Tm3+ co-doped Gd6MoO12 phosphors with different morphologies are prepared by the hydrothermal method. The dendrites present different morphologies (including hexagonal prisms, spindles, and spheres) after changing the pH value and edetate disodium (EDTA) usage. It is found that each of the two factors plays a crucial role in forming different morphologies. The up-conversion (UC) luminescence is studied. Under 980-nm semiconductor laser excitation, relatively strong blue emission and weak red emission are observed. Finally, the effect of pumping power on the UC luminescence properties and the level diagram mechanism of Gd6MoO12:Yb3+/Tm3+ phosphor are also discussed. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 20976002), the Beijing Natural Science Foundation, China (Grant No. 2122012), the Key Projects for Science and Technology of Beijing Education Commission, China (Grant No. KZ201310011013), and the Education and Research Fund of Guangdong Province, China (Grant No. 2011B090400100).

  16. Visible and near infra-red up-conversion in Tm3+/Yb3+ co-doped silica fibers under 980 nm excitation.

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    Simpson, D A; Gibbs, W E; Collins, S F; Blanc, W; Dussardier, B; Monnom, G; Peterka, P; Baxter, G W

    2008-09-01

    The spectroscopic properties of Tm(3+)/Yb(3+) co-doped silica fibers under excitation at 980 nm are reported. Three distinct up-conversion fluorescence bands were observed in the visible to near infra-red regions. The blue and red fluorescence bands at 475 and 650 nm, respectively, were found to originate from the (1)G(4) level of Tm(3+). A three step up-conversion process was established as the populating mechanism for these fluorescence bands. The fluorescence band at 800 nm was found to originate from two possible transitions in Tm(3+); one being the transition from the (3)H(4) to (3)H(6) manifold which was found to dominate at low pump powers; the other being the transition from the (1)G(4) to (3)H(6) level which dominates at higher pump powers. The fluorescence lifetime of the (3)H(4) and (3)F(4) levels of Tm(3+) and (2)F(5/2) level of Yb(3+) were studied as a function of Yb(3+) concentration, with no significant energy back transfer from Tm(3+) to Yb(3+) observed. PMID:18772989

  17. Hall and transverse even effects in the vicinity of a quantum critical point in Tm1 - x Yb x B12

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    Sluchanko, N. E.; Azarevich, A. N.; Bogach, A. V.; Glushkov, V. V.; Demishev, S. V.; Anisimov, M. A.; Levchenko, A. V.; Filipov, V. B.; Shitsevalova, N. Yu.

    2012-09-01

    The angular, temperature, and magnetic field dependences of the resistance recorded in the Hall effect geometry are studied for the rare-earth dodecaboride Tm1 - x Yb x B12 solid solutions where the metal-insulator and antiferromagnetic-paramagnetic phase transitions are observed in the vicinity of the quantum critical point x c ≈ 0.3. The measurements performed on high-quality single crystals in the temperature range 1.9-300 K for the first time have revealed the appearance of the second harmonic contribution, a transverse even effect in these fcc compounds near the quantum critical point. This contribution a is found to increase drastically both under the Tm-to-ytterbium substitution in the range x > x c and with an increase in the external magnetic field. Moreover, as the Yb concentration x increases, a negative peak of a significant amplitude appears on the temperature dependences of the Hall coefficient R H( T) for the Tm1 - x Yb x B12 compounds, in contrast to the invariable behavior R H( T) ≈ const found for TmB12. The complicated activation-type behavior of the Hall coefficient is observed at intermediate temperatures for x ≥ 0.5 with activation energies E g / k B ≈ 200 K and E a/ k B = 55-75 K, and the sign inversion of R H( T) is detected at liquid-helium temperatures in the coherent regime. Renormalization effects in the electron density of states induced by variation of the Yb concentration are analyzed. The anomalies of the charge transport in Tm1 - x Yb x B12 solid solutions in various regimes (charge gap formation, intra-gap many-body resonance, and coherent regime) are discussed in detail and the results are interpreted in terms of the electron phase separation effects in combination with the formation of nanosize clusters of rare earth ions in the cage-glass state of the studied dodecaborides. The data obtained allow concluding that the emergence of Yb-Yb dimers in the Tm1 - x Yb x B12 cage-glass matrix is the origin of the metal

  18. Hall and transverse even effects in the vicinity of a quantum critical point in Tm{sub 1-x}Yb{sub x}B{sub 12}

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    Sluchanko, N. E. Azarevich, A. N.; Bogach, A. V.; Glushkov, V. V.; Demishev, S. V.; Anisimov, M. A.; Levchenko, A. V.; Filipov, V. B.; Shitsevalova, N. Yu.

    2012-09-15

    The angular, temperature, and magnetic field dependences of the resistance recorded in the Hall effect geometry are studied for the rare-earth dodecaboride Tm{sub 1-x}Yb{sub x}B{sub 12} solid solutions where the metal-insulator and antiferromagnetic-paramagnetic phase transitions are observed in the vicinity of the quantum critical point x{sub c} Almost-Equal-To 0.3. The measurements performed on high-quality single crystals in the temperature range 1.9-300 K for the first time have revealed the appearance of the second harmonic contribution, a transverse even effect in these fcc compounds near the quantum critical point. This contribution a is found to increase drastically both under the Tm-to-ytterbium substitution in the range x > x{sub c} and with an increase in the external magnetic field. Moreover, as the Yb concentration x increases, a negative peak of a significant amplitude appears on the temperature dependences of the Hall coefficient R{sub H}(T) for the Tm{sup 1-x}Yb{sub x}B{sub 12} compounds, in contrast to the invariable behavior R{sub H}(T) Almost-Equal-To const found for TmB{sub 12}. The complicated activation-type behavior of the Hall coefficient is observed at intermediate temperatures for x {>=} 0.5 with activation energies E{sub g}/k{sub B} Almost-Equal-To 200 K and E{sub a}/k{sub B} 55-75 K, and the sign inversion of R{sub H}(T) is detected at liquid-helium temperatures in the coherent regime. Renormalization effects in the electron density of states induced by variation of the Yb concentration are analyzed. The anomalies of the charge transport in Tm{sub 1-x}Yb{sub x}B{sub 12} solid solutions in various regimes (charge gap formation, intra-gap many-body resonance, and coherent regime) are discussed in detail and the results are interpreted in terms of the electron phase separation effects in combination with the formation of nanosize clusters of rare earth ions in the cage-glass state of the studied dodecaborides. The data obtained allow

  19. Powder X-Ray Reference Patterns of Sr2RGaCu2Oy (R = Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, and Y)

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    Wong-Ng, W.; Kaduk, J. A.; Levin, I.; Greenwood, W.; Dillingham, J.

    2001-01-01

    X-Ray Rietveld refinements were conducted on a series of eleven lanthanide phases, Sr2RGaCu2Oy (2112 phase, R = Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Dy, Ho, Y, Er, Tm, and Yb) that are structurally related to the high Tc superconductor Ba2YCu3O7 (213). In the 2112 structure, instead of square planar Cu-O chains, tetrahedral GaO4 chains were found to run in a zig-zag fashion along the diagonal of the basal 213 ab-direction. Reference powder patterns for these compounds were prepared by using the Rietveld decomposition technique. The unit cell volume of these compounds follows the expected trend of the lanthanide contraction. The lattice parameters range from a = 22.9694(3) Å, b = 5.5587(2) Å, and c = 5.44743(7) Å for R = Pr, to a = 22.8059(2) Å, b = 5.46031(5) Å, and c = 5.37773(5) Å for R = Yb. An electon diffraction study of the Sm- and Er-analogs showed characteristic diffuse streaks along the b-axis, suggesting some disorder within the GaO4 chains.

  20. Investigation of upconversion luminescence in Yb3+/Tm3+/Ho3+ triply doped antimony-germanate glass and double-clad optical fiber

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    Zmojda, Jacek; Kochanowicz, Marcin; Miluski, Piotr; Righini, Giancarlo C.; Ferrari, Maurizio; Dorosz, Dominik

    2016-08-01

    The optical properties of novel antimony-germanate glass and optical fiber co-doped with Yb3+/Tm3+/Ho3+ ions were presented. White light luminescence in glass was observed as a result of energy transfer with upconversion between donor (Yb3+) and acceptors (Tm3+, Ho3+) ions under 976 nm excitation. The double-clad optical fiber with off-set core co-doped with Yb2O3/Tm2O3/Ho2O3 system was fabricated using a modified rod-in-tube technique. In glass co-doped with 0.5 mol%Yb2O3/0.1 mol%Tm2O3/0.2 mol%Ho2O3 the spectral distribution of three luminescence bands (478, 545 and 660 nm) corresponds to x = 0.35 and y = 0.32 CIE coordinates. In comparison to glass the optical fiber emission are located in the green region (CIE, x = 0.37, y = 0.49).

  1. Pulsed-laser-assisted synthesis of a Tm3+/Yb3+ co-doped CaMoO4 colloidal nanocrystal and its upconversion luminescence

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    Cho, Kyoungwon; Choi, Jaeha; Lee, Jung-Il; Ryu, Jeong Ho

    2016-01-01

    We report a novel synthetic route for the synthesis of Tm3+/Yb3+ co-doped calcium molybdate (CaMoO4) nanoparticles by using pulsed laser ablation in ethanol. The crystalline phase, particle morphology, particle size distribution, laser ablation mechanism, and upconversion (UC) luminescent properties are investigated. Stable colloidal suspensions consisting of well-dispersed Tm3+/Yb3+ co-doped CaMoO4 nanoparticles with a narrow size distribution could be obtained without any surfactant. Under 980-nm excitation, a Tm3+/Yb3+ co-doped nanocolloidal CaMoO4 suspension showed bright blue emission at a wavelength near 475 nm, which was generated by the 1G4 → 3H6 transition, and a weak red emission at a wavelength near 650 nm due to the 3F2 → 3H6 transition. The Tm3+/Yb3+ co-doped nanocrystalline CaMoO4 suspension exhibited a strong blue emission visible to the naked eyes, and a possible UC mechanism that depends on the pump-power dependence is discussed in detail.

  2. Upconversion-luminescent/magnetic dual-functional sub-20 nm core-shell SrF2:Yb,Tm@CaF2:Gd heteronanoparticles.

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    Li, Ai-Hua; Lü, Mengyun; Yang, Jun; Chen, Lin; Cui, Xiaohong; Sun, Zhijun

    2016-04-01

    Sub-20 nm core-shell and water-soluble SrF2:Yb,Tm@CaF2:Gd heteronanoparticles with both upconversion luminescence (UCL) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) capabilities were designed and synthesized via a two-step hydrothermal method. In the design of the heteronanoparticles, SrF2:Yb,Tm nanoparticles with high UCL efficiency are chosen as the core material for strong UCL output; and by epitaxially coating the SrF2:Yb,Tm core particles with inert and biocompatible shells of CaF2:Gd, the core-shell heteronanoparticles are endowed with a magnetic capability (longitudinal relaxivity of 2.4 mM(-1) s(-1)) for MRI, as well as an enhancement of the near infrared (NIR) UCL by 9.2 times. The aqueous dispersion of SrF2:Yb,Tm@CaF2:Gd heteronanoparticles with a concentration of 2.6 wt% can emit NIR UCL so as to be easily detected with a fiber optical spectrometer under illumination of a 975 nm laser diode with a power density of 8.8 W cm(-2). Such a dispersion with a Gd(3+) concentration of 0.0143 mM in the shell region of the heteronanoparticles can also generate the detectable quickening of longitudinal relaxation. The results promise the strong potential of this nanomaterial for applications in bioimaging as a dual-functional probe. PMID:26934836

  3. Remarkable enhancement of upconversion fluorescence and confocal imaging of PMMA Opal/NaYF(4):Yb(3+), Tm(3+)/Er(3+) nanocrystals.

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    Yin, Ze; Zhu, Yongsheng; Xu, Wen; Wang, Jing; Xu, Sai; Dong, Biao; Xu, Lin; Zhang, Shuang; Song, Hongwei

    2013-05-01

    Novel PMMA opal photonic crystal/NaYF(4):Yb(3+), Tm(3+)/Er(3+) nanocrystal composites were fabricated and tremendous improvement in upconversion luminescence (UCL) was observed under infrared 980 nm excitation. They were also explored to improve brightness of cell images. PMID:23539518

  4. Efficient white light emission by upconversion in Yb(3+)-, Er(3+)- and Tm(3+)-doped Y2BaZnO5.

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    Etchart, Isabelle; Bérard, Mathieu; Laroche, Marine; Huignard, Arnaud; Hernández, Ignacio; Gillin, William P; Curry, Richard J; Cheetham, Anthony K

    2011-06-14

    We report efficient white upconversion luminescence in Yb(3+)-, Er(3+)- and Tm(3+)-doped monophasic and biphasic Y(2)BaZnO(5) phosphors under 977 nm near-infrared excitation and at low excitation power densities (down to ∼25 mW mm(-2)). PMID:21544288

  5. Lasing in a Tm : Yb{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} crystal pumped at 1.678 μm

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    Zavartsev, Yu D; Zagumennyi, A I; Kalachev, Yu L; Kutovoi, S A; Mikhailov, V A; Shcherbakov, I A

    2014-10-31

    The Yb{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} (YbAG) crystal is proposed as a matrix of Tm{sup 3+}-doped laser elements for two-micron lasers. A Tm : YbAG crystal of high optical quality is grown by the Czochralski method and its spectral and luminescent characteristics are studied. The luminescence decay time for the upper laser level {sup 3}F{sub 4} is measured to be 4.7 ms. Lasing in this crystal pumped by a 1.678-μm fibre laser is obtained at a wavelength of 2.02 μm for the first time. The total and slope efficiencies of the laser at room temperature and an output power up to 330 mW reach 33% and 41%, respectively. (lasers)

  6. Observation of multi-mode: Upconversion, downshifting and quantum-cutting emission in Tm3+/Yb3+ co-doped Y2O3 phosphor

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    Yadav, Ranvijay; Singh, S. K.; Verma, R. K.; Rai, S. B.

    2014-04-01

    Micro-crystalline Y2O3 phosphor co-doped with Yb3+/Tm3+ has been synthesized and characterized. The phosphor material gives efficient multimodal emission via downshifting (DS), upconversion (UC), and downconversion (DC)/quantum cutting (QC) luminescence processes. Cross relaxation and co-operative energy transfer (CET) have been ascribed as the possible mechanism for QC; as result of which a UV/blue photon absorbed by Tm3+ splits into two near infrared photons (wavelength range 950-1050 nm) emitted by Yb3+. The Yb3+ concentration dependent ET efficiency and QC efficiency has also been evaluated. Such multi-mode emitting phosphors could have potential applications in increasing the conversion efficiency of solar cells via spectral modification.

  7. Yb{sub 14−x}Tm{sub x}MnSb{sub 11} (0

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    Roudebush, John H.; Grebenkemper, Jason; Hu, Yufei; Kazem, Nasrin; Abdusalyamova, M.N.

    2014-03-15

    The compounds, Yb{sub 14−x}Tm{sub x}MnSb{sub 11} (0Tm was determined from wavelength dispersive microprobe analysis to be x=0.45 (1). Single crystal data are consistent with the Ca{sub 14}AlSb{sub 11} structure type and one formula unit can be described as consisting of 14 Yb{sup 2+} cations, MnSb{sub 4} tetrahedron, Sb{sub 3} linear anion and 4 Sb{sub 3}{sup -} anions. The site occupancy of the Tm atom was not determined because of the small amount and small difference in scattering between Tm and Yb. The difference in bond lengths or angles between the solid solution and pristine Yb{sub 14}MnSb{sub 11} is less than 1%. The magnetic susceptibility of samples prepared by Sn flux with the nominal composition of Yb{sub 14−x}Tm{sub x}MnSb{sub 11} (x=0.1, 0.2, 0.3, and 0.4), show that these phases are ferromagnetic at low temperature with the T{sub C} decreasing from 56 to 39 K with increasing x. Magnetic saturation for the x=0.4 composition at 5 K is consistent with Tm being present as Tm{sup 3+} and a negative magnetoresistance ratio (MR=[(ρ(H)−ρ(0))/ρ(H)]×100%) of 18% at 3 T is observed. -- Graphical abstract: Magnetic susceptibility (χ) for Yb{sub 14−x}Tm{sub x}MnSb{sub 11} at H{sub a}=0.01 T as a function of temperature along with a view of the structure. Highlights: • New rare earth containing transition metal Zintl phase. • Control of magnetic properties through aliovalent substitution. • Magnetic ordering due to both d and f electrons. • Large magnetoresistance at low temperatures.

  8. Frequency upconversion luminescence from Yb{sup +3}-Tm{sup +3} codoped PbO-GeO{sub 2} glasses containing silver nanoparticles

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    Assumpcao, Thiago A. A.; Silva, Davinson M. da; Kassab, Luciana R. P.

    2009-09-15

    Infrared-to-visible and infrared-to-infrared frequency upconversion processes in Yb{sup 3+}-Tm{sup 3+} doped PbO-GeO{sub 2} glasses containing silver nanoparticles (NPs) were investigated. The experiments were performed by exciting the samples with a diode laser operating at 980 nm (in resonance with the Yb{sup 3+} transition {sup 2}F{sub 7/2}->{sup 2}F{sub 5/2}) and observing the photoluminescence (PL) in the visible and infrared regions due to energy transfer from Yb{sup 3+} to Tm{sup 3+} ions followed by excited state absorption in the Tm{sup 3+} ions. The intensified local field in the vicinity of the metallic NPs contributes for enhancement in the PL intensity at 480 nm (Tm{sup 3+}:{sup 1}G{sub 4}->{sup 3}H{sub 6}) and at 800 nm (Tm{sup 3+}:{sup 3}H{sub 4}->{sup 3}H{sub 6}).

  9. Growth of RE:LuVO4 (RE=Nd, Tm, Yb) single crystals by the floating zone method and their spectroscopic properties

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    Higuchi, M.; Shimizu, T.; Takahashi, J.; Ogawa, T.; Urata, Y.; Miura, T.; Wada, S.; Machida, H.

    2005-09-01

    Neodymium, thulium and ytterbium-doped lutetium orthovanadate (RE:LuVO4) single crystals were successfully grown by the floating zone method under the atmosphere of a pure oxygen flow. All the grown crystals had no cracks and no inclusions for any dopant and concentration. Post-growth annealing at 1000 °C in air was effective in eliminating the coloring in yellowish ocher. Effective distribution coefficient of Nd in LuVO4 was found to be about 0.5 whereas those of Tm and Yb are nearly unity. Polarizing microscopy demonstrated that most crystals had no growth striations except for the Nd-doped crystals. The absorption coefficients of Nd:LuVO4 and Tm:LuVO4 around 800 nm were much higher than those of Nd:GdVO4 and Tm:GdVO4. For the Tm:LuVO4, relative intensity of fluorescence spectrum was higher than that of Tm:GdVO4 above 1900 nm where the self-absorption could be neglected. The width of fluorescence spectrum of Yb:LuVO4 around 1 μm was comparable to that of Yb:YVO4, indicating the possibility of formation of quasi-three level for lasing at room temperature.

  10. Investigation on luminescence properties of Er3+-Yb3+-Tm3+ co-doped Gd2O3 hollow microspheres

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    Xu, Fang; Han, Wan-lei; Liu, Xiao-bo; Song, Ying-lin

    2011-06-01

    The Gd2O3 hollow microspheres have been successfully fabricated via carbonaceous polysaccharide microspheres as templates and urea as a precipitating agent, which involved the deposition of an inorganic coating on the surface of carbon microsphere, followed by heat treated 800°C for 4h. The obtained high uniform Gd2O3 microspheres with a spherical shape and hollow structure are uniform in size and distribution. The possible mechanism of evolution from glucose to carbonaceous polysaccharide microspheres and the chemical reaction of each step to form the final hollow spheres are proposed. The rare earth ion Ln3+ doped Gd2O3 (Ln = Er, Yb and Tm) hollow microspheres show bright up-conversion luminescence with different colors coming from different activator ions under ultraviolet or 980 nm light excitation, which may open new possibilities to synthesize other hollow spherical materials and extend their applications.

  11. Au nanorod decoration on NaYF₄:Yb/Tm nanoparticles for enhanced emission and wavelength-dependent biomolecular sensing.

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    Kannan, Palanisamy; Abdul Rahim, Ferhan; Chen, Rui; Teng, Xue; Huang, Ling; Sun, Handong; Kim, Dong-Hwan

    2013-05-01

    We introduce gold nanorods (GNRs) decoration on NaYF4:Yb/Tm upconversion nanocrystals (UCNCs) by functionalizing the UCNCs with polyamidoamine generation 1 (PAMAM G1) dendrimer, followed by a single-step seed-mediated growth of long-range GNRs to enhance "biological window" upconversion emission. The up-conversion emission of GNR-decorated UCNCs can be enhanced beyond the level typically obtainable using shell-like structures up to 27-fold enhancement. Also, the enhancement can be tuned at different wavelength regions by varying the GNR aspect ratio. The GNR-decorated UCNC is further modified with 2-thiouracil for nonenzymatic detection of uric acid, revealing a detection limit as 1 pM. PMID:23591121

  12. Intense blue up-conversion luminescence in Tm3+/Yb3+ codoped oxyfluoride glass-ceramics containing beta-PbF2 nanocrystals.

    PubMed

    Zhang, Junjie; Duan, Zhongchao; He, Dongbing; Dai, Shixun; Zhang, Liyan; Hu, Lili

    2005-12-01

    Up-conversion luminescence properties of a Tm3+/Yb3+ codoped oxyfluoride glass-ceramics under 980 nm excitation are investigated. Intense blue emission centered at 476 nm, corresponding to 1G4-->3H6 transitions of Tm3+ was simultaneously observed in the transparent oxyfluoride glass ceramics at room temperature. The intensity of the blue up-conversion luminescence in a 1 mol% YbF3-containing glass-ceramic was found to be about 40 times stronger than that in the precursor oxyfluoride glass. The reason for the intense Tm3+ up-conversion luminescence in the oxyfluoride glass-ceramics is discussed. The dependence of up-conversion intensities on excitation power and possible up-conversion mechanism are also evaluated. PMID:16095958

  13. van der Waals interactions and dipole polarizabilities of lanthanides: Tm(2F)-He and Yb(1S)-He potentials

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    Buchachenko, Alexei A.; Szczȩśniak, Małgorzata M.; Chałasiński, Grzegorz

    2006-03-01

    Anisotropic dipole polarizabilities of Tm(F2),Tm+2(F2), and Yb(S1) are calculated using the finite-field multireference averaged quadratic coupled cluster (MR-AQCC) (Tm and Tm+2) and RCCSD(T) (Yb) methods with small-core relativistic pseudopotentials ECP28MWB combined with the augmented ANO basis sets. The lanthanide atoms are strongly polarizable with the scalar part originating from the 6s electrons and the tensorial part from the open 4f shells. The adiabatic interaction potentials Σ+2,Π2,Δ2, and Φ2 of Tm(F2)-He and Tm+2(F2)-He were examined by the multireference approaches, multireference configuration interaction and MR-AQCC, using the basis sets designed in the polarizability calculations. A closed-shell lanthanide system Yb(S1)-He was included for comparison. The Tm-He Σ+2,Π2,Δ2, and Φ2 interaction potentials are very shallow and nearly degenerate (within 0.01cm-1), with the well depths in the range of 2.35-2.36cm-1 at R =6.17Å. The basis-set saturated well depths are expected to be larger by ca. 25%, as estimated using the bond-function augmented basis set. The interactions of lanthanide atoms with He are one order of magnitude less anisotropic than those involving first-row transition metal atoms. The suppression of anisotropy is chiefly attributed to the screening effected by the 6s shell. When these electrons are removed as in the di-cation complex Tm+2(F2)-He, the potentials deepen to a thousand wave number range and their anisotropy is enhanced 500-fold.

  14. Investigation on upconversion luminescence properties of Gd2O3: Ho3+/Yb3+/Tm3+ nanotubes

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    Ye, Fei; Fang, Yu; Liu, Xiao-bo; Xu, Fang; Song, Ying-lin

    2013-09-01

    Lanthanide doped oxides nano materials have novel optical, physical and structural properties. Cubic Ho3+-Yb3+-Tm3+ co-doped Gd2O3 nanotubes are synthetize by a simple wet-chemical route at low temperature and ambient pressure followed by subsequent annealing heat treatment in muffle furnace. Nanotubes are formed by adjusting the pH value of reacting solution. The introduction of Yb3+ leads to strong visible upconversion luminescence and change the intensity ratio of the green, blue and red luminescence. In trichromatic laser display, research of how to enhance blue light is in the bottleneck period. In the experiment, the blue emission has been successfully improved. In certain doping ratio, distinct enhancement of blue emission and obvious degradation of green light have been observed, which is discussed in detail. X-Ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and upconversion (UC) emission spectra are used to characterize the sample. Strong and adjusted upconversion luminescence determine that the nano material is a potential candidate for applications of biological probe, color displays, lighting and photonics.

  15. Valency states of Yb, Eu, Dy and Ti ions in Li 2B 4O 7 glasses

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    Kaczmarek, Sławomir M.; Tsuboi, Taiju; Boulon, Georges

    2003-06-01

    Absorption and emission spectra of Eu and Dy, Yb and Ti ions in Li 2B 4O 7 glasses grown in oxygen and hydrogen gas atmospheres were measured for valency states and lattice-sites analysis. For the Li 2B 4O 7 glass doped with Eu 2+, Eu 3+ and Dy 3+ ions which were grown in oxidizing and reducing atmospheres, absorption and emission bands due to these ions were investigated before and after γ-irradiation. For the Yb 3+-doped Li 2B 4O 7 glass, a weak, broad band was observed near the sharp 976.3 nm absorption band. The origin of this band is discussed in comparison with other glasses. Moreover, irradiation experiments using γ-rays were also performed in order to investigate the possibility of valency change of Yb ions. It was found that Ti 4+ ions, which are produced under oxidizing atmosphere, change to Ti 3+ ions after γ-irradiation with a dose of 10 5 Gy. An additional absorption band observed at about ˜500 nm is due to the Ti 3+ ions accompanied by charge-compensating vacancy and does not give any emission.

  16. Hydrothermal synthesis and upconversion luminescence properties of β-NaGdF4:Yb3+/Tm3+ and β-NaGdF4:Yb3+/Ho3+ submicron crystals with regular morphologies.

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    Li, Jing; Hao, Zhendong; Zhang, Xia; Luo, Yongshi; Zhao, Jihong; Lü, Shaozhe; Cao, Jian; Zhang, Jiahua

    2013-02-15

    Single phase β-NaGdF(4):Yb(3+)/Tm(3+) and β-NaGdF(4):Yb(3+)/Ho(3+) submicron crystals with various morphologies including hexagonal prisms, spindles, and spheres were synthesized via the one-step hydrothermal method by controlling the pH values and sort of chelators (EDTA and citric acid). The prepared products showed intense up-converted luminescence (UCL) pumped by infrared laser at 980 nm. The hexagonal prisms that meaning high degree crystallinity demonstrated strong UCL in comparison with other morphologies such as spindles and spheres. In β-NaGdF(4):Yb(3+)/Tm(3+), UCL not only appeared transitions from (1)G(4), (1)D(2), and (1)I(6) states to the lower lying states of Tm(3+), but also (6)P(J)→(8)S(7/2) transition (310 nm) of Gd(3+). These UCL were responsible for three, five, and six photons processes determined by pump power dependence of UCL intensities. The observation of UCL of Gd(3+) implied occurrence of energy transfer from Tm(3+):(1)I(6) to Gd(3+):(6)P(J). PMID:23141700

  17. [Color-tunable nano-material alpha-NaYF4 : Yb, Er, Tm prepared by microemulsion-hydrothermal method].

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    Long, Dan-Dan; Zhang, Qing-Xia; Wang, Yu; Zhang, Fan; Wang, Yan-Fei; Zhou, Xin; Qi, Xiao-Hua; Zhang, Heng; Yan, Jing-Hui; Zou, Ming-Qiang

    2013-08-01

    NaYF4 : Yb3+, Er3+, Tm3+ nanoparticles were prepared by microemulsion-hydrothermal method. Crystal phase, morphology and structure of the samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The luminescence properties were studied by up-conversional fluorescence spectroscopy. The XRD patterns of as-prepared samples were in agreement with the PDF # 77-2042 of cubic NaYF4. SEM images of the particles showed that the samples were cotton-like spherical in shape and which were assembled by smaller nano-particles. The average size was 120 nm, while the shape was regular and the particle size was homogeneous. Under the excitation of 980 nm, the as-prepared particles could emit blue (438 and 486 nm), green (523 and 539 nm) and red (650 nm) light simultaneously. It can be seen from the color coordinates figure (CIE) that when doping concentration ratio of Tm3+ and E3+ increased from 0 to 2, the whole emitting light color of samples movedto green region. While the ratio was 1 : 1, pseudo white light was obtained. As the ratio changed from 2 to 7, the luminous color was moved to red region. PMID:24159845

  18. Dissolution Mechanism of Upconverting AYF4:Yb,Tm (A = Na or K) Nanoparticles in Aqueous Media.

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    Lisjak, Darja; Plohl, Olivija; Vidmar, Janja; Majaron, Boris; Ponikvar-Svet, Maja

    2016-08-16

    The dissolution of upconverting AYF4:Yb,Tm (A = Na or K) nanoparticles (UCNPs) in aqueous media was systematically studied. UCNPs with a cubic structure and sizes of between 10 and 33 nm were synthesized solvothermally in ethylene glycol at 200 °C. The UCNPs of both compositions showed an upconversion fluorescence emission characteristic of Tm(3+). The effects of the A cation, the particle size, the temperature, the pH, and the composition of the aqueous medium on the dissolution of the UCNPs were evaluated. The degree of dissolution was determined from the fraction of dissolved fluoride (F(-)) using potentiometry. Unexpectedly, the composition of aqueous media had the most significant effect on the dissolution of the UCNPs. The highest degree of dissolution and rate were measured for the phosphate-buffered saline (PBS), which can be explained by the formation of stable lanthanide compounds with phosphates. The degree of dissolution was much lower in water and in the phthalate buffer, which was attributed to the release of F(-) as a result of the hydrolysis of the UCNPs' surfaces. PMID:27459496

  19. Colour emission tunability in Ho3+-Tm3+-Yb3+ co-doped Y2O3 upconverted phosphor

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    Pandey, Anurag; Rai, Vineet Kumar

    2012-12-01

    The frequency upconversion (UC) emission throughout the visible region from the Y2O3:Ho3+-Tm3+-Yb3+ co-doped phosphors synthesized by using low temperature combustion process upon excitation with a diode laser operating at 980 nm have been presented. The colour emission tunability in co-doped phosphor has been observed on increasing the pump power and seen by the naked eyes. The tunability in colour emission has also been visualized by CIE chromaticity diagram. The variation in UC emission intensity of the 1G4 → 3H6 (Tm3+) and 5F3 → 5I8 (Ho3+) transitions lying in the blue region has been monitored with increase in the pump power and marked that their ratio can be used to determine the temperature. The developed phosphor has been used to record fingerprints. The observed most intense visible colour emission from the developed material may be used for photodynamic therapy and as an alternative of traditional fluorescent biolabels.

  20. Multifunctional SiO2@Gd2O3:Yb/Tm hollow capsules: controllable synthesis and drug release properties.

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    Yang, Guixin; Lv, Ruichan; Gai, Shili; Dai, Yunlu; He, Fei; Yang, Piaoping

    2014-10-20

    A series of hollow and luminescent capsules have been fabricated by covering luminescent Gd2O3:Yb/Tm nanoparticles on the surface of uniform hollow mesoporous silica capsules (HMSCs), which were obtained from an etching process using Fe3O4 as hard templates. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), up-conversion (UC) fluorescence spectra, and N2 adsorption-desorption were used to characterize these samples. It is found that the as-prepared products have mesoporous pores, large specific surface, and high dispersity. In particular, the size, shape, surface area, and interior space of the composites can be finely tuned by adjusting the size and morphology of the magnetic cores. Under 980 nm near-infrared (NIR) laser irradiation, the composites show characteristic blue UC emissions of Tm(3+) even after carrying doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX). The drug-release test reveals that the capsules showed an apparent sustained release character and released in a pH-sensitive manner. Interestingly, the UC luminescence intensity of the drug-carrying system increases with the released DOX, realizing the possibility to track or monitor the released drug by the change of UC fluorescence simultaneously, which should be highly promising in anticancer drug delivery and targeted cancer therapy. PMID:25285784

  1. Synthesis, structure, magnetism, and optical properties of theordered mixed-lanthanide sulfides gamma-LnLn'S3 (Ln=La, Ce; Ln'=Er, Tm,Yb)

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    Jin, G.B.; Choi, E.S.; Guertin, R.P.; Brooks, J.S.; Bray, T.H.; Booth, C.H.; Albrecht-Schmitt, T.E.

    2006-12-12

    {gamma}-LnLn{prime}S{sub 3} (Ln = La, Ce; Ln{prime} = Er, Tm, Yb) have been prepared as dark red to black single crystals by the reaction of the respective lanthanides with sulfur in a Sb{sub 2}S{sub 3} flux at 1000 C. This isotypic series of compounds adopts a layered structure that consists of the smaller lanthanides (Er, Tm, and Yb) bound by sulfide in six- and seven-coordinate environments that are connected together by the larger lanthanides (La and Ce) in eight- and nine-coordinate environments. The layers can be broken down into three distinct one-dimensional substructures containing three crystallographically unique Ln{prime} centers. The first of these is constructed from one-dimensional chains of edge-sharing [Ln{prime}S{sub 7}] monocapped trigonal prisms that are joined to equivalent chains via edge-sharing to yield ribbons. There are parallel chains of [Ln{prime}S{sub 6}] distorted octahedra that are linked to the first ribbons through corner-sharing. These latter units also share corners with a one-dimensional ribbon composed of parallel chains of [Ln{prime}S{sub 6}] polyhedra that edge-share both in the direction of chain propagation and with adjacent identical chains. Magnetic susceptibility measurements show Curie-Weiss behavior from 2 to 300 K with antiferromagnetic coupling, and no evidence for magnetic ordering. The {theta}{sub p} values range from -0.4 to -37.5 K, and spin-frustration may be indicated for the Yb-containing compounds. All compounds show magnetic moments substantially reduced from those calculated for the free ions. The optical band gaps for {gamma}-LaLn{prime}S{sub 3} (Ln{prime} = Er, Tm, Yb) are approximately 1.6 eV, whereas {gamma}-CeLn{prime}S{sub 3} (Ln{prime} = Er, Tm, Yb) are approximately 1.3 eV.

  2. Enhanced Near-Infrared Upconversion Emission of Yb3+-Tm3+ Co-doped Gd2O3 Sub-microrods

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    Xu, D. K.; Liu, C. F.; Yan, J. W.; Ouyang, H. Q.; Yang, S. H.; Zhang, Y. L.

    Lanthanide-doped rare-earth oxides have aroused great interest in display and bio-probe technology due to their excellent luminescent and magnetic performance. In this paper, Gd2O3 sub-microrods (SMRs) with cubic structure are obtained via heat-treatment from gadolinium hydroxides precursor. Upconversion (UC) spectra show intense near-infrared (NIR) emission which is assigned to 3H4 → 3H6 transition of Tm3+. From the double logarithmic plot of emission intensity versus pump powers, it was seen that typical two photons were involved in the NIR UC process. Moreover, a series of Gd2O3:18%Yb3+,x%Tm3+ (x = 0.1, 0.5, 1, 2, 5) and Gd2O3:y%Yb3+,0.5%Tm3+ (y = 1, 5, 10, 40, 80) SMRs were prepared and characterized to explore their NIR emission properties. Finally, the enhanced NIR emission property was found in Gd2O3:Yb3+,Tm3+ SMRs from the reduced NaOH concentration and the reduced calcinations temperatures.

  3. Survey and research on up-conversion emission character and energy transition of Yb3+/Er3+/Tm3+ co-doped phosphate glass and glass ceramic

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    Yu, Yin; Song, Feng; Ming, Chengguo; Liu, Jiadong; Li, Wei; Liu, Yanling; Zhao, Hongyan

    2012-11-01

    By conventional high-temperature melting method, Yb3+/Er3+/Tm3+ co-doped phosphate glass was synthesized. After annealing the precursor glass, the phosphate glass ceramic (GC) was obtained. By measuring the X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectrum, it is proved that the LiYbP4O12 and Li6P6O18 nano-crystals have existed in the phosphate GC. The up-conversion (UC) emission intensity of the GC is obvious stronger compared to that of the glass. The reason is that the shorter distance between rare earth ions in the glass ceramic increases the energy transitions from the sensitized ions (Yb3+) to the luminous ions (Er3+ and Tm3+). By studying the dependence of UC emissions on the pump power, the 523 and 546 nm green emissions of Er3+ ions in the glass are two-photon processes. But in the glass ceramic, they are two/three-photon processes. The phenomenon implies that a three-photon process has participated in the population of the two green emissions. Using Dexter theory, we discuss the energy transitions of Er3+ and Tm3+. The results indicate the energy transition of Tm3+ to Er3+ is very strong in the GC, which changes the population mechanism of UC emissions of Er3+.

  4. Lasing in a Tm:Ho:Yb3Al5O12 crystal pumped into the 3H6 – 3F4 transition

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    Zavartsev, Yu D.; Zagumennyi, A. I.; Kalachev, Yu L.; Kutovoi, S. A.; Mikhailov, V. A.; Shcherbakov, I. A.

    2016-03-01

    A growth technology has been developed, and a Tm:Ho:Yb3Al5O12 laser crystal of high optical quality has been grown by Czochralski method. Its spectral and luminescent characteristics are studied. Lasing at a wavelength of 2100 nm is obtained under pumping into the absorption line on the 3H6 – 3F4 transition of the Tm3+ ion at a wavelength of 1678 nm. The slope and total (optical) efficiencies of the laser at an output power of up to 320 mW reach 41% and 30%, respectively.

  5. Highly efficient Yb3+/Tm3+ co-doped NaYF4 nanotubes: Synthesis and intense ultraviolet to infrared up-conversion luminescence

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    Zhang, Y. Y.; Wang, Y.; Deng, J. Q.; Wang, J.; Ni, S. C.

    2014-02-01

    Nanocrystals of up-conversion (UC) phosphor Yb3+/Tm3+ co-doped NaYF4 are prepared by a facile hydrothermal method using oleic acid as a stabilizing agent. The as-prepared nanocrystals are of hexagonal phase, and have tube-like morphology and strong ultraviolet (UV) and blue UC fluorescence intensity, which have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and luminescence spectroscopy. The effect of Yb3+ concentration on the UC emission properties is also analyzed. Our results reveal that the intensity of emission peaks can be controlled by varying the Yb3+ concentration and these NaYF4 nanotubes are highly efficient host material. The as-prepared NaYF4 nanotubes show potential applications in UV compact solid state lasers and multi-channel fluorescent label.

  6. Sensitized deep-ultraviolet up-conversion emissions of Gd3+ via Tm3+ and Yb3+ in hexagonal NaYF4 nanorods

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    Zhang, Y. Y.; Yang, L. W.; Xu, C. F.; Zhong, J. X.; Sun, C. Q.

    2010-02-01

    Deep-ultraviolet (UV) up-conversion (UC) emissions in the region of 270˜330 nm of Gd3+ under the excitation of a 980 nm laser diode in hexagonal Yb3+-Tm3+-Gd3+ triply doped NaYF4 nanorods synthesized using a hydrothermal method are reported. Spectral analyses indicate that the UV UC emissions originate from highly efficient energy transfer from Yb3+ to Tm3+, then to Gd3+ions, and the intensity of the emission as well as the ratios of the emission peaks are strongly dependent on the doping concentrations and pump power. The materials are envisioned to have potential applications in anti-counterfeiting, optical and magnetic dual modal nanoprobes for biomedicine, solution-based scintillator materials and UV compact solid-state lasers.

  7. Spectroscopy of Yb:Tm doped tellurite glasses for efficient infrared fiber laser

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    Gebavi, H.; Taher, M.; Lousteau, J.; Milanese, D.; Taccheo, S.; Schulzgen, A.; Ferraris, M.; Peyghambarian, N.

    2010-02-01

    We performed extensive spectroscopy of tellurite glasses doped with high concentration of Tm ions for laser emission at around 2 micron wavelength. The aim of the work is to develop a glass suitable for single-frequency fiber laser. In fact such a kind of laser require the use of short cavity length and therefore high gain per unit length medium. Tellurite glasses allows high-doping concentration and are therefore an excellent candidate. In these paper we review our recent results. In particular we address the optical and thermo-mechanical properties of several tellurite glasses (75mol%Te02.20mol%ZnO. 5mol%Na2O) with Tm3+ doping up to 111,564 ppm.

  8. Photoluminescence study of Y2O3:Er3+-Eu3+-Yb3+ phosphor for lighting and sensing applications

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    Kumar Rai, Vineet; Pandey, Anurag; Dey, Riya

    2013-02-01

    The Er3+, Eu3+, and Yb3+ codoped Y2O3 phosphors have been synthesized by combustion synthesis process. For the structural information, the XRD analysis of the developed phosphor has been done. The frequency upconversion (UC) emissions in the codoped Y2O3 phosphor on excitation with 980 nm diode laser in the visible region have been performed and explained on the basis of excited state absorption and energy transfer process. The mechanism responsible in UC emissions was observed to involve two photon absorption and efficiency of the UC luminescence is significantly enhanced by introducing the Yb3+ ions. The tunability in colour of emitted radiation has been visualized by chromaticity diagram on increasing power of excitation source. The temperature sensing behaviour of developed phosphor material has been investigated using fluorescence intensity ratio technique.

  9. Higher thermoelectric performance of Zintl phases (Eu0.5Yb0.5)1-xCaxMg2Bi2 by band engineering and strain fluctuation.

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    Shuai, Jing; Geng, Huiyuan; Lan, Yucheng; Zhu, Zhuan; Wang, Chao; Liu, Zihang; Bao, Jiming; Chu, Ching-Wu; Sui, Jiehe; Ren, Zhifeng

    2016-07-19

    Complex Zintl phases, especially antimony (Sb)-based YbZn0.4Cd1.6Sb2 with figure-of-merit (ZT) of ∼1.2 at 700 K, are good candidates as thermoelectric materials because of their intrinsic "electron-crystal, phonon-glass" nature. Here, we report the rarely studied p-type bismuth (Bi)-based Zintl phases (Ca,Yb,Eu)Mg2Bi2 with a record thermoelectric performance. Phase-pure EuMg2Bi2 is successfully prepared with suppressed bipolar effect to reach ZT ∼ 1. Further partial substitution of Eu by Ca and Yb enhanced ZT to ∼1.3 for Eu0.2Yb0.2Ca0.6Mg2Bi2 at 873 K. Density-functional theory (DFT) simulation indicates the alloying has no effect on the valence band, but does affect the conduction band. Such band engineering results in good p-type thermoelectric properties with high carrier mobility. Using transmission electron microscopy, various types of strains are observed and are believed to be due to atomic mass and size fluctuations. Point defects, strain, dislocations, and nanostructures jointly contribute to phonon scattering, confirmed by the semiclassical theoretical calculations based on a modified Debye-Callaway model of lattice thermal conductivity. This work indicates Bi-based (Ca,Yb,Eu)Mg2Bi2 is better than the Sb-based Zintl phases. PMID:27385824

  10. [Luminescence properties and up-conversion mechanism of Er3+ -Yb3+ -Tm3+ co-doped CdF2: PbF2-based glass].

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    Yang, Li-wen; Liu, Zheng-wei; Xiao, Si-guo

    2004-07-01

    Under 980 nm excitation, we obtained five intense up-conversion luminescence bands in Er3+ -Yb3+ -Tm3+ co-doped CdF2: PbF2-based glass as follows: infrared (800 nm), red (645 nm), green (545 nm and 525 nm), blue (480 nm ) and violet (407 nm) up-conversion luminescence. With the addition of Tm3+ , the intensity of 480 nm blue luminescence increased notably compared with that of co-doped Yb3+ -Er3+ sample, which attributed to Tm3+ special energy level structure; logI-logP plot of the luminescence intensity versus pump power shows that 480 nm luminescence emission is a two-photon excitation process induced by the cooperative up-conversion between two Yb3+ ions and the slope of logI-logP plot decreases gradually with increasing pump power and shows a tendency to bend down. The up-conversion mechanism is analyzed in detail under 980 nm semiconductor laser excitation; the dependence of 480 nm up-conversion luminescence intensity on the pump power under the steady states is discussed by using rate equation and the results agree well with the experiments. PMID:15766069

  11. Ultraviolet upconversion enhancement in triply doped NaYF4:Tm3+, Yb3+ particles: The role of Nd3+ or Gd3+ Co-doping

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    Pokhrel, Madhab; Valdes, Carolina; Mao, Yuanbing

    2016-08-01

    Upconversion (UC) particles are currently under intensive investigation, normally for their visible instead of ultraviolet (UV) light luminescence under near-infrared (NIR) irradiation. As a commonly studied host, NaYF4 in particular is known to have low phonon energy and high UC efficiency. Here, we present our work on enhancing UC luminescence in the UV region by adding a third dopant into a binary-doped NaYF4:Yb3+,Tm3+ host. More specifically, neodymium (Nd3+) or gadolinium (Gd3+) ions was co-doped into parent NaYF4:20mol%Yb3+,0.5mol%Tm3+ UC particles to enhance their UV UC luminescence. Experimental results demonstrated that these particles exhibited the highest degree of UV UC enhancements when co-doped with 0.05mol% Nd3+ or 2.0mol% Gd3+, expanding the potential of this type of materials into many possible applications by directly converting NIR irradiation into UV light. Fundamentally, the UV UC emission dependence of these triply doped NaYF4:Yb3+,Tm3+ particles with different Nd3+ and Gd3+ doping concentrations was investigated in terms of ground state absorption, excited state absorption and energy transfer UC mechanisms.

  12. White upconversion emission in Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Er{sup 3+}–Tm{sup 3+}–Yb{sup 3+}phosphor

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    Rai, Vineet Kumar; Dey, Riya; Kumar, Kaushal

    2013-06-01

    Graphical abstract: Schematic energy level diagram of Er{sup 3+}–Yb{sup 3+}–Tm{sup 3+} system upon excitation at 980 nm. Highlights: ► Prepared the Er{sup 3+}–Tm{sup 3+}–Yb{sup 3+} codoped Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} phosphor. ► Excitation of the sample by 980 nm diode laser is studied. ► Explored the possibility of getting white light emission from the synthesized phosphor. ► Colour tunability of the prepared phosphor is studied. ► Temperature sensing behaviour is investigated using FIR studied. - Abstract: Er{sup 3+}–Tm{sup 3+}–Yb{sup 3+} codoped Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} phosphor has been synthesized by optimized combustion synthesis process and its white light upconversion emission property is investigated using cheap 980 nm diode laser excitation. Efficient red, green and blue light emission bands, necessary for attaining white light emission, are observed in the codoped sample. The concentration of each rare earth ion is adjusted to get the required emission. In this phosphor, interestingly, emission colour coordinates are found to almost independent on the excitation power density. The temperature sensing behaviour of the prepared samples has also been studied using fluorescence intensity ratio (FIR) technique.

  13. Effect of Li{sup +} ions on enhancement of near-infrared upconversion emission in Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Tm{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} nanocrystals

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    Li Dongyu; Wang Yuxiao; Zhang Xueru; Dong Hongxing; Shi Guang; Liu Lu; Song Yinglin

    2012-11-01

    Near-infrared (NIR) to NIR upconversion emission is investigated in Tm{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+}/Li{sup +} triply doped Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanocrystals. Li{sup +} ions doped in Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Tm{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} nanocrystals can greatly enhance the NIR upconversion emission intensity of Tm{sup 3+} ions. The abnormal shift of the (222) diffraction peak position determined from x-ray diffraction measurements is discussed, by introducing Li{sup +} ions in the Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Tm{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} nanocrystals. The cause of the enhancement is the modification of the local symmetry induced by the Li{sup +} ions, which increases the intra-4f transitions of Tm{sup 3+} ion. Li{sup +} ions doped in Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Tm{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} nanocrystals also can reduce the OH groups, dissociate the Yb{sup 3+} and Tm{sup 3+} ion clusters, and create the oxygen vacancies, which are the other reasons for enhancing the upconversion emission intensities. This material may be promising for in vitro and in vivo bioimaging probes.

  14. Plasmonic enhanced emissions from cubic NaYF4:Yb: Er/Tm nanophosphors

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    Sudheendra, L.; Ortalan, Volkan; Dey, Sanchita; Browning, Nigel D.; Kennedy, I.M.

    2011-01-01

    A metal shell was used in this study to provide significant enhancement of the up-converted emission from cubic NaYF4 nanoparticles, creating a valuable composite material for labeling in biology and other applications – use of the cubic form of the material obviates the need to undertake a high temperature transformation to the naturally more efficient hexagonal phase. The NaYF4 matrix contained ytterbium sensitizer and an Erbium (Er) or Thulium (Tm) activator. The particle sizes of the as-synthesized nanoparticles were in the range of 20–40 nm with a gold shell thickness of 4–8 nm. The gold shell was macroscopically amorphous. The synthesis method was based on a citrate chelation. In this approach, we exploited the ability of the citrate ion to act as a reductant and stabilizer. Confining the citrate ion reductant on the nanophosphor surface rather than in the solution was critical to the gold shell formation. The plasmonic shell enhanced the up-conversion emission of Tm from visible and near-infrared regions by up to a factor of 8, in addition to imparting a visible color arising from the plasmon absorption of the gold shell. The up-conversion enhancement observed with Tm and Er were different for similar gold coverages, with local crystal field changes as a possible route to enhance up-conversion emission from high symmetry structural hosts. These novel up-converting nanophosphor particles combine the phosphor and features of a gold shell, providing a unique platform for many biological imaging and labeling applications. PMID:21709812

  15. NIR to blue light upconversion in Tm3+/Yb3+ codoped BaTiO3 tellurite glass

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    Kumari, Astha; Rai, Vineet Kumar

    2015-05-01

    Upconversion is an interesting optical property, generally shown by rare-earth doped materials. This unusual optical behavior shown by these rare-earths doped materials are due to their peculiar atomic configuration and electronic transitions. Here, the Tm3+-Yb3+ codoped BaTiO3 glass with TeO2 as former has been prepared by conventional melt and quench technique and the upconversion property has been investigated with the help of near infrared (NIR) to Visible UC study. The generation of the visible UC bands around ˜ 476 nm, ˜ 653 nm, ˜ 702 nm and one NIR UC band at ˜795 nm are assigned due to the 1G4→ 3H6, 1G4→ 3F4, 3F2→ 3H6 and 3H4→ 3H6 transitions respectively. The generations of these upconversion bands have been discussed in detail with the help of energy level diagram. The colour coordinates corresponding to the prepared material have been shown with the help of CIE chromaticity diagram. These glasses can be very appropriately used in the fabrication of solid state laser and as NIR to blue light upconverter.

  16. Influence of the Synthesis Parameters on the Properties of NaYF4:Yb3+,Tm3+ Nanoparticles.

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    Plohl, Olivija; Majaron, Boris; Ponikvar-Svet, Maja; Makovec, Darko; Lisjak, Darja

    2015-01-01

    Fluorescent nanoparticles, especially fluorides, have received a great deal of interest due to their optical properties, making them suitable for applications in bio-imaging. For this reason they need to exhibit a superior chemical stability in aqueous media. We have studied the influence of the synthesis parameters on the chemical stability of NaYF(4) nanoparticles co-doped with Yb(3+) and Tm(3+). These nanoparticles have different crystal structures, and were synthesized hydrothermally or with thermal decomposition. The samples were characterized with X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The up-conversion fluorescence of nanoparticles dispersed in water was measured at 400-900 nm. The partial dissolution of the fluorine in water was detected with an ion-selective electrode for all the samples. The dissolution of the other constituent ions was analysed with an optical emission spectrometer using inductively coupled plasma. The nanoparticles with a hexagonal crystal structure and sizes of around 20 nm that were synthesized with thermal decomposition showed a superior chemical stability in water together with a superior up-conversion fluorescence yield. PMID:26680706

  17. Upconversion luminescence and blackbody radiation in tetragonal YSZ co-doped with Tm(3+) and Yb(3+).

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    Soares, M R N; Ferro, M; Costa, F M; Monteiro, T

    2015-12-21

    Lanthanide doped inorganic nanoparticles with upconversion luminescence are of utmost importance for biomedical applications, solid state lighting and photovoltaics. In this work we studied the downshifted luminescence, upconversion luminescence (UCL) and blackbody radiation of tetragonal yttrium stabilized zirconia co-doped with Tm(3+) and Yb(3+) single crystals and nanoparticles produced by laser floating zone and laser ablation in liquids, respectively. The photoluminescence (PL) and PL excitation (PLE) were investigated at room temperature (RT). PL spectra exhibit the characteristic lines in UV, blue/green, red and NIR regions of the Tm(3+) (4f(12)) under resonant excitation into the high energy (2S+1)LJ multiplets. Under NIR excitation (980 nm), the samples placed in air display an intense NIR at ∼800 nm due to the (1)G4→(3)H5/(3)H4→(3)H6 transitions. Additionally, red, blue/green and ultraviolet UCL is observed arising from higher excited (1)G4 and (1)D2 multiplets. The power excitation dependence of the UCL intensity indicated that 2-3 low energy absorbed photons are involved in the UCL for low power levels, while for high powers, the identified saturation is dependent on the material size with a enhanced effect on the NPs. The temperature dependence of the UCL was investigated for single crystals and targets used in the ablation. An overall increase of the integrated intensity was found to occur between 12 K and the RT. The thermally activated process is described by activation energies of 10 meV and 30 meV for single crystals and targets, respectively. For the NPs, the UCL was found to be strongly sensitive to pressure conditions. Under vacuum conditions, instead of the narrow lines of the Tm(3+), a wide blackbody radiation was detected, responsible for the change in the emission colour from blue to orange. This phenomenon is totally reversible when the NPs are placed at ambient pressure. The UCL/blackbody radiation in the nanosized material exhibits

  18. Upconversion luminescence and blackbody radiation in tetragonal YSZ co-doped with Tm3+ and Yb3+

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    Soares, M. R. N.; Ferro, M.; Costa, F. M.; Monteiro, T.

    2015-11-01

    Lanthanide doped inorganic nanoparticles with upconversion luminescence are of utmost importance for biomedical applications, solid state lighting and photovoltaics. In this work we studied the downshifted luminescence, upconversion luminescence (UCL) and blackbody radiation of tetragonal yttrium stabilized zirconia co-doped with Tm3+ and Yb3+ single crystals and nanoparticles produced by laser floating zone and laser ablation in liquids, respectively. The photoluminescence (PL) and PL excitation (PLE) were investigated at room temperature (RT). PL spectra exhibit the characteristic lines in UV, blue/green, red and NIR regions of the Tm3+ (4f12) under resonant excitation into the high energy 2S+1LJ multiplets. Under NIR excitation (980 nm), the samples placed in air display an intense NIR at ~800 nm due to the 1G4 --> 3H5/3H4 --> 3H6 transitions. Additionally, red, blue/green and ultraviolet UCL is observed arising from higher excited 1G4 and 1D2 multiplets. The power excitation dependence of the UCL intensity indicated that 2-3 low energy absorbed photons are involved in the UCL for low power levels, while for high powers, the identified saturation is dependent on the material size with a enhanced effect on the NPs. The temperature dependence of the UCL was investigated for single crystals and targets used in the ablation. An overall increase of the integrated intensity was found to occur between 12 K and the RT. The thermally activated process is described by activation energies of 10 meV and 30 meV for single crystals and targets, respectively. For the NPs, the UCL was found to be strongly sensitive to pressure conditions. Under vacuum conditions, instead of the narrow lines of the Tm3+, a wide blackbody radiation was detected, responsible for the change in the emission colour from blue to orange. This phenomenon is totally reversible when the NPs are placed at ambient pressure. The UCL/blackbody radiation in the nanosized material exhibits non-contact pressure

  19. Dual-mode, tunable color, enhanced upconversion luminescence and magnetism of multifunctional BaGdF5:Ln(3+) (Ln = Yb/Er/Eu) nanophosphors.

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    Li, Honglan; Liu, Guixia; Wang, Jinxian; Dong, Xiangting; Yu, Wensheng

    2016-08-01

    A series of Yb(3+), Er(3+), and Eu(3+) ions doped BaGdF5 dual-mode (down-conversion (DC) and upconversion (UC)) luminescent nanophosphors were successfully prepared by a simple one-step hydrothermal method. X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS), Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, fluorescence lifetime measurements, and vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM) were utilized to characterize the samples. Under 274 nm UV light excitation, BaGd0.78-zF5:0.2Yb(3+),0.02Er(3+),zEu(3+) phosphors emitted orange emission. Under 980 nm NIR irradiation, intense up-converted visible green emissions were observed in BaGdF5:Yb(3+),Er(3+)/Eu(3+) samples. The mechanism of UC emissions involved two-photon absorption. In the Yb(3+),Er(3+),Eu(3+) co-doped BaGdF5 phosphors, the energy transfer processes from Gd(3+) to Eu(3+) and from Yb(3+) to Er(3+) were discussed. Tunable colors were visualised with the help of the Commission Internationale de L'Eclairage (CIE) chromaticity diagram and the processes responsible for the DC and UC emissions were discussed in detail. The enhanced up-conversion luminescence of Yb(3+),Er(3+)/Eu(3+) co-doped BaGdF5 nanophosphors (NPs) was realized by modifying the trisodium citrate (Cit(3-)) surfactant. Moreover, the as-prepared samples exhibited paramagnetic properties at room temperature. This type of multifunctional orange-green emitting nanophosphor has promising applications in solid state lasers, lighting, MRI, anti-counterfeiting, biolabels, and so on. PMID:27424659

  20. Eu/sup 2 +/, Yb/sup 2 +/, and Es/sup 2 +/ coordination with sodium tetraphenylborate in water-ethanol solutions

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    Mikheev, N.B.; Kulyukhin, S.A.; Rumer, I.A.; Kamenskaya, A.N.

    1988-11-01

    Measurements have been made on the coordination of divalent lanthanoid s and actinoids with sodium tetraphenylborate (NaTPB) in water-ethanol solutions. Ln/sup 2 +/ and An/sup 2 +/ form cationic and neutral complexes. The coordination constants ..beta../sub 1/ and ..beta../sub 2/ have been determine: 6.5 and 25.7 for Yb/sup 2 +/, 1.7 and 52.7 for Eu/sup 2 +/, and 6.2 and 106.4 for Es/sup 2 +/. The trend indicates that the hydrated Es/sup 2 +/ is smaller than Yb/sup 2 +/ and Eu/sup 2 +/.

  1. "White" phosphor on the basis of Gd2(MoO4)3: Tm,Tb,Eu single crystal

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    Sinitsyn, V. V.; Redkin, B. S.; Kiselev, A. P.; Shmurak, S. Z.; Kolesnikov, N. N.; Kveder, V. V.; Ponyatovsky, E. G.

    2015-08-01

    A single-crystal sample of Gd2(MoO4)3 simultaneously doped with europium, terbium and thulium is grown. The Tm, Tb and Eu dopants are employed as the luminescent centers emitting light in the red, green and blue ranges. Spectroscopy investigation reveals that simultaneous luminescence of the centers of all three types to produce white light occurs only under the sample excitation with ultraviolet (UV) light within the wavelength range 350 < λ < 370 nm. A commercial UV light-emitting diode (LED) with λLED = 365 nm is applied in order to show that the Gd2(MoO4)3:Tm,Tb,Eu crystal converts its UV flux into white light. So, it is demonstrated that white light may be produced using one matrix with luminous centers of three types.

  2. Cross-relaxation induced tunable emissions from the Tm(3+)/Er(3+)/Eu(3+) ions activated BaGd2O4 nanoneedles.

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    Seeta Rama Raju, G; Pavitra, E; Yu, Jae Su

    2014-07-01

    Tm(3+), Er(3+), Tm(3+)/Er(3+), Tm(3+)/Er(3+)/Eu(3+) single, double and triple activator ion/ions doped nanocrystalline BaGd2O4 (BG) phosphors were prepared by a Pechini type sol-gel process. After annealing at 1300 °C, X-ray diffraction patterns confirmed their orthorhombic structure. Field-emission transmission electron microscope images of the BG sample indicated a nanoneedle-type morphology. Photoluminescence (PL) and cathodoluminescence (CL) measurements were utilized to establish the emission properties of rare-earth ions doped nanocrystalline BG host lattice. Under near-ultraviolet (NUV) excitations, BG:Tm(3+) and BG:Er(3+) exhibited their characteristic emissions in the blue and green regions, respectively, while BG:Tm(3+)/Er(3+) and BG:Tm(3+)/Er(3+)/Eu(3+) showed cyan and white light emissions, respectively, when doped with appropriate amounts of activator ions. In the PL, the cross-relaxation process is dominant rather than the energy transfer process. Due to the different mechanism from PL, the CL spectra showed different emission features of BG:Tm(3+)/Er(3+)/Eu(3+) phosphor. The CL spectra of BG:Tm(3+) and BG:Er(3+) established the high purity blue and green emissions, respectively. From the PL and CL investigations, the white-light emission was realized from the single-phase BG:Tm(3+)/Er(3+)/Eu(3+) phosphor under NUV and low voltage electron beam excitations. PMID:24846293

  3. Up-conversion luminescence in germanate glass and double-clad optical fibre co-doped with Yb3+/Eu3+ ions

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    Kochanowicz, M.; Zmojda, J.; Ragin, T.; Miluski, P.; Jelen, P.

    2016-09-01

    In the paper the analysis of up-conversion (UC) luminescence in 0.5Yb2O3/(0.25-1)Eu2O3 (mol.%) co-doped germanate glass and optical fibre has been investigated. Up-conversion emission of bands at 591, 616, 652, 701 nm to which correspond Eu3+: 5D0 → 7F1, 5D0 → 7F2, 5D0 → 7F3, 5D0 → 7F4 transitions, respectively was obtained as a result of cooperative energy transfer between Yb3+ and Eu3+ ions. The highest up-conversion emission (Yb3+ → Eu3+ energy transfer efficiency η = 24%) was obtained in 0.5Yb2O3/0.75Eu2O3 co-doped glass. Comparison of up-conversion and down-conversion luminescence spectra of bulk glass, glass fibre and different length double-clad optical fibre (up to 5 m) showed subtle differences in shape of the spectrum. In comparison to down - conversion emission (λexc = 405 nm) main UC luminescence band is red-shifted by 2 nm and is characterized by 5 nm greater full - width half - maximum (FWHM).

  4. Multifunctional Eu3+- and Er3+/Yb3+-doped GdVO4 nanoparticles synthesized by reverse micelle method

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    Gavrilović, Tamara V.; Jovanović, Dragana J.; Lojpur, Vesna; Dramićanin, Miroslav D.

    2014-02-01

    Synthesis of Eu3+- and Er3+/Yb3+-doped GdVO4 nanoparticles in reverse micelles and their multifunctional luminescence properties are presented. Using cyclohexane, Triton X-100, and n-pentanol as the oil, surfactant, and co-surfactant, respectively, crystalline nanoparticles with ~4 nm diameter are prepared at low temperatures. The particle size assessed using transmission electron microscopy is similar to the crystallite size obtained from X-ray diffraction measurements, suggesting that each particle comprises a single crystallite. Eu3+-doped GdVO4 nanoparticles emit red light through downconversion upon UV excitation. Er3+/Yb3+-doped GdVO4 nanoparticles exhibit several functions; apart from the downconversion of UV radiation into visible green light, they act as upconvertors, transforming near-infrared excitation (980 nm) into visible green light. The ratio of green emissions from 2H11/2 --> 2I15/2 and 4S3/2 --> 4I15/2 transitions is temperature dependent and can be used for nanoscale temperature sensing with near-infrared excitation. The relative sensor sensitivity is 1.11%K-1, which is among the highest sensitivities recorded for upconversion-luminescence-based thermometers.

  5. Yellow-orange upconversion emission in Eu3+-Yb3+ codoped BaTiO3 phosphor

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    Kumari, Astha; Rai, Vineet Kumar; Kumar, Kaushal

    2014-06-01

    The Eu3+-Yb3+ codoped BaTiO3 phosphor is prepared via co-precipitation method and its upconversion emission is studied by 980 nm diode laser excitation. The X-ray diffraction pattern of the prepared sample showed the tetragonal BaTiO3 phase. The co-doped phosphor showed sharp upconversion emission bands peaking at ∼592, ∼614, ∼ 654, ∼704 and ∼796 nm due to the 5D0 → 7F1, 5D0 → 7F2, 5D0 → 7F3, 5D0 → 7F4 and 5D0 → 7F6 transitions, respectively of Eu3+ ions. The sharp band at 489 nm is assigned to the 2F5/2 → 2F7/2 transition of Yb3+ ion while the broad band around 505 nm is assigned to the defect states present in the sample. Based on the available experimental data, the process involved in the UC emissions has been explored and elaborated.

  6. Multifunctional Eu3+- and Er3+/Yb3+-doped GdVO4 nanoparticles synthesized by reverse micelle method

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    Gavrilović, Tamara V.; Jovanović, Dragana J.; Lojpur, Vesna; Dramićanin, Miroslav D.

    2014-01-01

    Synthesis of Eu3+- and Er3+/Yb3+-doped GdVO4 nanoparticles in reverse micelles and their multifunctional luminescence properties are presented. Using cyclohexane, Triton X-100, and n-pentanol as the oil, surfactant, and co-surfactant, respectively, crystalline nanoparticles with ~4 nm diameter are prepared at low temperatures. The particle size assessed using transmission electron microscopy is similar to the crystallite size obtained from X-ray diffraction measurements, suggesting that each particle comprises a single crystallite. Eu3+-doped GdVO4 nanoparticles emit red light through downconversion upon UV excitation. Er3+/Yb3+-doped GdVO4 nanoparticles exhibit several functions; apart from the downconversion of UV radiation into visible green light, they act as upconvertors, transforming near-infrared excitation (980 nm) into visible green light. The ratio of green emissions from 2H11/2 → 2I15/2 and 4S3/2 → 4I15/2 transitions is temperature dependent and can be used for nanoscale temperature sensing with near-infrared excitation. The relative sensor sensitivity is 1.11%K−1, which is among the highest sensitivities recorded for upconversion-luminescence-based thermometers. PMID:24572638

  7. Novel heterometal-organic complexes as first single source precursors for up-converting NaY(Ln)F4 (Ln = Yb, Er, Tm) nanomaterials.

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    Mishra, Shashank; Ledoux, Gilles; Jeanneau, Erwann; Daniele, Stéphane; Joubert, Marie-France

    2012-02-01

    First heterometal-organic single source precursors for NaYF(4) nanomaterials as a host matrix for up-conversion emission are reported. These novel heterobimetallic derivatives NaY(TFA)(4)(diglyme) (1), [Na(triglyme)(2)][Y(2)(TFA)(7)(THF)(2)] (2) and Na(2)Y(TFA)(5)(tetraglyme) (3) (TFA = trifluoroacetate), which were fully characterized by elemental analysis, FT-IR and (1)H NMR spectroscopy, TG-DTA data as well as single crystal X-ray structures, are advantageous in terms of being anhydrous and having lower decomposition temperatures in comparison to the homometallic precursor Y(TFA)(3)(H(2)O)(3). In addition, they also contain chelating glyme ligands, which act as capping reagents during decomposition to control the NaYF(4) particle size and render them monodisperse in organic solvents. On decomposition in 1-octadecene, the molecular derivatives 1 and 3 are converted, in the absence of any surfactant or capping reagent, to cubic NaYF(4) nanocrystals at significantly lower temperatures (below 250 °C). At higher temperature, a mixture of the cubic and hexagonal phases was obtained, the relative ratio of the two phases depending on the reaction temperature. A pure hexagonal phase, which is many folds more efficient for UC emission than the cubic phase, was obtained by calcining nanocrystals of mixed phase at 400 °C. In order to co-dope this host matrix with up-converting lanthanide cations, analogous complexes NaLn(TFA)(4)(diglyme) [Ln = Er (4), Tm (5), Yb (6)] and Na(2)Ln(TFA)(5)(tetraglyme) [Ln = Er (7), Yb (8)] were also prepared and characterized. The decomposition in 1-octadecene of suitable combinations and appropriate molar ratios of these yttrium, ytterbium and erbium/thulium derivatives gave cubic and/or hexagonal NaYF(4): Yb(3+), Er(3+)/Tm(3+) nanocrystals (NCs) capped by diglyme or tetraglyme ligands, which were characterized by IR, TG-DTA data, EDX analysis and TEM studies. Surface modification of these NCs by ligand exchange reactions with poly acrylic

  8. Quantum sized Ag nanocluster assisted fluorescence enhancement in Tm{sup 3+}-Yb{sup 3+} doped optical fiber beyond plasmonics

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    Chattopadhyay, Rik; Haldar, Arindam; Paul, Mukul C.; Das, Shyamal; Bhadra, Shyamal K.

    2015-12-07

    We report a process for enhancing fluorescence emission from conventional rare earth ions in optical fiber by metal nanocluster (MNC) in nonresonant indirect pumping. The process is completely different from formal metal enhanced fluorescence phenomenon as the MNCs are too small in size to support localized surface plasmon and the excitation wavelength is far from plasmon resonance frequency. We used an established theory of two coupled oscillators to explain the simultaneous enhancement of Ytterbium (Yb{sup 3+}) and Thulium (Tm{sup 3+}) emission by silver (Ag) NCs under nonresonant pumping in optical fiber. The fiber is pumped with a 980 nm fiber pigtailed laser diode with input power of 20–100 mW to excite the Yb{sup 3+}. Four times enhancement of Yb{sup 3+} emission of 900–1100 nm and Tm{sup 3+} upconversion emission around 474 nm, 650 nm, and 790 nm is observed in the fiber with Ag NCs.

  9. Quenching of the upconversion luminescence of NaYF₄:Yb³⁺,Er³⁺ and NaYF₄:Yb³⁺,Tm³⁺ nanophosphors by water: the role of the sensitizer Yb³⁺ in non-radiative relaxation.

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    Arppe, Riikka; Hyppänen, Iko; Perälä, Niina; Peltomaa, Riikka; Kaiser, Martin; Würth, Christian; Christ, Simon; Resch-Genger, Ute; Schäferling, Michael; Soukka, Tero

    2015-07-21

    We have studied the mechanisms of water-based quenching of the upconversion photoluminescence of upconverting nanophosphors (UCNPs) via luminescence decay measurements for a better understanding of the non-radiative deactivation pathways responsible for the relatively low upconversion luminescence efficiency in aqueous solutions. This included both upconversion luminescence measurements and the direct excitation of emissive energy states of Er(3+) and Yb(3+) dopants in NaYF4:Yb(3+),Er(3+) UCNPs by measuring the decays at 550 and 655 nm upon 380 nm excitation and at 980 nm upon 930 nm excitation, respectively. The luminescence intensities and decays were measured from both bare and silanized NaYF4:Yb(3+),Er(3+) and NaYF4:Yb(3+),Tm(3+) UCNPs in H2O and D2O. The measurements revealed up to 99.9% quenching of the upconversion photoluminescence intensity of both Er(3+) and Tm(3+) doped bare nanophosphors by water. Instead of the multiphonon relaxation of excited energy levels of the activators, the main mechanism of quenching was found to be the multiphonon deactivation of the Yb(3+) sensitizer ion caused by OH-vibrations on the surface of the nanophosphor. Due to the nonlinear nature of upconversion, the quenching of Yb(3+) has a higher order effect on the upconversion emission intensity with the efficient Yb-Yb energy migration in the ∼35 nm nanocrystals making the whole nanophosphor volume susceptible to surface quenching effects. The study underlines the need of efficient surface passivation for the use of UCNPs as labels in bioanalytical applications performed in aqueous solutions. PMID:26104183

  10. Synthetic and spectroscopic studies of vanadate glaserites I: Upconversion studies of doubly co-doped (Er, Tm, or Ho):Yb:K{sub 3}Y(VO{sub 4}){sub 2}

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    Kimani, Martin M. Chen, Hongyu McMillen, Colin D. Anker, Jeffery N. Kolis, Joseph W.

    2015-03-15

    The synthesis and upconversion properties of trigonal glaserite-type K{sub 3}Y(VO{sub 4}){sub 2} co-doped with Er{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+}, Ho{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+}, or Tm{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} were studied. Powder samples were synthesized by solid state reactions at 1000 °C for 48 h, while well-formed hexagonal single crystals of the same were grown hydrothermally using 10 M K{sub 2}CO{sub 3} at 560–650 °C. Infrared-to-visible upconversion by Er{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+}, Ho{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+}, or Tm{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} codoped-K{sub 3}Y(VO{sub 4}){sub 2} glaserite powder and single crystals was observed, and the upconversion spectral properties were studied as a function of different Er{sup 3+}, Tm{sup 3+}, Ho{sup 3+}, and Yb{sup 3+} ion concentrations. The process is observed under 980 nm laser diode excitation and leads to strong green (552 nm) and red (659 nm) emission for Er{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+}, green (549 nm) and red (664 nm) emission for Ho{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+}, and blue (475 nm) and red (647 nm) emission for Tm{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+}. The main mechanism that allows for up-conversion is attributed the energy transfer among Yb{sup 3+} and the various Er{sup 3+}/Ho{sup 3+}/Tm{sup 3+} ions in excited states. These results illustrate the large potential of co-doped alkali double vanadates for photonic applications involving optoelectronics devices. - Graphical abstract: Synthesis and upconversion in vanadate glaserites. - Highlights: • K{sub 3}Y(VO{sub 4}){sub 2} codoped with Er, Tm, or Ho:Yb were synthesized via solid-state and hydrothermal routes. • Upconversion properties are investigated. • The codoped compounds revealed efficient infrared-to-visible upconversion. • The presented compounds are potential host for solid state lighting.

  11. [The Synthesis, Luminescence and Energy Transmission of NaLa(MoO4) 2 : Eu3+/Tb3+/Tm3+ Materials].

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    Xu, Jing; Yan, Jing-hui; Han, Yu-ting; Qiao, Shu-liang; Yang, Bo; Li, Li; Liu, Cai-hong; Yau, Shuang; Zou, Ming-qiang

    2015-10-01

    A series of Eu3+ /Tb3+ /Tm3+ single/co-doped NaLa(MoO4)2 (NLM) phosphors have been synthesized by microemulsion-hydrothermal method. Phosphor crystal structure, morphology and luminescent properties were tested and studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and fluorescence spectroscopy. The results show that the prepared samples are all tetragonal single crystals. By way of substitution, the sites of La3+ are replaced by Eu3+, Tb3+ and Tm3+. Morphology of the samples are tetragonal sheet structure and the size of particles is 1 - 1.5 μm. When the doping concentration of Eu3+ is 9%, NLM : 9%Eu3+ phosphor emission peak is the strongest at 616 nm, the critical transfer distance (R(c)) between Eu3+ in the NLM matrix is about 15.20 Å at this time. At the emission spectrum of NLM : 9%Eu3+, the peak at 591 nm is the magnetic dipole transition of 5D0 to 7F1 of Eu3+. The peak at 616 nm is the electric dipole transition of 5D0 to 7 F2 of Eu3+. Electric dipole transition emission intensity is about 10 times of the strength of the magnetic dipole transition. This indicates that Eu3+ is located at noninversion symmetry site. By Fixing Eu3+ (Tb3+) concentration and varying the concentration of Tb3+ (Eu3+), the energy transfer mechanism between Eu3+ and Tb3+ was studied. By adjusting the Eu3+, Tb3+ and Tm3+ doping concentrations, tunable luminescence of visible light region is implemented under the single matrix. The luminescence of NLM x%Eu3+, y%Tb3+, z%Tm3+ phosphors are translated from blue (0.205, 0.135) to pseudo-white (0.305, 0.266) under 360 nm irradiation. PMID:26904805

  12. High-efficient near-infrared quantum cutting based on broadband absorption in Eu2+-Yb3+ co-doped glass for photovoltaic applications

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    Liu, Zijun; Dai, Nengli; Yang, Luyun; Li, Jinyan

    2015-05-01

    We report that Eu2+-Yb3+ system with high luminescent quantum efficiency and broadband excitation could be playing a significant role in solar cells. This borosilicate glass used as conversion layer can efficiently minimize the energy loss of thermalization. The cooperative energy transfer between Eu2+ and Yb3+ realized the emission of greenish and near-infrared light simultaneously with the blue light of xenon lamp excitation. The emission peaks located at 980 nm and 1,030 nm are the characteristic emission of Yb3+ with the energy matches well with the bandgap of silicon solar cells. The luminescent quantum efficiency is up to 163.5 % with the radiation rate being considered. Given the broad excitation band, high quantum efficiency and excellent mechanical, thermal and chemical stability, this system can be useful as down-conversion layer for solar cells.

  13. Lanthanide stannate pyrochlores Ln{sub 2}Sn{sub 2}O{sub 7} (Ln = Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Er, Yb) nanocrystals: Synthesis, characterization, and photocatalytic properties

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    Wang, Wanjun; Liang, Shijing; Bi, Jinhong; Yu, Jimmy C.; Wong, Po Keung; Wu, Ling

    2014-08-15

    Highlights: • Ln{sub 2}Sn{sub 2}O{sub 7} (Ln = Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Er, Yb) are synthesized by hydrothermal method. • Light absorption edge shows red shift with decreasing Ln{sup 3+} radius from Nd{sup 3+} to Yb{sup 3+}. • Ln{sub 2}Sn{sub 2}O{sub 7} shows increasing photocatalytic activity with the decease of Ln{sup 3+} radius. • Electronic configuration reaches 4f{sup 14} under light irradiation may decrease photocatalytic activity. • Hydroxyl radicals are detected to be the major reactive species. - Abstract: A series of lanthanide stannate pyrochlores Ln{sub 2}Sn{sub 2}O{sub 7} (Ln = Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Er, Yb) nanocrystals have been successfully synthesized via a facile hydrothermal route. With the decrease of Ln{sup 3+} radius, the light absorption edge of the as-prepared Ln{sub 2}Sn{sub 2}O{sub 7} shows a red shift from Nd{sup 3+} to Yb{sup 3+}. Their photocatalytic activities are found to be improved with the decrease of Ln{sup 3+} radius. However, the photocatalytic activity of Yb{sub 2}Sn{sub 2}O{sub 7} is a little lower than Er{sub 2}Sn{sub 2}O{sub 7}, although the Yb{sup 3+} radius is smaller than Er{sup 3+}, which may be attributed to the full-filled electronic configuration (4f{sup 14}) of surface Yb{sup 2+} intermediates (formed by Yb{sup 3+} trapping a photo-excited electron). The crystallite size and surface area play the most important role in determining the activities. Furthermore, hydroxyl radicals are detected to be the major reactive species during the photo-degradation process. Our findings provide insights in the fabrication of highly efficient stannate photocatalysts, thus enlarging the family of photocatalysts available.

  14. Cooperative reduction by Ln(2+) and Cp*(-) ions: synthesis and properties of Sm, Eu, and Yb complexes with 3,6-di-tert-butyl-o-benzoquinone.

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    Pushkarevsky, Nikolay A; Ogienko, Mikhail A; Smolentsev, Anton I; Novozhilov, Igor N; Witt, Alexander; Khusniyarov, Marat M; Cherkasov, Vladimir K; Konchenko, Sergey N

    2016-01-21

    The first examples of samarium, europium, and ytterbium complexes with 3,6-di-tert-butyl-o-benzoquinone(3,6-dbbq) in the form of catecholate have been obtained by reactions of the quinone with the corresponding lanthanocenes, [LnCp2*(thf)n] (n = 1 or 2) in solution. In the course of the reactions lanthanide ions lose one or two Cp* ligands, which take part in reduction of a quinone molecule into a catecholate anion (dbcat, 2(-)). As a result of the reactions, Sm and Yb clearly yield dimeric complexes[(LnCp*)2(dbcat)2], where each Ln ion loses one Cp* ligand. Eu forms a trimeric complex [(EuCp*)-(Eu·thf)2(dbcat)3], in which one Eu ion is coordinated by one Cp* ligand, while two Eu ions have lost all Cp* ligands and are coordinated by THF molecules instead. Magnetic properties corroborate the assignment of oxidation states made on the basis of single-crystal X-ray diffraction: all the quinone ligands are present in the catecholate state; both Sm/Yb ions in the dimers are in the +3 oxidation state, whereas the Eu trimer contains two Eu(II) and one Eu(III) ions. Cyclovoltammetry studies show the presence of two reversible oxidation waves for all complexes, presumably concerned with the redox transitions of the dbcat ligands. PMID:26674171

  15. New intercalation compounds of layered lanthanide oxychlorides LnOCl (Ln = Ho, Er, Tm, and Yb) with pyridine and substituted pyridines

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    Song, K.; Kauzlarich, S.M. )

    1994-04-01

    The lanthanide oxychlorides of Ho, Er, Tm, and Yb crystallize in the hexagonal space group, R[bar 3]m as a mixture of the SmSI- and YOF-type layered structures. The oxychlorides are prepared by heating Ln[sub 2]O[sub 3] (Ln = Ho, Er, Tm, and Yb) with excess NH[sub 4]Cl, followed by pyrohydrolysis. Crystalline phases of the lanthanide oxychlorides are obtained by heating LnOCl in LiCl/KCl fluxes at 450[degrees]C. The cell parameters obtained from X-ray powder diffraction are as follows: HoOCl, a = 3.7697, c = 27.766 [angstrom]; ErOCl, a = 3.745, c = 27.719 [angstrom]; TmOCl, a = 3.708, c = 27.72 [angstrom]; YbOCl, a = 3.704, c = 27.68 [angstrom]. A series of new pyridine intercalation compounds, (py)[sub x]LnOCl, have been prepared by reactions of pyridine with the LnOCl hosts. Intercalation compounds are characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, mass spectroscopy, elemental analysis, thermal gravimetric analysis, infrared spectroscopy, and temperature-dependent magnetic susceptibility. There is no reduction in the host lattice and pyridine apparently intercalates as the neutral molecule. An acid-base interaction is proposed for the mode of intercalation of pyridine into the lanthanide oxychlorides. Further studies on the intercalation of substituted pyridines, 4-ethylpyridine, and 2,6-lutidine, indicate that the C[sub 2] axis of pyridine is oriented perpendicular to the LnOCl layers. 38 refs., 7 figs., 6 tabs.

  16. Investigation on up-conversion luminescence properties of novel transparent Ho3+-Tm3+-Yb3+ co-doped oxyfluoride glass ceramics

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    Liu, Xiao-bo; Han, Wan-lei; Xu, Fang; Song, Ying-lin

    2011-06-01

    In the present letter, the transparent oxyfluoride glass ceramics containing Ho3+-Tm3+-Yb3+:NaYF4 were successfully prepared by melt-quenching at 1400°C and subsequent heating at 650-680°C for 1~2 hours . X-ray diffraction (XRD) with Cu Kα radiation (λ=0.154nm) investigation revealed that NaYF4 nano-crystals in the glass ceramics was fabricated. Their sizes were determined by Sherrer's equation. The emission spectra red green and blue up-conversion (UC) under 980nm laser diode (LD) pumping and absorption spectra were measured. Luminescence measurements confirmed the partition of RE ions in nano-crystals NaYF4. The blue red and green UC radiations correspond to the transitions 1G4-3H6, 1G4-3H4 of Tm3+, 5F4, 5S2-5I8, 5F5-5I8, of Ho3+ ions, respectively. This is similar to that in Tm3+-Yb3+ and/or Ho3+-Yb3+ co-doped glass ceramics. To obtain upconversion fluorescence mechanisms, upconversion fluorescence intensity versus LD pump power were analyzed in view of energy levels of rare earth. Up-conversion mechanisms were discussed and the ratio between red, green and blue UC emission bands was found to be varied as a function of temperature of heat treatment and pump power. This result could be mainly attributed to the cross-relaxation between Ho3+ ions. The excellent optical properties and its convenient, low-cost synthesis of the present glass ceramic imply that it is an excellent substitution material for the unobtainable bulk NaYF4 crystal and may have potentially applications in tunable visible laser or many other fields.

  17. Phases observed at 900-1100 degree C in the binary Ln-Ba-O systems for Ln = Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, and Yb

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    Hodorowicz, E.; Hodorowicz, S.A.; Eick, H.A. )

    1990-02-01

    The compounds Ln{sub 2}Ba{sub 2}O{sub 5}, Ln{sub 2}Ba{sub 4}O{sub 7}, and Ln{sub 4}Ba{sub 3}O{sub 9}, for Ln = Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, and Yb, have been prepared and characterized by X-ray powder diffraction. Phase interrelationships were established as a function of temperature by quenching specimens annealed at 900-l 100{degree}C. Comparable Ln = Tb phases could not be prepared. Lattice parameters are presented for all phases observed.

  18. Optical properties of trigonal single crystals (Yb,Tm)Al{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} grown from fluxes based on the bismuth and lithium molybdates

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    Temerov, V. L. Sokolov, A. E.; Sukhachev, A. L.; Bovina, A. F.; Edel'man, I. S.; Malakhovskii, A. V.

    2008-12-15

    The conditions for synthesis of Yb{sub x}Tm{sub 1-x}Al{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} (x = 0, 0.1, 0.2, 1.0) single crystals from fluxes based on bismuth trimolybdate Bi{sub 2}Mo{sub 3}O{sub 12} and lithium molybdate Li{sub 2}MoO{sub 4} are investigated. It is proposed to grow them by the group method on seeds. The polarized optical absorption spectra are measured for two mutually orthogonal linear polarizations at temperatures of 100 and 300 K.

  19. Depositing CdS nanoclusters on carbon-modified NaYF4:Yb,Tm upconversion nanocrystals for NIR-light enhanced photocatalysis

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    Tou, Meijie; Mei, Yuanyuan; Bai, Song; Luo, Zhenguo; Zhang, Yong; Li, Zhengquan

    2015-12-01

    High-quality hexagonal NaYF4:Yb,Tm upconversion nanocrystals (UCNs) prepared in organic solutions display uniform sizes and strong UC emissions, but they possess a hydrophobic surface which hinders combining them with various semiconductor nanocrystals (NCs) to form a hybrid NIR-activated photocatalyst. Herein we present a facile approach to modify hydrophobic UCNs with a uniform carbon layer and enable them with hydrophilicity and surface functionalization. The carbon shell provides a good substrate for enriching with metal ions and in situ generation of CdS nanoclusters on the particle surface which can utilize both the upconverted UV and visible emissions. The developed NaYF4:Yb,Tm@C@CdS nanoparticles are characterized with TEM, SEM, XRD, PL and UV-Vis spectra and their formation mechanism is elucidated. The products display good photocatalytic activity under visible light and obviously enhanced performance under Vis-NIR light, due to the efficient utilization of UC emissions and the strong adsorption capacity of the carbon shell. The working mechanism of the hybrid photocatalysts is also proposed.High-quality hexagonal NaYF4:Yb,Tm upconversion nanocrystals (UCNs) prepared in organic solutions display uniform sizes and strong UC emissions, but they possess a hydrophobic surface which hinders combining them with various semiconductor nanocrystals (NCs) to form a hybrid NIR-activated photocatalyst. Herein we present a facile approach to modify hydrophobic UCNs with a uniform carbon layer and enable them with hydrophilicity and surface functionalization. The carbon shell provides a good substrate for enriching with metal ions and in situ generation of CdS nanoclusters on the particle surface which can utilize both the upconverted UV and visible emissions. The developed NaYF4:Yb,Tm@C@CdS nanoparticles are characterized with TEM, SEM, XRD, PL and UV-Vis spectra and their formation mechanism is elucidated. The products display good photocatalytic activity under

  20. Low lying states in {sup 153}Ho and {sup 157}Tm from electron capture and {beta}{sup +} decay of {sup 153}Er and {sup 157}Yb

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    Xu, S.; Xie, Y.; Pan, Q.; Luo, Y.; Zhang, C.; Zhang, J.; Wang, Y.; Zhang, X.; Gu, J.; Ge, Y.; Yin, X.; Wang, C.; Xing, Z.; Chen, X.

    1996-09-01

    A detailed discussion and supplemental experimental information on the electron capture and {beta}{sup +} decay schemes of {sup 153}Er and {sup 157}Yb proposed in our previous publications are included. The three-quasiparticle state and single-proton states assigned to {sup 153}Ho have been reproduced by a shell model calculation. The extracted quenching factor for the three-quasiparticle state was determined to be 10. The existence of the two bands in {sup 157}Tm has been explained by a triaxial deformation of the ground state of this nucleus. The experimental evidence from systematic behavior of the compiled low-energy levels indicates that the ground-state shapes change from spherical to deformed between neutron numbers {ital N}=86 and 88 in both the odd Ho and odd Tm isotopic chains. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  1. Multicolour upconversion emission from Ho{sup 3+}-Tm{sup 3+}-Yb{sup 3+} codoped CaMoO{sub 4} phosphor

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    Dey, Riya; Rai, Vineet Kumar

    2015-05-15

    The Ho{sup 3+}-Tm{sup 3+}-Yb{sup 3+} codoped CaMoO4 phosphor powder has been synthesized by chemical coprecipitation technique. For the structural investigation the X-ray diffraction analysis has been done. Multicolour upconversion (UC) emission in the visible region from the prepared material has been observed under the 980 nm near infrared (NIR) excitation. The UC emission bands ∼ 474 nm (blue), ∼ 541 nm (green) and ∼ 661 nm (red) region have been assigned as {sup 1}G{sub 4}→{sup 3}H{sub 6} (Tm{sup 3+}), {sup 5}F{sub 4}{sup 5}S{sub 2}→{sup 5}I{sub 8} (Ho{sup 3+}) and {sup 5}F{sub 5}→{sup 5}I{sub 8} (Ho{sup 3+}) transitions respectively.

  2. An experimental design approach for hydrothermal synthesis of NaYF4: Yb3+, Tm3+ upconversion microcrystal: UV emission optimization

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    Kaviani Darani, Masoume; Bastani, Saeed; Ghahari, Mehdi; Kardar, Pooneh

    2015-11-01

    Ultraviolet (UV) emissions of hydrothermally synthesized NaYF4: Yb3+, Tm3+ upconversion crystals were optimized using the response surface methodology experimental design. In these experimental designs, 9 runs, two factors namely (1) Tm3+ ion concentration, and (2) pH value were investigated using 3 different ligands. Introducing UV upconversion emissions as responses, their intensity were separately maximized. Analytical methods such as XRD, SEM, and FTIR could be used to study crystal structure, morphology, and fluorescent spectroscopy in order to obtain luminescence properties. From the photo-luminescence spectra, emissions centered at 347, 364, 452, 478, 648 and 803 nm were observed. Some results show that increasing each DOE factor up to an optimum value resulted in an increase in emission intensity, followed by reduction. To optimize UV emission, as a final result to the UV emission optimization, each design had a suggestion.

  3. Intense upconversion luminescence and effect of local environment for Tm3+/Yb3+ co-doped novel TeO2-BiCl3 glass system.

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    Wang, Guonian; Dai, Shixun; Zhang, Junjie; Wen, Lei; Yang, Jianhu; Jiang, Zhonghong

    2006-05-15

    We present the results of a study that uses theoretical and experimental methods to investigate the characteristics of the upconversion luminescence of Tm3+/Yb3+ codoped TeO2-BiCl3 glass system as a function of the BiCl3 fraction. These glasses are potentially important in the design of upconversion fiber lasers. Effect of local environment around Tm3+ on upconversion fluorescence intensity was analyzed by theoretical calculations. The structure and spectroscopic properties were investigated in the experiments by measuring the Raman spectra, IR transmission spectra, and absorption and fluorescence intensities at room temperature. The results indicate that blue luminescence quantum efficiency increases with increasing BiCl3 content from 10 to 60 mol%, which were interpreted by the increase of asymmetry of glass structure, decrease of phonon energy and removing of OH- groups. PMID:16378753

  4. High Contrast In vitro and In vivo Photoluminescence Bioimaging Using Near Infrared to Near Infrared Up-Conversion in Tm3+ and Yb3+ Doped Fluoride Nanophosphors

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    Nyk, Marcin; Kumar, Rajiv; Ohulchanskyy, Tymish Y.; Bergey, Earl J.; Prasad, Paras N.

    2012-01-01

    A new approach for photoluminescence imaging in vitro and in vivo has been shown, utilizing near infrared to near infrared (NIR-to-NIR) up-conversion in nanophosphors. This NIR-to-NIR up-conversion process provides deeper light penetration into biological specimen and results in high contrast optical imaging due to absence of an autofluorescence background and decreased light scattering. Aqueous dispersible fluoride (NaYF4) nanocrystals (20–30 nm size) co-doped with the rare earth ions, Tm3+ and Yb3+, were synthesized and characterized by TEM, XRD and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. In vitro cellular uptake was shown by the PL microscopy visualizing the characteristic emission of Tm3+ at ~ 800 nm excited with 975 nm. No apparent cytotoxicity was observed. Subsequent animal imaging studies were performed using Balb-c mice injected intravenously with up-converting nanophosphors, demonstrating the high contrast PL imaging in vivo. PMID:18928324

  5. Optical thermometry using FIR of two close lying levels of different ions in Y2O3:Ho3+-Tm3+-Yb3+ phosphor

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    Pandey, Anurag; Rai, Vineet Kumar

    2013-11-01

    The possibility of combustion synthesized Ho3+-Tm3+-Yb3+ codoped Y2O3 phosphor as temperature sensor using fluorescence intensity ratio (FIR) technique under a 980 nm excitation has been reported. The variation in FIR of blue upconversion emissions generated from two closely spaced levels of the Tm3+ and Ho3+ ions (1G4 and 5F3) as a function of temperature has been monitored up to 703 K. The maximum relative sensitivity has been found to be 3.38 × 10-3 K-1 which indicates that the present phosphor material can play a vital role for high optical thermometric purpose. The results imply that the FIR of two closely spaced levels of two different rare earth ions can also be used as temperature sensor.

  6. The Crystal Structure of Impurity Centers Tm^{2+} and Eu^{2+} in SrCl2 : Ab Initio Calculations

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    Chernyshev, V. A.; Serdcev, A. V.; Petrov, V. P.; Nikiforov, A. E.

    2016-01-01

    Ab initio calculations of the impurity centers Tm^{2+} thulium and europium Eu^{2+} in SrCl2 and MeF2 (Me = Ca, Sr, Ba) were carried out at low (zero) temperature. The crystal structure of impurity centers was investigated. Charge density maps show that the bonds formed by the rare-earth ions have an ionic character. The crystal structures, lattice dynamics, and band structures of MeF2 and SrCl2 were calculated at low temperature. Ab initio calculations were performed in periodic CRYSTAL code within the framework of the MO LCAO approach by using hybrid DFT functionals.

  7. First-principles investigations on vibrational, thermodynamic, mechanical properties and thermal conductivity of L12 Al3X (X = Sc, Er, Tm, Yb) intermetallics

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    Zhang, Xudong; Jiang, Wei

    2015-06-01

    The lattice dynamics, thermodynamic, mechanical properties and thermal conductivity of L12 Al3X (X = Sc, Er, Tm, Yb) intermetallics have been investigated from first-principles calculations by means of using the VASP code. Our results agree well with the previous experiments and calculations. The phonon dispersion curves and the density of phonon states have been calculated by means of using the PHONONPY code and compared with the experimental results. The four compounds stay dynamically stable in the L12 structure. We also calculated the thermodynamics properties and give the relationships between thermal parameters and temperature. The elastic constants of the considered compounds are satisfied with mechanical stability criteria. The related mechanical parameters predict that Al3Sc has higher hardness than the other three compounds, and four compounds all posses a brittle nature. The mechanical anisotropy is predicted by anisotropic constants AU and AZ. The results show that the four compounds are all elastically isotropic. We also calculated the thermal conductivity by means of the Clarke’s model and Cahill’s model and found that the thermal conductivity of the four intermetallics follows the order: Al3Sc > Al3Er > Al3Tm > Al3Yb.

  8. Hydrothermal synthesis of BaYbF5:Tm3+ nanoparticles for dual-modal upconversion near-infrared luminescence and magnetic resonance imaging

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    Liu, Ping; Miu, Wei

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, we demonstrate multifunctional upconversion nanoparticles with intense near-infrared emission and unique magnetic properties for dual-modal upconversion luminescent bioimaging and T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging. High-quality BaYbF5:Tm3+ nanoparticles are synthesized via a hydrophobic method and then converted to be hydrophilic via a hydrochloric acid treatment. The as-synthesized nanoparticles are cubic phase and about 6 nm in diameter with narrow size distribution. The intense near-infrared emission makes these nanoparticles can be acted as bio-probes in upconversion luminescent bioimaging with deep tissue penetration. Besides, these nanoparticles can also be used as T2-weighted contrast agents in magnetic resonance imaging due to the high value of relaxation rate (r2 = 4.05) in 0.55 T. This finding may have further bio-applications in the future due to the high performance of these BaYbF5:Tm3+ nanoparticles in dual-modal bioimaging.

  9. Enhanced photocatalytic activities of the heterostructured upconversion photocatalysts with cotton mediated on TiO2/ZnWO4:Yb3+,Tm3.

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    Feng, Kaili; Huang, Shouqiang; Lou, Ziyang; Zhu, Nanwen; Yuan, Haiping

    2015-08-14

    To improve the photocatalytic efficiency and make full use of solar energy, ZnWO(4):Yb(3+),Tm(3+) (ZYT) was introduced as the upconversion luminescence agent on TiO(2) with a cotton template, and novel upconversion photocatalysts of TiO(2)/ZnWO(4):Yb(3+),Tm(3+) (TZYT-C) were synthesized and optimized with 5%-30% of ZYT. The heterostructure between ZYT and TiO(2) was formed in the TZYT-C composites with the presence of tube-like morphologies due to the addition of the cotton template. UV (364 nm) and blue (484 nm) light was emitted from ZYT upon 980 nm NIR irradiation. The BET specific surface areas of all the TZYT-C composites increased from 37 m(2) g(-1) (TiO(2)-C) to the maximum value of 75 m(2) g(-1) on 5%TZYT-C. The photocatalytic activities of the TZYT-C composites were tested using the degradation process of methyl orange (MO). 5%TZYT-C showed the highest degradation efficiency, with a value of 55.6% under sun-like irradiation for 210 min. The same performance was observed on 5%TZYT-C under NIR (λ ≥ 780 nm) irradiation, with a maximum removal rate of 9.02%, since 5%TZYT-C showed the most efficient electron-hole (e(-)/h(+)) pair separation, compared to ZYT and other TZYT-C composites. PMID:26150279

  10. Separation of the contributions to the magnetization of Tm1 - x Yb x B12 solid solutions in steady and pulsed magnetic fields

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    Bogach, A. V.; Sluchanko, N. E.; Glushkov, V. V.; Demishev, S. V.; Azarevich, A. N.; Filippov, V. B.; Shitsevalova, N. Yu.; Levchenko, A. V.; Vanacken, J.; Moshchalkov, V. V.; Gabani, S.; Flachbart, K.

    2013-05-01

    The magnetization of substitutional Tm1 - x Yb x B12 solid solutions is studied in the composition range 0 < x ≤ 0.81. The measurements are performed at low temperatures (1.9-300 K) in steady (up to 11 T) and pulsed (up to 50 T, pulse duration of 20-100 ms) magnetic fields. An analysis of the experimental data allowed the contributions to the magnetization of the paramagnetic phase of the Tm1 - x Yb x B12 compounds to be separated. These contributions include a Pauli component, which corresponds to the response of the heavy-fermion manybody states that appears in the energy gap in the vicinity of the Fermi level (density of states (3-4) × 1021 cm-3 meV-1), and a contribution with saturation in high magnetic fields attributed to the localized magnetic moments ((0.8-3.7)μB per unit cell) of the nanoclusters formed by rare-earth ions with an antiferromagnetic interaction.

  11. Honeycombs of triangles and magnetic frustration in SrL{sub 2}O{sub 4} (L=Gd, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, and Yb)

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    Karunadasa, H.; Regan, K.A.; Cava, R.J.; Huang, Q.; Lynn, J.W.; Ueland, B.G.; Schiffer, P.

    2005-04-01

    The crystal structures, magnetic order, and susceptibility have been investigated for magnetically frustrated SrDy{sub 2}O{sub 4}, SrHo{sub 2}O{sub 4}, SrEr{sub 2}O{sub 4}, SrTm{sub 2}O{sub 4}, and SrYb{sub 2}O{sub 4}. Powder neutron-diffraction structural refinements reveal columns of LO{sub 6} octahedra that run along one crystallographic direction, with Sr-O polyhedra in the interstices. The lanthanide sublattice displays multiple triangular interconnections: one-dimensional strings form the backbones of four types of chains of lanthanide triangles sharing edges arranged in a honeycomb pattern. This crystal structure produces strong geometric frustration for the magnetic system that is evidenced in both magnetic susceptibility and neutron-scattering data at low temperatures. The susceptibility measurements for the series, including SrGd{sub 2}O{sub 4} for which data are also reported, lack the sharp features characteristic of three-dimensional long-range magnetic ordering. Metamagnetic behavior is observed in the magnetization vs applied field data at 1.8 K for the cases of L=Dy, Er, and Ho. Magnetic neutron-scattering studies for the Dy and Er materials show only very broad magnetic scattering at low temperatures, while the Ho system exhibits long-range two-dimensional order. Any magnetic scattering in the Tm and Yb compounds, if present, was too weak to be detected in these measurements.

  12. Determination of the refractive index of β-NaYF4/Yb3+/Er3+/Tm3+ nanocrystals using spectroscopic refractometry

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    Sokolov, V. I.; Zvyagin, A. V.; Igumnov, S. M.; Molchanova, S. I.; Nazarov, M. M.; Nechaev, A. V.; Savelyev, A. G.; Tyutyunov, A. A.; Khaydukov, E. V.; Panchenko, V. Ya.

    2015-04-01

    A method for measuring refractive index n of nanosize particles in the visible and near-IR spectral ranges is proposed. The method is based on comparing refractive index n colloid of a colloid solution of nanoparticles in several solvents with refractive indices n solvent of corresponding pure solvents and has an accuracy of ±2 × 10-4. Upconversion nanosize phosphors (UCNPs) are synthesized in the form of a β-NaYF4 crystalline matrix doped with Yb3+, Er3+, and Tm3+ rare earth ions. UCNPs have a doped core with a diameter of 40 ± 5 nm and undoped shell with a thickness of 3-5 nm. Synthesized nanocrystals possess intense photoluminescence in the blue, green, and red spectral ranges upon excitation by IR radiation with a wavelength of 977 nm. Using a spectroscopic refractometer, the dispersion of the refractive index of β-NaYF4/Yb3+/Er3+/Tm3+ nanocrystals was measured for the first time in the spectral range of 450-1000 nm with an accuracy of ±2 × 10-4.

  13. Preparation and photophysical studies of [Ln(hfac)3DPEPO], Ln = Eu, Tb, Yb, Nd, Gd; interpretation of total photoluminescence quantum yields.

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    Congiu, Martina; Alamiry, Mohamed; Moudam, Omar; Ciorba, Serena; Richardson, Patricia R; Maron, Laurent; Jones, Anita C; Richards, Bryce S; Robertson, Neil

    2013-10-01

    Synthesis and photophysical characterisation of [Ln(hfac)3DPEPO] complexes (with Ln = Eu, Tb, Yb, Nd, Gd) has been carried out to investigate the factors responsible for the variation in total photoluminescence quantum yield within this family of emissive lanthanide complexes. Electronic absorption and emission spectroscopy, in conjunction with DFT calculations of the excited state of the Eu complex, elucidate the role of each ligand in the sensitisation of the lanthanide through the antenna effect. The X-ray crystal structure of [Gd(hfac)3DPEPO] has been determined and shows an 8-coordinate environment around the Gd and a ten-membered chelate ring involving the DPEPO ligand. Total photoluminescence quantum yields were measured to be 6%, 1% and 2% for Ln = Tb, Nd and Yb, respectively, in comparison with around 80% for Ln = Eu. The lower quantum yield for Nd and Yb, compared with Eu, can be attributed to more efficient quenching of the excited Ln state by high-energy oscillations within the ligands, whereas the lower quantum yield for Tb is assigned to a combination of poor energy transfer from the ligand excited state to the Tb and longer radiative lifetime. PMID:23900430

  14. Effect of C6+ Ion Irradiation on structural and electrical properties of Yb and Eu doped Bi1.5 Zn0.92 Nb1.5 O6.92 pyrochlores

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    Yumak, Mehmet; Mergen, Ayhan; Qureshi, Anjum; Singh, N. L.

    2015-03-01

    Pyrochlore general formula of A2B2X7 where A and B are cations and X is an anion Pyrochlore compounds exhibit semiconductor, metallic or ionic conduction properties, depending on the doping, compositions/ substituting variety of cations and oxygen partial pressure. Ion beam irradiation can induce the structural disordering by mixing the cation and anion sublattices, therefore we aim to inevestigate effects of irradiation in pyrochlore compounds. In this study, Eu and Yb-doped Bi1.5Zn0.92Nb1.5O6.92 (Eu-BZN, Yb-BZN) Doping effect and single phase formation of Eu-BZN, Yb-BZN was characterized by X-ray diffraction technique (XRD). Radiation-induced effect of 85 MeV C6+ ions on Eu-BZN, Yb-BZN was studied by XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and temperature dependent dielectric measurements at different fluences. XRD results revealed that the ion beam-induced structural amorphization processes in Eu-BZN and Yb-BZN structures. Our results suggested that the ion beam irradiation induced the significant change in the temprature depndent dielectric properties of Eu-BZN and Yb-BZN pyrochlores due to the increased oxygen vacancies as a result of cation and anion disordering. Department of Metallurgical and Materials Eng., Marmara University, Istanbul-81040, Turkey.

  15. The action mechanism of TiO{sub 2}:NaYF{sub 4}:Yb{sup 3+},Tm{sup 3+} cathode buffer layer in highly efficient inverted organic solar cells

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    Liu, Chunyu; Chen, Huan; Zhao, Dan; Shen, Liang; He, Yeyuan; Guo, Wenbin E-mail: chenwy@jlu.edu.cn; Chen, Weiyou E-mail: chenwy@jlu.edu.cn

    2014-08-04

    We report the fabrication and characteristics of organic solar cells with 6.86% power conversion efficiency (PCE) by doping NaYF{sub 4}:Yb{sup 3+},Tm{sup 3+} into TiO{sub 2} cathode buffer layer. The dependence of devices performance on doping concentration of NaYF{sub 4}:Yb{sup 3+},Tm{sup 3+} is investigated. Results indicate that short-circuit current density (J{sub sc}) has an apparent improvement, leading to an enhancement of 22.7% in PCE for the optimized doping concentration of 0.05 mmol ml{sup −1} compared to the control devices. NaYF{sub 4}:Yb{sup 3+},Tm{sup 3+} nanoparticles (NPs) can play threefold roles, one is that the incident light in visible region can be scattered by NaYF{sub 4} NPs, the second is that solar irradiation in infrared region can be better utilized by Up-conversion effect of Yb{sup 3+} and Tm{sup 3+} ions, the third is that electron transport property in TiO{sub 2} thin film can be greatly improved.

  16. Stokes and anti-Stokes luminescence in Tm(3+)/Yb(3+)-doped Lu3Ga5O12 nano-garnets: a study of multipolar interactions and energy transfer dynamics.

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    Rathaiah, Mamilla; Haritha, Pamuluri; Lozano-Gorrín, Antonio Diego; Babu, Palamandala; Jayasankar, Chalicheemalapalli Kulala; Rodríguez-Mendoza, Ulises Ruyman; Lavín, Victor; Venkatramu, Vemula

    2016-06-01

    Nanocrystalline Lu3Ga5O12 garnets doped with Tm(3+)/Yb(3+) ions have been synthesized by a low cost and environmentally benign sol-gel technique and characterized for their structural, Stokes and anti-Stokes luminescence properties. The diffuse reflectance spectra of doped Lu3Ga5O12 nano-garnets have been measured to derive the partial energy level structure of Tm(3+) and Yb(3+) ions and possible energy transfer channels between them. Upon laser excitation at 473 nm, weak red and intense near-infrared Stokes emissions have been observed in the nano-garnets. The decay curves of (3)H4 and (1)G4 levels of Tm(3+) ions and the (2)F5/2 level of Yb(3+) ions have been measured upon resonant laser excitation and are found to be non-exponential in nature due to multipolar interactions. In order to know the kind of multipolar interaction among optically active ions, the decay curves are analyzed through the generalized Yokota-Tanimoto model. Moreover, under 970 nm laser excitation, intense blue anti-Stokes emission is observed by the naked eye in Tm(3+)-Yb(3+) co-doped Lu3Ga5O12 nano-garnets. The results show that as-synthesized nano-garnets may be useful in the field of phosphors and photonics. PMID:27185655

  17. Vacuum ultraviolet and near-infrared excited luminescence properties of Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}:RE{sup 3+}, Na{sup +} (RE=Tb, Yb, Er, Tm, and Ho)

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    Zhang Jia; Wang Yuhua; Guo Linna; Zhang Feng; Wen Yan; Liu Bitao; Huang Yan

    2011-08-15

    Tb{sup 3+}, Yb{sup 3+}, Tm{sup 3+}, Er{sup 3+}, and Ho{sup 3+} doped Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} were synthesized by solid-state reaction, and their luminescence properties were studied by spectra techniques. Tb{sup 3+}-doped samples can exhibit intense green emission under VUV excitation, and the brightness for the optimal Tb{sup 3+} content is comparable with that of the commercial Zn{sub 2}SiO{sub 4}:Mn{sup 2+} green phosphor. Under near-infrared laser excitation, the upconversion luminescence spectra of Yb{sup 3+}, Tm{sup 3+}, Er{sup 3+}, and Ho{sup 3+} doped samples demonstrate that the red, green, and blue tricolored fluorescence could be obtained by codoping Yb{sup 3+}-Ho{sup 3+}, Yb{sup 3+}-Er{sup 3+}, and Yb{sup 3+}-Tm{sup 3+} in Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}, respectively. Good white upconversion emission with CIE chromaticity coordinates (0.358, 0.362) is achieved by quadri-doping Yb{sup 3+}-Tm{sup 3+}-Er{sup 3+}-Ho{sup 3+} in Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}, in which the cross-relaxation process between Er{sup 3+} and Tm{sup 3+}, producing the {sup 1}D{sub 2}-{sup 3}F{sub 4} transition of Tm{sup 3+}, is found. The upconversion mechanisms are elucidated through the laser power dependence of the upconverted emissions and the energy level diagrams. - Graphical abstract: The CPO:0.25Tb{sup 3+}, 0.25Na{sup +} exhibits a comparable brightness to the commercial Zn{sub 2}SiO{sub 4}:Mn{sup 2+} upon 147 nm excitation. Good white light color is achieved in CPO:Yb{sup 3+}-Tm{sup 3+}-Er{sup 3+}-Ho{sup 3+} under 980 nm excitation. Highlights: > Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Tb{sup 3+},Na{sup +} exhibits a comparable brightness with commercial Zn{sub 2}SiO{sub 4}:Mn{sup 2+}. > Red, green and blue colors are achieved in Yb{sup 3+}, Ho{sup 3+}, Er{sup 3+}, Tm{sup 3+} doped Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}. > Good white emission is obtained in Yb{sup 3+}-Ho{sup 3+}-Er{sup 3+}-Tm{sup 3+} quadri-doped Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}. > Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Tb{sup 3+}, Yb{sup 3+}, Ho

  18. Size-Tunable and Monodisperse Tm3+/Gd3+-Doped Hexagonal NaYbF4 Nanoparticles with Engineered Efficient Near Infrared-to-Near Infrared Upconversion for In Vivo Imaging

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    2015-01-01

    Hexagonal NaYbF4:Tm3+ upconversion nanoparticles hold promise for use in high contrast near-infrared-to-near-infrared (NIR-to-NIR) in vitro and in vivo bioimaging. However, significant hurdles remain in their preparation and control of their morphology and size, as well as in enhancement of their upconversion efficiency. Here, we describe a systematic approach to produce highly controlled hexagonal NaYbF4:Tm3+ nanoparticles with superior upconversion. We found that doping appropriate concentrations of trivalent gadolinium (Gd3+) can convert NaYbF4:Tm3+ 0.5% nanoparticles with cubic phase and irregular shape into highly monodisperse NaYbF4:Tm3+ 0.5% nanoplates or nanospheres in a pure hexagonal-phase and of tunable size. The intensity and the lifetime of the upconverted NIR luminescence at 800 nm exhibit a direct dependence on the size distribution of the resulting nanoparticles, being ascribed to the varied surface-to-volume ratios determined by the different nanoparticle size. Epitaxial growth of a thin NaYF4 shell layer of ∼2 nm on the ∼22 nm core of hexagonal NaYbF4:Gd3+ 30%/Tm3+ 0.5% nanoparticles resulted in a dramatic 350 fold NIR upconversion efficiency enhancement, because of effective suppression of surface-related quenching mechanisms. In vivo NIR-to-NIR upconversion imaging was demonstrated using a dispersion of phospholipid-polyethylene glycol (DSPE-PEG)-coated core/shell nanoparticles in phosphate buffered saline. PMID:25027118

  19. Controlled growth, intense upconversion emissions and concentration induced luminescence switching of bifunctional Tm(3+) doped hexagonal NaYb0.55Gd0.45F4 nanorods.

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    Qu, Xilong; Li, Yongchang; Yu, Suixi; Yang, Liwen

    2013-11-01

    Bifunctional hexagonal Tm(3+) doped NaYb0.55Gd0.45F4 nanorods with tunable size are prepared via in situ cation-exchange reaction using hydrothermal method. The measured field dependence of magnetization of the NaYb0.55Gd0.45F4 nanorods shows typical paramagnetic characteristics that can be ascribed to the non-interacting localized nature of the magnetic moment of rare-earth ions. When excited by a 980nm laser, these nanorods exhibit intense multi-color up-conversion (UC) emissions in infrared, red, blue and especially ultraviolet. In addition, luminescent switching between different UC emission wavelengths of 480nm and 450nm is observed by adjusting Tm(3+) doping concentration. Based on power-dependent spectral analyses, it is found that with the increase of Tm(3+) doping concentration, due to the suppressed saturation effect, the dominative UC process redistribute the populations at (1)G4 and (1)D2(Tm(3+)) states of Tm(3+) ion resulting in the above luminescent switching. Our results indicate that bifunctional hexagonal NaYb1-xGdxF4 nanocrystals have potential applications in miniaturized solid-state light sources, optical processing sensors and fluorescent biolabels. PMID:23871979

  20. Wideband saturable absorption in few-layer molybdenum diselenide (MoSe₂) for Q-switching Yb-, Er- and Tm-doped fiber lasers.

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    Woodward, R I; Howe, R C T; Runcorn, T H; Hu, G; Torrisi, F; Kelleher, E J R; Hasan, T

    2015-07-27

    We fabricate a free-standing molybdenum diselenide (MoSe2) saturable absorber by embedding liquid-phase exfoliated few-layer MoSe2 flakes into a polymer film. The MoSe2-polymer composite is used to Q-switch fiber lasers based on ytterbium (Yb), erbium (Er) and thulium (Tm) gain fiber, producing trains of microsecond-duration pulses with kilohertz repetition rates at 1060 nm, 1566 nm and 1924 nm, respectively. Such operating wavelengths correspond to sub-bandgap saturable absorption in MoSe2, which is explained in the context of edge-states, building upon studies of other semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD)-based saturable absorbers. Our work adds few-layer MoSe2 to the growing catalog of TMDs with remarkable optical properties, which offer new opportunities for photonic devices. PMID:26367663

  1. Triple-doped KMnF3:Yb3+/Er3+/Tm3+ nanocubes: four-color upconversion emissions with strong red and near-infrared bands

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    Wang, Hao; Hong, Xiaodong; Han, Renlu; Shi, Junhui; Liu, Zongjun; Liu, Shujuan; Wang, You; Gan, Yang

    2015-01-01

    Triple-doped (Yb3+/Er3+/Tm3+) KMnF3 nanocubes with uniform sizes of 250 nm were synthesized by a facile hydrothermal route using the oleic acid as the capping agent. It was found that these nanocubes can simultaneously exhibited four-color (blue, green, red and NIR) upconversion emissions under a single 980 nm near-infrared (NIR) laser excitation, which should have potential multicolor in vivo imaging applications. Specifically, the red (660 nm) and NIR (800 nm) peaks, known as two “optical windows” for imaging biological tissues, were strong. The spectral and pump analyses indicated the two-photon processes were responsible for the both red and NIR emissions. PMID:26608870

  2. Thermal evolution of the spin ordering at the concomitant spin-orbital rearrangement temperature in RVO3 (R=Lu, Yb and Tm)

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    Sarkar, Tapati; Ivanov, Sergey A.; Bazuev, G. V.; Nordblad, Per; Mathieu, Roland

    2016-07-01

    Synthesis, crystal structure and magnetization measurements of phase pure polycrystalline RVO3 (R=Lu, Yb and Tm) are reported. The compounds were stabilized in the orthorhombic structure by thermal treatment of the respective precursors (RVO4) in a reducing atmosphere. Special pressure treatment was carried out during the synthesis to ensure phase pure samples without secondary phases. Magnetization measurements reveal the presence of two spin ordering temperatures in the samples. Interestingly, at the lower spin ordering temperature, TSO2, the uncompensated excess moment of the antiferromagnetic spin structure has different field dependences above and below TSO2, causing a jump in the thermal evolution of the magnetization that changes sign with increasing field strength. This jump is associated with the reported magnetic and orbital rearrangement in the samples, and the different spin configurations in the C- and G-type antiferromagnetic structures.

  3. Triple-doped KMnF3:Yb3+/Er3+/Tm3+ nanocubes: four-color upconversion emissions with strong red and near-infrared bands

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    Wang, Hao; Hong, Xiaodong; Han, Renlu; Shi, Junhui; Liu, Zongjun; Liu, Shujuan; Wang, You; Gan, Yang

    2015-11-01

    Triple-doped (Yb3+/Er3+/Tm3+) KMnF3 nanocubes with uniform sizes of 250 nm were synthesized by a facile hydrothermal route using the oleic acid as the capping agent. It was found that these nanocubes can simultaneously exhibited four-color (blue, green, red and NIR) upconversion emissions under a single 980 nm near-infrared (NIR) laser excitation, which should have potential multicolor in vivo imaging applications. Specifically, the red (660 nm) and NIR (800 nm) peaks, known as two “optical windows” for imaging biological tissues, were strong. The spectral and pump analyses indicated the two-photon processes were responsible for the both red and NIR emissions.

  4. Real-time, non-invasive monitoring of hydrogel degradation using LiYF4:Yb(3+)/Tm(3+) NIR-to-NIR upconverting nanoparticles.

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    Jalani, Ghulam; Naccache, Rafik; Rosenzweig, Derek H; Lerouge, Sophie; Haglund, Lisbet; Vetrone, Fiorenzo; Cerruti, Marta

    2015-07-14

    To design a biodegradable hydrogel as cell support, one should know its in vivo degradation rate. A technique commonly used to track gel degradation is fluorescence spectroscopy. However, the fluorescence from conventional fluorophores quickly decays, and the fluorophores are often moderately cytotoxic. Most importantly, they require ultraviolet or visible (UV-Vis) light as the excitation source, which cannot penetrate deeply through biological tissues. Lanthanide-doped upconverting nanoparticles (UCNPs) are exciting alternatives to conventional fluorophores because they can convert near-infrared (NIR) to UV-Vis-NIR light via a sequential multiphoton absorption process referred to as upconversion. NIR light can penetrate up to few cm inside tissues, thus making these UCNPs much better probes than conventional fluorophores for in vivo monitoring. Also, UCNPs have narrow emission bands, high photoluminescence (PL) signal-to-noise ratio, low cytotoxicity and good physical and chemical stability. Here, we show a nanocomposite system consisting of a biodegradable, in situ thermogelling injectable hydrogel made of chitosan and hyaluronic acid encapsulating silica-coated LiYF4:Yb(3+)/Tm(3+) UCNPs. We use these UCNPs as photoluminescent tags to monitor the gel degradation inside live, cultured intervertebral discs (IVDs) over a period of 3 weeks. PL spectroscopy and NIR imaging show that NIR-to-NIR upconversion of LiYF4:Yb(3+)/Tm(3+)@SiO2 UCNPs allows for tracking of the gel degradation in living tissues. Both in vitro and ex vivo release of UCNPs follow a similar trend during the first 5 days; after this time, ex vivo release becomes faster than in vitro, indicating a faster gel degradation ex vivo. Also, the amount of released UCNPs in vitro increases continuously up to 3 weeks, while it plateaus after 15 days inside the IVDs showing a homogenous distribution of UCNPs throughout the IVD tissue. This non-invasive optical method for real time, live tissue imaging holds

  5. Blue and NIR emission from nanostructured Tm3+/  Yb3+ co-doped SiO2–Ta2O5 for photonic applications

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    Cardoso Muscelli, Wesley; de Oliveira Lima, Karmel; Thomaz Aquino, Felipe; Rocha Gonçalves, Rogéria

    2016-05-01

    This paper reports on the synthesis of Tm3+/Yb3+ co-doped SiO2–Ta2O5 nanocomposites prepared by a sol–gel route. XRD analysis revealed initial crystallization of the L-Ta2O5 structure dispersed in the silica host, which depended on lanthanide concentration. Vibrational spectroscopy showed low OH groups content, SiO2–Ta2O5 nanocomposite formation, and controlled phase separation characterized by the presence of Ta2O5 nanoparticles. Emission in the near infrared was evident and also depended on lanthanide concentration and excitation wavelength. Direct excitation on the host promoted NIR luminescence; higher intensity emerged at 980 nm, attributed to Yb3+ ions. Excitation of the Tm3+ excited levels elicited energy transfer between Tm3+ and Yb3+ ions. Excitation of the Tm3+ levels (visible range) and the host (UV) promoted emission in the S telecom band for all the samples. Excitation at 980 nm gave rise to upconversion emissions at 476 nm (blue) and 793 nm (NIR). At higher lanthanide concentration, the presence of a dominant cross-relaxation process reduced the blue emission with respect to the NIR emission. The color coordinates were similar to the coordinates of standard blue. All these luminescent properties make the synthesized materials potential candidates for photonic applications like energy converting devices, solar concentrators, and blue emitters.

  6. Multi-modal luminescence properties of RE3+ (Tm3+, Yb3+) and Bi3+ activated GdNbO4 phosphors—upconversion, downshifting and quantum cutting for spectral conversion

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    Dwivedi, A.; Mishra, Kavita; Rai, S. B.

    2015-11-01

    This work investigates the promising multi-modal luminescence (upconversion (UC), downshifting (DS) and quantum cutting (QC)) properties of RE3+ (Tm3+, Yb3+) and Bi3+ activated GdNbO4 phosphors synthesized using the well-known solid state reaction method. Structural characterization using x-ray diffraction measurements confirms the formation of the pure phase of the GdNbO4 host with no impurities. The optical band gap (E g) of GdNbO4 (with and without RE3+ ions) calculated from UV-Vis-near-infrared (NIR) measurements was found to be the same ~4.44 eV which indicates that GdNbO4 is a wide band gap material. Further, Bi3+ doping presents an interesting E g tuning of the GdNbO4 phosphor, i.e. E g increases up to 5.38 eV. In terms of luminescence, this material produces intense blue and NIR emission via multi-modal optical processes. On NIR excitation (λ exc  =  980 nm), Gd0.94Tm0.01Yb0.05NbO4 produces intense upconverted blue and NIR and relatively weak red emission. In addition to the UC process, Gd0.94Tm0.01Yb0.05NbO4 also exhibits pump power dependent variation in fluorescence intensity ratio for I 472/I 477 showing the applicability of this material as an optical heater. On UV excitation (λ exc  =  265 nm), Gd0.99Tm0.01NbO4 produces intense DS blue emission due to the Tm3+ ion, overlapped with the emission of the (NbO4)3- ion through strong energy transfer (ET) from (NbO4)3- to Tm3+ ions. Interestingly, NIR QC has also been successfully observed in Gd0.9Yb0.1NbO4, Gd0.89Bi0.01Yb0.1NbO4 and Gd0.79Tm0.01Yb0.2NbO4 phosphors through cooperative ET from the (NbO4)3- group to the Yb3+ ion, Bi(6s)-Nb(4d) to the Yb3+ ion and the Tm3+ ion to the Yb3+ ion, respectively. The mechanisms involved in these processes are explained in detail in this work. The QC efficiency in this work has been found to be ~177%. Thus, the multi-modal luminescence (UC, DS and QC) property of this material makes it a promising candidate for display devices, spectral

  7. Impact of codopant ions on 2.5-3.0 μm emission of Er3+:4I11/2→4I13/2 transition in Yb,Er,Eu:LaYSGG crystal

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    Wang, Yan; Li, Jianfu; Zhu, Zhaojie; You, Zhenyu; Xu, Jinlong; Tu, Chaoyang

    2015-12-01

    The crystal of 1 at% Yb3+, 10 at% Er3+ and 0.1 at% Eu3+ triply doped La0.3Y2.7Sc2Ga3O12 (abbr. as Yb,Er,Eu:LaYSGG) was grown for the first time by using a Czochralski technique. Its absorption, near-infrared and mid-infrared fluorescence spectra, as well as the fluorescence decay curves of Er:4I13/2 and 4I11/2 levels were measured at room temperature. The spectroscopic properties including the absorption and emission cross-sections as well as the fluorescence lifetimes of the title crystal were revealed and compared with 10 at% Er3+:Y3Sc2Ga3O12 crystal. Spectral analyses show that the sensitization of Yb3+ ion leads to an enhanced 2.5-3.0 μm emission corresponding to Er3+:4I11/2→4I13/2 transition in the grown crystal, meanwhile, the depopulation of Eu3+ ion from Er3+ inhibits the self-termination effect successfully. The energy transfer mechanism was discussed; the energy transfer efficiencies of Yb3+→Er3+ (ET1) and Er3+→Eu3+ (ET2) were estimated to be 94.8% and 93.9%, respectively. The results indicates that Yb,Er,Eu:LaYSGG crystal is a good candidate for LD pumped mid-infrared laser.

  8. Triple-layered perovskite niobates CaRNb3O10 (R = La, Sm, Eu, Gd, Dy, Er, Yb, or Y): new self-activated oxides.

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    Qin, Lin; Wei, Donglei; Huang, Yanlin; Kim, Sun Il; Yu, Young Moon; Seo, Hyo Jin

    2013-09-16

    Niobates CaRNb3O10 (R = La, Sm, Eu, Gd, Dy, Er, Yb, or Y) were prepared by conventional high-temperature solid-state reaction. The formation of a single-phase compound with triple-layered perovskite-type structure was verified through X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies. The luminescence characteristics such as photoluminescence excitation and emission spectra, X-ray-excited luminescence (XEL), Stokes shift, decay curves, and color coordinates were investigated. The niobates can be efficiently excited by UV light and present luminescence behaviors with rich luminescence colors. Under excitation by ultraviolet radiation, CaRNb3O10 (R = La, Gd, Yb, or Y) exhibits strong blue luminescence due to the self-activation center of the octahedral NbO6 groups, even at room temperature. For the materials of composition CaRNb3O10 (R = Sm, Eu, Dy, or Er), the excitation at the host band produces a characteristic luminescence of rare earth ions, indicating a host-guest energy transfer process. CaRNb3O10 (R = Eu) has the strongest luminescence intensity, which can be efficiently excitated by near UV wavelength. It could be suggested to be a potential candidate for the application on near-UV excited white LEDs. PMID:23977903

  9. Synthesis, characterisation and properties of rare earth oxyselenides A4O4Se3 (A = Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Yb and Y).

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    Tuxworth, Andrew J; Wang, Chun-Hai; Evans, John S O

    2015-02-21

    Rare earth oxyselenides A4O4Se3 (A = Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Yb and Y) were synthesised using solid state reactions and three new structure types (β, γ, and δ) were observed. A4O4Se3 materials adopt either the α (A = Nd, Sm), β (A = Eu), γ (A = Gd, Tb) or δ (A = Dy, Ho, Er, Yb, Y) structure depending on the rare earth radius. Each structure type contains alternating [A2O2](2+) and Se(2-)/Se2(2-) layers. Different ordered and disordered arrangements of Se(2-) and [Se-Se](2-) give the Se layer flexibility and lead to the four different structure types observed. The volume coefficients of expansion for A4O4Se3 ranged from +1.746(9) × 10(-5) to +2.237(3) × 10(-5) K(-1) from 12 to 300 K; no structural phase transitions were observed in this temperature range. Diffuse reflection spectra show A4O4Se3 are semiconductors with band gap Eg 1.02-1.46 eV. Gd4O4Se3, Dy4O4Se3, and Tb4O4Se3 samples show antiferromagnetic ordering with Néel temperature, TN, of 7-9 K. DFT calculations confirm the two different valence states of Se(2-) and Se2(2-) in Eu4O4Se3. PMID:25581725

  10. Enhancement of near-infrared to near-infrared upconversion emission in the CeO₂: Er³⁺, Tm³⁺, Yb³⁺ inverse opals.

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    Wu, Hangjun; Yang, Zhengwen; Liao, Jiayan; Lai, Shenfeng; Qiu, Jianbei; Song, Zhiguo; Yang, Yong; Zhou, Dacheng

    2014-02-15

    In this Letter, CeO₂: Er³⁺, Tm³⁺, Yb³⁺ inverse opal with near-infrared to near-infrared upconversion emission was prepared by polystyrene colloidal crystal templates, and the influence of photonic bandgap on the upconversion emission was investigated. Comparing with the reference sample, suppression of the blue or red upconversion luminescence was observed in the inverse opals. It is interesting that the near-infrared upconversion emission located at about 803 nm was enhanced due to the inhibition of visible upconversion emission in the inverse opals. Additionally, the variety of upconversion emission mechanisms was observed and discussed in the CeO₂: Er³⁺, Tm³⁺, Yb³⁺ inverse opals. PMID:24562241

  11. Upconversion nanophosphors Naluf₄:Yb,Tm for lymphatic imaging in vivo by real-time upconversion luminescence imaging under ambient light and high-resolution X-ray CT.

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    Sun, Yun; Peng, Juanjuan; Feng, Wei; Li, Fuyou

    2013-01-01

    Lanthanide upconversion nanophosphor (UCNP) has attracted increasing attention for potential applications in bioimaging due to its excellence in deep and high contrast imaging. To date, most upconversion imaging applications were demonstrated in dark surroundings without ambient light for higher signal-to-noise ratio, which hindered the application of optical imaging guided surgery. Herein, the new established NaLuF₄-based UCNP (NaLuF₄:Yb,Tm, ~17 nm) with bright upconversion emission around 800 nm as imaging signal was used to realize imaging under ambient light to provide more convenient for clinician. Moreover, due to the existance of heavy element lutetium (Lu) in the host lattice, the NaLuF₄:Yb,Tm nanoparticles can also be used as an X-ray CT imaging agent to enhance the imaging depth and in vivo imaging resolution. PMID:23650481

  12. Upconversion Nanophosphors Naluf4:Yb,Tm for Lymphatic Imaging In Vivo by Real-Time Upconversion Luminescence Imaging under Ambient Light and High-Resolution X-ray CT

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    Sun, Yun; Peng, Juanjuan; Feng, Wei; Li, Fuyou

    2013-01-01

    Lanthanide upconversion nanophosphor (UCNP) has attracted increasing attention for potential applications in bioimaging due to its excellence in deep and high contrast imaging. To date, most upconversion imaging applications were demonstrated in dark surroundings without ambient light for higher signal-to-noise ratio, which hindered the application of optical imaging guided surgery. Herein, the new established NaLuF4-based UCNP (NaLuF4:Yb,Tm, ~17 nm) with bright upconversion emission around 800 nm as imaging signal was used to realize imaging under ambient light to provide more convenient for clinician. Moreover, due to the existance of heavy element lutetium (Lu) in the host lattice, the NaLuF4:Yb,Tm nanoparticles can also be used as an X-ray CT imaging agent to enhance the imaging depth and in vivo imaging resolution. PMID:23650481

  13. Photoluminescence of rare-earth ion (Eu3+, Tm3+, and Er3+)-doped and co-doped ZnNb2O6 for solar cells

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    Gao, Sen-Pei; Qian, Yan-Nan; Wang, Biao

    2015-08-01

    Visible converted emissions produced at an excitation of 286 nm in ZnNb2O6 ceramics doped with rare-earth ions (RE = Eu3+, Tm3+, Er3+ or a combination of these ions) were investigated with the aim of increasing the photovoltaic efficiency of solar cells. The structure of RE:ZnNb2O6 ceramics was confirmed by x-ray diffraction patterns. The undoped ZnNb2O6 could emit a blue emission under 286-nm excitation, which is attributed to the self-trapped excitons’ recombination of the efficient luminescence centers of edge-shared NbO6 groups. Upon 286-nm excitation, Eu:ZnNb2O6, Tm:ZnNb2O6, and Er:ZnNb2O6 ceramics showed blue, green, and red emissions, which correspond to the transitions of 5D0 → 7FJ (J = 1-4) (Eu3+), 1G4 → 3H6 (Tm3+), and 2H11/2/4S3/2 → 4I15/2 (Er3+), respectively. The calculated CIE chromaticity coordinates of Eu:ZnNb2O6, Tm:ZnNb2O6, and Er:ZnNb2O6 are (0.50, 0.31), (0.14, 0.19), and (0.29, 0.56), respectively. RE ion-co-doped ZnNb2O6 showed a combination of characteristic emissions. The chromaticity coordinates of Eu/Tm:ZnNb2O6, Eu/Er:ZnNb2O6, and Tm/Er:ZnNb2O6 were calculated to be (0.29, 0.24), (0.45, 0.37), and (0.17, 0.25). Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 10572155 and 10732100) and the Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Ministry of Education, China (Grant No. 20130171130003).

  14. A quantum chemistry investigation on the structure of lanthanide triflates Ln(OTf)3 where Ln = La, Ce, Nd, Eu, Gd, Er, Yb and Lu.

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    Hannachi, Douniazed; Ouddai, Nadia; Chermette, Henry

    2010-04-21

    Density functional theory has been used to probe the electronic structure, coordination number, optical properties and the vibration spectra of monolanthanide trifluoromethane sulfonate Ln(OTf)(3) complexes where Ln = La, Ce, Nd, Eu, Gd, Er, Yb and Lu. The study reveals that the OTf group is bonded to Ln as a bidentate ligand. TDDFT calculations show that, for La(OTf)(3), MLTC and HOMO-LUMO transitions in the UV-vis are strongly bathochromically shifted compared to those of Lu(OTf)(3.). PMID:20354620

  15. Effects of water on Eu/sup 2 +/, Yb/sup 2 +/, and Es/sup 2 +/ cocrystallization in the Sr(Sm)SO/sub 4/-ethanol system

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    Mikheev, N.B.; Kamenskaya, A.N.; Kulyukhin, S.A.

    1988-11-01

    Measurements have been made on the effects of water on the cocrystallization of divalent europium, ytterbium, and einsteinium in the Sr(Sm)SO/sub 4/-ethanol system. Water levels from 3 to 6 M affect the Eu/sup 2 +/ and Yb/sup 2 +/ cocrystallization coefficients, while above 6 M, they do not alter. With divalent einsteinium, there are changes in the coefficient up to (H/sub 2/O) = 10 M. The effects of the water concentration on the solubility have been examined for the sulfates of these three elements.

  16. Structural and Magnetothermal Properties of Compounds: Yb5SixGe4-x,Sm5SixGe4-x, EuO, and Eu3O4

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    Kyunghan Ahn

    2007-05-09

    The family of R{sub 5}Si{sub x}Ge{sub 4-x} alloys demonstrates a variety of unique physical phenomena related to magneto-structural transitions associated with reversible breaking and reforming of specific bonds that can be controlled by numerous external parameters such as chemical composition, magnetic field, temperature, and pressure. Therefore, R{sub 5}Si{sub x}Ge{sub 4-x} systems have been extensively studied to uncover the mechanism of the extraordinary magneto-responsive properties including the giant magnetoresistance (GMR) and colossal magnetostriction, as well as giant magnetocaloric effect (GMCE). Until now, more than a half of possible R{sub 5}Si{sub x}Ge{sub 4-x} pseudobinary systems have been completely or partially investigated with respect to their crystallography and phase relationships (R = La, Pr, Nd, Gd, Tb, Dy, Er, Lu, Y). Still, there are other R{sub 5}Si{sub x}Ge{sub 4-x} systems (R = Ce, Sm, Ho, Tm, and Yb) that are not studied yet. Here, we report on phase relationships and structural, magnetic, and thermodynamic properties in the Yb{sub 5}Si{sub x}Ge{sub 4-x} and Sm{sub 5}Si{sub x}Ge{sub 4-x} pseudobinary systems, which may exhibit mixed valence states. The crystallography, phase relationships, and physical properties of Yb{sub 5}Si{sub x}Ge{sub 4-x} alloys with 0 {le} x {le} 4 have been examined by using single crystal and powder x-ray diffraction at room temperature, and dc magnetization and heat capacity measurements between 1.8 K and 400 K in magnetic fields ranging from 0 to 7 T. Unlike the majority of R{sub 5}Si{sub x}Ge{sub 4-x} systems studied to date, where R is the rare earth metal, all Yb-based germanide-silicides with the 5:4 stoichiometry crystallize in the same Gd{sub 5}Si{sub 4}-type structure. The magnetic properties of Yb{sub 5}Si{sub x}Ge{sub 4-x} materials are nearly composition-independent, reflecting the persistence of the same crystal structure over the whole range of x from 0 to 4. Both the crystallographic and

  17. Near-infrared photocatalysts of BiVO4/CaF2:Er3+, Tm3+, Yb3+ with enhanced upconversion properties

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    Huang, Shouqiang; Zhu, Nanwen; Lou, Ziyang; Gu, Lin; Miao, Chen; Yuan, Haiping; Shan, Aidang

    2014-01-01

    Upconversion photocatalysts have the potential to absorb the near-infrared (NIR) light in solar energy and improve the photocatalytic performance. A hierarchical upconversion photocatalyst of BiVO4 (BVO)/CaF2:Er3+, Tm3+, Yb3+ (CF) combined with the narrow-band semiconductor of BVO and the luminescence agent of CF to enhance upconversion properties was synthesized via the hydrothermal method. The CF particles were deposited homogeneously on the surface of the BVO/CF composite with regular dendritic structure, which led to efficient upconversion emissions. The upconversion emission intensity of the BVO/CF composite was 8 times higher than that of pure CF, through tailoring the crystal symmetry of lanthanide ions by Bi3+ ions. The upconverted ultraviolet (361 and 379 nm), violet (408 nm), and blue (485 nm) light was able to excite BVO for photocatalysis in BVO/CF under NIR irradiation, which improved the degradation rate of methyl orange (MO).Upconversion photocatalysts have the potential to absorb the near-infrared (NIR) light in solar energy and improve the photocatalytic performance. A hierarchical upconversion photocatalyst of BiVO4 (BVO)/CaF2:Er3+, Tm3+, Yb3+ (CF) combined with the narrow-band semiconductor of BVO and the luminescence agent of CF to enhance upconversion properties was synthesized via the hydrothermal method. The CF particles were deposited homogeneously on the surface of the BVO/CF composite with regular dendritic structure, which led to efficient upconversion emissions. The upconversion emission intensity of the BVO/CF composite was 8 times higher than that of pure CF, through tailoring the crystal symmetry of lanthanide ions by Bi3+ ions. The upconverted ultraviolet (361 and 379 nm), violet (408 nm), and blue (485 nm) light was able to excite BVO for photocatalysis in BVO/CF under NIR irradiation, which improved the degradation rate of methyl orange (MO). Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Additional tables and figures. See

  18. Synchrotron X-Ray Topography Study of Structural Defects and Strain in Epitaxial Structures of Yb- and Tm-Doped Potassium Rare-Earth Double Tungstates and Their Influence on Laser Performance.

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    Raghothamachar, B.; Carvajal, J; Pujol, M; Mateos, X; Sole, R; Aguilo, M; Diaz, F; Dudley, M

    2010-01-01

    Monoclinic potassium rare-earth double tungstates [KRE(WO{sub 4}){sub 2}, RE = Y, Lu, Yb; KREW] are well suited as hosts for active lanthanide ion (Ln{sup 3+}) dopants for diode-pumped solid-state lasers, with particular interest in thin-disk laser configurations when they are grown as thin films. Using synchrotron white-beam x-ray topography, we have imaged defects and strain in top-seeded solution-grown (TSSG) bulk substrates of different rare-earth tungstates as well as within Yb{sup 3+}- and Tm{sup 3+}-doped epitaxies for thin-disk laser applications grown on these substrates by liquid-phase epitaxy. Higher structural stress in Yb:KYW/KYW epitaxies compared with Yb:KLuW/KLuW epitaxies is found to lower efficiency in laser operation. The quality of Tm:KLuW/KLuW epitaxial films is sensitive to doping level, film thickness, and growth rate. Inhomogeneous stresses within the layers are dominated by lattice-mismatch effects rather than by crystallographic anisotropy.

  19. Ultraviolet-driven white light generation from oxyfluoride glass co-doped with Tm{sup 3+}-Tb{sup 3+}-Eu{sup 3+}

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    Kuznetsov, A. S.; Nikitin, A.; Tikhomirov, V. K.; Shestakov, M. V.; Moshchalkov, V. V.

    2013-04-22

    Tm{sup 3+}-Tb{sup 3+}-Eu{sup 3+} co-doped oxyfluoride glasses, doped with about 3.0 mol. % TmF{sub 3}, 0.25 mol. % TbF{sub 3}, and 0.25 mol. % EuF{sub 3}, have been prepared by melt quenching technique. Under excitation at commercial 365 nm, the rare-earth co-dopants are all directly excited and emit in the blue, green, and red, respectively, without appreciable energy transfer amongst the co-dopants. Tint of the white luminescence can be adjusted by changing the ratio of the co-dopants. Properties of the glass host promote excellent dissolution of the co-dopants and low non-radiative decay rate. The white emission at 365 nm excitation is suitable for light emitting diodes applications.

  20. Structural and thermoelectric properties of BaRCo{sub 4}O{sub 7} (R = Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, and Lu)

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    Wong-Ng, W.; Yan, Y.; Liu, G.; Xie, W.; Tritt, T.; Kaduk, J.; Thomas, E.

    2011-12-01

    The structure and thermoelectric properties of a series of barium lanthanide cobaltites, BaRCo{sub 4}O{sub 7} (R = Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, and Lu), which were prepared using the spark plasma synthesis technique, have been investigated. The space group of these compounds was re-determined and confirmed to be P31c instead of the reported P6{sub 3}mc. The lattice parameters a and c range from 6.26279(2) Angst to 6.31181(6) Angst , and from 10.22468(6) Angst to 10.24446(15) Angst for R = Lu to Dy, respectively. The crystal structure of BaRCo{sub 4}O{sub 7} is built up from Kagome sheets of CoO{sub 4} tetrahedra, linked by triangular layers of CoO{sub 4} tetrahedra. The values of figure of merit (ZT) of the BaRCo{sub 4}O{sub 7} samples were determined to be around 0.02 at 800 K. X-ray diffraction patterns of these samples have been determined and submitted to the Powder Diffraction File.

  1. Measurement of Quantum Yield and Upconversion Brightness in Red, Blue and Green on NIR Excited M2O2S:Yb/Er/Ho/Tm Phosphors

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    Beeks, Ivan; Kumar, Ajith G.; Sardar, Dhiraj K.

    2015-03-01

    A series of broadly color tunable upconversion phosphors were synthesized from M2O2S (M=Y,Gd,La) using a flux fusion method. We investigate their upconversion properties as a function of the dopant concentrations and excitation power density. The phosphor compositions were determined for their upconversion characteristics under 800, 980 and 1550 nm excitations. By measuring the quantum yield and luminous brightness, we investigate their potential applications in biomedical imaging as well as NIR display applications. Results are compared with the well-known upconversion phosphor NaYF4:Yb/Er/Ho/Tm and found that the M2O2S phosphor systems are more efficient compared to NaYF4. By adopting various synthesis protocols, we were able to examine M2O2S in the size range of 10 nm to 10 μm. This research is supported by the National Science Foundation Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (NSF-PREM) Grant N0-DMR-0934218.

  2. NIR to blue light upconversion in Tm{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} codoped BaTiO{sub 3} tellurite glass

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    Kumari, Astha Rai, Vineet Kumar

    2015-05-15

    Upconversion is an interesting optical property, generally shown by rare-earth doped materials. This unusual optical behavior shown by these rare-earths doped materials are due to their peculiar atomic configuration and electronic transitions. Here, the Tm{sup 3+}-Yb{sup 3+} codoped BaTiO{sub 3} glass with TeO{sub 2} as former has been prepared by conventional melt and quench technique and the upconversion property has been investigated with the help of near infrared (NIR) to Visible UC study. The generation of the visible UC bands around ∼ 476 nm, ∼ 653 nm, ∼ 702 nm and one NIR UC band at ∼795 nm are assigned due to the {sup 1}G{sub 4}→ {sup 3}H{sub 6}, {sup 1}G{sub 4}→ {sup 3}F{sub 4}, {sup 3}F{sub 2}→ {sup 3}H{sub 6} and {sup 3}H{sub 4}→ {sup 3}H{sub 6} transitions respectively. The generations of these upconversion bands have been discussed in detail with the help of energy level diagram. The colour coordinates corresponding to the prepared material have been shown with the help of CIE chromaticity diagram. These glasses can be very appropriately used in the fabrication of solid state laser and as NIR to blue light upconverter.

  3. Luminescence properties of Ca4Y6(SiO4)6O:RE3+ (RE = Eu, Tb, Dy, Sm and Tm) under vacuum ultraviolet excitation

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    Wen, Yan; Wang, Yuhua; Liu, Bitao; Zhang, Feng

    2012-03-01

    The vacuum ultraviolet excited luminescent properties of Eu3+, Tb3+, Dy3+, Sm3+ and Tm3+ in the matrices of Ca4Y6(SiO4)6O were investigated. The bands at about 173 nm in the vacuum ultraviolet excited spectra were attributed to host lattice absorption of the matrix Ca4Y6(SiO4)6O. For Eu3+-doped samples, the O2- → Eu3+ CTB was identified at 258 nm. Typical 4f-5d absorption bands in the region of 195-300 nm were observed in Tb3+-doped samples. For Dy3+-doped and Sm3+-doped samples, the broad excitation bands consisted of host absorptions, CTB and f-d transition. For Tm3+-doped samples, the O2- → Tm3+ CTB was located at 191 nm. About the color purity and emission intensity, Ca4Y6(SiO4)6O:Tb3+ is an attractive candidate of green light PDP phosphor, and Ca4Y6(SiO4)6O:Dy3+ has potential application in the field of mercury-free lamps.

  4. Vacuum ultraviolet spectroscopic properties of rare earth (RE=Ce,Tb,Eu,Tm,Sm)-doped hexagonal KCaGd(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} phosphate

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    Zhang, Z. J.; Yuan, J. L.; Duan, C. J.; Xiong, D. B.; Chen, H. H.; Zhao, J. T.; Zhang, G. B.; Shi, C. S.

    2007-11-01

    Hexagonal KCaGd(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}:RE{sup 3+} (RE=Ce,Tb,Eu,Tm,Sm) were synthesized by coprecipitation method and their vacuum ultraviolet-ultraviolet (VUV-UV) spectroscopic properties were investigated. The bands at about 165 nm in the VUV excitation spectra are attributed to the host lattice absorptions. For Ce{sup 3+}-doped samples, the bands at 207, 256, 275, and 320 nm are assigned to the 4f-5d transitions of Ce{sup 3+} in KCaGd(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}. For Tb{sup 3+}-doped sample, the bands at 203 and 222 nm are related to the 4f-5d spin-allowed transitions. For Eu{sup 3+}-doped sample, the O{sup 2-}-Eu{sup 3+} charge-transfer band (CTB) at 229 nm is observed, and the fine emission spectrum of Eu{sup 3+} indicates that Eu{sup 3+} ions prefer to occupy Gd{sup 3+} or Ca{sup 2+} sites in the host lattice. For Tm{sup 3+}- and Sm{sup 3+}-doped samples, the O{sup 2-}-Tm{sup 3+} and O{sup 2-}-Sm{sup 3+} CTBs are observed to be at 176 and 186 nm, respectively. From the standpoints of the absorption band, color purity, and luminescent intensity, Tb{sup 3+}-doped KCaGd(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} is a potential candidate for 172 nm excited green plasma display phosphors.

  5. Synthesis, Characterization, and Application of Core–Shell Co0.16Fe2.84O4@NaYF4(Yb, Er) and Fe3O4@NaYF4(Yb, Tm) Nanoparticle as Trimodal (MRI, PET/SPECT, and Optical) Imaging Agents

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    2015-01-01

    Multimodal nanoparticulate materials are described, offering magnetic, radionuclide, and fluorescent imaging capabilities to exploit the complementary advantages of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography/single-photon emission commuted tomography (PET/SPECT), and optical imaging. They comprise Fe3O4@NaYF4 core/shell nanoparticles (NPs) with different cation dopants in the shell or core, including Co0.16Fe2.84O4@NaYF4(Yb, Er) and Fe3O4@NaYF4(Yb, Tm). These NPs are stabilized by bisphosphonate polyethylene glycol conjugates (BP-PEG), and then show a high transverse relaxivity (r2) up to 326 mM–1 s–1 at 3T, a high affinity to [18F]-fluoride or radiometal-bisphosphonate conjugates (e.g., 64Cu and 99mTc), and fluorescent emissions from 500 to 800 nm under excitation at 980 nm. The biodistribution of intravenously administered particles determined by PET/MR imaging suggests that negatively charged Co0.16Fe2.84O4@NaYF4(Yb, Er)-BP-PEG (10K) NPs cleared from the blood pool more slowly than positively charged NPs Fe3O4@NaYF4(Yb, Tm)-BP-PEG (2K). Preliminary results in sentinel lymph node imaging in mice indicate the advantages of multimodal imaging. PMID:26172432

  6. Synthesis, Characterization, and Application of Core-Shell Co0.16Fe2.84O4@NaYF4(Yb, Er) and Fe3O4@NaYF4(Yb, Tm) Nanoparticle as Trimodal (MRI, PET/SPECT, and Optical) Imaging Agents.

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    Cui, Xianjin; Mathe, Domokos; Kovács, Noémi; Horváth, Ildikó; Jauregui-Osoro, Maite; Torres Martin de Rosales, Rafael; Mullen, Gregory E D; Wong, Wilson; Yan, Yong; Krüger, Dirk; Khlobystov, Andrei N; Gimenez-Lopez, Maria; Semjeni, Mariann; Szigeti, Krisztián; Veres, Dániel S; Lu, Haizhou; Hernández, Ignacio; Gillin, William P; Protti, Andrea; Petik, Katalin Kis; Green, Mark A; Blower, Philip J

    2016-02-17

    Multimodal nanoparticulate materials are described, offering magnetic, radionuclide, and fluorescent imaging capabilities to exploit the complementary advantages of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography/single-photon emission commuted tomography (PET/SPECT), and optical imaging. They comprise Fe3O4@NaYF4 core/shell nanoparticles (NPs) with different cation dopants in the shell or core, including Co0.16Fe2.84O4@NaYF4(Yb, Er) and Fe3O4@NaYF4(Yb, Tm). These NPs are stabilized by bisphosphonate polyethylene glycol conjugates (BP-PEG), and then show a high transverse relaxivity (r2) up to 326 mM(-1) s(-1) at 3T, a high affinity to [(18)F]-fluoride or radiometal-bisphosphonate conjugates (e.g., (64)Cu and (99m)Tc), and fluorescent emissions from 500 to 800 nm under excitation at 980 nm. The biodistribution of intravenously administered particles determined by PET/MR imaging suggests that negatively charged Co0.16Fe2.84O4@NaYF4(Yb, Er)-BP-PEG (10K) NPs cleared from the blood pool more slowly than positively charged NPs Fe3O4@NaYF4(Yb, Tm)-BP-PEG (2K). Preliminary results in sentinel lymph node imaging in mice indicate the advantages of multimodal imaging. PMID:26172432

  7. Core-Shell-Shell NaYbF4:Tm@CaF2@NaDyF4 Nanocomposites for Upconversion/T2-Weighted MRI/Computed Tomography Lymphatic Imaging.

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    Li, Ying; Gu, Yuyang; Yuan, Wei; Cao, Tianye; Li, Kai; Yang, Shiping; Zhou, Zhiguo; Li, Fuyou

    2016-08-01

    To circumvent the defects of different bioimaging techniques, the development of multifunctional probes for multimodality bioimaging is required. In the present study, a lanthanide-based core-shell-shell nanocomposite NaYbF4:Tm@CaF2@NaDyF4 composed of an ∼9.5 nm NaYbF4:Tm nanocrystal as the core, ∼2 nm CaF2 as the middle layer, and 1-2 nm NaDyF4 as the outermost shell was designed and synthesized. Following surface modification with the ligand, citrate acid, this nanocomposite was hydrophilic, emitted intense upconversion luminescence (UCL), and displayed a high X-ray computed tomography (CT) value of ∼490 Hounsfield units (HU) and excellent r2 relaxivity of 41.1 mM(-1) s(-1). These results confirmed that the introduction of a middle CaF2 layer was necessary as a barrier to reduce cross-relaxation and the surface quenching effect, thus enhancing the upconversion emission of Tm(3+). This citrate-modified NaYbF4:Tm@CaF2@NaDyF4 nanocomposite was used as a multifunctional contrast agent for trimodal lymphatic bioimaging with T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), CT, and UCL imaging. The concept of fabricating a core-multishell nanostructure and the introduction of a Dy(3+)-based host as an outer layer is a useful strategy and can be used to develop a novel multifunctional nanoprobe for multimodality bioimaging. PMID:27366965

  8. Red persistent and photo-stimulated luminescence properties of SrCaSi5N8: Eu2+, Tm3+ solid solution

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    Wang, Jin; Zhang, Haoran; Lei, Bingfu; Dong, Hanwu; Zhang, Haiming; Liu, Yingliang; Lai, Nuolin; Fang, Yun; Chen, Zhijie

    2014-09-01

    The red persistent and photo-stimulated luminescent (PSL) nitride phosphor, SrCaSi5N8: Eu2+, Tm3+ solid solution, had been synthesized through conventional high temperature solid-state reaction. The SrCaSi5N8: Eu2+, Tm3+ phosphor shows strong photoluminescence (PL) and weak PSL (λem = 647 nm), both originating from the 4f65d-4f7 transition of Eu2+. Thermoluminescence (TL) glow curves measured at various stimulating conditions (UV excitation, in dark, laser stimulation after UV irradiation) show the same peak positions at 345 K and 360 K but great differences in the intensities. The afterglow decay curve presents excellent long-lasting red phosphorescence with a decay time of 30 min (⩾0.32 mcd/m2) after turning off the activating light. Moreover, the laser stimulated luminescence spectra, which feature sharp rising and falling edges (monitored at 647 nm) as the infrared laser diode (980 nm) excitation was turned on and off periodically, exhibit interesting rapidly responsive, erasable and rewritable abilities.

  9. Turn-on detection of a cancer marker based on near-infrared luminescence energy transfer from NaYF4:Yb,Tm/NaGdF4 core-shell upconverting nanoparticles to gold nanorods.

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    Chen, Hongqi; Guan, Yingying; Wang, Shaozhen; Ji, Yuan; Gong, Mengqi; Wang, Lun

    2014-11-01

    A homogeneous immunoassay for the sensitive and selective determination of trace amounts of α-fetoprotein (AFP, a cancer marker) by detection in the near-infrared (NIR) region based on luminescence energy transfer (LET) from NaYF4:Yb,Tm/NaGdF4 core-shell upconverting nanoparticles to gold nanorods (GNRs) is presented. The carboxyl-functionalized NaYF4:Yb,Tm/NaGdF4 core-shell upconverting nanoparticles (UCNPs) were excited by a 980 nm continuous wavelength laser, and its emission peak appeared at a near-infrared wavelength (∼804 nm). The carboxyl-functionalized upconverting nanoparticles were conjugated with the anti-AFP (Ab1) and acted as donor. GNRs with a high absorption band around 790 nm, which was overlapped the UCNPs emission, were synthesized and acted as the acceptor. The donor (negatively charged) interacted with the acceptor (positively charged) via electrostatic interactions to bring them into close proximity. LET could occur, producing a quenching phenomenon. When the AFP antigens were added into the system, the binding affinity between AFP and Ab1 was stronger than the electrostatic interactions, which released the energy acceptors from the energy donors, interrupting luminescence energy transfer, and therefore, the luminescence was recovered. On the basis of the restored luminescence, a turn-on optical immunosening system was developed. Under the optimal conditions, the linear range of detection was from 0.18 to 11.44 ng/mL for AFP (R = 0.99), with a detection limit as low as 0.16 ng/mL. The proposed method has also been used to monitor AFP in human serum samples. Therefore, further study based on the NaYF4:Yb,Tm/NaGdF4 core-shell nanoparticles-GNRs construction may open the way for a new class of NIR-LET biosensors with wide applications. PMID:25296290

  10. Broadband down-conversion based near infrared quantum cutting in Eu{sup 2+}–Yb{sup 3+} co-doped SrAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} for crystalline silicon solar cells

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    Tai, Yuping; Zheng, Guojun; Wang, Hui; Bai, Jintao

    2015-03-15

    Near infrared (NIR) quantum cutting involving the down conversion of an absorbed visible photon to emission of two NIR photons was achieved in SrAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}:0.01Eu{sup 2+}, xYb{sup 3+} (x=0, 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 30 mol%) samples. The photoluminescence properties of samples in visible and NIR regions were measured to verify the energy transfer (ET) from Eu{sup 2+} to Yb{sup 3+}. The results demonstrated that Eu{sup 2+} was an efficient sensitizer for Yb{sup 3+} in the SrAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} host lattice. According to Gaussian fitting analysis and temperature-dependent luminescence experiments, the conclusion was drawn that the cooperative energy transfer (CET) process dominated the ET process and the influence of charge transfer state (CTS) of Yb{sup 3+} could be negligible. As a result, the high energy transfer efficiency (ETE) and quantum yield (QY) have been acquired, the maximum value approached 73.68% and 147.36%, respectively. Therefore, this down-conversion material has potential application in crystalline silicon solar cells to improve conversion efficiency. - Graphical abstract: Near infrared quantum cutting was achieved in Eu{sup 2+}–Yb{sup 3+} co-doped SrAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} samples. The cooperative energy transfer process dominated energy transfer process and high energy transfer efficiency was acquired. - Highlights: • The absorption spectrum of Eu{sup 2+} ion is strong in intensity and broad in bandwidth. • The spectra of Eu{sup 2+} in SrAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} lies in the strongest region of solar spectrum. • The cooperative energy transfer (CET) dominated the energy transfer process. • The domination of CET is confirmed by experimental analysis. • SrAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}:Eu{sup 2+},Yb{sup 3+} show high energy transfer efficiency and long lifetime.

  11. Spatial distribution of defects and the kinetics of nonequilibrium charge carriers in GaN wurtzite crystals doped with Sm, Eu, Er, Tm, and supplementary Zn impurities

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    Mezdrogina, M. M. Krivolapchuk, V. V.; Kozhanova, Yu. V.

    2008-02-15

    By analyzing time-resolved and steady-state photoluminescence spectra, it is established that the spatial distribution of rare-earth ion dopants in wurtzite GaN crystals doped with Sm, Eu, Er, or Tm is governed by the type and concentration of defects in the initial semiconductor matrix as well as by the type of the impurity (its capacity for segregation). Doping with multicharged rare-earth impurities and additionally introduced Zn impurity leads to an intensification of emission. The effect of intensification of emission in the case of n-and p-GaN crystals is considered with the use of the model of isoelectronic traps.

  12. Thermoelectric transport properties of CaMg2Bi2, EuMg2Bi2, and YbMg2Bi2

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    May, Andrew F; McGuire, Michael A; Ma, Jie; Delaire, Olivier A; Huq, Ashfia; Singh, David J; Cai, Wei; Wang, Hsin

    2012-01-01

    The thermoelectric transport properties of CaMg{sub 2}Bi{sub 2}, EuMg{sub 2}Bi{sub 2}, and YbMg{sub 2}Bi{sub 2} were characterized between 2 and 650 K. As synthesized, the polycrystalline samples are found to have lower p-type carrier concentrations than single-crystalline samples of the same empirical formula. These low carrier concentration samples possess the highest mobilities yet reported for materials with the CaAl{sub 2}Si{sub 2} structure type, with a mobility of {approx}740 cm{sup 2}/V/s observed in EuMg{sub 2}Bi{sub 2} at 50 K. Despite decreases in the Seebeck coefficient ({alpha}) and electrical resistivity ({rho}) with increasing temperature, the power factor ({alpha}{sup 2}{rho}) increases for all temperatures examined. This behavior suggests a strong asymmetry in the conduction of electrons and holes. The highest figure of merit (zT) is observed in YbMg{sub 2}Bi{sub 2}, with zT approaching 0.4 at 600 K for two samples with carrier densities of approximately 2 x 10{sup 18} cm{sup -3} and 8 x 10{sup 18} cm{sup -3} at room temperature. Refinements of neutron powder diffraction data yield similar behavior for the structures of CaMg{sub 2}Bi{sub 2} and YbMg{sub 2}Bi{sub 2}, with smooth lattice expansion and relative expansion in c being {approx}35% larger than relative expansion in a at 973 K. First-principles calculations reveal an increasing band gap as Bi is replaced by Sb and then As, and subsequent Boltzmann transport calculations predict an increase in {alpha} for a given n associated with an increased effective mass as the gap opens. The magnitude and temperature dependence of {alpha} suggests higher zT is likely to be achieved at larger carrier concentrations, roughly an order of magnitude higher than those in the current polycrystalline samples, which is also expected from the detailed calculations.

  13. Photoluminescence properties of rare earths (Eu{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+}, Dy{sup 3+} and Tm{sup 3+}) activated NaInW{sub 2}O{sub 8} wolframite host lattice

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    Asiri Naidu, S.; Boudin, S.; Varadaraju, U.V.; Raveau, B.

    2012-01-15

    The photoluminescence (PL) studies on NaIn{sub 1-x}RE{sub x}W{sub 2}O{sub 8}, with RE=Eu{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+}, Dy{sup 3+} and Tm{sup 3+} phases have shown that the relative contribution of the host lattice and of the intra-f-f emission of the activators to the PL varies with the nature of the rare earth cation. In the case of Dy{sup 3+} and Tm{sup 3+} activators, with yellow and blue emission, respectively, the energy transfer from host to the activator plays a major role. In contrast for Eu{sup 3+}, with intense red emission, the host absorption is less pronounced and the intra-f-f transitions of the Eu{sup 3+} ions play a major role, whereas for Tb{sup 3+} intra-f-f transitions are only observed, giving rise to green emission. - Graphical abstract: NaInW{sub 2}O{sub 8} double tungstate doped with Eu{sup 3+}, Dy{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+}and Tm{sup 3+} shows characteristic emission of intense red for Eu{sup 3+}, yellow for Dy{sup 3+}, green for Tb{sup 3+} and blue for Tm{sup 3+}. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Characteristic emissions of rare earths (Eu{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+}, Dy{sup 3+} and Tm{sup 3+}) are observed NaInW{sub 2}O{sub 8} wolframite. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Energy transfer from host to the activators (Eu{sup 3+} Dy{sup 3+} Tm{sup 3+} is observed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer PL properties of rare earth ions depend on minor structural variations in the host lattice.

  14. Highly uniform and monodisperse GdOF:Ln3+ (Ln = Eu, Tb, Tm, Dy, Ho, Sm) microspheres: hydrothermal synthesis and tunable-luminescence properties.

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    Zhang, Yang; Kang, Xiaojiao; Geng, Dongling; Shang, Mengmeng; Wu, Yuan; Li, Xuejiao; Lian, Hongzhou; Cheng, Ziyong; Lin, Jun

    2013-10-21

    GdOF:Ln(3+) (Ln = Eu, Tb, Tm, Dy, Ho and Sm) microspheres (1.5 μm) with high uniformity and monodispersity have been synthesized via a facile hydrothermal method followed by heat treatment (600 °C). X-Ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), as well as photoluminescence (PL) and cathodoluminescence (CL) spectra are used to characterize the resulting samples. A series of controlled experiments indicate that sodium citrate (Cit(3-)) as a shape modifier introduced into the reaction system plays a critical role in the shape evolution of the final products. Furthermore, the shape and size of the products can be further manipulated by adjusting the dosage of Cit(3-) and pH values in the initial solution. The possible formation mechanism for these microspheres has been presented. Under UV light and low-voltage electron beam excitation, GdOF:Ln(3+) microspheres show the characteristic f-f transitions of Ln(3+) (Eu, Tb/Ho, Tm, Dy and Sm) ions and give bright red, green, blue, yellow and yellowish-orange emission, respectively. In addition, multicolored luminescence containing white emission have been successfully confected for co-doped GdOF:Ln(3+) phosphors by changing the doped Ln(3+) ions and adjusting their doping concentrations due to the simultaneous luminescence of Ln(3+) in the GdOF host, making these materials have potential applications in field-emission display devices. PMID:23942823

  15. [Study on concentration quenching and energy transfer in Ln3+ (Ln = Tb, Tm, Eu) in Y2O3 nanocrystal powders].

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    Meng, Qing-Yu; Chen, Bao-Jiu; Xu, Wu; Zhao, Xiao-Xia; Yang, Yan-Min; Di, Wei-Hua; Wang, Xiao-Jun

    2009-01-01

    Nano-powders Y2O3 with various particle sizes and different doping concentrations of Ln (Ln = Tb, Tm, Eu) were prepared by using a combustion technique. The bulky powders doped with concentrations corresponding to nano-powders were obtained by annealing the nano-powders at high temperature. The emission spectra, XRD spectra and TEM were used in the present study. The concentration quenching of luminescent centers and energy transfer between luminescent centers in Y2O3 : Ln nanocrystal powders were investigated. It was found that the behaviors of luminescence concentration quenching for 5D4 --> 7F5 : Tb3+ and 5D0 --> 7F2 : Eu3+ in nano-powders are similar to that in bulky powders. On the contrary, the quenching concentrations for 5D3 --> 7F5 : Tb3+ and 1D2 --> 3H4 : Tm3+ are distinctly higher than that in bulk powders. This owes to the size confinement effect: the interface of nanocrystal particles can stop a portion of the energy transfer, which happens in the bulk ones, between luminescent centers. The size confinement effect can bring different influences to the different types of energy transfer. For instance, it will restrain the energy transfer (governed by electric dipole-dipole interaction) between the ions in long distances, and will hardly affect the energy transfer (governed by exchange interaction) between the ions locating at near intervals. PMID:19385227

  16. Lattice dynamics of rare-earth titanates with the structure of pyrochlore R 2Ti2O7 ( R = Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, and Lu): Ab initio calculation

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    Chernyshev, V. A.; Petrov, V. P.; Nikiforov, A. E.

    2015-05-01

    The ab initio calculation has been performed for the crystal structure and the phonon spectrum of titanates with the structure of pyrochlore R 2Ti2O7 ( R = Gd-Lu). The frequencies and types of fundamental vibrations have been found. For R = Tb, Tm, and Yb, this calculation has been carried out for the first time; furthermore, there is no available information on experimental studies of the phonon spectrum for Tm and Yb. The influence of hydrostatic pressure to 35 GPa on the structure, dynamics, and elastic properties of the Gd2Ti2O7 lattice has been investigated. The dependence of the phonon frequencies on the pressure has been obtained. The calculations have predicted that the relative change in the pyrochlore structure volume during compression at pressures to 35 GPa is well described by the third-order Birch-Murnaghan equation of states. The results of the calculations agree with the available experimental data. It has been shown that the structural, dynamic, and elastic properties of the R 2Ti2O7 crystal lattice can be adequately described in the case where the inner shells of the RE ion up to 4 f are replaced by the pseudopotential.

  17. EPR study of the ground state of Mn2+ impurity ions in alumoborates MAl3(BO3)4 (M = Y, Eu, Tm)

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    Prokhorov, А А; Prokhorov, A. D.; Chernush, L. F.; Dyakonov, V. P.; Szymczak, H.; Dejneka, A.

    2015-06-01

    New data about the ground state of the Mn2+ impurity ions in a series of single crystals of alumbrados MAl3(BO3)4, where M = Y,Eu,Tm were obtained. The electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra of the Mn2+ spectra were studied, the parameters of the spin Hamiltonian describing the angular dependence of the spectrum were defined. It was shown that Mn2+ ions substitute trivalent ions of rare earth metals without changing the symmetry of the substitution site. The charge compensation process was found to be a nonlocal one. The cooling of the crystals leads to the increase of the splitting of the ground state, which is associated with the anisotropy of the thermal expansion coefficient. It was shown that an application of the superposition model to explain the distortions induced by an impurity Mn2+ ion has some limitations. The EPR linewidth of the Mn2+ ion in the TmAl3(BO3)4 crystal increases with increasing temperature as a result of the dipole-dipole and exchange interactions with the excited states of the host lattice Tm3+ ion.

  18. Crystal Structures and Reference Powder Patterns of BaR2ZnO5 (R = La, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Dy, Ho, Y, Er, and Tm)

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    Kaduk, J. A.; Wong-Ng, W.; Greenwood, W.; Dillingham, J.; Toby, B. H.

    1999-01-01

    Reference x-ray powder patterns and the crystal structures of the lanthanide compounds, BaR2ZnO5, in which R = La, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Dy, Ho, Y, Er, or Tm, were determined by the x-ray Rietveld refinement technique. A structural trend was confirmed for this series of compounds. The compounds with smaller ionic radii (R = Sm, Eu, Gd, Dy, Ho, Y, Er, or Tm) are isostructural to the orthorhombic “green phase” (BaY2CuO5). The lattice parameters for compounds with R = Tm to Sm range from a = 7.01855(9) Å to 7.20452(14) Å, b = 12.25445 (17) Å to 12.5882(2) Å, and c = 5.6786(14) Å to 5.81218(11) Å, respectively. R is sevenfold coordinated inside a monocapped trigonal prism. These prisms share edges to form wave-like chains parallel to the long b-axis. The BaR2ZnO5 compounds which contain larger size R (La and Nd) crystallize in the tetragonal space group I4/mcm. The lattice parameters are a = 6.90982(10) and c = 11.5977(2) Å for BaLa2ZnO5, and a = 6.75979(5) Å and c = 11.54560(12) Å for BaNd2ZnO5. The structure consists of ZnO4 tetrahedra (instead of planar CuO4 groups as found in BaR2CuO5) with 10-fold coordinated bicapped square prismatic Ba and 8-fold coordinated bicapped trigonal prismatic R ions between them. The reference x-ray powder patterns will be submitted to the Powder Diffraction File (PDF).

  19. Hydrothermal synthesis and luminescence properties of hierarchical SrF{sub 2} and SrF{sub 2}:Ln{sup 3+} (Ln = Er, Nd, Yb, Eu, Tb) micro/nanocomposite architectures

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    Peng, Jing; Hou, Suying; Liu, Xianchun; Feng, Jing; Yu, Xiaodan; Xing, Yan; Su, Zhongmin

    2012-02-15

    Graphical abstract: Uniform SrF{sub 2} and SrF{sub 2}:Ln{sup 3+} (Ln = Er, Nd, Yb, Eu, Tb) hierarchical microsphere assembled by numerous nanoplates have been successfully synthesized via a facile hydrothermal process in the presence of chelating reagent. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Uniform SrF{sub 2} and SrF{sub 2}:Ln{sup 3+} (Ln = Er, Nd, Yb, Eu, Tb) hierarchical microsphere were obtained by a simple hydrothermal method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The reaction time, chelating reagent and F source play important roles for the formation of hierarchical microspheres. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The luminescence properties of lanthanide ion-doped SrF{sub 2} hierarchical microstructures were discussed. -- Abstract: Highly uniform SrF{sub 2} and SrF{sub 2}:Ln{sup 3+} (Ln = Er, Nd, Yb, Eu, Tb) hierarchical microspheres assembled by 2D nanoplates have been successfully synthesized by a facile and friendly hydrothermal route. X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and photoluminescence (PL) spectra were used to characterize the samples. The experimental results indicate that reaction time and chelating reagent play a key role in forming the hierarchical microspheres. The formation mechanism was proposed based on the evolution of this morphology as a function of hydrothermal time. The near-infrared luminescence of lanthanide ions (Er, Nd, and Yb) doped SrF{sub 2} microspheres were discussed in detail. In addition, the as-obtained SrF{sub 2}:Eu{sup 3+} sample exhibits orange-red emission centered at 590 nm under excitation at 393 nm, while the SrF{sub 2}:Tb{sup 3+} exhibits a strong green emission at 540 nm. The as-synthesized SrF{sub 2}:Ln{sup 3+} luminescent microspheres might find some potential applications in areas of photoluminescence, telecommunication and laser emission.

  20. NaLa(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2}: RE{sup 3+} (RE{sup 3+} = Eu{sup 3+}, Sm{sup 3+}, Er{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+}) microspheres: the synthesis and optical properties

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    Gao, Zhiyi; Wang, Zhiying; Fu, Linlin; Yang, Xingxing; Fu, Zuoling; Wu, Zhijian; Jeong, Jung Hyun

    2015-10-15

    The strong green upconversion (UC) emission were observed in various Er{sup 3+}, Yb{sup 3+} co-doped NaLa(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2} samples synthesized via a hydrothermal route. The UC intensity depends on the dopant concentration, and the optimal UC emission was obtained in NaLa(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2}: 0.02Er{sup 3+}/0.10 Yb{sup 3+}. - Highlights: • The NaLa(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2} microspheres doped with Eu{sup 3+}, Sm{sup 3+} and Er{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} were synthesized by a hydrothermal method. • The effects of the EDTA in the initial solution crystal phase and morphology were studied. • The down-conversion luminescence properties of NaLa(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2}: RE{sup 3+} (RE{sup 3+} = Eu{sup 3+}, Sm{sup 3+}) were investigated. • The UC luminescence properties and mechanism of Er{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} co-doped NaLa(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2} was discussed. - Abstract: NaLa(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2}: RE{sup 3+} (RE{sup 3+} = Eu{sup 3+}, Sm{sup 3+}) microspheres have been synthesized at 180 °C via a facile EDTA-mediated hydrothermal route. X-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), photoluminescence (PL) spectra were employed to characterize the samples. It was found that the amount of EDTA in the initial solution was responsible for crystal phase and shape determination. The effect of Eu{sup 3+} and Sm{sup 3+} doping concentrations on the luminescent intensity was also investigated in details. Furthermore, the up-conversion (UC) emissions have been observed in a series of Er{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} co-doped NaLa(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2} samples. Concentration dependent studies revealed that the optimal composition was realized for a 2% Er{sup 3+} and 10% Yb{sup 3+}-doping concentration.

  1. Observation of superconductivity at 30~46 K in A(x)Fe₂Se₂(A = Li, Na, Ba, Sr, Ca, Yb, and Eu).

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    Ying, T P; Chen, X L; Wang, G; Jin, S F; Zhou, T T; Lai, X F; Zhang, H; Wang, W Y

    2012-01-01

    New iron selenide superconductors by intercalating smaller-sized alkali metals (Li, Na) and alkaline earths using high-temperature routes have been pursued ever since the discovery of superconductivity at about 30 K in KFe₂Se₂, but all have failed so far. Here we demonstrate that a series of superconductors with enhanced T(c) = 30∼46 K can be obtained by intercalating metals, Li, Na, Ba, Sr, Ca, Yb, and Eu in between FeSe layers by the ammonothermal method at room temperature. Analysis on their powder X-ray diffraction patterns reveals that all the main phases can be indexed based on body-centered tetragonal lattices with a∼3.755-3.831 Å while c∼15.99-20.54 Å. Resistivities show the corresponding sharp transitions at 45 K and 39 K for NaFe₂Se₂ and Ba₀.₈Fe₂Se₂, respectively, confirming their bulk superconductivity. These findings provide a new starting point for studying the properties of these superconductors and an effective synthetic route for the exploration of new superconductors as well. PMID:22645642

  2. Crystal structures of RPt{sub 3-x}Si{sub 1-y}(R=Y, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb) studied by single crystal X-ray diffraction

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    Gribanov, Alexander; Grytsiv, Andriy; Rogl, Peter; Seropegin, Yurii; Giester, Gerald

    2009-07-15

    The crystal structures of ternary compounds RPt{sub 3-x}Si{sub 1-y}(R=Y, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb) have been elucidated from X-ray single crystal CCD data. All compounds are isotypic and crystallize in the tetragonal space group P4/mbm. The general formula RPt{sub 3-x}Si{sub 1-y} arises from defects: x{approx}0.20, y{approx}0.14. The crystal structure of RPt{sub 3-x}Si{sub 1-y} can be considered as a packing of four types of building blocks which derive from the CePt{sub 3}B-type unit cell by various degrees of distortion and Pt, Si-defects. - Graphical Abstract: Electron density in RPt{sub 3-x}Si{sub 1-y} at 0, 1/2 , 0.

  3. Doxorubicin-loaded NaYF4:Yb/Tm-TiO2 inorganic photosensitizers for NIR-triggered photodynamic therapy and enhanced chemotherapy in drug-resistant breast cancers.

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    Zeng, Leyong; Pan, Yuanwei; Tian, Ying; Wang, Xin; Ren, Wenzhi; Wang, Shouju; Lu, Guangming; Wu, Aiguo

    2015-07-01

    The combination therapy has exhibited important potential for the treatment of cancers, especially for drug-resistant cancers. In this report, bi-functional nanoprobes based on doxorubicin (DOX)-loaded NaYF4:Yb/Tm-TiO2 inorganic photosensitizers (FA-NPs-DOX) were synthesized for in vivo near infrared (NIR)-triggered inorganic photodynamic therapy (PDT) and enhanced chemotherapy to overcome the multidrug resistance (MDR) in breast cancers. Using the up-conversion luminescence (UCL) performance of NaYF4:Yb/Tm converting near-infrared (NIR) into ultraviolent (UV) lights, reactive oxygen species (ROS) were triggered from TiO2 inorganic photosensitizers for PDT under the irradiation of a 980 nm laser, by which the deep-penetration and low photo-damage could be reached. Moreover, nanocarrier delivery and folic acid (FA) targeting promoted the cellular uptake, and accelerated the release of DOX in drug-sensitive MCF-7 and resistant MCF-7/ADR cells. The toxicity assessment in vitro and in vivo revealed the good biocompatibility of the as-prepared FA-NPs-DOX nanocomposites. By the combination of enhanced chemotherapy and NIR-triggered inorganic PDT, the viability of MCF-7/ADR cells could decrease by 53.5%, and the inhibition rate of MCF-7/ADR tumors could increase up to 90.33%, compared with free DOX. Therefore, the MDR of breast cancers could be obviously overcome by enhanced chemotherapy and NIR-triggered inorganic PDT of FA-NPs-DOX nanocomposites under the excitation of a 980 nm laser. PMID:25913254

  4. High-throughput and microwave investigation of rare earth phosphonatoethanesulfonates-Ln(O{sub 3}P-C{sub 2}H{sub 4}-SO{sub 3}) (Ln=Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu, Y)

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    Sonnauer, Andreas

    2008-11-15

    Following the strategy of using bifunctional phosphonic acids for the synthesis of new metal phosphonates, the flexible ligand 2-phosphonoethanesulfonic acid, H{sub 2}O{sub 3}P-C{sub 2}H{sub 4}-SO{sub 3}H (H{sub 3}L), was used in a high-throughput (HT) and microwave investigation of rare earth phosphonatoethanesulfonates. The HT-investigation led to six isotypic compounds Ln(O{sub 3}P-C{sub 2}H{sub 4}-SO{sub 3}) with Ln=Ho (1), Er (2), Tm (3), Yb (4), Lu (5) and Y (6). The syntheses were scaled-up in glass reactor tubes in order to obtain larger amounts for a detailed characterization. Based on these results all compounds could be also synthesized by microwave-assisted heating and the influence of reaction time and stirring rate during the synthesis was established. For compound 2 the crystal structure was determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The compounds contain isolated slightly distorted LnO{sub 6} octahedra that are connected by the phosphonate and sulfonate groups into a three-dimensional framework. Thermogravimetric investigations demonstrate the high thermal stability of the compounds up to 460 deg. C. - Graphical abstract: A high-throughput and microwave investigation of the System LnX{sub 3}/H{sub 2}O{sub 3}P-C{sub 2}H{sub 4}-SO{sub 3}/NaOH/H{sub 2}O led to six new compounds Ln(O{sub 3}P-C{sub 2}H{sub 4}-SO{sub 3}) with Ln=Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu, Y.

  5. New high pressure rare earth tantalates RE{sub x}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5+1.5x} (RE=La, Eu, Yb)

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    Zibrov, Igor P.; Filonenko, Vladimir P.; Zakharov, Nikolai D.; Nikishina, Elena E.; Lebedeva, Elena N.

    2013-07-15

    Rare earth tantalates La{sub 0.075}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5.113}, Eu{sub 0.089}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5.134} and Yb{sub 0.051}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5.077} have been prepared by solid state reaction at P=7.0 GPa and T=1050–1100 °C and studied by X-ray diffraction, thermal analysis and electron microscopy. Low hydrated amorphous tantalum, lanthanum, europium and ytterbium hydroxides were used as starting materials. Aqueous as well as anhydrous compounds were obtained. Title tantalates are crystallized in the structure type of F–Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} [Zibrov et al. Russ. J. Inorg. Chem. 48 (2003) 464–471] [5]. The structure was refined by the Rietveld method from X-ray powder diffractometer data: La{sub 0.075}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5.113}, a=10.5099(2), b=7.2679(1), c=6.9765(1) Å, V=532.90(1) Å{sup 3}, Z=6, space group Ibam; Eu{sub 0.089}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5.134}, a=10.4182(3), b=7.2685(1), c=6.9832(1) Å, V=528.80(2) Å{sup 3}, Z=6, space group Ibam; Yb{sub 0.051}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5.077}, a=10.4557(2), b=7.3853(1), c=6.8923(1) Å, V=532.21(1) Å{sup 3}, Z=6, space group Ibam. RE atoms do not replace the tantalum in its positions but the only water in the channels of the structure. Highly charged cations RE{sup +3} compress the unit cell so that its volume becomes less than that of F–Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}. Significant decrease of the unit cell volume after water removal from the structure is possible due to the puckering of pentagonal bipyramid layers and change of the corrugation angle in the layer. - Graphical abstract: The structure of RE{sub x}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5+1.5x} and its HRTEM image (“A” arrows show empty channel, “B” arrows show filled channel). - Highlights: • We synthesized new tantalates of RE under high pressure high temperature conditions. • RE atoms replace water molecules in the channels of the structure. • Aqueous as well as anhydrous tantalates were obtained. • Highly charged cations RE{sup +3} compress the unit cell decreasing RE–O distances.

  6. NaYF4:Yb,Tm nanocrystals and TiO2 inverse opal composite films: a novel device for upconversion enhancement and solid-based sensing of avidin

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    Xu, Sai; Xu, Wen; Wang, Yunfeng; Zhang, Shuang; Zhu, Yongsheng; Tao, Li; Xia, Lei; Zhou, Pingwei; Song, Hongwei

    2014-05-01

    Upconversion luminescence (UCL) detection based on rare-earth doped upconversion nanocrystals (UCNCs) as probes has been proved to exhibit a large anti-Stokes shift, no autofluorescence from biological samples, and no photobleaching. However, it is still a challenge to achieve a stable, reproducible solid-based UCL biosensor because of ineffective UCL of the UCNCs. In this work, we fabricated TiO2 inverse opal photonic crystals (IOPCs)/NaYF4:Yb3+,Tm3+ (Er3+) UCNC composite films, which can tremendously improve the overall UCL of Tm3+ as high as 43-fold. Based on the fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) and the specific interaction between biotin and avidin, a novel solid-based UC biosensor is presented for sensing avidin. This solid-based detection system is convenient for detection, and also can offer two parameters for detecting trace amounts of avidin, namely, the emission intensity and the fluorescence decay time. The sensor has a high sensitivity of 34 pmol-1, a good linear relationship of 0.996 and a low detection limit of 48 pmol. It also exhibits excellent long-time photostability, and the absence of autofluorescence, and thus may have great potential for versatile applications in biodetection.

  7. NaYF4:Yb,Tm nanocrystals and TiO2 inverse opal composite films: a novel device for upconversion enhancement and solid-based sensing of avidin.

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    Xu, Sai; Xu, Wen; Wang, Yunfeng; Zhang, Shuang; Zhu, Yongsheng; Tao, Li; Xia, Lei; Zhou, Pingwei; Song, Hongwei

    2014-06-01

    Upconversion luminescence (UCL) detection based on rare-earth doped upconversion nanocrystals (UCNCs) as probes has been proved to exhibit a large anti-Stokes shift, no autofluorescence from biological samples, and no photobleaching. However, it is still a challenge to achieve a stable, reproducible solid-based UCL biosensor because of ineffective UCL of the UCNCs. In this work, we fabricated TiO2 inverse opal photonic crystals (IOPCs)/NaYF4:Yb(3+),Tm(3+) (Er(3+)) UCNC composite films, which can tremendously improve the overall UCL of Tm(3+) as high as 43-fold. Based on the fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) and the specific interaction between biotin and avidin, a novel solid-based UC biosensor is presented for sensing avidin. This solid-based detection system is convenient for detection, and also can offer two parameters for detecting trace amounts of avidin, namely, the emission intensity and the fluorescence decay time. The sensor has a high sensitivity of 34 pmol(-1), a good linear relationship of 0.996 and a low detection limit of 48 pmol. It also exhibits excellent long-time photostability, and the absence of autofluorescence, and thus may have great potential for versatile applications in biodetection. PMID:24752220

  8. Ag{sub 2}O dependent up-conversion luminescence properties in Tm{sup 3+}/Er{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} co-doped oxyfluorogermanate glasses

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    Hu, Yuebo; Qiu, Jianbei Song, Zhiguo; Zhou, Dacheng

    2014-02-28

    Up-conversion (UC) luminescence properties of Ag/Tm{sup 3+}/Er{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} co-doped oxyfluorogermanate glasses have been studied to assess the effective role of silver nanoparticles as a sensitizer for Tm{sup 3+} and Er{sup 3+} ions. The X-ray diffraction patterns obtained in this work do not reveal any crystalline phase in the glass. However, the absorption spectra reveal that surface plasmons resonance band of Ag undergoes a distinct split with two maxima and a very broad absorption peak with a background that extends toward the near infrared (NIR) with the increasing of Ag{sub 2}O added concentration. Transmission electron microscope images confirm that silver nanoparticles have been precipitated from matrix glasses and show their distribution, size, and shapes. In addition, changes in UC luminescence intensity of four emission bands 476, 524, 546, and 658 nm corresponding to {sup 1}G{sub 4} → {sup 3}H{sub 6} (Tm{sup 3+}), ({sup 2}H{sub 11/2}, {sup 4}S{sub 3/2}) → {sup 4}I{sub 15/2} (Er{sup 3+}), and {sup 4}F{sub 9/2} → {sup 4}I{sub 15/2} (Er{sup 3+}) transitions, respectively, as a function of silver addition to the base composition have been measured under 980 nm excitation. It is confirmed that Ag{sub 2}O added concentration plays an important role in increasing the UC luminescence intensity; however, further increase in Ag{sub 2}O added concentration reduces the intensity.

  9. Synthetic and spectroscopic studies of vanadate glaserites II: Photoluminescence studies of Ln:K{sub 3}Y(VO{sub 4}){sub 2} (Ln=Eu, Er, Sm, Ho, or Tm)

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    Kimani, Martin M. McMillen, Colin D. Kolis, Joseph W.

    2015-03-15

    Glaserite-type potassium yttrium double vanadates (K{sub 3}Y(VO{sub 4}){sub 2}) doped with Eu{sup 3+}, Er{sup 3+}, Sm{sup 3+}, Ho{sup 3+}, or Tm{sup 3+} have been synthesized by solid state reactions at 1000 °C for 48 h and their photoluminescence properties investigated. Efficient energy transfer from the vanadate group to the rare earth ion has been established by photoluminescence investigation. Ultraviolet excitation into the metal to ligand charge transfer band of the vanadate groups results in orange-red, blue and green emissions from Eu{sup 3+} (592 nm), Sm{sup 3+} (602 nm), Tm{sup 3+} (475 nm), Er{sup 3+} (553 nm), and Ho{sup 3+} (541–551 nm) dopant ions. The emission intensities of the lanthanide-doped K{sub 3}Y(VO{sub 4}){sub 2} powders were studied as a function of dopant ion concentrations. Over the concentration ranges studied, no emission quenching was observed for Eu{sup 3+} or Ho{sup 3+} dopants, while Er{sup 3+}, Sm{sup 3+} and Tm{sup 3+} dopants did exhibit such effects for dopant ion concentrations greater than 5%, probably due to cross relaxation processes. - Graphical abstract: Synthesis and photoluminescence in vanadate glaserites. - Highlights: • K{sub 3}Y(VO{sub 4}){sub 2} doped with Eu, Er, Tm, Sm, or Ho were synthesized via solid-state reactions. • Photoluminescence properties are investigated. • The lanthanide doped K{sub 3}Y(VO{sub 4}){sub 2} compounds revealed efficient energy transfer from the vanadate group to the rare earth ions. • The presented compounds are promising materials for light display systems, lasers, and optoelectronic devices.

  10. Up/down conversion luminescence and charge compensation investigation of Ca0.5Y1-x(WO4)2:xLn3+ (Ln = Pr, Sm, Eu, Tb, Dy, Yb/Er) phosphors

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    Mahalingam, Venkatakrishnan; Thirumalai, Jagannathan; Krishnan, Rajagopalan; Mantha, Srinivas

    2016-01-01

    Microstructures of Ca0.5Y(1-x)(WO4)2:xLn3+ (Ln = Pr, Sm, Eu, Tb, Dy, Yb/Er) phosphors were prepared via the solid-state reaction method. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and photoluminescence were used to characterize the prepared phosphor samples. The results reveal that the phosphor samples have single phase scheelite structures with tetragonal symmetry of I41/a. The down/up conversion photoluminescence of the Ca0.5Y(1-x)(WO4)2:xLn3+ (Ln = Pr, Sm, Eu, Tb, Dy, Yb/Er) phosphors properties reveal characteristic visible emissions. The energy transfer process, fluorescence lifetime and color coordinates are discussed in detail. Furthermore, the phosphor Ca0.5Y(1-x)(WO4)2:xPr3+ co-doped with alkali chlorides shows the enhancement of luminescence, which was found in the sodium chloride co-doped powder phosphor. The photometric characteristics indicate the suitability of the inorganic powder phosphors for solid-state lighting and display applications.

  11. Structure, magnetism and transport of the perovskite manganites Ln {sub 0.5}Ca{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3} (Ln=Ho, Er, Tm, Yb and Lu)

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    Yoshii, Kenji . E-mail: yoshiike@spring8.or.jp; Abe, Hideki; Ikeda, Naoshi

    2005-12-15

    It was found that the manganese perovskite oxides Ln {sub 0.5}Ca{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3} (Ln=Ho, Er, Tm, Yb and Lu) have an orthorhombic structure (space group Pnma). The Mn-O-Mn angles were calculated to be {approx}148-150{sup o}, revealing an existence of a large crystallographic distortion in these oxides. Electrical resistivity measurements indicated both an insulating nature and a small magnetoresistance effect, both of which are owing to narrow bandwidths of the Mn-3d electrons arising from the crystallographic distortion. DC magnetization measurements showed the three characteristic temperatures, which could be assigned to charge-order, antiferromagnetism of Mn moments, and possible glassy states. All of these temperatures were decreased for the heavier Ln ions, which is explained in connection with both a difference of ionic radii of Ln {sup 3+} and Ca{sup 2+}, and a lowering of electron transfer. The charge-ordering transition was not clearly observed only for Lu{sub 0.5}Ca{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3} containing the smallest lanthanide ion, plausibly due to a large randomness of magnetic interactions arising from the ionic radii difference of Lu{sup 3+} and Ca{sup 2+}. In addition, preliminary measurements of AC dielectric response suggested that these manganites belong to a so-called multiferroic system.

  12. Evolution of the crystal and magnetic structure of the R2MnRuO7 (R = Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu, and Y) family of pyrochlore oxides.

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    Martínez-Coronado, R; Retuerto, M; Fernández, M T; Alonso, J A

    2012-07-28

    The members of the family of pyrochlore oxides with the formula R(2)MnRuO(7) (R = Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu and Y) have been synthesized and characterized. Polycrystalline samples were prepared by a soft chemistry procedure involving citrates of the different metal ions, followed by thermal treatments in air or O(2) pressure. The crystallographic and magnetic structures have been analysed from X-ray diffraction (XRD) and neutron powder diffraction (NPD) data, in complement with magnetic measurements; the evolution along the series of the crystallographic parameters (unit-cell parameters, bond distances and angles) is discussed. In R(2)MnRuO(7) pyrochlores, Mn and Ru ions statistically occupy the 16c sites in a cubic unit cell with space group Fd ̅3m, which defines an intrinsic frustrated three-dimensional system. In all the cases, the low-temperature NPD data unveils an antiferromagnetic coupling of two subsets of Mn(4+)/Ru(4+) spins, indicating that the magnetic frustration is partially relieved by the random distribution of Mn and Ru over the 16c sites. At lower temperatures there is a polarization of the R(3+) magnetic moments, which also participate in the magnetic structure, when a magnetic rare earth is present. PMID:22669397

  13. NIR-responsive silica-coated NaYbF4:Er/Tm/Ho upconversion fluorescent nanoparticles with tunable emission colors and their applications in immunolabeling and fluorescent imaging of cancer cells

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    Wang, Meng; Mi, Congcong; Zhang, Yixin; Liu, Jinling; Li, Feng; Mao, Chuanbin; Xu, Shukun

    2009-01-01

    NaYbF4: RE upconversion (UC) fluorescent nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized with variable rare-earth dopants (RE= Er3+, Tm3+, or Ho3+, or a combination of these ions), from rare-earth stearate precursors in a water-ethanol-oleic acid system by using a two-phase solvothermal method. The NPs were shown to emit visible light such as orange, yellow, green, cyan, blue or pink light in response to near infrared (NIR) irradiation, and their emission colors could be simply tuned by changing either the co-dopant concentration or dopant species. The UC NPs were well-dispersed and spherical with an average size of 15~35 nm. They emitted strong UC fluorescence under the 980 nm NIR excitation. The effects of solvothermal reaction time and temperature on nanoparticle size and phase structure as well as UC fluorescence intensity were systematically studied. Water dispersibility was achieved by forming a silica coat on the surface of the UC NPs. After animo-functionalization, the silica-coated UC NPs were chemically conjugated with the rabbit anti-CEA8 antibody and then used as fluorescent biolabels for the immunolabeling and imaging of HeLa cells. The NIR-responsive multicolor visible light emission of these UC NPs will enable potential applications in biolabeling and multiplexed analysis because NIR light can penetrate tissue as deep as several inches and is safe to human body. PMID:20160878

  14. Structure determination of KScS₂, RbScS₂ and KLnS₂ (Ln = Nd, Sm, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm and Yb) and crystal-chemical discussion.

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    Havlák, Lubomír; Fábry, Jan; Henriques, Margarida; Dušek, Michal

    2015-07-01

    The title structures of KScS2 (potassium scandium sulfide), RbScS2 (rubidium scandium sulfide) and KLnS2 [Ln = Nd (potassium neodymium sufide), Sm (potassium samarium sulfide), Tb (potassium terbium sulfide), Dy (potassium dysprosium sulfide), Ho (potassium holmium sulfide), Er (potassium erbium sulfide), Tm (potassium thulium sulfide) and Yb (potassium ytterbium sulfide)] are either newly determined (KScS2, RbScS2 and KTbS2) or redetermined. All of them belong to the α-NaFeO2 structure type in agreement with the ratio of the ionic radii r(3+)/r(+). KScS2, the member of this structural family with the smallest trivalent cation, is an extreme representative of these structures with rare earth trivalent cations. The title structures are compared with isostructural alkali rare earth sulfides in plots showing the dependence of several relevant parameters on the trivalent cation crystal radius; the parameters thus compared are c, a and c/a, the thicknesses of the S-S layers which contain the respective constituent cations, the sulfur fractional coordinates z(S(2-)) and the bond-valence sums. PMID:26146403

  15. The high-pressure synthesis and characterization of some praseodymium-substituted rare-earth-based R{sub 2}Ba{sub 4}Cu{sub 7}O{sub 14-{delta}} (R = Nd, Eu, Tm)

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    Teng-Ming Chen; Kao, F.S.

    1997-08-01

    The formation of phases in the (R{sub 1-x}Pr{sub x}){sub 2}Ba{sub 4}Cu{sub 7}O{sub 14+{delta}} (Pr-doped R247; R = Nd, Eu, Tm) system with x = 0-1.0 was investigated. Samples of the title series were synthesized at 980-990{degree}C at 25 bar O{sub 2}, followed by annealing at 300{degree}C under 130 bar O{sub 2} for 30 hr. Oxygen content of the samples has been determined by iodometric titration. Single-phased samples has been determined by iodometric titration. Single-phased samples were obtained with x smaller than or equal to 0.3, 0.4, and 0.4 for R = Nd, Eu, and Tm, respectively, as indicated by X-ray diffraction measurements. With increasing amount of Pr substituting for R, the cell dimensions of the Pr-doped R247 phases were found to expand steadily, whereas the corresponding structural orthorhombicity was observed to decrease systematically. Superconducting transition temperatures (T{sub c}`s) of the title phases were found to be significantly suppressed upon Pr doping, as indicated by field-cooled temperature-dependent magnetization studies. The effect of Pr substitution on T{sub c}`s of R247 (R = Y, Eu, Er, Tm, Nd, Dy) phases was investigated and compared as a function of R{sup 3+} radii, but no size dependence effect was observed. In addition, field-dependent magnetization studies for a series of (Eu{sub 1-x}Pr{sub x}){sub 2}Ba{sub 4}Cu{sub 7}O{sub 14+{delta}} samples with x = 0, 0.2, and 0.4, respectively, are also reported.

  16. Preparation and spectroscopic properties of rare-earth (RE) (RE = Sm, Eu, Tb, Dy, Tm)-activated K{sub 2}LnZr(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} (Ln = Y, La, Gd and Lu) phosphate in vacuum ultraviolet region

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    Zhang, Zhi-Jun; Lin, Xiao; Zhao, Jing-Tai; Zhang, Guo-Bin

    2013-02-15

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ► We report the VUV spectroscopic properties of rare-earth ions in K{sub 2}LnZr(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}. ► The O{sup 2−}-Eu{sup 3+} charge transfer bands at about 220 nm have been observed. ► The 4f–5d spin-allowed and spin-forbidden transitions of Tb{sup 3+} have been observed. ► There is energy transfer between the host and rare-earth activators. -- Abstract: Rare earth (RE = Sm, Eu, Tb, Dy and Tm)-activated K{sub 2}LnZr(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} (Ln = Y, La, Gd and Lu) have been synthesized by solid-state reaction method, and their vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) excitation luminescent characteristics have been investigated. The band in the wavelength range of 130–157 nm and the other one range from 155 to 216 nm with the maximum at about 187 nm in the VUV excitation spectra of these compounds are attributed to the host lattice absorption and O–Zr charge transfer transition, respectively. The charge transfer bands (CTB) of O{sup 2−}-Sm{sup 3+}, O{sup 2−}-Dy{sup 3+} and O{sup 2−}-Tm{sup 3+}, in Sm{sup 3+}, Dy{sup 3+} and Tm{sup 3+}-activated samples, have not been obviously observed probably because the 2p electrons of oxygen are tightly bound to the zirconium ion in the host lattice. For Eu{sup 3+}-activated samples, the relatively weak O{sup 2−}-Eu{sup 3+} CTB at about 220 nm is observed. And for Tb{sup 3+}-activated samples, the bands at 223 and 258 nm are related to the 4f-5d spin-allowed and spin-forbidden transitions of Tb{sup 3+}, respectively. It is observed that there is energy transfer between the host lattice and the luminescent activators (e.g. Eu{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+}). From the standpoint of luminescent efficiency, color purity and chemical stability, K{sub 2}GdZr(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}:Sm{sup 3+}, Eu{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+} are attractive candidates for novel yellow, red, green-emitting PDP phosphors.

  17. Novel light-conversion hybrids of SBA-16 functionalized with rare earth (Eu3+, Nd3+, Yb3+) complexes of modified 2-methyl-9-hydroxyphenalenone and 1,10-phenanthroline

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    Gu, Yan-Jing; Yan, Bing; Qiao, Xiao-Fei

    2013-03-01

    Novel rare earth complex-functionalized mesoporous SBA-16-type hybrid materials are synthesized by the co-condensation of modified 2-methyl-9-hydroxyphenalenone (MHPOSi), from modified 3-(triethoxysilyl)-propyl isocyanate (TEPIC), and tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) in the presence of Pluronic F127 as a template. These inorganic-organic mesoporous hybrids are characterized by FT-IR spectra, small-angle X-ray diffraction (SAXRD), N2 adsorption-desorption measurements, thermal analysis and spectroscopy. Their photophysical properties, which show novel light conversion properties, are discussed in detail. The Eu3+ hybrid system shows ultraviolet excitation and visible emission, and the Nd+ and Yb3+ hybrids exhibit visible excitation and NIR emission.

  18. Multitemperature crystal structures and physical properties of the partially filled thermoelectric skutterudites M0.1Co4Sb12(M=La,Ce,Nd,Sm,Yb,andEu)

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    Mi, Jian-Li; Christensen, Mogens; Nishibori, Eiji; Iversen, Bo Brummerstedt

    2011-08-01

    Partially filled skutterudites with nominal compositions of M0.1Co4Sb12 (M = La, Ce, Nd, Sm, Yb; and Eu) were investigated by multitemperature (90-700 K) synchrotron radiation powder x-ray diffraction (SR-PXRD), and electrical and thermal transport property, heat capacity, and Hall effect measurements were also taken. The filling fractions, i.e., the occupancy factors of the guest atoms, were obtained from structure refinement of the SR-PXRD data, and they reflect the capacity for the individual guest atom species to fill the voids of the CoSb3 structure. The filling fraction of the lanthanide guest ions correlates with their effective ionic radii and valences, and the larger the ionic radii or the lower the charge state, the larger is the occupancy. Due to the different guest atom occupancies, the doping levels vary among the samples, and they are in a good agreement with the measured charge carrier concentrations, except for the magnetic samples (Sm, Eu). Anomalously large atomic displacement parameters (ADPs) are observed for the weakly bonded guest atoms, in agreement with the “rattling” concept, but no correlation is observed between the magnitude of the ADP and the ionic radius of the guest atom. Einstein and Debye temperatures were derived from analysis of the multitemperature ADPs of guest atoms and the framework atoms, respectively, and this analysis also shows that neither the guest atoms nor the host structure atoms contain large disorder contributions to their ADPs. In ternary skutterudites without host structure substitution or disorder, partial guest filling can affect the lattice thermal conductivity (κL) either by direct phonon-phonon interaction or through the inherent structural disorder introduced with the partial occupancy of the voids. The present data suggest that the magnitude of the guest atom ADPs correlates with κL, and the larger the ADP, the lower is the κL.

  19. Near infrared emission of TbAG:Ce3+,Yb3+ phosphor for solar cell applications

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    Meshram, N. D.; Yadav, P. J.; Pathak, A. A.; Joshi, C. P.; Moharil, S. V.

    2016-05-01

    Luminescent materials doped with rare earth ions are used for many devices such as optical amplifiers in telecommunication, phosphors for white light emitting diodes (LEDs), displays, and so on. Recently, they also have attracted a great interest for photovoltaic applications to improve solar cell efficiency by modifying solar spectrum. Crystal silicon (c-Si) solar cells most effectively convert photons of energy close to the semiconductor band gap. The mis-match between the incident solar spectrum and the spectral response of solar cells is one of the main reasons to limit the cell efficiency. The efficiency limit of the c-Si has been estimated to be 29% by Shockley and Queisser. However, this limit is estimated to be improved up to 38.4% by modifying the solar spectrum by a quantum cutting (down converting) phosphor which converts one photon of high energy into two photons of lower energy. The phenomenon such as the quantum cutting or the down conversion of rare earth ions have been investigated since Dexter reported the possibility of a luminescent quantum yield greater than unity in 1957. In the past, the quantum cutting from a vacuum ultraviolet photon to visible photons for Pr3+, Gd3+,Gd3+-Eu3+, and Er3+-Tb3+ had been studied. Recently, a new quantum cutting phenomenon from visible photon shorter than 500 nm to two infrared photons for Tb3+-Yb3+, Pr3+-Yb3+, and Tm3+-Yb3+ has been reported. The Yb3+ ion is suitable as an acceptor and emitter because luminescent quantum efficiency of Yb3+ is close to 100% and the energy of the only excited level of Yb3+ (1.2 eV) is roughly in accordance with the band gap of Si (1.1 eV). In addition, the Ce3+-doped Tb3Al5O12 (TbAG), used as a phosphor for white LED, has broad absorption bands in the range of 300-500 nm due to strong ligand field and high luminescent quantum efficiency. Therefore, the Ce3+ ions in the TbAG can be suitable as an excellent sensitizing donor for down conversion materials of Si solar cells. In this

  20. Complexation behavior of Eu(III), Tb(III), Tm(III), and Am(III) with three 1,10-phenanthroline-type ligands: insights from density functional theory.

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    Yang, Yanqiu; Fang, Yu; Liu, Jun; Hu, Shiyuan; Hu, Sheng; Yang, Liang; Wang, Dawei; Zhang, Huabei; Luo, Shunzhong

    2015-07-01

    Extraction complexes of Eu(III), Tb(III), Tm(III), and Am(III) with three 1,10-phenanthroline-type ligands have been studied, primarily using density functional theory (DFT). The same accuracies and optimized structural geometries were obtained whether optimization of the [ML2(NO3)](2+) complexes was performed at the B3LYP/6-31G(d)/RECP or the MP2/6-31G(d)/RECP level of theory. Calculations carried out at the B3LYP/6-311G(d, p)/RECP level of theory indicated that solvation does not favor the formation of these complexes. Moreover, the ΔGg and ΔGsolv values for the reactions leading to the formation of [LnL2(NO3)](2+) complexes were seen to decrease with increasing atomic number of the lanthanide (from Eu to Tb to Tm). In addition, when a strongly hydrophobic benzo[e][1,2,4]triazine group was created in each ligand, ligand selectivity for actinides/lanthanides in acidic media improved. Even greater ligand selectivity for actinides/lanthanides in acidic media was obtained when a 5,6-diphenyl-1,2,4-triazine group was created in each ligand instead of a benzo[e][1,2,4]triazine group. Vibrational analysis and NMR spectroscopic analysis were also performed on all of the studied ligands and the metal complexes that included them. Further in-depth investigations should be undertaken in this field. PMID:26141789

  1. Energy transfer and upconversion in Yb:YAG and Yb:Er:YAG

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    Lacovara, P.

    1992-01-01

    Energy transfer and upconversion have been studied in ytterbium, and ytterbium-erbium doped YAG (yttrium-aluminum garnet Y[sub 2]Al[sub 5]O[sub 12]). The energy-transfer probabilities were calculated for Yb-Yb, Yb-Er, and Er-Yb interactions, as well as for Er-Er and Yb-Er upconversion. The transfer of excitation from ytterbium to erbium was found experimentally to be efficient at Er concentrations above about 1%, with an Yb concentration of 6.5%. The Burshtein hopping model for donor migration-assisted transfer was applied to the Yb-Er system for different Er concentrations. Fitting the decay predicted by the Burshtein model to the Yb fluorescence gave a value for the Yb-Er dipole-dipole interaction strength which was in very close agreement with the calculated value, but discrepancies were noted for the donor-donor interaction. Upconversion was observed during pulsed measurements, and studies in detail with intense CW pumping. The Yb-Er upconversion was observed to dominate the Er-Er upconversion in the Yb-Er samples. Values for the Yb-Er and Er-Er ([sup 4]I[sub 1 1/2]) upconversion coefficients were determined from quantitative measurements of the [sup 4]S[sub 3/2] fluorescence which these processes generate, and measurements of the change in [sup 4]I[sub 1 1/2] population with increasing pump density. The quenching of nominally pure Yb:YAG by trace rare-earth impurities was also studied. The time dependence of the Yb fluorescence decay in some high-concentration samples suggested a fast quenching process active at high excited-ion densities, and a slower one at lower excited-ion densities. Study of the cooperative luminescence emitted by excited Yb pairs suggested a quenching mechanism acting preferentially on pairs. Sensitive Ar[sup +]-ion laser-pumped fluorescence measurements showed the presence of high ppm levels of several impurities, including Er, Tm and Cr. Pumping the ytterbium at 940 nm using pulsed and CW lasers revealed Er and Tm upconversion.

  2. The phase diagram and tetragonal superstructures of the rare earth cobaltate phases Ln1- xSr xCoO 3- δ ( Ln=La 3+, Pr 3+, Nd 3+, Sm 3+, Gd 3+, Y 3+, Ho 3+, Dy 3+, Er 3+, Tm 3+ and Yb 3+)

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    James, M.; Cassidy, D.; Goossens, D. J.; Withers, R. L.

    2004-06-01

    Single phase perovskite-based rare earth cobaltates ( Ln1- xSr xCoO 3- δ) ( Ln=La 3+, Pr 3+, Nd 3+, Sm 3+, Gd 3+, Dy 3+, Y 3+, Ho 3+, Er 3+, Tm 3+ and Yb 3+; 0.67⩽ x⩽0.9) have been synthesized at 1100°C under 1 atmosphere of oxygen. X-ray diffraction of phases containing the larger rare earth ions La 3+, Pr 3+ and Nd 3+ reveals simple cubic structures; however electron diffraction shows orientational twinning of a local, tetragonal ( I4/ mmm; ap× ap×2 ap) superstructure phase. Orientational twinning is also present for Ln1- xSr xCoO 3- δ compounds containing rare earth ions smaller than Nd 3+. These compounds show a modulated intermediate parent with a tetragonal superstructure ( I4/ mmm; 2 ap×2 ap×4 ap). Thermogravimetric measurements have determined the overall oxygen content, and these phases show mixed valence (3 +/4 +) cobalt oxidation states with up to 50% Co(IV). X-ray diffraction data and Rietveld techniques have been used to refine the structures of each of these tetragonal superstructure phases ( Ln=Sm 3+-Yb 3+). Coupled Ln/Sr and oxygen/vacancy ordering and associated structural relaxation are shown to be responsible for the observed superstructure.

  3. Green upconversion in Y2O3:Yb nanopowder

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    Horvat, Darja; Lazar, Dušan; Možina, Janez; Križan, Janez; Diaci, Janez; Terzić, Mira

    2015-01-01

    Green emission lines, in addition to the blue and the red, were observed upon 980 nm excitation in yttrium oxide (Y2O3) nanopowder codoped with Yb and Tm, synthesized by the chemical combustion method. Upconversion emission studies suggest that the number and characteristics of the green lines are influenced by the annealing temperature as well as by the Yb/Tm concentration ratio, opening possibilities for new customized applications. The chromaticity properties of the upconversion spectra were quantified by the Commission Internationale de l'éclairage coordinate analysis.

  4. Substitution dependence of the valence phase transition in Yb 0.4In 0.6Cu 2

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    Felner, I.; Nowik, I.

    1987-01-01

    Magnetic susceptibility studies of the sharp Yb 2+→Yb 3+ valence phase transition in Yb xR yIn 1- x- yCu 2, cubic Laves phase systems, are reported. Whenever the substitute ion R is larger than Yb or In, R = Sn, La, Eu, the valence transition temperature, Tv, increases. Smaller ions, R = Y, Lu, Ga, decrease Tv. This is consistent with the expectation for strong correlation between valence and available volume.

  5. Chemical bond parameters and photoluminescence of a natural-white-light Ca{sub 9}La(VO{sub 4}){sub 7}:Tm{sup 3+},Eu{sup 3+} with one O{sup 2−}→V{sup 5+} charge transfer and dual f-f transition emission centers

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    Li, Ling; Liu, Xiao Guang; Noh, Hyeon Mi; Jeong, Jung Hyun

    2015-01-15

    The relationship between the photoluminescence properties and the crystal structure of undoped, Eu{sup 3+} or/ and Tm{sup 3+} singly or codoped Ca{sub 9}La(VO{sub 4}){sub 7} (CLaVO) samples was discussed. Under the excitation of UV light, CLaVO:Tm{sup 3+}, CLaVO, and CLaVO:Eu{sup 3+} exhibit the characteristic emissions of Tm{sup 3+} ({sup 1}G{sub 4}→{sup 3}H{sub 6}, blue), O{sup 2−}→V{sup 5+} charge transfer (CT), and Eu{sup 3+} ({sup 5}D{sub 0}→{sup 7}F{sub 2}, red), respectively. By adjusting the doping concentration of Tm{sup 3+} and Eu{sup 3+} ions in CLaVO, a natural white emission in a single composition with the color temperature at 6181 K was obtained. Based on the dielectric theory of complex crystal, the chemical bond parameters of La-O and V-O bonds were quantitatively calculated. The standard deviation of environmental factor of every bond (EFSD), which can be expressed as σ(h{sub e{sub i}})=√((1/N)∑{sub i=1}{sup N}(h{sub e{sub i}}−μ){sup 2}) (h{sub e{sub i}}=(f{sub c{sub i}}α{sub b{sub i}}){sup 1/2}Q{sub B{sub i}} and μ=(1/N)∑{sub i=1}{sup N}h{sub e{sub i}}), was proposed to quantitatively express the distortion degree of VO{sub 4}{sup 3−} from that of an ideal tetrahedron. The maximum change of EFSD comes from the [VO{sub 4}]{sup −} tetrahedra in CLaVO sample by comparison with that of EFSD of isostructural Ca{sub 9}Gd(VO{sub 4}){sub 7}. This is possible the key reason that the undoped CLaVO sample has self-activated emission while the self-activated emission of its isostructural Ca{sub 9}Gd(VO{sub 4}){sub 7} sample cannot be found. The quantitative calculation also demonstrated that the broad excitation bands at 319 nm in CLaVO:Tm and at 335 nm in CLaVO:Eu were due to the O-V2 and O-V3 (overlap with O-V2) CT, not the CT energy of O{sup 2−}-Eu1{sup 3+} (O{sup 2−}-Tm1{sup 3+}), O{sup 2−}-Eu2{sup 3+} (O{sup 2−}-Tm2{sup 3+}), and O{sup 2−}-Eu3{sup 3+} (O{sup 2−}-Tm3{sup 3+}). The environmental factors surrounding the

  6. Triaxial strongly deformed bands in {sup 160,161}Tm

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    Teal, C.; Lagergren, K.; Aguilar, A.; Riley, M. A.; Hartley, D. J.; Simpson, J.; Joss, D. T.; Carpenter, M. P.; Janssens, R. V. F.; Lauritsen, T.; Lister, C. J.; Zhu, S.; Garg, U.; Kondev, F. G.; Wang, X.; Ragnarsson, I.

    2008-07-15

    High-spin states in {sup 160,161}Tm were populated using the {sup 128}Te({sup 37}Cl, 5n and 4n) reactions at a beam energy of 170 MeV. Emitted {gamma} rays were detected in the Gammasphere spectrometer. Two rotational bands with high moments of inertia were discovered, one assigned to {sup 160}Tm, while the other tentatively assigned to {sup 161}Tm. These sequences display features similar to bands observed in neighboring Er, Tm, Yb, and Lu nuclei which have been discussed in terms of triaxial strongly deformed structures. Cranked Nilsson Strutinsky calculations have been performed that predict well-deformed triaxial shapes at high spin in {sup 160,161}Tm.

  7. Glass-ceramic nuclear waste forms obtained by crystallization of SiO 2-Al 2O 3-CaO-ZrO 2-TiO 2 glasses containing lanthanides (Ce, Nd, Eu, Gd, Yb) and actinides (Th): Study of the crystallization from the surface

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    Loiseau, P.; Caurant, D.

    2010-07-01

    Glass-ceramic materials containing zirconolite (nominally CaZrTi 2O 7) crystals in their bulk can be envisaged as potential waste forms for minor actinides (Np, Am, Cm) and Pu immobilization. In this study such matrices are synthesized by crystallization of SiO 2-Al 2O 3-CaO-ZrO 2-TiO 2 glasses containing lanthanides (Ce, Nd, Eu, Gd, Yb) and actinides (Th) as surrogates. A thin partially crystallized layer containing titanite and anorthite (nominally CaTiSiO 5 and CaAl 2Si 2O 8, respectively) growing from glass surface is also observed. The effect of the nature and concentration of surrogates on the structure, the microstructure and the composition of the crystals formed in the surface layer is presented in this paper. Titanite is the only crystalline phase able to significantly incorporate trivalent lanthanides whereas ThO 2 precipitates in the layer. The crystal growth thermal treatment duration (2-300 h) at high temperature (1050-1200 °C) is shown to strongly affect glass-ceramics microstructure. For the system studied in this paper, it appears that zirconolite is not thermodynamically stable in comparison with titanite growing form glass surface. Nevertheless, for kinetic reasons, such transformation (i.e. zirconolite disappearance to the benefit of titanite) is not expected to occur during interim storage and disposal of the glass-ceramic waste forms because their temperature will never exceed a few hundred degrees.

  8. Glass-ceramic nuclear waste forms obtained from SiO 2-Al 2O 3-CaO-ZrO 2-TiO 2 glasses containing lanthanides (Ce, Nd, Eu, Gd, Yb) and actinides (Th): study of internal crystallization

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    Loiseau, P.; Caurant, D.; Baffier, N.; Mazerolles, L.; Fillet, C.

    2004-10-01

    Glass-ceramic waste forms such as zirconolite (nominally CaZrTi 2O 7) based ones can be envisaged as good candidates for minor actinides or Pu immobilization. Such materials, in which the actinides (or lanthanides used as actinide surrogates) would be preferentially incorporated into zirconolite crystals homogeneously dispersed in a durable glassy matrix, can be prepared by controlled crystallization (nucleation + crystal growth) of parent glasses belonging to the SiO 2-Al 2O 3-CaO-ZrO 2-TiO 2 system. In this work we present the effects of the nature of the minor actinide surrogate (Ce, Nd, Eu, Gd, Yb, Th) on the structure, the microstructure and the composition of the zirconolite crystals formed in the bulk of the glass-ceramics. The amount of lanthanides and thorium incorporated into zirconolite crystals is discussed in relation with the capacity of the glass to accommodate these elements and of the crystals to incorporate them in the calcium and zirconium sites of their structure.

  9. OncoLogicTM

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    OncoLogicTM - A Computer System to Evaluate the Carcinogenic Potential of Chemicals
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  10. Synthesis, structure, and thermally stable luminescence of Eu(2+)-doped Ba2Ln(BO3)2Cl (Ln = Y, Gd and Lu) host compounds.

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    Xia, Zhiguo; Wang, Xiaoming; Wang, Yingxia; Liao, Libing; Jing, Xiping

    2011-10-17

    A new family of chloroborate compounds, which was investigated from the viewpoint of rare earth ion activated phosphor materials, have been synthesized by a conventional high temperature solid-state reaction. The crystal structure and thermally stable luminescence of chloroborate phosphors Ba(2)Ln(BO(3))(2)Cl:Eu(2+) (Ln = Y, Gd, and Lu) have been reported in this paper. X-ray diffraction studies verify the successful isomorphic substitution for Ln(3+) sites in Ba(2)Ln(BO(3))(2)Cl by other smaller trivalent rare earth ions, such as Sm, Eu, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, and Yb. The detailed structure information for Ba(2)Ln(BO(3))(2)Cl (Ln = Y, Gd, and Lu) by Rietveld analysis reveals that they all crystallize in a monoclinic P2(1)/m space group. These compounds display interesting and tunable photoluminescence (PL) properties after Eu(2+)-doping. Ba(2)Ln(BO(3))(2)Cl:Eu(2+) phosphors exhibit bluish-green/greenish-yellow light with peak wavelengths at 526, 548, and 511 nm under 365 UV light excitation for Ba(2)Y(BO(3))(2)Cl:Eu(2+), Ba(2)Gd(BO(3))(2)Cl:Eu(2+), and Ba(2)Lu(BO(3))(2)Cl:Eu(2+), respectively. Furthermore, they possess a high thermal quenching temperature. With the increase of temperature, the emission bands show blue shifts with broadening bandwidths and slightly decreasing emission intensities. It is expected that this series of chloroborate phosphors can be used in white-light UV-LEDs as a good wavelength-conversion phosphor. PMID:21919480

  11. R3Au(6+x)Al26T (R = Ca, Sr, Eu, Yb; T = early transition metal): a large family of compounds with a stuffed BaHg11 structure type grown from aluminum flux.

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    Latturner, Susan E; Bilc, Daniel; Mahanti, S D; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G

    2009-02-16

    A collection of new quaternary intermetallic compounds with a cubic, stuffed BaHg(11) structure type has been synthesized by the combination of a divalent rare earth or alkaline earth metal R, an early transition metal T, and gold in an excess of molten aluminum. Structural characterization of these R(3)Au(6+x)Al(26)T compounds by powder and single crystal X-ray diffraction indicates that the unit cell varies with the radii of the early transition metal T and the rare earth/alkaline earth R as expected. The element T (where T = group 4, 5, 6, and 7 element) appears to be responsible for the stabilization of up to 43 different members of the R(3)Au(6+x)Al(26)T family of compounds. Varying amounts of disorder and trends in partial occupancies of the Au stuffed site--the site that is vacant in the parent compound BaHg(11)--are also indicated by the diffraction studies of this family of compounds. Magnetic susceptibility data reveals that the transition metal atoms in these materials do not possess local magnetic moments. For the magnetic rare earth containing materials, the europium compounds undergo a ferromagnetic transition at 10 K, and the ytterbium analogues show mixed valent behavior. Band structure calculations also support a mixed valent state for Yb in these compounds. PMID:19146424

  12. Design, synthesis and luminescence properties of Ba2 YB2 O6 Cl- and Ba2 YB2 O6 F-based phosphors.

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    Chen, Wanping; Yang, Xin; Liu, Yan; Dai, Xiaoyan

    2015-05-01

    Using a high-temperature solid-state reaction, the chlorine in Ba2 YB2 O6 Cl is gradually replaced by F, and a new compound with the nominal chemical formula Ba2 YB2 O6 F and two phosphors doped with Ce(3+) and Eu(3+) , respectively, are obtained. X-Ray diffraction and photoluminescence spectroscopy are used to characterize the as-synthesized samples. The as-synthesized Ba2 YB2 O6 Cl exhibits bright blue emission in the spectral range ~ 330-410 nm with a maximum around 363 nm under X-ray or UV excitation. Ba2 YB2 O6 F:0.01Ce(3+) exhibits blue emission in the range ~ 340-570 nm with a maximum around 383 nm. Ba2 YB2 O6 F:0.01Eu(3+) exhibits a predominantly (5) D0 -(7)  F2 emission (~610 nm) and the relative intensities of the (5) D0 -(7)  F0,1,2 emissions are tunable under different wavelength UV excitation. The luminescence behaviors of the two phosphors are explained simply in terms of the host composition and site occupancy probability of Ce(3+) and Eu(3+) , respectively. The results indicate that these phosphors have potential application as a blue phosphor or as a red phosphor. PMID:24954091

  13. Optical Study of Archetypical Valence-Fluctuating Eu Systems

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    Guritanu, V.; Seiro, S.; Sichelschmidt, J.; Caroca-Canales, N.; Iizuka, T.; Kimura, S.; Geibel, C.; Steglich, F.

    2012-12-01

    We have investigated the optical conductivity of the prominent valence-fluctuating compounds EuIr2Si2 and EuNi2P2 in the infrared energy range to get new insights into the electronic properties of valence-fluctuating systems. For both compounds, we observe upon cooling the formation of a renormalized Drude response, a partial suppression of the optical conductivity below 100meV, and the appearance of a midinfrared peak at 0.15eV for EuIr2Si2 and 0.13 eV for EuNi2P2. Most remarkably, our results show a strong similarity with the optical spectra reported for many Ce- or Yb-based heavy-fermion metals and intermediate valence systems, although the phase diagrams and the temperature dependence of the valence differ strongly between Eu systems and Ce- or Yb-based systems. This suggests that the hybridization between 4f and conduction electrons, which is responsible for the properties of Ce and Yb systems, plays an important role in valence-fluctuating Eu systems.

  14. Sulfate Exchange of the Nitrate-Type Layered Hydroxide Nanosheets of Ln2(OH)5NO3· nH2O for Better Dispersed and Multi-color Luminescent Ln2O3 Nanophosphors (Ln = Y0.98RE0.02, RE = Pr, Sm, Eu, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, and Tm)

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    Wu, Xiaoli; Liu, Weigang; Li, Ji-Guang; Zhu, Qi; Li, Xiaodong; Sun, Xudong

    2016-07-01

    Through restricting thickness growth by performing coprecipitation at the freezing temperature of ~4 °C, solid-solution nanosheets (up to 5-nm thick) of the Ln2(OH)5NO3· nH2O layered hydroxide (Ln = Y0.98RE0.02; RE = Pr, Sm, Eu, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, and Tm, respectively) were directly synthesized without performing conventional exfoliation. In situ exchange of the interlayer NO3 - with SO4 2- produced a sulfate derivative [Ln2(OH)5(SO4)0.5· nH2O] of the same layered structure and two-dimensional crystallite morphology but substantially contracted d 002 basal spacing (from ~0.886 to 0.841 nm). The sulfate derivative was systematically compared against its nitrate parent in terms of crystal structure and phase/morphology evolution upon heating. It is shown that the interlayer SO4 2-, owing to its bonding with the hydroxide main layer, significantly raises the decomposition temperature from ~600 to 1000 °C to yield remarkably better dispersed oxide nanopowders via a monoclinic Ln2O2SO4 intermediate. The resultant (Y0.98RE0.02)2O3 nanophosphors were studied for their photoluminescence to show that the emission color, depending on RE3+, spans a wide range in the Commission Internationale de l'Eclairage (CIE) chromaticity diagram, from blue to deep red via green, yellow, orange, and orange red.

  15. Ultraviolet upconversion luminescence of Gd{sup 3+} and Eu{sup 3+} in nano-structured glass ceramics

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    Lin, Hang; Chen, Daqin; Yu, Yunlong; Yang, Anping; Zhang, Rui; Wang, Yuansheng

    2012-02-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ultraviolet upconversion emissions of Eu{sup 3+} and Gd{sup 3+} are rarely studied. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Nanostructured glass ceramic is developed as a host for ultraviolet upconversion. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ultraviolet upconversion signal are found greatly enhanced after crystallization. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer It is promising for fabricating novel ultraviolet upconversion lasers. -- Abstract: Ultraviolet multiphoton upconversion emissions of Eu{sup 3+} ({sup 5}H{sub 3-7}, {sup 5}G{sub 2-6}, {sup 5}L{sub 6} {yields} {sup 7}F{sub 0}) and Gd{sup 3+} ({sup 6}I{sub J}, {sup 6}P{sub J} {yields} {sup 8}S{sub 7/2}) are studied in the Eu{sup 3+} (or Gd{sup 3+}) doped SiO{sub 2}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-NaF-YF{sub 3} precursor glasses and glass ceramics containing {beta}-YF{sub 3} nanocrystals, under continuous-wavelength 976 nm laser pumping. It is experimentally demonstrated that energy transfer from Yb{sup 3+} to Tm{sup 3+}, then further to Eu{sup 3+} or Gd{sup 3+} is responsible for the upconversion process. Compared to those in the precursor glasses, the upconversion emission intensities in the glass ceramics are greatly enhanced, owing to the participation of rare earth ions into the low-phonon-energy environment of {beta}-YF{sub 3} nanocrystals. Hopefully, the studied glass ceramics may find potential applications in the field of ultraviolet solid-state lasers.

  16. CLOMP_TM

    Energy Science and Technology Software Center (ESTSC)

    2012-06-01

    The CLOMP_TM benchmark was developed to measure the overheads of various mechanisms used to guarantee the generation of correct results in threaded code even when multiple threads might be accessing and/or updating the same memory location at the same time. This includes widely supported mechanisms like OpenMP Atomic and Open MP Critical as well as new mechanisms like Transactional Memory (TM) and Speculative Execution (SE) of threads. The CLOMP_TM benchmark is highly configurable to allowmore » a variety of problem sizes, atomic update region sizes, and potential race condition opportunities to be studied. A wide variety of checks are done on the results to verify the expected answer was actuallyl generated. Thus CLOMP_TM can be used both to measure the overhead for various mechanisms and to check the correctness of their implementation.« less

  17. CLOMP_TM

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    Gyllenhaal, J.

    2012-06-01

    The CLOMP_TM benchmark was developed to measure the overheads of various mechanisms used to guarantee the generation of correct results in threaded code even when multiple threads might be accessing and/or updating the same memory location at the same time. This includes widely supported mechanisms like OpenMP Atomic and Open MP Critical as well as new mechanisms like Transactional Memory (TM) and Speculative Execution (SE) of threads. The CLOMP_TM benchmark is highly configurable to allow a variety of problem sizes, atomic update region sizes, and potential race condition opportunities to be studied. A wide variety of checks are done on the results to verify the expected answer was actuallyl generated. Thus CLOMP_TM can be used both to measure the overhead for various mechanisms and to check the correctness of their implementation.

  18. Extension of excitation functions up to 50 MeV for activation products in deuteron irradiations of Pr and Tm targets

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    Hermanne, A.; Tárkányi, F.; Takács, S.; Ditrói, F.

    2016-09-01

    Extension up to 50 MeV incident deuteron energy is presented for excitation functions of activation products formed in monoisotopic Tm (169Tm) and Pr (141Pr). By stacked foil irradiations direct and/or cumulative production of 140,139m,138Nd, 138mPr, 141,139,137m,135Ce on Pr and 166,169Yb, 166,167,168Tm on Tm targets were measured. Confirmation of earlier experimental results for all investigated radionuclides is found and the influence of the higher energy on thick target yields and batch production of medically relevant radionuclides (140Nd, 139Pr (as decay product of 139mNd), 166,169Yb, 167Tm) is discussed. A comparison of experimental values with TALYS1.6 code results (predicted values from TENDL-2015 on-line library) shows a better description of the (d,pxn) reactions than older ones.

  19. Power scaling of resonantly pumped Yb-free Er-doped fiber laser

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    Dubinskii, M.; Zhang, J.; Ter-Mikirtychev, V.

    2009-05-01

    Even though Yb-doped fiber lasers are known to be the most powerful and most efficient among all fiber lasers, recent successes in the eye-safe ~1.5μm Yb-Er-doped fiber lasers (where Er is excited through Yb-Er energy transfer) are quite impressive. Output power of Yb-Er fiber lasers reached ~300 W level and their optical-to-optical efficiency, for somewhat lower power levels, is exceeding 40% [2]. Nevertheless, as far as real eye safety is concerned, multi-hundred Watt Yb-Er fiber lasers typically carry in their output a significant fraction of competing 1-μm Yb emission, which totally compromises an eye-safe side of the application. Ultimate efficiency and thermal management of Yb-Er approach are also suffering due to: (i), inefficiency of Yb-Er energy transfer and, (ii), gigantic ~40% quantum defect of Er-doped fiber pumped at 9XX-nm. Presented here are very recent and successful results on power scaling of resonantly pumped Yb-free Er-doped fiber lasers and amplifiers. We are reporting an Ybfree Er-doped cladding-pumped fiber power scaling to ~50 W with ~57% optical-tooptical efficiency [6] in a few first experimental steps. This is clear manifestation of scaling potential of this most efficient approach to high power eye-safe fiber laser. The only competing approach to scalable eye-safe fiber laser implements Tm3+-doped fibers pumped at ~790 nm while relying on well known "2-for-1" process leading to quite efficient excitation of the ~2μm Tm3+ laser operation [4]. This approach has operational optical-to-optical efficiency quantum limit of ~75% [4], while resonantly pumped Ybfree Er-doped fiber laser's optical-to-optical efficiency quantum limit exceeds 95% due to its low-quantum-defect (QD) pump-lase scheme. Significant scaling potential of resonantly-pumped Yb-free Er-doped fiber lasers and amplifiers sets a path to an eye-safe fiber laser concept with drastically relaxed thermal management and nearly diffraction limited beam quality at ~kW-=-class power

  20. Sulfate Exchange of the Nitrate-Type Layered Hydroxide Nanosheets of Ln2(OH)5NO3·nH2O for Better Dispersed and Multi-color Luminescent Ln2O3 Nanophosphors (Ln = Y0.98RE0.02, RE = Pr, Sm, Eu, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, and Tm).

    PubMed

    Wu, Xiaoli; Liu, Weigang; Li, Ji-Guang; Zhu, Qi; Li, Xiaodong; Sun, Xudong

    2016-12-01

    Through restricting thickness growth by performing coprecipitation at the freezing temperature of ~4 °C, solid-solution nanosheets (up to 5-nm thick) of the Ln2(OH)5NO3·nH2O layered hydroxide (Ln = Y0.98RE0.02; RE = Pr, Sm, Eu, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, and Tm, respectively) were directly synthesized without performing conventional exfoliation. In situ exchange of the interlayer NO3 (-) with SO4 (2-) produced a sulfate derivative [Ln2(OH)5(SO4)0.5·nH2O] of the same layered structure and two-dimensional crystallite morphology but substantially contracted d 002 basal spacing (from ~0.886 to 0.841 nm). The sulfate derivative was systematically compared against its nitrate parent in terms of crystal structure and phase/morphology evolution upon heating. It is shown that the interlayer SO4 (2-), owing to its bonding with the hydroxide main layer, significantly raises the decomposition temperature from ~600 to 1000 °C to yield remarkably better dispersed oxide nanopowders via a monoclinic Ln2O2SO4 intermediate. The resultant (Y0.98RE0.02)2O3 nanophosphors were studied for their photoluminescence to show that the emission color, depending on RE(3+), spans a wide range in the Commission Internationale de l'Eclairage (CIE) chromaticity diagram, from blue to deep red via green, yellow, orange, and orange red. PMID:27405467

  1. Phase and Size Controllable Synthesis of NaYbF4 Nanocrystals in Oleic Acid/ Ionic Liquid Two-Phase System for Targeted Fluorescent Imaging of Gastric Cancer

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    Pan, Liyuan; He, Meng; Ma, Jiebing; Tang, Wei; Gao, Guo; He, Rong; Su, Haichuan; Cui, Daxiang

    2013-01-01

    Upconversion nanocrystals with small size and strong fluorescent signals own great potential in applications such as biomolecule-labeling, in vivo tracking and molecular imaging. Herein we reported that NaYbF4: 25%Gd, 2%Tm upconversion nanocrystals with small size and strong fluorescent signals were controllably synthesized by oleic acid (OA)/ ionic liquid (IL) two-phase system for targeted fluorescent imaging of gastric cancer in vivo. The optimal synthesis condition of NaYbF4: 25%Gd, 2%Tm upconversion nanocrystals by OA/IL two-phase system was established, adding more metal ion such as Na+ ion could facilitate the size control and crystal-phase transition, more importantly, markedly enhancing fluorescent intensity of beta-phase nanocrystals compared with traditional methods. Alpha-phase NaYbF4, 2%Tm upconversion nanocrystals with less than 10nm in diameter and beta-phase NaYbF4: 25%Gd, 2%Tm upconversion nanocrystals with 30 nm or so in diameter and strong fluorescent signals were obtained, these synthesized nanocrystals exhibited very low cytotoxicity. Folic acid-conjugated silica-modified beta-phase NaYbF4: 25%Gd, 2%Tm upconversion nanocrystals were prepared, could actively target gastric cancer tissues implanted into nude mice in vivo, and realized targeted fluorescent imaging. Folic acid-conjugated silica-modified NaYbF4: 25%Gd, 2%Tm upconversion nanocrystals show great potential in applications such as targeted near infared radiation fluorescent imaging, magnetic resonance imaging and targeted therapy of gastric cancer in the near future. PMID:23471455

  2. A broadening temperature sensitivity range with a core-shell YbEr@YbNd double ratiometric optical nanothermometer

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    Marciniak, L.; Prorok, K.; Francés-Soriano, L.; Pérez-Prieto, J.; Bednarkiewicz, A.

    2016-02-01

    The chemical architecture of lanthanide doped core-shell up-converting nanoparticles can be engineered to purposely design the properties of luminescent nanomaterials, which are typically inaccessible to their homogeneous counterparts. Such an approach allowed to shift the up-conversion excitation wavelength from ~980 to the more relevant ~808 nm or enable Tb or Eu up-conversion emission, which was previously impossible to obtain or inefficient. Here, we address the issue of limited temperature sensitivity range of optical lanthanide based nano-thermometers. By covering Yb-Er co-doped core nanoparticles with the Yb-Nd co-doped shell, we have intentionally combined temperature dependent Er up-conversion together with temperature dependent Nd --> Yb energy transfer, and thus have expanded the temperature response range ΔT of a single nanoparticle based optical nano-thermometer under single ~808 nm wavelength photo-excitation from around ΔT = 150 K to over ΔT = 300 K (150-450 K). Such engineered nanocrystals are suitable for remote optical temperature measurements in technology and biotechnology at the sub-micron scale.The chemical architecture of lanthanide doped core-shell up-converting nanoparticles can be engineered to purposely design the properties of luminescent nanomaterials, which are typically inaccessible to their homogeneous counterparts. Such an approach allowed to shift the up-conversion excitation wavelength from ~980 to the more relevant ~808 nm or enable Tb or Eu up-conversion emission, which was previously impossible to obtain or inefficient. Here, we address the issue of limited temperature sensitivity range of optical lanthanide based nano-thermometers. By covering Yb-Er co-doped core nanoparticles with the Yb-Nd co-doped shell, we have intentionally combined temperature dependent Er up-conversion together with temperature dependent Nd --> Yb energy transfer, and thus have expanded the temperature response range ΔT of a single nanoparticle

  3. Yb:S-FAP Lasers

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    Schaffers, K I

    2004-01-20

    It has recently been reported that several high power, diode-pumped laser systems have been developed based on crystals of Yb:S-FAP [Yb{sup 3+}:Sr{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}F]. The Mercury Laser, at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, is the most prominent system using Yb:S-FAP and is currently producing 23J at 5 Hz in a 15 nsec pulse, based on partial activation of the system. In addition, a regenerative amplifier is being developed at Waseda University in Japan and has produced greater than 12 mJ with high beam quality at 50Hz repetition rate. Q-peak has demonstrated 16 mJ of maximum energy/output pulse in a multi-pass, diode side-pumped amplifier and ELSA in France is implementing Yb:S-FAP in a 985 nm pump for an EDFA, producing 250 mW. Growth of high optical quality crystals of Yb:S-FAP is a challenge due to multiple crystalline defects. However, at this time, a growth process has been developed to produce high quality 3.5 cm diameter Yb:S-FAP crystals and a process is under development for producing 6.5 cm diameter crystals.

  4. GEOMAG[TM] Paradoxes

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    Defrancesco, Silvia; Logiurato, Fabrizio; Karwasz, Grzegorz

    2007-01-01

    As often happens, a lot of physics can come out of a toy. What we found interesting is the observation of the magnetic field produced by different configurations built with GEOMAG[TM]. This toy provides small magnetic bars and steel spheres to play with. Amusing 3-D structures can be built; nevertheless, this possibility is not so obvious. Indeed,…

  5. Analysis of the Petunia TM6 MADS box gene reveals functional divergence within the DEF/AP3 lineage.

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    Rijpkema, Anneke S; Royaert, Stefan; Zethof, Jan; van der Weerden, Gerard; Gerats, Tom; Vandenbussche, Michiel

    2006-08-01

    Antirrhinum majus DEFICIENS (DEF) and Arabidopsis thaliana APETALA3 (AP3) MADS box proteins are required to specify petal and stamen identity. Sampling of DEF/AP3 homologs revealed two types of DEF/AP3 proteins, euAP3 and TOMATO MADS BOX GENE6 (TM6), within core eudicots, and we show functional divergence in Petunia hybrida euAP3 and TM6 proteins. Petunia DEF (also known as GREEN PETALS [GP]) is expressed mainly in whorls 2 and 3, and its expression pattern remains unchanged in a blind (bl) mutant background, in which the cadastral C-repression function in the perianth is impaired. Petunia TM6 functions as a B-class organ identity protein only in the determination of stamen identity. Atypically, Petunia TM6 is regulated like a C-class rather than a B-class gene, is expressed mainly in whorls 3 and 4, and is repressed by BL in the perianth, thereby preventing involvement in petal development. A promoter comparison between DEF and TM6 indicates an important change in regulatory elements during or after the duplication that resulted in euAP3- and TM6-type genes. Surprisingly, although TM6 normally is not involved in petal development, 35S-driven TM6 expression can restore petal development in a def (gp) mutant background. Finally, we isolated both euAP3 and TM6 genes from seven solanaceous species, suggesting that a dual euAP3/TM6 B-function system might be the rule in the Solanaceae. PMID:16844905

  6. Rare earth-copper-magnesium compounds RECu 9Mg 2 ( RE=Y, La-Nd, Sm-Ho, Yb) with ordered CeNi 3-type structure

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    Solokha, P.; Pavlyuk, V.; Saccone, A.; De Negri, S.; Prochwicz, W.; Marciniak, B.; Różycka-Sokołowska, E.

    2006-10-01

    A series of ternary compounds RECu 9Mg 2 ( RE=Y, La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Yb) have been synthesized via induction melting of elemental metal ingots followed by annealing at 400 °C for 4 weeks. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) coupled with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDXS) was used for examining microstructure and phase composition. These phases crystallize with an ordered version of the binary hexagonal structure type first reported for CeNi 3. The crystal structure was solved for TbCu 9Mg 2 from single crystal X-ray counter data (TbCu 9Mg 2-structure type, P6 3/mmc-space group, hP24-Pearson symbol, a=0.49886 (7) nm, c=1.61646 (3) nm, RF=0.0474 for 190 unique reflections). The Rietveld refinement of the X-ray powder diffraction patterns of RECu 9Mg 2 confirmed the same crystal structure for the reported rare earth metals. The unit cell volumes for RECu 9Mg 2 smoothly follow the lanthanide contraction. The existence of a RECu 9Mg 2 phase was excluded for RE=Er and Tm under the investigated experimental conditions.

  7. Highly Efficient Tm-Doped Yttrium Aluminum Garnet Ceramic Laser Based on the Novel Fiber-Bulk Hybrid Configuration

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    Liu, Jun; Shen, Deyuan; Huang, Haitao; Zhang, Xiaoqi; Tang, Dingyuan; Fan, Dianyuan

    2013-09-01

    A polycrystalline ceramic Tm3+-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Tm:Y3Al5O12, Tm:YAG) laser based on the novel fiber-bulk hybrid configuration is demonstrated using a high-power and tunable Er,Yb co-doped fiber laser as the pump source. Lasing characteristics of a 4.0 at. % Tm:YAG ceramic are investigated at different pump wavelengths from 1617 to 1625 nm. With an output coupler of 10% transmission, a maximum output power of 3.9 W is obtained at 2013.2 nm under an 8.8 W incident pump power at the Tm:YAG absorption peak of 1620.4 nm, corresponding to a slope efficiency of 50.1% with respect to the incident pump power.

  8. Thermal expansion of a Au-Al-Yb intermediate valence quasicrystal

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    Watanuki, T.; Kashimoto, S.; Ishimasa, T.; Machida, A.; Yamamoto, S.; Tanaka, Y.; Mizumaki, M.; Kawamura, N.; Watanabe, S.

    2015-06-01

    The thermal expansion of a Au-Al-Yb intermediate-valence quasicrystal has been studied. X-ray diffraction measurements showed zero thermal expansion below 50 K. By comparison with an isostructural Au-Al-Tm quasicrystal, the contribution of the Yb valence variation was extracted, and it was shown that its negative thermal expansion component compensated for the positive thermal expansion of the original lattice. On cooling, the Yb contribution grew steeply below approximately 155 K down to the lowest experimental temperature of 5 K, due to enlargement of the Yb atomic radius, which was caused by the valence shift toward the divalent state. Additionally, a larger Yb contribution to the thermal expansion was demonstrated in a crystalline approximant to this quasicrystal. The magnitude of this contribution was approximately 1.4 times larger than in the case of the quasicrystal itself, resulting in a slight negative thermal expansion below 50 K. A heterogeneous valence model for the quasicrystal that we proposed previously accounts for this magnitude difference.

  9. Single frequency 1560nm Er:Yb fiber amplifier with 207W output power and 50.5% slope efficiency

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    Creeden, Daniel; Pretorius, Herman; Limongelli, Julia; Setzler, Scott D.

    2016-03-01

    High power fiber lasers/amplifiers in the 1550nm spectral region have not scaled as rapidly as Yb-, Tm-, or Ho-doped fibers. This is primarily due to the low gain of the erbium ion. To overcome the low pump absorption, Yb is typically added as a sensitizer. Although this helps the pump absorption, it also creates a problem with parasitic lasing of the Yb ions under strong pumping conditions, which generally limits output power. Other pump schemes have shown high efficiency through resonant pumping of erbium only without the need for Yb as a sensitizer [1-2]. Although this can enable higher power scaling due to a decrease in the thermal loading, resonant pumping methods require long fiber lengths due to pump bleaching, which may limit the power scaling which can be achieved for single frequency output. By using an Er:Yb fiber and pumping in the minima of the Yb pump absorption at 940nm, we have been able to simultaneously generate high power, single frequency output at 1560nm while suppressing the 1-micron ASE and enabling higher efficiency compared to pumping at the absorption peak at 976nm. We have demonstrated single frequency amplification (540Hz linewidth) to 207W average output power with 49.3% optical efficiency (50.5% slope efficiency) in an LMA Er:Yb fiber. We believe this is the highest reported efficiency from a high power 9XXnm pumped Er:Yb-doped fiber amplifier. This is significantly more efficient that the best-reported efficiency for high power Er:Yb doped fibers, which, to-date, has been limited to ~41% slope efficiency [3].

  10. Bose-Einstein Condensation of Yb atoms

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    Takasu, Y.; Maki, K.; Komori, K.; Takano, T.; Honda, K.; Kumakura, M.; Yabuzaki, T.; Takahashi, Y.

    2005-05-05

    We could recently achieve the Bose Einstein condensation (BEC) of Yb atoms. Yb differs from most of the elements that have previously been condensed, because it is a two-electron atom with the singlet S ground state. Furthermore the Bosonic isotopes of Yb, like 174Yb which we succeeded to condensate, has no nuclear spin, so that the ground state is completely spin-less state and hence insensitive to magnetic fields. Thus a new type of atom could join the group of atoms for BEC studies. We would like to report how we could achieve the BEC of Yb atoms.

  11. Physics of YbBiPt

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    Thompson, J.D.; Canfield, P.C.; Lacerda, A.; Hundley, M.F.; Fisk, Z. ); Ott, H.R.; Felder, E.; Chernikov, M. ); Maple, M.B.; Visani, P.; Seaman, C.L.; Lopez de la Torre, M.A. ); Aeppli, G. )

    1992-09-15

    YbBiPt has a low temperature linear specific heat coefficient of 8J/mole-Yb K{sup 2} and a small specific-heat anomaly at 0.4K. We discuss new experiments on specific-heat of diluted YbBiPt, and magnetic field dependent effects and electrical resistivity in pure YbBiPt. We argue that in this material the Kondo and crystal-field energy scales are small and of comparable magnitude, placing YbBiPt in the same class as many Uranium heavy-electron compounds.

  12. Lifetime measurement in ^170Yb

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    Wang, Z.; Krücken, R.; Beausang, C. W.; Casten, R. F.; Cooper, J. R.; Cederkäll, J.; Caprio, M.; Novak, J. R.; Zamfir, N. V.; Barton, C.

    1999-10-01

    The nature of the low lying K^π=0^+ excitations in deformed nuclei have recently been subject of intense discussion. In this context we present results from a Coulomb excitation experiment on ^170Yb using a 70MeV ^16O beam on a gold backed, 1.5 mg/cm^2 thick ^170Yb target. The beam was delivered by the ESTU tandem accelerator of WNSL at Yale University. Gamma rays were detected by the YRAST Ball array in coincidence with back-scattered ^16O particles, which were detected in an array of 8 solar cells. Lineshapes were observed for several transitions from collective states in ^170Yb and the lifetimes for those states were extracted using a standard DSAM analysis. The results will be presented together with a short introduction to the solar cell array at Yale (SCARY) that was used to make angular selection of the excited ^170Yb nuclei. This work is supported by the US-DOE under grant numbers DE-FG02-91ER-40609 and DE-FG02-88ER-40417.

  13. Fabrication of Yb-123 Tapes

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    Athur, S.; Balachandran, U.; Salama, K.

    2000-11-15

    While Bi-2223 tapes have been the workhorses of the superconductor industry, their poor performance in applied magnetic fields restrict their use to below 30 K. Melt-processing of Ag-clad Yb-123 PIT tapes offers a simple and scalable technique for fabricating long-length HTS conductors capable of being used at 77 K. Under reduced oxygen partial pressure, the peritectic temperature of Yb-123 is below the melting point of Ag, and this facilitates the adaptation of melt-texturing methods for fabricating these tapes. The effect of melt-processing temperature on current density was also explored; a temperature of 965 C yielded optimal critical current values. The critical current density achieved at 4.2 K was 20,000 A/cm{sup 2}, corresponding to a critical current of 52 A. Based on the above results, an optimal processing zone for melt-processing of Ag-clad Yb-123 tapes was determined. These results hold promise for melt-processing of Ag-clad Yb-123 tapes as an alternative to Bi-2223 PIT technology.

  14. Synthesis, crystal structure, and magnetism of A2Co12As7 (A=Ca, Y, Ce-Yb)

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    Tan, Xiaoyan; Ovidiu Garlea, V.; Chai, Ping; Geondzhian, Andrey Y.; Yaroslavtsev, Alexander A.; Xin, Yan; Menushenkov, Alexey P.; Chernikov, Roman V.; Shatruk, Michael

    2016-04-01

    Ternary intermetallics, A2Co12As7 (A=Ca, Y, Ce-Yb), have been synthesized by annealing mixtures of elements in molten Bi at 1223 K. The materials obtained crystallize in the P63/m variant of the Zr2Fe12P7 structure type. The unit cell volume shows a monotonic decrease with the increasing atomic number of the rare-earth metal, with the exception of Ce-, Eu-, and Yb-containing compounds. An examination of these outliers with X-ray absorption near edge structures (XANES) spectroscopy revealed mixed valence of Ce, Eu, and Yb, with the average oxidation states of +3.20(1), +2.47(5), and +2.91(1), respectively, at room temperature. Magnetic behavior of A2Co12As7 is generally characterized by ferromagnetic ordering of Co 3d moments at 100-140 K, followed by low-temperature ordering of rare-earth 4f moments. The 3d-4f magnetic coupling changes from antiferromagnetic for A=Pr-Sm to ferromagnetic for A=Ce and Eu-Yb. Polarized neutron scattering experiments were performed to support the postulated ferro- and ferrimagnetic ground states for Ce2Co12As7 and Nd2Co12As7, respectively.

  15. Mode instability thresholds for Tm-doped fiber amplifiers pumped at 790 nm.

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    Smith, Arlee V; Smith, Jesse J

    2016-01-25

    We use a detailed numerical model of stimulated thermal Rayleigh scattering to compute mode instability thresholds in Tm(3+)-doped fiber amplifiers. The fiber amplifies 2040 nm light using a 790 nm pump. The cross-relaxation process is strong, permitting power efficiencies of 60%. The predicted instability thresholds are compared with those in similar Yb(3+)-doped fiber amplifiers with 976 nm pump and 1060 nm signal, and are found to be higher, even though the heat load is much higher in Tm-doped amplifiers. The higher threshold in the Tm-doped fiber is attributed to its longer signal wavelength, and to stronger gain saturation, due in part to cross-relaxation heating. PMID:26832480

  16. Structural and physical properties of the new intermetallic compound Yb{sub 3}Pd{sub 2}Sn{sub 2}

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    Solokha, P.; Curlik, I.; Giovannini, M.; Lee-Hone, N.R.; Reiffers, M.; Ryan, D.H.; Saccone, A.

    2011-09-15

    The crystal structure of the ternary intermetallic compound Yb{sub 3}Pd{sub 2}Sn{sub 2} has been determined ab initio from powder X-ray diffraction data. The compound crystallizes as a new structure type in the orthorhombic space group Pbcm and lattice constants a=0.58262(3), b=1.68393(8), c=1.38735(7) nm. Yb{sub 3}Pd{sub 2}Sn{sub 2} is composed of a complex {sub {infinity}}[Pd{sub 2}Sn{sub 2}]{sup {delta}-} polyanionic network in which the Yb ions are embedded. A comparison between this structure and those of Eu{sub 3}Pd{sub 2}Sn{sub 2} and Ca{sub 3}Pd{sub 2}Sn{sub 2}, other novel polar intermetallic compounds, was made. DC susceptibility and {sup 170}Yb Moessbauer spectroscopic measurements indicate a close-to divalent Yb behavior. Moreover, a hybridization between 4f and conduction electrons is suggested by electronic structure calculations and heat capacity measurements. - Graphical Abstract: Polyanionic networks for Yb{sub 3}Pd{sub 2}Sn{sub 2} and Eu{sub 3}Pd{sub 2}Sn{sub 2}. Highlights: > We determined ab initio the crystal structure of the novel ternary Yb{sub 3}Pd{sub 2}Sn{sub 2} stannide. > This structure has been compared with those of other polar 3:2:2 stannides discovered in this work. > Measurements of physical properties on Yb{sub 3}Pd{sub 2}Sn{sub 2} point to a close-to-divalent Yb ion. > Electron structure calculation and heat capacity indicate some hybridization between 4f and conduction electrons.

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  19. YB48 the metal rich boundary of YB66; crystal growth and thermoelectric properties

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    Hossain, M. Anwar; Tanaka, Isao; Tanaka, Takaho; Khan, A. Ullah; Mori, Takao

    2015-12-01

    It was discovered that the well-known higher boride YB66, one of the first reported phonon glass electron crystals (PGEC), could be obtained in a much more metal-rich composition than previously thought possible. Using the floating zone growth method, YB48 single crystals with YB66 crystal structure could be obtained, and their thermoelectric properties measured. This expansion of the homogeneity range of the well-known YB66 compound is surprising and a new Y atomic site was discovered. YB48 exhibits much higher power factors than YB66 which increase rapidly with increasing temperature. The obtained dimensionless figure of merit of this compound at 990 K is approximately 30 times higher than that of previously reported YB66 samples, and higher than any other pristine higher boride. This discovery reveals YB48 as a promising high temperature thermoelectric material.

  20. The tmRNA website

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    Hudson, Corey M.; Williams, Kelly P.

    2014-11-05

    We report that the transfer-messenger RNA (tmRNA) and its partner protein SmpB act together in resolving problems arising when translating bacterial ribosomes reach the end of mRNA with no stop codon. Their genes have been found in nearly all bacterial genomes and in some organelles. The tmRNA Website serves tmRNA sequences, alignments and feature annotations, and has recently moved to http: //bioinformatics.sandia.gov/tmrna/. New features include software used to find the sequences, an update raising the number of unique tmRNA sequences from 492 to 1716, and a database of SmpB sequences which are served along with the tmRNA sequence from themore » same organism.« less

  1. The tmRNA website

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    Hudson, Corey M.; Williams, Kelly P.

    2014-11-05

    We report that the transfer-messenger RNA (tmRNA) and its partner protein SmpB act together in resolving problems arising when translating bacterial ribosomes reach the end of mRNA with no stop codon. Their genes have been found in nearly all bacterial genomes and in some organelles. The tmRNA Website serves tmRNA sequences, alignments and feature annotations, and has recently moved to http: //bioinformatics.sandia.gov/tmrna/. New features include software used to find the sequences, an update raising the number of unique tmRNA sequences from 492 to 1716, and a database of SmpB sequences which are served along with the tmRNA sequence from the same organism.

  2. Optical refrigeration of Yb3+:YAG nanocrystals

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    Nemova, Galina; Kashyap, Raman

    2015-03-01

    We have theoretically investigated the laser cooling process in Yb3+:YAG nanocrystals. We have developed an approach, which permits not only estimate the cooling process in Yb3+:YAG nanocrystals but compare this process with the laser cooling of the Yb3+:YAG bulk samples. The temperature dependences of all parameters of the system are taken into account. The cooperative effects such as re-absorption, the energy migration and cooperative luminescence have been considered.

  3. Transparent glass-ceramics containing Eu3+ and Dy3+ ions for visible optoelectronics

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    Pisarska, Joanna; Żur, Lidia; Pisarski, Wojciech A.

    2011-06-01

    Selected oxyfluoride glasses containing Eu3+ and Dy3+ were heat treated in order to obtain transparent glass-ceramics. Visible emission spectra corresponding to 5D0 - 7FJ (J = 0, 1, 2, 3, 4) transitions of Eu3+ and 4F9/2 - 6HJ/2 (J = 11, 13, 15) transitions of Dy3+ in glass samples before and after heat treatment were registered. The luminescence intensity ratios R (Eu3+) and Y/B (Dy3+) have been analyzed in details. Their values are reduced due to part incorporation of rare earth ions into cubic β-PbF2 crystalline phase.

  4. Probing dual mode emission of Eu3+ in garnet phosphor

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    Singh, S. K.; Gi Lee, Dong; Soo Yi, Soung; Jang, Kiwan; Shin, Dong-Soo; Hyun Jeong, Jung

    2013-05-01

    Eu3+ doped and Eu3+, Yb3+ co-doped Gd3Ga5O12 phosphors have been developed by facile solid state reaction method which can be easily scaled-up in large quantity. The synthesis has been optimized to get a single phase material at 1300 °C. The phase and crystal parameters have been analyzed by using X-ray diffraction measurement. Photoluminescence excitation (monitored for the 5D0 → 7F1 transition of Eu3+) depicts that the active ion (Eu3+) can be excited through direct excitation into 4f band of Eu3+, through charge transfer band (Eu3+-O2-) excitation and also through the excitation into 8S7/2 → 6IJ intra f-f transition of Gd3+ ion, which significantly all together cover a broad excitation region in 200-420 nm. In addition, in the presence of Yb3+ ions, the emission is also achieved by near infrared excitation (976 nm), through a typical upconversion (UC) process. Thus, the material efficiently behaves as a dual mode emitting phosphor (emission is achieved both through normal fluorescence and through UC process). The conversion efficiency of silicon solar cells is only 15% of terrestrial solar energy for 200-400 nm region and also the sub-band gap energy (in infrared region) is lost as heat; therefore, this kind of dual mode phosphors may be used to overcome the above mentioned incomplete utilization of the solar spectrum and can open realm of new possibilities for energy harvesting.

  5. Optical waveguides in Yb:SBN crystals fabricated by swift C3+ ion irradiation

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    Liu, Guiyuan; Dong, Ningning; Wang, Jun; Akhmadaliev, Shavkat; Zhou, Shengqiang; Chen, Feng

    2016-01-01

    We report on the fabrication of optical planar waveguides supporting both the TE and TM confinements in Yb:SBN crystal by swift C3+ ions irradiation. A combination of the micro-photoluminescence and micro-Raman investigations have evidenced the presence of lattice distortion, damage and disordering of the SBN network along the ion irradiation path, with these effects being at the basis of the refractive index modification. The enhanced micro-photoluminescence and micro-Raman intensity in the waveguide volumes show the potential application of the obtained waveguides as active laser gain media.

  6. K-shell absorption jump factors and jump ratios in elements between Tm ( Z = 69) and Os ( Z = 76) derived from new mass attenuation coefficient measurements

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    Kaya, Necati; Tıraşoğlu, Engin; Apaydın, Gökhan; Aylıkcı, Volkan; Cengiz, Erhan

    2007-08-01

    The K-shell absorption jump factors and jump ratios were derived from new mass attenuation coefficients measured using an energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (EDXRF) spectrometer for Tm, Yb elements being Tm 2O 3, Yb 2O 3 compounds and pure Lu, Hf, Ta, W, Re and Os. The measurements, in the region 56-77 keV, were done in a transmission geometry utilizing the K α1 , K α2 , K β1 and K β2 X- rays from different secondary source targets (Yb, Ta, Os, W, Re and Ir, etc.) excited by the 123.6 keV γ-photons from an 57Co annular source and detected by an Ultra-LEGe solid state detector with a resolution of 150 eV at 5.9 keV. Experimental results have been compared with theoretically calculated values. The measured values of Tm, Yb, Lu, Hf, Ta, W, Re and Os are reported here for the first time.

  7. Definition of an intramolecular Eu-to-Eu energy transfer within a discrete [Eu2L] complex in solution.

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    Nonat, Aline; Regueiro-Figueroa, Martín; Esteban-Gómez, David; de Blas, Andrés; Rodríguez-Blas, Teresa; Platas-Iglesias, Carlos; Charbonnière, Loïc J

    2012-06-25

    Ligand L, based on two do3a moieties linked by the methylene groups of 6,6'-dimethyl-2,2'-bipyridine, was synthesized and characterized. The addition of Ln salts to an aqueous solution of L (0.01 M Tris-HCl, pH 7.4) led to the successive formation of [LnL] and [Ln(2)L] complexes, as evidenced by UV/Vis and fluorescence titration experiments. Homodinuclear [Ln(2)L] complexes (Ln = Eu, Gd, Tb, Yb, and Lu) were prepared and characterized. The (1)H and (13)C NMR spectra of the Lu and Yb complexes in D(2)O solution (pD = 7.0) showed C(1) symmetry of these species in solution, pointing to two different chemical environments for the two lanthanide cations. The analysis of the chemical shifts of the Yb complex indicated that the two coordination sites present square antiprismatic (SAP) coordination environments around the metal ions. The spectroscopic properties of the [Tb(2)L] complex upon ligand excitation revealed conventional behavior with τ(H2O) = 2.05(1) ms and ϕ(H2O) = 51%, except for the calculation of the hydration number obtained from the luminescent lifetimes in H(2)O and D(2)O, which pointed to a non-integer value of 0.6 water molecules per Tb(III) ion. In contrast, the Eu complex revealed surprising features such as: 1) the presence of two and up to five components in the (5)D(0)→(7)F(0) and (5)D(0)→(7)F(1) emission bands, respectively; 2) marked differences between the normalized spectra obtained in H(2)O and D(2)O solutions; and 3) unconventional temporal evolution of the luminescence intensity at certain wavelengths, the intensity profile first displaying a rising step before the occurrence of the expected decay. Additional spectroscopic experiments performed on [Gd(2-x)Eu(x)L] complexes (x = 0.1 and 1.9) confirmed the presence of two distinct Eu sites with hydration numbers of 0 (site I) and 2 (site II), and showed that the unconventional temporal evolution of the emission intensity is the result of an unprecedented intramolecular Eu-to-Eu

  8. Phase equilibrium and intermediate phases in the Eu-Sb system

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    Abdusalyamova, M.N.

    2011-10-15

    Rapid heating rate thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction, fluorescence spectrometry, and differential dissolution method were used to study the high-temperature phase equilibrium in the Eu-Sb system within the composition range between 37 and 96 at% Sb. The techniques were effective in determination of the vapor-solid-liquid equilibrium since intermediate phases except Eu{sub 4}Sb{sub 3} evaporated incongruently after melting. A thermal procedure was developed to determine the liquidus and solidus lines of the T-x diagram. Six stable phases were identified: two phases, EuSb{sub 2} and Eu{sub 4}Sb{sub 3}, melt congruently at 1045{+-}10 deg. C and 1600{+-}15 deg. C, the Eu{sub 2}Sb{sub 3}, Eu{sub 11}Sb{sub 10}, Eu{sub 5}Sb{sub 4}, and Eu{sub 5}Sb{sub 3} phases melt incongruently at 850{+-}8 deg. C, 950{+-}10 deg. C, 1350{+-}15 deg. C, and 1445{+-}15 deg. C, respectively. The exact composition shifting of Sb-rich decomposable phases towards Eu{sub 4}Sb{sub 3}, the most refractory compound, was determined. The topology of the Eu-Sb phase diagram was considered together with that of the Yb-Sb system. - Graphical abstract: The high-temperature range of the T-x phase diagram for the Eu-Sb system. Highlights: > The phase relations in the Eu-Sb system were studied over a large composition and temperature scale. > The liquidus and solidus lines of the T-x diagram were well established using effective techniques. > In the system, six binary phases are stable and they melt incongruently except EuSb{sub 2} and Eu{sub 4}Sb{sub 3}. > Incongruent evaporation was found to be typical of all the phases besides Eu{sub 4}Sb{sub 3}.

  9. Synthesis, crystal structure, and magnetism of A2Co12As7 (A=Ca, Y, Ce–Yb)

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    Tan, Xiaoyan; Ovidiu Garlea, V.; Chai, Ping; Geondzhian, Andrey Y.; Yaroslavtsev, Alexander A.; Xin, Yan; Menushenkov, Alexey P.; Chernikov, Roman V.; Shatruk, Michael

    2015-08-28

    In this study, ternary intermetallics, A2Co12As7 (A=Ca, Y, Ce–Yb), have been synthesized by annealing mixtures of elements in molten Bi at 1223 K. The materials obtained crystallize in the P63/m variant of the Zr2Fe12P7 structure type. The unit cell volume shows a monotonic decrease with the increasing atomic number of the rare-earth metal, with the exception of Ce-, Eu-, and Yb-containing compounds. An examination of these outliers with X-ray absorption near edge structures (XANES) spectroscopy revealed mixed valence of Ce, Eu, and Yb, with the average oxidation states of +3.20(1), +2.47(5), and +2.91(1), respectively, at room temperature. Magnetic behavior ofmore » A2Co12As7 is generally characterized by ferromagnetic ordering of Co 3d moments at 100–140 K, followed by low-temperature ordering of rare-earth 4f moments. The 3d-4f magnetic coupling changes from antiferromagnetic for A=Pr–Sm to ferromagnetic for A=Ce and Eu–Yb. Finally, polarized neutron scattering experiments were performed to support the postulated ferro- and ferrimagnetic ground states for Ce2Co12As7 and Nd2Co12As7, respectively.« less

  10. Anomalies in the Young modulus at structural phase transitions in rare-earth cobaltites RBaCo{sub 4}O{sub 7} (R = Y, Tm-Lu)

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    Kazei, Z. A. Snegirev, V. V.; Andreenko, A. S.; Kozeeva, L. P.

    2011-08-15

    The elastic properties of rare-earth cobaltites RBaCo{sub 4}O{sub 7} (R = Y, Tm-Lu) have been experimentally studied in the temperature range of 80-300 K. The strong softening of the Young modulus {Delta}E(T)/E{sub 0} Almost-Equal-To -(0.1-0.2) of cobaltites with Lu and Yb ions has been revealed, which is due to the instability of the crystal structure upon cooling and is accompanied by an inverse jump at the second-order structural phase transition. The softening of the Young modulus and the jump at the phase transition decrease by an order of magnitude and the transition temperature T{sub s} and hysteresis {Delta}T{sub s} increase from a compound with Lu to that with Tm. A large softening of the Young modulus at the structural transition in Lu- and Yb cobaltites indicates that the corresponding elastic constant goes to zero, whereas this constant in Tm cobaltite is not a 'soft' mode of the phase transition. It has been found that the structural phase transition in Lu- and Yb cobaltites is accompanied by a large absorption maximum at the phase transition point and an additional maximum in the low-temperature phase and absorption anomalies in Tm cobaltite is an order of magnitude smaller.

  11. Rare Earth impurities in yb(6) and zrb(12).

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    Fisk, Z; Matthias, B T; Corenzwit, E

    1969-12-01

    We present data on the depression of the superconducting transition temperatures of YB(6) and ZrB(12) by rare earth impurities. These data show unusual features. Ce in YB(6) is in some ways analogous to Yb in ZrB(12), and this analogy also appears to hold between Ce in CeB(6) and YB in YbB(12). PMID:16591805

  12. CaF2:Yb laser ceramics

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    Akchurin, M. Sh.; Basiev, T. T.; Demidenko, A. A.; Doroshenko, M. E.; Fedorov, P. P.; Garibin, E. A.; Gusev, P. E.; Kuznetsov, S. V.; Krutov, M. A.; Mironov, I. A.; Osiko, V. V.; Popov, P. A.

    2013-01-01

    CaF2:Yb fluoride laser ceramics, prepared by hot-forming, exhibit the same optical properties as starting single crystals. Slope efficiency of the Сa0.95Yb0.05F2.05 is equal to 35% in the pulsed mode of laser operation. Decrease of ytterbium concentration in CaF2:Yb samples down to 3 mol.% resulted in the essential improvement of Сa0.97Yb0.03F2.03 thermal conductivity from 3.5 to 4.5 W/m K, but slightly decreased (down to 30%) slope efficiency of the samples under both pulsed and CW mode of operation. Alternative hot-pressing synthesis of CaF2:Yb fluoride laser ceramics provided materials with superior mechanical properties (microhardness Н = 3.2 GPa and fracture toughness К1С = 0.65 МPа m1/2) in comparison with hot-formed and/or single crystal CaF2:Yb specimens. For the first time, lasing has been observed for the novel aforementioned hot-pressed CaF2:Yb ceramics.

  13. Collapse dynamics of a {sup 176}Yb-{sup 174}Yb Bose-Einstein condensate

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    Chaudhary, G. K.; Ramakumar, R.

    2010-06-15

    In this paper, we present a theoretical study of a two-component Bose-Einstein condensate composed of ytterbium (Yb) isotopes in a three-dimensional anisotropic harmonic potential. The condensate consists of a mixture of {sup 176}Yb atoms which have a negative s-wave scattering length and {sup 174}Yb atoms having a positive s-wave scattering length. We study the ground-state as well as dynamic properties of this two-component condensate. Due to the attractive interactions between {sup 176}Yb atoms, the condensate of {sup 176}Yb undergoes a collapse when the particle number exceeds a critical value. The critical number and the collapse dynamics are modified due to the presence of {sup 174}Yb atoms. We use coupled two-component Gross-Pitaevskii equations to study the collapse dynamics. The theoretical results obtained are in reasonable agreement with the experimental results of Fukuhara et al. [Phys. Rev. A 79, 021601(R) (2009)].

  14. Luminescence properties of YVO 4:Ln (Ln=Nd, Yb, and Yb-Er) nanoparticles

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    Buissette, V.; Huignard, A.; Gacoin, T.; Boilot, J.-P.; Aschehoug, P.; Viana, B.

    2003-06-01

    Concentrated colloidal solutions of well dispersed YVO 4:Ln (Ln=Nd, Yb, and Yb-Er) nanocrystals are synthesized through the precipitation of citrate complexes of rare earth salts with sodium orthovanadate. Luminescence spectra of aqueous suspensions of YVO 4:Nd or Yb are very similar to the bulk material, with lower lifetimes of the emitting level. After heating at 600 °C, the luminescence properties of silica capped YVO 4:Ln nanoparticles are significantly improved. In these conditions, YVO 4:Yb, Er nanoparticles exhibit green up-conversion luminescence and 1.55 μm emission of the erbium ion under infrared excitation of the ytterbium ion.

  15. Visualization of 2-μm radiation by BiF3:Ho3+ and BiF3:Ho3+/Yb3+ ceramics

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    Savikin, A. P.; Egorov, A. S.; Budruev, A. V.; Grishin, I. A.

    2016-06-01

    A series of ceramic samples of the compositions BiF3:1%Ho3+, BiF3:4%Ho3+, BiF3:1%Ho3+ + 1%Yb3+, and BiF3:1%Ho3+ + 3%Yb3+ is synthesized and the conversion of Tm:YLF laser radiation (λ = 1908 nm) is studied. The luminescence spectra exhibit bands in the regions of 490, 545, and 650 nm. The kinetic measurements of the afterglow of the green and red bands show that the population of the 5 S 2 and 5 F 4 states in the BiF3:1%Ho3+ samples occurs due to successive absorption of excitation photons, while the 5 F 5 level of Ho3+ is populated due to the ion-ion interaction. Codoping with Yb3+ leads to a decrease in the visualization threshold power density to 2 W/cm2.

  16. Listening and Legos[TM

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    Morris, Pamela

    2012-01-01

    This simple exercise, performed in teams, gives students practice in listening to instructions, particularly when there are restrictions for the communication. The teams compete in a limited amount of time to build a Lego[TM] structure based on the instructions of one team member. Which team listens the best and is most successful?

  17. 75 FR 78234 - Lock+TM

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  18. Valence fluctuation and magnetic ordering in EuNi2(P1-x Ge x )2 single crystals.

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    Paramanik, U B; Bar, A; Das, Debarchan; Caroca-Canales, N; Prasad, R; Geibel, C; Hossain, Z

    2016-04-27

    Unusual phases and phase transitions are seen at the magnetic-nonmagnetic boundary in Ce-, Eu- and Yb-based compounds. EuNi2P2 is a very unusual valence fluctuating Eu system, because at low temperatures the Eu valence stays close to 2.5 instead of approaching an integer value. The Eu valence, and thus the magnetic property in this system, can be tuned by Ge substitution in the P site as EuNi2Ge2 is known to exhibit the antiferromagnetc (AFM) ordering of divalent Eu moments with [Formula: see text] K. We have grown EuNi2(P1-x Ge x )2 ([Formula: see text]) single crystals and studied their magnetic, thermodynamic and transport properties. Increasing Ge doping to x  >  0.4 results in a well-defined AFM ordered state with [Formula: see text] K for x  =  0.5. Moreover, the reduced value of magnetic entropy for x  =  0.5 at T N suggests the presence of valance fluctuation/the Kondo effect in this compound. Interestingly, the specific heat exhibits an enhanced Sommerfeld coefficient upon Ge doping. Subsequently, electronic structure calculations lead to a non-integral valence in EuNi2P2 but a stable divalent Eu state in EuNi2Ge2, which is in good agreement with the experimental results. PMID:26988385

  19. Resonantly pumped amplification in a Tm-doped large mode-area photonic crystal fiber

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    Sincore, Alex; Shah, Lawrence; Wysmolek, Mateusz; Ryan, Robert; Abdulfattah, Ali; Richardson, Martin

    2015-03-01

    Ultra-large mode area thulium-doped photonic crystal fibers (Tm:PCF) have enabled the highest peak powers in 2 micron fiber laser systems to date. However, Tm:PCFs are limited by slope efficiencies of <50% when pumped with 790 nm laser diodes. A well-known alternative is pumping at 1550 nm with erbium/ytterbium-doped fiber (Er/Yb:fiber) lasers for efficiencies approaching ~70%. However, these 1550 nm pump lasers are also relatively inefficient themselves. A recently demonstrated and more attractive approach to enable slope efficiencies over 90% in thuliumdoped step-index fibers is resonant pumping (or in-band pumping). This utilizes a high power thulium fiber laser operating at a shorter wavelength as the pump. In this manuscript, we describe an initial demonstration of resonant pumping in Tm:PCF. While the extracted power was still in the exponential regime due to pump power limitations, slope efficiencies in excess of ~64 have been observed, and there is still room for improvement. These initial results show promise for applying resonant pumping in Tm:PCF to improve efficiencies and facilitate high power scaling in ultralarge mode area systems.

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  3. 75 FR 78234 - Lock+TM

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  4. Modified LaRC(TM)-IA Polyimides

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    St. Clair, Terry L.; Chang, Alice C.; Hou, Tan H.; Working, Dennis C.

    1994-01-01

    Modified versions of thermoplastic polyimide LaRC(TM)-IA incorporate various amounts of additional, rigid moieties into backbones of LaRC(TM)-IA molecules. Modified versions more resistant to solvents and exhibit higher glass-transition temperatures, yet retain melt-flow processability of unmodified LaRC(TM)-IA.

  5. Are there non-statistical effects in /sup 173/Yb(n,gamma)/sup 174/Yb

    SciTech Connect

    Pospisil, S.; Becvar, F.; Chrien, R.E.; Kopecky, J.

    1987-01-01

    The resonance-averaged capture of neutrons in /sup 173/Yb has been studied at energy of 2 keV. With a statistical significance of 99.5% an enhancement of E1-transition to the neutron 2QP levels in /sup 174/Yb is observed. 8 refs.

  6. Study of encapsulated {sup 170}Tm sources for their potential use in brachytherapy

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    Ballester, Facundo; Granero, Domingo; Perez-Calatayud, Jose; Venselaar, Jack L. M.; Rivard, Mark J.

    2010-04-15

    Purpose: High dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy is currently performed with {sup 192}Ir sources, and {sup 60}Co has returned recently into clinical use as a source for this kind of cancer treatment. Both radionuclides have mean photon energies high enough to require specific shielded treatment rooms. In recent years, {sup 169}Yb has been explored as an alternative for HDR-brachytherapy implants. Although it has mean photon energy lower than {sup 192}Ir, it still requires extensive shielding to deliver treatment. An alternative radionuclide for brachytherapy is {sup 170}Tm (Z=69) because it has three physical properties adequate for clinical practice: (a) 128.6 day half-life, (b) high specific activity, and (c) mean photon energy of 66.39 keV. The main drawback of this radionuclide is the low photon yield (six photons per 100 electrons emitted). The purpose of this work is to study the dosimetric characteristics of this radionuclide for potential use in HDR-brachytherapy. Methods: The authors have assumed a theoretical {sup 170}Tm cylindrical source encapsulated with stainless steel and typical dimensions taken from the currently available HDR {sup 192}Ir brachytherapy sources. The dose-rate distribution was calculated for this source using the GEANT4 Monte Carlo (MC) code considering both photon and electron {sup 170}Tm spectra. The AAPM TG-43 U1 brachytherapy dosimetry parameters were derived. To study general properties of {sup 170}Tm encapsulated sources, spherical sources encapsulated with stainless steel and platinum were also studied. Moreover, the influence of small variations in the active core and capsule dimensions on the dosimetric characteristics was assessed. Treatment times required for a {sup 170}Tm source were compared to those for {sup 192}Ir and {sup 169}Yb for the same contained activity. Results: Due to the energetic beta spectrum and the large electron yield, the bremsstrahlung contribution to the dose was of the same order of magnitude as from the

  7. Evidence from Tm anomalies for non-CI refractory lithophile element proportions in terrestrial planets and achondrites

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    Barrat, J. A.; Dauphas, N.; Gillet, P.; Bollinger, C.; Etoubleau, J.; Bischoff, A.; Yamaguchi, A.

    2016-03-01

    Thulium is a heavy rare earth element (REE) whose geochemical behavior is intermediate between Er and Yb, and that is not expected to be decoupled from these elements during accretion of planetary bodies and geological processes. However, irregularities in REE volatilities at higher temperature could have decoupled the REEs relative to one another during the early stages of condensation of the solar nebula. Indeed, positive Tm anomalies are found in some refractory inclusions from carbonaceous chondrites, and it is possible that large scale nebular reservoirs displaying positive or negative Tm anomalies were formed during the early history of the solar system. We analyzed a series of meteorites and terrestrial rocks in order to evaluate the existence of Tm anomalies in planetary materials. Relative to CIs (Ivuna-type carbonaceous chondrites), carbonaceous chondrites display unresolved or positive Tm anomalies, while most of the noncarbonaceous chondrites show slightly negative Tm anomalies. Quantification of these anomalies in terrestrial samples is complicated when samples display fractionated heavy REE patterns. Taking this effect into account, we show that the Earth, Mars, Vesta, the aubrite and ureilite parent bodies display small negative anomalies (Tm/Tm∗ ≈ 0.975), very similar to those found in ordinary and enstatite chondrites. We suggest that a slight negative Tm anomaly relative to CI is a widespread feature of the materials from the inner solar system. This finding suggests that CI chondrites may not be appropriate for normalizing REE abundances of most planetary materials as they may be enriched in a high-temperature refractory component with non-solar composition. The presence of Tm anomalies at a bulk planetary scale is, to this day, the strongest piece of evidence that refractory lithophile elements are not present in constant CI proportions in planetary bodies.

  8. Applications of TM polarized illumination

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    Smith, Bruce; Zhou, Jianming; Xie, Peng

    2008-03-01

    The use of transverse electric (TE) polarization has dominated illumination schemes as selective polarization is used for high-NA patterning. The benefits of TE polarization are clear - the interference of diffracted beams remains absolute at oblique angles. Transverse magnetic (TM) polarization is usually considered less desirable as imaging modulation from interference at large angle falls off rapidly as the 1/cosθ. Significant potential remains, however, for the use of TM polarization at large angles when its reflection component is utilized. By controlling the resist/substrate interface reflectivity, high modulation for TM polarization can be maintained for angles up to 90° in the resist. This can potentially impact the design of illumination away from most recent TE-only schemes for oblique imaging angles (high NA). We demonstrate several cases of TM illumination combined with tuned substrate reflectivity for 0.93NA, 1.20NA, and 1.35NA and compare results to TE and unpolarized cases. The goal is to achieve a flat response through polarization at large imaging angles. An additional application of TM illumination is its potential use for double patterning. As double patterning and double exposure approaches are sought in order to meet the needs of 32nm device generations and beyond, materials and process engineering challenges become prohibitive. We have devised a method for frequency doubling in a single exposure using an unconventional means of polarization selection and by making use of the reflective component produced at the photoresist/substrate interface. In doing so, patterns can be deposited into a photoresist film with double density. As an example, using a projection system numerical aperture of 1.20, with water as an immersion fluid, and a conventional polyacrylate 193nm photoresist, pattern resolution at 20nm half-pitch are obtainable (which is 0.125lambda/NA). The process to transfer this geometry into a hardmask layer uses conventional materials

  9. Enhanced performance of Cr,Yb:YAG microchip laser by bonding Yb:YAG crystal.

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    Cheng, Ying; Dong, Jun; Ren, Yingying

    2012-10-22

    Highly efficient, laser-diode pumped Yb:YAG/Cr,Yb:YAG self-Q-switched microchip lasers by bonding Yb:YAG crystal have been demonstrated for the first time to our best knowledge. The effect of transmission of output coupler (T(oc)) on the enhanced performance of Yb:YAG/Cr,Yb:YAG microchip lasers has been investigated and found that the best laser performance was achieved with T(oc) = 50%. Slope efficiency of over 38% was achieved. Average output power of 0.8 W was obtained at absorbed pump power of 2.5 W; corresponding optical-to-optical efficiency of 32% was obtained. Laser pulses with pulse width of 1.68 ns, pulse energy of 12.4 μJ, and peak power of 7.4 kW were obtained. The lasers oscillated in multi-longitudinal modes. The wide separation of longitudinal modes was attributed to the mode selection by combined etalon effect of Cr,Yb:YAG, Yb:YAG thin plates and output coupler. Stable periodical pulse trains at different pump power levels have been observed owing to the longitudinal modes coupling and competition. PMID:23187245

  10. A molecular interferometer using YbF

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    Hinds, E. A.; Redgrave, G. D.; Cahn, S. B.; Sauer, B. E.

    1998-05-01

    We have demonstrated a molecular interferometer for electron spin using the paramagnetic molecule YbF. In a molecular beam of YbF, a coherent superposition of hyperfine states |F=1, m_F=± 1> is produced, either via an rf transition or adiabatic Raman passage through suitably detuned laser beams. This state evolves in a weak magnetic field B, is recombined and probed with fluorescence detection. For a time of flight T the signal intensity is proportional to \\cos ^2 (μ_BBT/hbar). For our apparatus the fringe spacing is on the order of 100μ G. We will discuss the sensitivity in the context of an experiment to measure time reversal violation in YbF, as has been described in Physics World, April 1997.

  11. First-Order Structural Change Accompanied by Yb Valence Transition in YbInCu4

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    Tsutsui, Satoshi; Sugimoto, Kunihisa; Tsunoda, Ryoma; Hirose, Yusuke; Mito, Takeshi; Settai, Rikio; Mizumaki, Masaichiro

    2016-06-01

    A diffraction experiment using high-energy X-rays was carried out on YbInCu4. Below the Yb valence transition temperature, the splitting of Bragg peaks was detected in high-order reflections. No superlattice reflections accompanying the valence ordering were found below the transition temperature. These experimental findings indicate that a structural change from a cubic structure to a tetragonal structure without valence ordering occurs at the transition temperature. Such a structural change free from any valence ordering is difficult to understand only in terms of Yb valence degrees of freedom. This means that the structural change may be related to electronic symmetries such as quadrupolar degrees of freedom as well as to the change in Yb valence.

  12. Synthesis and Thermoelectric Properties of the YbTe-YbSb System

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    Kawamura, Airi; Hu, Yufei; Kauzlarich, Susan M.

    2016-01-01

    The syntheses of YbTe1- x Sb x ( x = 0, 0.05, 0.2, 0.5, 0.8, 1) were investigated by solid state reactions and formed into dense pellets by spark plasma sintering. X-ray powder diffraction and microprobe analysis indicated no solubility of Sb in YbTe, and these phases are better described as composite phases (YbTe)1- x (YbSb) x ( x = 0, 0.05, 0.2, 0.5, 0.8, 1). Thermal conductivity, electrical resistivity, and Seebeck coefficients were acquired for the larger values of x ( x = 0.2, 0.5, 0.8, 1) from room temperature to 773 K, and the figure of merit was calculated. Thermal conductivities for x = 0, 0.05 are also reported; however, measurements of Seebeck coefficients and electrical resistivity were not possible due to large resistivity. The figure of merit for all samples was low, and the maximum zT measured was zT 791K = 0.018 for YbSb. Low figures of merit were primarily the result of very high resistivity in YbTe rich samples, and high thermal conductivity, and a small Seebeck coefficient in all samples.

  13. Highly efficient Er/Yb-codoped fiber amplifier with an Yb-band fiber Bragg grating.

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    Han, Qun; Yao, Yunzhi; Chen, Yaofei; Liu, Fangchao; Liu, Tiegen; Xiao, Hai

    2015-06-01

    In this Letter, a high-power Er/Yb-codoped fiber amplifier (EYDFA) with a high-reflection Yb-band fiber Bragg grating (FBG) at the pump end is experimentally investigated. The FBG was inscribed on a piece of double-clad fiber with a center wavelength of 1032 nm. Due to the selective reflection of the backward Yb-band amplified spontaneous emission (Yb ASE) by the FBG, a co-pump-propagating Yb-band auxiliary signal was generated. Because of the stimulated amplification and reabsorption of the auxiliary signal, the Yb ASE was dramatically suppressed and the pump conversion efficiency (PCE) of the EYDFA was notably improved. An output power of 6.48 W was achieved at a pump power of 16.5 W, which is equivalent to a PCE of ∼39%. The slope efficiency relative to applied pump power was ∼40%. The maximum output power was improved ∼20% because of the introduction of the FBG. PMID:26030576

  14. Pulsed Tm-doped fiber lasers for mid-IR frequency conversion

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    Creeden, Daniel; Budni, Peter A.; Ketteridge, Peter A.

    2009-02-01

    Fiber lasers are an ideal pump source for nonlinear frequency conversion because they have the capability to generate short pulses with high peak-powers and excellent beam quality. Thulium-doped silica fibers allow for pulse generation and amplification in the 2-micron spectral band. This opens the door to a variety of nonlinear crystals, such as ZnGeP2 (ZGP) and orientation patterned GaAs (OPGaAs), which cannot be pumped by Yb- or Er-doped fiber laser directly due to high losses in the near-IR band. These crystals combine low losses with high nonlinearities and transparency for efficient nonlinear mid-IR converters. Using such nonlinear crystals and a pulsed Tm-doped master oscillator fiber amplifier (MOFA), we have demonstrated efficient mid-IR generation with watts of output power in the 3-5μm region. The Tm-doped MOFA is capable of generating from 10 to 100W of average output power at a variety of repetition rates (10kHz - >500kHz) and pulse widths (10ns - >100ns). Total mid-IR power is only limited by thermal effects in the nonlinear materials. The use of Tm-doped fiber-pumped OPOs shows the path toward compact, efficient, and lightweight mid-IR laser systems.

  15. Structure and properties of YbZnSn, YbAgSn, and Yb{sub 2}Pt{sub 2}Pb

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    Poettgen, R.; Arpe, P.E.; Kussmann, D.; Kuennen, B.; Kotzyba, G.; Muellmann, R.; Mosel, B.D.; Felser, C.

    1999-07-01

    YbZnSn, YbAgSn, and Yb{sub 2}Pt{sub 2}Pb were synthesized by reacting the elements in sealed tantalum tubes in a high-frequency furnace. The structures of YbAgSn and Yb{sub 2}Pt{sub 2}Pb were refined from single crystal X-ray data: YbAgPb type, P{bar 6}m2, a = 479.2(2) pm, c = 1087.3(3) pm, wR2 = 0.050, BASF = 0.34(8), 509 F{sup 2} values, 18 variables for Yb{sub 2}Pt{sub 2}Pb. The lattice constants of YbZnSn are confirmed: NdPtSb type, P6{sub 3}mc, a = 464.7(1) pm, c = 747.7(2) pm. The stannides YbZnSn and YbAgSn crystallize with superstructures of the AlB{sub 2} type. The zinc (silver) and tin atoms form ordered Zn{sub 3}Sn{sub 3} and Ag{sub 3}Sn{sub 3} hexagons, respectively. Magnetic susceptibility measurements on YbZnSn and YbAgSn show Pauli paramagnetism with room temperature susceptibilities of 2.5(1) {times} 10{sup {minus}9} and 4.6(1) {times} 10{sup {minus}9} m{sup 3}/mol. Electrical resistivity measurements indicate metallic conductivity with specific resistivities of 440 {+-} 40 {mu}{Omega}cm (YbZnSn) and 490 {+-} 40 {mu}{Omega}cm (YbAgSn) at 300 K. {sup 119}Sn Moessbauer spectra of YbZnSn show a single signal at room temperature with an isomer shift of {delta} = 1.85(1) mm/s. YbAgSn shows two superimposed signals at 78 K: a singlet at {delta} = 1.94(1) mm/s and a second signal at {delta} = 1.99(1) mm/s subjected to quadrupole splitting of {Delta}E{sub Q} = 1.35(1) mm/s, in agreement with the two crystallographically different tin sites.

  16. Harmonic mode-locking in a Tm-doped fiber laser: Characterization of its timing jitter and ultralong starting dynamics

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    Bao, Chengying; Yang, Changxi

    2015-12-01

    We report an experimental characterization on harmonic mode-locking in a Tm-doped fiber laser, which exhibits pump related timing jitter and ultralong mode-locking starting dynamics. The laser is pumped by a laser diode seeded EDFA. Harmonic mode-locking is initiated by nonlinear polarization rotation and showed a good long term stability. Timing jitter is found to be significantly influenced by the properties of laser diode seed for the EDFA. When switching the seed from a Fabry-Perot cavity laser diode to a distributed feedback (DFB) laser diode, timing jitter decreases from 16 ps to 6 ps. It also takes the laser an ultralong self-starting time (> 100 s), 3 order of magnitude longer than typical Er-doped or Yb-doped fiber lasers, to reach a steady harmonic mode-locking in some cases. These experimental evidences can contribute to a better understanding of Tm-doped fiber lasers.

  17. Influence of rare earth cation size on the crystal structure in rare earth silicates, Na2RESiO4(OH) (RE = Sc, Yb) and NaRESiO4 (RE = La, Yb)

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    Latshaw, Allison M.; Wilkins, Branford O.; Chance, W. Michael; Smith, Mark D.; zur Loye, Hans-Conrad

    2016-01-01

    Crystals of Na2ScSiO4(OH) and Na2YbSiO4(OH) were synthesized at low temperatures using a sodium hydroxide based hydroflux, while crystals of NaLaSiO4 and NaYbSiO4 were grown at high temperatures using a sodium fluoride/sodium chloride eutectic flux. Both structure types were crystallized under reaction conditions that, when used for medium sized rare earths (RE = Pr, Nd, Sm - Tm) yield the Na5RE4X[SiO4]4 structure type, where X is OH in the hydroflux conditions and F in the eutectic flux conditions. Herein, we report the synthesis, structure, size effect, and magnetic properties of these compositions and introduce the new structure type of Na2RESiO4(OH), which crystallizes in the orthorhombic space group Pca21, of NaLaSiO4, which crystallizes in the orthorhombic space group Pna21, and of NaYbSiO4, which crystallizes in the orthorhombic space group Pnma, where both NaRESiO4 compounds have one silicon structural analog.

  18. 77 FR 71590 - Lock+TM

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  20. A Review of "Integrity[TM]"

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    Veldkamp, Bernard P.

    2008-01-01

    Integrity[TM], an online application for testing both the statistical integrity of the test and the academic integrity of the examinees, was evaluated for this review. Program features and the program output are described. An overview of the statistics in Integrity[TM] is provided, and the application is illustrated with a small simulation study.…

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  2. Magnetic properties of EuLn{sub 2}O{sub 4} (Ln=rare earths)

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    Hirose, Keiichi; Doi, Yoshihiro; Hinatsu, Yukio

    2009-07-15

    Ternary rare earth oxides EuLn{sub 2}O{sub 4} (Ln=Gd, Dy-Lu) were prepared. They crystallized in an orthorhombic CaFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}-type structure with space group Pnma. {sup 151}Eu Moessbauer spectroscopic measurements show that the Eu ions are in the divalent state. All these compounds show an antiferromagnetic transition at 4.2-6.3 K. From the positive Weiss constant and the saturation of magnetization for EuLu{sub 2}O{sub 4}, it is considered that ferromagnetic chains of Eu{sup 2+} are aligned along the b-axis of the orthorhombic unit cell, with neighboring Eu{sup 2+} chains antiparallel. When Ln=Gd-Tm, ferromagnetically aligned Eu{sup 2+} ions interact with the Ln{sup 3+} ions, which would overcome the magnetic frustration of triangularly aligned Ln{sup 3+} ions and the EuLn{sub 2}O{sub 4} compounds show a simple antiferromagnetic behavior. - Graphical abstract: Ternary rare earth oxides EuLn{sub 2}O{sub 4} (Ln=Gd, Dy-Lu) crystallized in an orthorhombic CaFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}-type structure with space group Pnma. Moessbauer spectroscopic measurements show that the Eu ions are in the divalent state. All these compounds show an antiferromagnetic transition at 4.2-6.3 K. It is considered that ferromagnetic chains of Eu{sup 2+} are aligned along the b-axis of the orthorhombic unit cell, with neighboring Eu{sup 2+} chains antiparallel.

  3. Transmission electron microscopy study of the MgS–Tm{sub 2}S{sub 3} system

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    Varadé-López, R.; Ávila-Brande, D.; Urones-Garrote, E.; Otero-Díaz, L.C.

    2015-09-15

    This work presents the structural–microstructural characterization of the NaCl-derivative MgS–Tm{sub 2}S{sub 3} system, which can be formulated by the expression Mg{sub (1−x)}Tm{sub (2/3)x}□{sub (1/3)x}S (□→cation vacancy). Transmission electron microscopy observations show the transition between NaCl-type and spinel-type structures when 0 ≤x≤ 0.75. The increase of Tm content in the solid solution provokes the increase of the spinel-type phase proportion, which intergrows with the NaCl-type crystals. When x≥0.75, some phases derived from NaCl-type structure through the chemical twinning at the unit cell level crystallographic operation are observed, such as CT-MgTm{sub 2}S{sub 4} and CT-MgTm{sub 4}S{sub 7}. The existence and nature of the extended defects observed along the c direction of these structures are characterized by means of Scanning-Transmission electron microscopy high-angle dark field imaging, which allows observing the presence of quasi ordered crystals with new possible complex stoichiometries at atomic resolution. - Graphical abstract: HAADF-STEM image of a disordered CT-MgYb{sub 2}S{sub 4} crystal. The disordered twin-slab sequences are marked by arrows. - Highlights: • Structural evolution of the Mg{sub (1−x)}Tm{sub (2/3)x}□{sub (1/3)x}S system was characterized by means of TEM. • The increase in Tm content provokes the transition from NaCl to spinel-type structure up to x=0.75. • Chemical twinned phases CT-MgTm{sub 2}S{sub 4} and CT-MgTm{sub 4}S{sub 7} are observed at high Tm contents. • Extended defects in CT-crystals are characterized with atomic resolution STEM-HAADF images.

  4. Monodisperse and core-shell structured SiO{sub 2}-Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Ln{sup 3+} (Ln=Eu, Tb, Dy, Sm, Er, Ho, and Tm) spherical particles: A facile synthesis and luminescent properties

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    Xu, Zhenhe; Feng, Bin; Bian, Shasha; Liu, Tao; Wang, Mingli; Gao, Yu; Sun, Di; Gao, Xin; Sun, Yaguang

    2012-12-15

    The core-shell structured SiO{sub 2}-Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Ln{sup 3+} particles were realized by coating the Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Ln{sup 3+} phosphors onto the surface of non-aggregated, monodisperse and spherical SiO{sub 2} particles by the Pechini sol-gel method. The as-synthesized products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectra, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), photolumiminescence (PL), and low-voltage cathodoluminescence (CL). The results indicate that the 800 Degree-Sign C annealed sample consists of crystalline Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3} shells and amorphous SiO{sub 2} cores, in spherical shape with a narrow size distribution. The as-obtained particles show strong light emission with different colors corresponding to different Ln{sup 3+} ions under ultraviolet-visible light excitation and low-voltage electron beams excitation, which have potential applications in fluorescent lamps and field emission displays. - Graphical Abstract: Representative SEM and TEM images of the core-shell structured SiO{sub 2}-Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} particles; CIE chromaticity diagram showing the emission colors for SiO{sub 2}-Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Ln{sup 3+}; Multicolor emissions of SiO{sub 2}-Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Ln{sup 3+} particles. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The core-shell particles were realized by coating the phosphors onto the surface of SiO{sub 2} particles. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The sample consists of crystalline Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3} shells and amorphous SiO{sub 2} cores. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The particles show different light emission colors corresponding to Ln{sup 3+} ions. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer They have potential applications in fluorescent lamps and field emission displays.

  5. Dysfunction of Rice Mitochondrial Membrane Induced by Yb3+.

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    Gao, Jia-Ling; Wu, Man; Liu, Wen; Feng, Zhi-Jiang; Zhang, Ye-Zhong; Jiang, Feng-Lei; Liu, Yi; Dai, Jie

    2015-12-01

    Ytterbium (Yb), a widely used rare earth element, is treated as highly toxic to human being and adverseness to plant. Mitochondria play a significant role in plant growth and development, and are proposed as a potential target for ytterbium toxicity. In this paper, the biological effect of Yb(3+) on isolated rice mitochondria was investigated. We found that Yb(3+) with high concentrations (200 ~ 600 μM) not only induced mitochondrial membrane permeability transition (mtMPT), but also disturbed the mitochondrial ultrastructure. Moreover, Yb(3+) caused the respiratory chain damage, ROS formation, membrane potential decrease, and mitochondrial complex II activity reverse. The results above suggested that Yb(3+) with high concentrations could induce mitochondrial membrane dysfunction. These findings will support some valuable information to the safe application of Yb-based agents. PMID:26305923

  6. [Spectroscopy performances of Yb3+ doped YAG crystal].

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    Yang, P; Deng, P; Huang, G; Wu, G; Yin, Z

    2000-06-01

    The absorption and emission properties of Yb:YAG with different Yb3+ doped concentration have been studied systematically. The emission cross section has been evaluated using the absorption cross section and principle of reciprocity, which was consistent with previous reports. The absorption spectra of Yb2+ and color center were observed in as-grown Yb:YAG boules, which are removed by annealing the boules in oxygen at 1,300 degrees C for 24 h. The photon excited and X-ray excited optical luminescence of Yb:YAG were first discussed. The results indicated that Yb:YAG crystal was favourable for high-power diode-pumping. PMID:12958933

  7. Anisotropic magnetization and transport properties of RAgSb{sub 2} (R=Y, La-Nd, Sm, Gd-Tm)

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    Myers, Kenneth D.

    1999-11-08

    This study of the RAgSb{sub 2} series of compounds arose as part of an investigation of rare earth intermetallic compounds containing antimony with the rare earth in a position with tetragonal point symmetry. Materials with the rare earth in a position with tetragonal point symmetry frequently manifest strong anisotropies and rich complexity in the magnetic properties, and yet are simple enough to analyze. Antimony containing intermetallic compounds commonly possess low carrier densities and have only recently been the subject of study. Large single grain crystals were grown of the RAgSb{sub 2} (R=Y, La-Nd, Sm, Gd-Tm) series of compounds out of a high temperature solution. This method of crystal growth, commonly known as flux growth is a versatile method which takes advantage of the decreasing solubility of the target compound with decreasing temperature. Overall, the results of the crystal growth were impressive with the synthesis of single crystals of LaAgSb{sub 2} approaching one gram. However, the sample yield diminishes as the rare earth elements become smaller and heavier. Consequently, no crystals could be grown with R=Yb or Lu. Furthermore, EuAgSb{sub 2} could not be synthesized, likely due to the divalency of the Eu ion. For most of the RAgSb{sub 2} compounds, strong magnetic anisotropies are created by the crystal electric field splitting of the Hund's rule ground state. This splitting confines the local moments to lie in the basal plane (easy plane) for the majority of the members of the series. Exceptions to this include ErAgSb{sub 2} and TmAgSb{sub 2}, which have moments along the c-axis (easy axis) and CeAgSb{sub 2}, which at intermediate temperatures has an easy plane, but exchange coupling at low temperatures is anisotropic with an easy axis. Additional anisotropy is also observed within the basal plane of DyAgSb{sub 2}, where the moments are restricted to align along one of the {l_angle}110{r_angle} axes. Most of the RAgSb{sub 2} compounds

  8. Scaling of Yb-Fiber Frequency Combs

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    Ruehl, Axel; Marcinkevicius, Andrius; Fermann, Martin E.; Hartl, Ingmar

    2010-06-01

    Immediately after their introduction in 1999, femtosecond laser frequency combs revolutionized the field of precision optical frequency metrology and are key elements in many experiments. Frequency combs based on femtosecond Er-fiber lasers based were demonstrated in 2005, allowing additionally rugged, compact set-ups and reliable unattended long-term operation. The introduction of Yb-fiber technology led to an dramatic improvement in fiber-comb performance in various aspects. Low-noise Yb-fiber femtosecond oscillators enabled a reduction of relative comb tooth linewidth to the sub-Hz level as well as scaling of the fundamental comb spacings up to 1 GHz. This is beneficial for any frequency-domain comb application due to the higher power per comb-mode. Many spectroscopic applications require, however, frequency combs way beyond the wavelength range accessible with broad band laser materials, so nonlinear conversion and hence higher peak intensity is required. We demonstrated power scaling of Yb-fiber frequency combs up to 80 W average power in a strictly linear chirped-pulse amplification schemes compatible with low-noise phase control. These high-power Yb-fiber-frequency combs facilitated not only the extension to the mid-IR spectral region. When coupled to a passive enhancement cavity, the average power can be further scaled to the kW-level opening new capabilities for XUV frequency combs via high-harmonic generation. All these advances of fiber-based frequency combs will trigger many novel applications both in fundamental and applied sciences. Schibli et al., Nature Photonics 2 355 (2008). Hartl et al., MF9 in Advanced Solid-State Photonics. 2009, Optical Society of America. Ruehl et al., AWC7 in Advanced Solid-State Photonics. 2010, Optical Society of America. Adler et al., Optics Letters 34 1330 (2009). Yost et al., Nature Physics 5 815 (2009).

  9. Quantum chaos in ultracold collisions between Yb(1S0) and Yb(3P2)

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    Green, Dermot G.; Vaillant, Christophe L.; Frye, Matthew D.; Morita, Masato; Hutson, Jeremy M.

    2016-02-01

    We calculate and analyze Feshbach resonance spectra for ultracold Yb (1S0) +Yb (3P2) collisions as a function of an interatomic potential scaling factor λ and external magnetic field. We show that, at zero field, the resonances are distributed randomly in λ , but that signatures of quantum chaos emerge as a field is applied. The random zero-field distribution arises from superposition of structured spectra associated with individual total angular momenta. In addition, we show that the resonances with respect to magnetic field in the experimentally accessible range of 400 to 2000 G are chaotically distributed, with strong level repulsion that is characteristic of quantum chaos.

  10. From stable divalent to valence-fluctuating behaviour in Eu(Rh(1-x)Ir(x))2Si2 single crystals.

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    Seiro, Silvia; Geibel, Christoph

    2011-09-21

    We have succeeded in growing high-quality single crystals of the valence-fluctuating system EuIr(2)Si(2), the divalent Eu system EuRh(2)Si(2) and the substitutional alloy Eu(Rh(1-x)Ir(x))(2)Si(2) across the range 0 < x < 1, which we characterized by means of x-ray diffraction, energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, specific heat, magnetization and resistivity measurements. On increasing x, the divalent Eu ground state subsists up to x = 0.25 with a slight increase in Néel temperature, while for 0.3≤x < 0.7 a sharp hysteretic change in susceptibility and resistivity marks the first-order valence transition. For x≳0.7 the broad feature observed in the physical properties is characteristic of the continuous valence evolution beyond the critical end point of the valence transition line, and the resistivity is reminiscent of Kondo-like behaviour while the Sommerfeld coefficient indicates a mass renormalization of at least a factor of 8. The resulting phase diagram is similar to those reported for polycrystalline Eu(Pd(1-x)Au(x))(2)Si(2) and EuNi(2)(Si(1-x)Ge(x))(2), confirming its generic character for Eu systems, and markedly different to those of homologue Ce and Yb systems, which present a continuous suppression of the antiferromagnetism accompanied by a very smooth evolution of the valence. We discuss these differences and suggest them to be related to the large polarization energy of the Eu half-filled 4f shell. We further argue that the changes in the rare earth valence between RRh(2)Si(2) and RIr(2)Si(2) (R = Ce, Eu, Yb) are governed by a purely electronic effect and not by a volume effect. PMID:21878716

  11. From stable divalent to valence-fluctuating behaviour in Eu(Rh1-xIrx)2Si2 single crystals

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    Seiro, Silvia; Geibel, Christoph

    2011-09-01

    We have succeeded in growing high-quality single crystals of the valence-fluctuating system EuIr2Si2, the divalent Eu system EuRh2Si2 and the substitutional alloy Eu(Rh1-xIrx)2Si2 across the range 0 < x < 1, which we characterized by means of x-ray diffraction, energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, specific heat, magnetization and resistivity measurements. On increasing x, the divalent Eu ground state subsists up to x = 0.25 with a slight increase in Néel temperature, while for 0.3≤x < 0.7 a sharp hysteretic change in susceptibility and resistivity marks the first-order valence transition. For x≳0.7 the broad feature observed in the physical properties is characteristic of the continuous valence evolution beyond the critical end point of the valence transition line, and the resistivity is reminiscent of Kondo-like behaviour while the Sommerfeld coefficient indicates a mass renormalization of at least a factor of 8. The resulting phase diagram is similar to those reported for polycrystalline Eu(Pd1-xAux)2Si2 and EuNi2(Si1-xGex)2, confirming its generic character for Eu systems, and markedly different to those of homologue Ce and Yb systems, which present a continuous suppression of the antiferromagnetism accompanied by a very smooth evolution of the valence. We discuss these differences and suggest them to be related to the large polarization energy of the Eu half-filled 4f shell. We further argue that the changes in the rare earth valence between RRh2Si2 and RIr2Si2 (R = Ce, Eu, Yb) are governed by a purely electronic effect and not by a volume effect.

  12. The GEMnet (TM) global data communication

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    Yi, Byung K.; Chitty, Richard; Walters, Dave; Howard, Regan

    1995-01-01

    The GEMnet(TM) (Global Electronics Message network) will provide global digital data communications anywhere in the world at any time for minimum cost. GEMnet(TM) is an end-to-end Non-Voice Non-Geostationary Mobile Satellite (NVNG) (sometimes dubbed 'Little LEO') System which consists of a constellation of 38 low Earth orbiting small satellites and a ground segment. The GEMnet(TM) ground segment will consist of subscriber user terminals, gateway stations, a Network Operational Center(NOC), and a backbone network interconnecting the NOC and gateways. This paper will describe the GEMnet(TM) system concept including ground and space segments, system heritage, data communication services, and protocols.

  13. Kondo effect of trivalent Tm in Y 0.9Tm 0.1S

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    Haen, P.; Lapierre, F.; Mignot, J. M.; Flouquet, J.; Holtzberg, F.; Penney, T.

    1983-02-01

    The existence of a Kondo effect in a trivalent alloy Y 0.9Tm 0.1 S is shown by the Curie-Weiss behavior of the susceptibility and by a ln T decrease of Δϱ = ϱ alloy - ϱ YS above ˜ 12 K comparable with that observed in TmS. Comparisons are made with the Kondo dilute alloys of the intermediate valent system (Y,Tm)Se.

  14. Constitutive and functional expression of YB-1 in microglial cells.

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    Keilhoff, G; Titze, M; Esser, T; Langnaese, K; Ebmeyer, U

    2015-08-20

    Y-box-binding protein (YB-1) is a member of the cold-shock protein family and participates in a wide variety of DNA/RNA-dependent cellular processes including DNA repair, transcription, mRNA splicing, packaging, and translation. At the cellular level, YB-1 is involved in cell proliferation and differentiation, stress responses, and malignant cell transformation. A general role for YB-1 during inflammation has also been well described; however, there are minimal data concerning YB-1 expression in microglia, which are the immune cells of the brain. Therefore, we studied the expression of YB-1 in a clinically relevant global ischemia model for neurological injury following cardiac arrest. This model is characterized by massive neurodegeneration of the hippocampal CA1 region and the subsequent long-lasting activation of microglia. In addition, we studied YB-1 expression in BV-2 cells, which are an accepted microglia culture model. BV-2 cells were stressed by oxygen/glucose deprivation (OGD), OGD-relevant mediators, lipopolysaccharide (LPS), and phagocytosis-inducing cell debris and nanoparticles. Using quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR), we show constitutive expression of YB-1 transcripts in unstressed BV-2 cells. The functional upregulation of the YB-1 protein was demonstrated in microglia in vivo and in BV-2 cells in vitro. All stressors except for LPS were potent enhancers of the level of YB-1 protein, which appears to be regulated primarily by proteasomal degradation and, to a lesser extent, by the activation (phosphorylation) of the translation initiation factor eIF4E. The proteasome of BV-2 cells is impaired by OGD, which results in decreased protein degradation and therefore increased levels of YB-1 protein. LPS induces proteasome activity, which enables the level of YB-1 protein to remain at control levels despite enhanced protein ubiquitination. The proteasome inhibitor MG-132 was able to increase YB-1 protein levels in control and LPS

  15. LaRC(TM)-IA Copolyimides

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    St. Clair, Terry L.; Chang, Alice C.

    1995-01-01

    Copolyimides modified versions of LaRC(TM)-IA thermoplastic polyimide formulated by incorporating moieties of 3,3',4,4'-benzophenonetetracarboxylic dianhydride (BTDA) and, alternatively, isophthaloyldiphthalic anhydride (IDPA) into LaRC(TM)-IA polymer backbones. Exhibit higher glass-transition temperatures and retain greater fractions of lower-temperature shear moduli at higher temperatures. Copolyimides spun into fibers or used as adhesives, molding powders, or matrix resins in many applications, especially in fabrication of strong, lightweight structural components of aircraft.

  16. Ultrasonic measurements on TmS

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    Nakanishi, Y.; Sakon, T.; Matsumura, T.; Nemoto, Y.; Hazama, H.; Goto, T.; Suzuki, T.; Motokawa, M.

    2001-05-01

    The elastic properties on TmS have been investigated for the first time by means of ultrasonic mesurement. The remarkable softening of the longitudinal ( C11- C12)/2 mode was observed, while the transverse C44 mode increases monotonously with decreasing temperature. The bulk modulus CB also shows the anomaly. These behaviors are discussed from the views of the quadrupolar interactions and the unstable 4f state of Tm ion.

  17. Valence fluctuation and magnetic ordering in EuNi2(P1-x Ge x )2 single crystals

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    Paramanik, U. B.; Bar, A.; Das, Debarchan; Caroca-Canales, N.; Prasad, R.; Geibel, C.; Hossain, Z.

    2016-04-01

    Unusual phases and phase transitions are seen at the magnetic-nonmagnetic boundary in Ce-, Eu- and Yb-based compounds. EuNi2P2 is a very unusual valence fluctuating Eu system, because at low temperatures the Eu valence stays close to 2.5 instead of approaching an integer value. The Eu valence, and thus the magnetic property in this system, can be tuned by Ge substitution in the P site as EuNi2Ge2 is known to exhibit the antiferromagnetc (AFM) ordering of divalent Eu moments with {{T}\\text{N}}=30 K. We have grown EuNi2(P1-x Ge x )2 (0.0≤slant x≤slant 0.5 ) single crystals and studied their magnetic, thermodynamic and transport properties. Increasing Ge doping to x  >  0.4 results in a well-defined AFM ordered state with {{T}\\text{N}}=12 K for x  =  0.5. Moreover, the reduced value of magnetic entropy for x  =  0.5 at T N suggests the presence of valance fluctuation/the Kondo effect in this compound. Interestingly, the specific heat exhibits an enhanced Sommerfeld coefficient upon Ge doping. Subsequently, electronic structure calculations lead to a non-integral valence in EuNi2P2 but a stable divalent Eu state in EuNi2Ge2, which is in good agreement with the experimental results.

  18. Phase formation and melt processing of Yb- 123.

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    Athur, S. P.; Putman, P.; Balachandran, U.; Salama, K.; Energy Technology; Univ. of Houston

    1998-01-01

    The formation of Yb-123 has been studied at different temperatures in air and in reduced oxygen partial pressure. It is found that the stability and/or the formation kinetics of Yb-123 phase is a major hurdle in manufacturing phase-pure Yb-123 in air. However, under reduced oxygen partial pressure, Yb-123 forms rapidly and more than 90% phase-pure Yb-123 is achieved within three sintering steps. Rods made from this powder were melt-processed in air and showed a T{sub c} of 90 K. Kinetic studies performed by interrupting the growth during the directional solidification of these rods revealed a growth mechanism similar to that of Y-123 and a maximum growth rate of 7.2 mm/h for a stable planar interface. EPMA of the interface showed the liquid to be rich in barium cuprates with a Ba:Cu ratio of 1:3.

  19. Thermal lens effects on highly pumped Yb:glass

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    Nishimura, Akihiko; Akaoka, Katsuaki; Ohzu, Akira; Sugiyama, Akira; Usami, Tsutomu; Matoba, Tohru

    2000-04-01

    Thermal lens effects on highly pumped Yb doped phosphate glass was measured by a Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor for the development of compact chirped pulse amplification systems. High energy pump pulses of 1 - 2 Joules were produced by a flashlamp pumped Ti-sapphire laser. The pumping intensity on the Yb:glass surface exceeded 800 kW/cm2. The pulse energy of 330 mJ from Yb:glass was obtained with 53% slope efficiency with 0.5 Hz reputation. The absorbed pump energy generated the thermal lens effects inside the Yb:glass. The wavefront distortion completely disappeared after 300 ms of pump pulse. Neither heat accumulation nor pumping damage was observed on the Yb:glass.

  20. Eu{sub 3}F{sub 4}S{sub 2}: Synthesis, crystal structure, and magnetic properties of the mixed-valent europium(II,III) fluoride sulfide EuF{sub 2}.(EuFS){sub 2}

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    Grossholz, Hagen; Hartenbach, Ingo; Kotzyba, Gunter; Poettgen, Rainer; Trill, Henning; Mosel, Bernd D.; Schleid, Thomas

    2009-11-15

    Using the method to synthesize rare-earth metal(III) fluoride sulfides MFS (M=Y, La, Ce-Lu), in some cases we were able to obtain mixed-valent compounds such as Yb{sub 3}F{sub 4}S{sub 2} instead. With Eu{sub 3}F{sub 4}S{sub 2} another isotypic representative has now been synthesized. Eu{sub 3}F{sub 4}S{sub 2} (tetragonal, I4/mmm, a=400.34(2), c=1928.17(9) pm, Z=2) is obtained from the reaction of metallic europium, elemental sulfur, and europium trifluoride in a molar ratio of 5:6:4 within seven days at 850 deg. C in silica-jacketed gas-tightly sealed platinum ampoules. The single-phase product consists of black plate-shaped single crystals with a square cross section, which can be obtained from a flux using equimolar amounts of NaCl as fluxing agent. The crystal structure is best described as an intergrowth structure, in which one layer of CaF{sub 2}-type EuF{sub 2} is followed by two layers of PbFCl-type EuFS when sheeted parallel to the (001) plane. Accordingly there are two chemically and crystallographically different europium cations present. One of them (Eu{sup 2+}) is coordinated by eight fluoride anions in a cubic fashion, the other one (Eu{sup 3+}) exhibits a monocapped square antiprismatic coordination sphere with four F{sup -} and five S{sup 2-} anions. Although the structural ordering of the different charged europium cations is plausible, a certain amount of charge delocalization with some polaron activity has to take place, which is suggested by the black color of the title compound. Temperature dependent magnetic susceptibility measurements of Eu{sub 3}F{sub 4}S{sub 2} show Curie-Weiss behavior with an experimental magnetic moment of 8.19(5) mu{sub B} per formula unit and a paramagnetic Curie temperature of 0.3(2) K. No magnetic ordering is observed down to 4.2 K. In accordance with an ionic formula splitting like (Eu{sup II})(Eu{sup III}){sub 2}F{sub 4}S{sub 2} only one third of the europium centers in Eu{sub 3}F{sub 4}S{sub 2} carry permanent

  1. [Separation with ion exchange fiber column and determination of La, Nd, Eu and Gd in high purity ytterbium oxide by ICP-AES].

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    Gong, Qi; Chen, Jie; Ji, Ri-Wen; Pan, Xue-Zhen; Wu, Juan

    2010-02-01

    In the present paper, trace La, Nd, Eu and Gd were separated and enriched with strong acid ion exchange fiber column from high purity Yb2 O3, and then determined by Optima 5 300 DV ICP-AES. The ion exchange fiber's breakthrough capacity for Yb was 134 mg x g(-1). The separation condition using 4.0 g fiber column was that after the test solution (pH = 3.0) was fed into the ion exchange fiber column at 1.0 mL x min(-1), the column was pre--leached by dilute nitric acid (pH = 3.00) of 80 mL at 1.5 mL x min(-1) at first, and then was eluted by 0.01 mol x L(-1) ammonium EDTA (pH = 5.00) at the same flow rate. The results showed that 10 mg Yb could reach the baseline separation with 0.100 microg of the four rare earth impurities, and after 100 mg Yb in feed solution had been separated, only 0.017 1 microg x mL(-1) Yb remained in the impurities enriched effluent. When the concentration of Yb2 O3 is less than 100 microg x mL(-1) (87.8 microg x mL(-1) Yb), the matrix interference from Yb on with determination of La, Nd, Eu and Gd can be neglected. The enrichment factors were 3.68 x 10(5) for La2 O3, 4.20 x 10(5) for Nds O3, 3.82 x 10(5) for Eu2 O3, and 4.01 x 10(5) for Gd2 O3, and the detection limits of the method were 0.005 0, 0.014, 0.001 8 and 0.008 2 pg x mL(-1) for La2 O3, Nd2 O3, Eu2 O3 and Gd2 O3 respectively. The proposed method was applied to the analysis of 99.99% Yb2 O3 with RSD (%, n = 5) of 6.2, 5.9, 7.3 and 2.5 for La2 O3, Nd2 O3, Eu2 O3 and Gd2 O3 respectively, and the average recoveries of standard addition were 94.2%, 107%, 97.8% and 102% for La2 O3, Nd2 O3, Eu2 O3 and Gd2 O3 respectively. The calibration curve did not need matrix matching with Yb, and the analysis period was within 4 hour. PMID:20384159

  2. Effect of Yb3+ Concentrations on the Upconversion Luminescence Properties of ZrO2:Er3+,Yb3+ Phosphors

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    Noh, Hyeon Mi; Yang, Hyun Kyoung; Moon, Byung Kee; Choi, Byung Chun; Jeong, Jung Hyun; Choi, Haeyoung; Kim, Jung Hwan

    2013-01-01

    ZrO2:Er3+ and ZrO2:Er3+,Yb3+ phosphors were synthesized via a solvothermal reaction method. For low concentrations of Yb3+, the crystalline structure changed from the tetragonal to monoclinic phase as sintering temperature increased. As the Yb3+ concentration increased to a value above 0.05 mol, ZrO2 phosphors displayed a very stable tetragonal phase. The green and red upconversion emissions of ZrO2:Er3+,Yb3+ phosphors were measured under the excitation with a 975 nm continuous wave diode laser, and the pump power dependence of upconversion intensity was investigated. As the Yb3+ concentration increased from 0 to 0.05 mol, the red upconversion emission intensity increased more rapidly than the green emission intensity. This is attributed to the energy transfer (4I11/2→4I15/24I13/2→4F9/2) between Er3+ ions and the energy back transfer [4S3/24I13/2(Er3+)→2F7/22F5/2(Yb3+)] between the Er3+ and Yb3+ ions. In this case, the pump power dependence of red emission intensity changed from quadratic to linear as Yb3+ concentration increased.

  3. Conductivity and magnetic properties of TmSe and TmS: Comparison to the dilute cases

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    Holtzberg, F.; Flouquet, J.; Haen, P.; Lapierre, F.; Lassailly, Y.; Vettier, C.

    1985-04-01

    Magnetization, neutron diffraction, and resistivity measurements performed on the compounds TmSe and TmS are compared to those on the dilute alloys (Tm,Y)Se and (Tm,Y)S. In the paramagnetic regime, major differences exist between a regular array of Tm ions (TmSe and TmS) and the dilute systems. Localization (TmSe) or magnetic correlations (TmS) appear clearly in the conductivity behavior or in the dependence of the static susceptibility. A low content of Y atoms in TmSe has a drastic effect on the conductivity and on the magnetic order. We will discuss the connection between the degeneracy of the ground state with the opening of a gap.

  4. Ternary rare earth-lanthanide sulfides. [Re = Eu, Sm or Yb

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    Takeshita, Takuo; Gschneidner, K.A. Jr.; Beaudry, B.J.

    1986-03-06

    Disclosed is a new ternary rare earth sulfur compound having the formula La/sub 3-x/M/sub x/S/sub 4/, where M is europium, samarium, or ytterbium, with x = 0.15 to 0.8. The compound has good high-temperature thermoelectric properties and exhibits long-term structural stability up to 1000/sup 0/C.

  5. Concurrent Validity of LibQUAL+[TM] Scores: What Do LibQUAL+[TM] Scores Measure?

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    Thompson, Bruce; Cook, Colleen; Kyrillidou, Martha

    2005-01-01

    The present study investigated the validity of LibQUAL+[TM] scores, and specifically how total and subscale LibQUAL+[TM] scores are associated with self-reported, library-related satisfaction and outcomes scores. Participants included 88,664 students and faculty who completed the American English (n[AE] = 69,494) or the British English (n[BE] =…

  6. QCD For Intel(R) Xeon Phi(tm) and Xeon(tm) processors

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    Joo, Balint

    2014-09-11

    This library provides a library containing highly optimized Wilson-Dslash, Wilson Clover operator and Krylov subspace solvers for Lattice QCD simulations. The library is targeted at Intel(R) Xeon Phi(tm), and Intel(R) Xeon(tm) processors.

  7. Nanosecond cryogenic Yb:YAG disk laser

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    Perevezentsev, E A; Mukhin, I B; Kuznetsov, I I; Vadimova, O L; Palashov, O V

    2014-05-30

    A cryogenic Yb:YAG disk laser is modernised to increase its average and peak power. The master oscillator unit of the laser is considerably modified so that the pulse duration decreases to several nanoseconds with the same pulse energy. A cryogenic disk laser head with a flow-through cooling system is developed. Based on two such laser heads, a new main amplifier is assembled according to an active multipass cell scheme. The total small-signal gain of cryogenic cascades is ∼10{sup 8}. (lasers)

  8. Modeling Cr-to-Tm and Cr-to-Tm-to-Ho energy transfer in YAG crystals

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    Swetits, John J.

    1991-01-01

    A systematic analysis of energy transfer processes in crystals of YAG doped with varying concentrations of Cr and Tm is described. Both spectral measurements and measurements of the temporal response to pulsed excitation are used to give independent determinations of the microscopic interaction parameter for Cr to Tm transfer. The different factors in influencing the temperature dependence of the Cr to Tm transfer are discussed. The dependence of the Tm cross-relaxation rate on Tm concentration is determined.

  9. Yb-, Er-Yb-, and Nd-doped fibre lasers based on multi-element first cladding fibres

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    Bufetov, Igor' A; Bubnov, M M; Mel'kumov, Mikhail A; Dudin, V V; Shubin, Aleksei V; Semenov, S L; Kravtsov, K S; Dianov, Evgenii M; Gur'yanov, A N; Yashkov, M V

    2005-04-30

    Single-mode cw Yb-, Er-Yb, and Nd-doped fibre lasers are fabricated by using fibres of a complicated structure (a few silica fibres in optical contact with each other are surrounded by a polymer jacket). Such a structure allows the coupling of radiation from several pump sources into one active fibre, providing an increase in the output power of the fibre laser. The Yb-doped fibre lasers with the output power above 50 W and efficiency {approx}65% and the 1.608-{mu}m Er-Yb-doped fibre laser pumped to the absorption band of Yb are fabricated and studied. The Nd-doped fibre lasers based on such fibres and emitting at 0.92 and 1.06 {mu}m are manufactured for the first time. (lasers)

  10. New ternary phosphides and arsenides. Syntheses, crystal structures, physical properties of Eu{sub 2}ZnP{sub 2}, Eu{sub 2}Zn{sub 2}P{sub 3} and Eu{sub 2}Cd{sub 2}As{sub 3}

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    Wang, Jian; Xia, Sheng-Qing; Tao, Xu-Tang; Schäfer, Marion C.; Bobev, Svilen

    2013-09-15

    Three new europium pnictides Eu{sub 2}ZnP{sub 2}, Eu{sub 2}Zn{sub 2}P{sub 3} and Eu{sub 2}Cd{sub 2}As{sub 3} have been synthesized and their structures were determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Eu{sub 2}ZnP{sub 2} is isotypic with Yb{sub 2}CdSb{sub 2} (Cmc2{sub 1} (No. 36); cell parameters a=4.1777(7) Å, b=15.925(3) Å, c=7.3008(12) Å), while the latter two compounds crystallize with the Ba{sub 2}Cd{sub 2}Sb{sub 3} structure type (C2/m (No. 12); cell parameters a=15.653(5)/16.402(1) Å, b=4.127(1)/4.445(4) Å, c=11.552(4)/12.311(1) Å and β=126.647(4)/126.515(7)° for Eu{sub 2}Zn{sub 2}P{sub 3} and Eu{sub 2}Cd{sub 2}As{sub 3}, respectively). Magnetic susceptibility measurements in the interval 5–300 K confirm paramagnetic behavior and effective magnetic moments characteristic of Eu{sup 2+} ([Xe] 4f{sup 7}) ground states. Temperature-dependent electrical conductivity measurements also prove that Eu{sub 2}Cd{sub 2}As{sub 3} is a semiconducting compound with a narrow band gap of 0.059 eV below 100 K. According to TG/DSC analyses, Eu{sub 2}Cd{sub 2}As{sub 3} starts to decompose at about 950 K. - Graphical abstract: A polyhedral view of the crystal structure of new pnictides Eu{sub 2}T{sub 2}Pn{sub 3} (T=Zn or Cd; Pn=P or As). Display Omitted - Highlights: • Three new ternary pnictide Zintl compounds, Eu{sub 2}ZnP{sub 2}, Eu{sub 2}Zn{sub 2}P{sub 3} and Eu{sub 2}Cd{sub 2}As{sub 3}, have been synthesized and characterized. • The europium cations are divalent and ferromagnetically coupled in both Eu{sub 2}Zn{sub 2}P{sub 3} and Eu{sub 2}Cd{sub 2}As{sub 3}. • Eu{sub 2}Cd{sub 2}As{sub 3} has a very small band gap of 0.06 eV and starts to decompose over 950 K.

  11. Photoluminescence properties of Yb(2+) ions doped in the perovskites CsCaX3 and CsSrX3 (X = Cl, Br, and I) - a comparative study.

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    Suta, Markus; Urland, Werner; Daul, Claude; Wickleder, Claudia

    2016-05-21

    The Yb(2+)-doped perovskite derivatives CsMX3 (M = Ca and Sr; X = Cl, Br, and I) are ideal systems for obtaining a detailed insight into the structure-luminescence relationship of divalent lanthanides. The investigation of the respective photoluminescence properties yielded two emission bands in the violet and blue spectral range for all compounds, which are assigned to the spin-allowed and spin-forbidden 5d-4f transitions, respectively. The impact on their energetic positions is dependent on both the covalency of the Yb(2+)-halide bond and the corresponding bond length in agreement with expectations. The excitation spectra provide a detailed fine structure at low temperatures and can be partly interpreted separating the 4f(13) core from the 5d electron in the excited state. The local crystal field in CsSrI3:Yb(2+) provides a special case due to the trigonal distortion induced by the crystal structure that is clearly evident in the luminescence features of Yb(2+). The structure-property relationship of several spectroscopic key quantities of Yb(2+) in this series of halides is analyzed in detail and parallels the properties of Eu(2+) ions doped in the given perovskites. PMID:26894637

  12. Calorimetry Study of the Phase Diagrams of EuNi2Ge2 and Eu2Ni3Ge5 under Pressure

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    Esakki Muthu, Sankaran; Braithwaite, Daniel; Salce, Bernard; Nakamura, Ai; Hedo, Masato; Nakama, Takao; Ōnuki, Yoshichika

    2016-09-01

    We report here the phase diagrams of EuNi2Ge2 and Eu2Ni3Ge5 studied by ac calorimetry under pressure using a diamond anvil cell. We follow the antiferromagnetic transition for EuNi2Ge2 up to 1.5 GPa. The sudden disappearance of magnetic order at around 2 GPa is confirmed, consistent with the probable occurrence of a first-order valence transition near that pressure. The ac calorimetry results on Eu2Ni3Ge5 clearly show two antiferromagnetic transitions, and suggest that magnetic order persists up to higher pressure than previously expected. At high pressure, where heavy-fermion behavior has been reported, the Néel temperature is decreasing, and magnetic order is expected to disappear at an extrapolated pressure of 12-14 GPa. A semi quantitative analysis of the pressure dependence of the specific heat does not show any large changes, but is compatible with a moderate enhancement of γ. The phase diagrams of Yb and Ce heavy fermion systems are compared and discussed with our system.

  13. Eu doping and reduction into barium orthophosphates

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    Santos, Ricardo D. S.; dos S. Rezende, Marcos V.

    2016-08-01

    We investigated Eu3+ and Eu2+ ion incorporation and the reduction of Eu3+ ions in a LiBaPO4 lattice using atomistic simulations based on lattice energy minimization. We predicted the most probable sites occupied by Eu3+ and Eu2+ ions, and the related charge-compensation mechanisms involved in these substitutions to the most provable reduction agent for Eu reduction. It was found that Eu3+and Eu2+ ions are the most energetically favorable for incorporation at Ba site. In the case of the Eu3+ ion, charge compensation by the LiBa‧ antisite is the most provable. Eu3+ reduction involving a H2 reduction atmosphere is the most favorable. Our results reveal that Eu3+ and Eu2+ position plays an important role in the luminescence characteristic and in the persistent luminescence mechanisms related to LiBaPO4.

  14. EU pharmaceutical expenditure forecast

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    Urbinati, Duccio; Rémuzat, Cécile; Kornfeld, Åsa; Vataire, Anne-Lise; Cetinsoy, Laurent; Aballéa, Samuel; Mzoughi, Olfa; Toumi, Mondher

    2014-01-01

    Background and Objectives With constant incentives for healthcare payers to contain their pharmaceutical budgets, forecasting has become critically important. Some countries have, for instance, developed pharmaceutical horizon scanning units. The objective of this project was to build a model to assess the net effect of the entrance of new patented medicinal products versus medicinal products going off-patent, with a defined forecast horizon, on selected European Union (EU) Member States’ pharmaceutical budgets. This model took into account population ageing, as well as current and future country-specific pricing, reimbursement, and market access policies (the project was performed for the European Commission; see http://ec.europa.eu/health/healthcare/key_documents/index_en.htm). Method In order to have a representative heterogeneity of EU Member States, the following countries were selected for the analysis: France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, and the United Kingdom. A forecasting period of 5 years (2012–2016) was chosen to assess the net pharmaceutical budget impact. A model for generics and biosimilars was developed for each country. The model estimated a separate and combined effect of the direct and indirect impacts of the patent cliff. A second model, estimating the sales development and the risk of development failure, was developed for new drugs. New drugs were reviewed individually to assess their clinical potential and translate it into commercial potential. The forecast was carried out according to three perspectives (healthcare public payer, society, and manufacturer), and several types of distribution chains (retail, hospital, and combined retail and hospital). Probabilistic and deterministic sensitivity analyses were carried out. Results According to the model, all countries experienced drug budget reductions except Poland (+€41 million). Savings were expected to be the highest in the United Kingdom (−€9,367 million), France

  15. Linearly polarized single TM mode terahertz waveguide.

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    Li, Haisu; Ren, Guobin; Atakaramians, Shaghik; Kuhlmey, Boris T; Jian, Shuisheng

    2016-09-01

    We design a hollow-core terahertz (THz) waveguide guiding a single linearly polarized mode. This is achieved using a hybrid cladding, where we introduce a ring of subwavelength structures, including metal wires and air-holes. The wire-based cladding is extremely anisotropic, reflecting only transverse magnetic (TM) modes. The polarization of TM modes is further manipulated by replacing some wires with air-holes. Numerical simulations confirm the guidance of only an x-polarized TM2 mode over 0.36-0.46 THz in a wavelength-scale core (diameter of 1 mm). The propagation losses are of the order 0.25  dB/cm, with low bend losses <0.3  dB/cm at 0.4 THz for a bend radius of 5 cm. PMID:27607958

  16. Synthesis, crystal structure, and magnetism of A2Co12As7 (A=Ca, Y, Ce–Yb)

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    Tan, Xiaoyan; Ovidiu Garlea, V.; Chai, Ping; Geondzhian, Andrey Y.; Yaroslavtsev, Alexander A.; Xin, Yan; Menushenkov, Alexey P.; Chernikov, Roman V.; Shatruk, Michael

    2015-08-28

    In this study, ternary intermetallics, A2Co12As7 (A=Ca, Y, Ce–Yb), have been synthesized by annealing mixtures of elements in molten Bi at 1223 K. The materials obtained crystallize in the P63/m variant of the Zr2Fe12P7 structure type. The unit cell volume shows a monotonic decrease with the increasing atomic number of the rare-earth metal, with the exception of Ce-, Eu-, and Yb-containing compounds. An examination of these outliers with X-ray absorption near edge structures (XANES) spectroscopy revealed mixed valence of Ce, Eu, and Yb, with the average oxidation states of +3.20(1), +2.47(5), and +2.91(1), respectively, at room temperature. Magnetic behavior of A2Co12As7 is generally characterized by ferromagnetic ordering of Co 3d moments at 100–140 K, followed by low-temperature ordering of rare-earth 4f moments. The 3d-4f magnetic coupling changes from antiferromagnetic for A=Pr–Sm to ferromagnetic for A=Ce and Eu–Yb. Finally, polarized neutron scattering experiments were performed to support the postulated ferro- and ferrimagnetic ground states for Ce2Co12As7 and Nd2Co12As7, respectively.

  17. Synthesis and structure of nanocrystalline mixed Ce–Yb silicates

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    Małecka, Małgorzata A. Kępiński, Leszek

    2013-07-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • New method of synthesis of nanocrystalline mixed lanthanide silicates is proposed. • Formation of A-type (Ce{sub 1−y}Yb{sub y}){sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 7} in well dispersed Ce{sub 1−x}Yb{sub x}O{sub 2−(x/2)}–SiO{sub 2} system. • Formation of Yb{sub y}Ce{sub 9.33−y}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 6}O{sub 2} in agglomerated Ce{sub 1−x}Yb{sub x}O{sub 2−(x/2)}–SiO{sub 2} system. - Abstract: This work presents results of studies on synthesis and structure of mixed, nanocrystalline Ce–Yb silicates. Using TEM, XRD and FTIR we showed that heat treatment of nanocrystalline Ce{sub 1−x}Yb{sub x}O{sub 2−(x/2)} (x = 0.3, 0.5) mixed oxide supported on amorphous silica in reducing atmosphere, results in formation of Ce–Yb mixed silicates. Dispersion of the oxide on the silica surface and thus a local lanthanide/Si atomic ratio determines the stoichiometry of the silicate. Oxide crystallites uniformly dispersed on the silica surface transformed into A-(Ce{sub 1−y}Yb{sub y}){sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 7} disilicate, while the agglomerated nanoparticles converted into Yb{sub y}Ce{sub 9.33−y}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 6}O{sub 2} oxyapatite silicate as an intermediate phase.

  18. Landsat TM and ETM+ Thermal Band Calibration

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    Barsi, Julia A.; Hook, Simon J.; Palluconi, Frank D.; Schott, John R.; Raqueno, Nina G.

    2006-01-01

    Landsat-5 Thematic Mapper (TM) has been imaging the Earth since March 1984 and Landsat-7 Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) was added to the series of Landsat instruments in April 1999. The stability and calibration of the ETM+ has been monitored extensively since launch. Though not monitored for many years, TM now has a similar system in place to monitor stability and calibration. University teams have been evaluating the on-board calibration of the instruments through ground-based measurements since 1999. This paper considers the calibration efforts for the thermal band, Band 6, of both the Landsat-5 and Landsat-7 instruments.

  19. Er and Yb isotope fractionation in planetary materials

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    Albalat, Emmanuelle; Telouk, Philippe; Albarède, Francis

    2012-11-01

    Terrestrial planets are depleted in volatile elements relative to solar abundances. Little is known, however, about volatility at the high temperatures relevant to asteroidal collisions and to the giant lunar impact. Although refractory rare-earth elements have overall similar crystallochemical properties, some differ in their temperatures of condensation from the nebular gas. This is the case for Yb, which condenses at ˜1490K and in the vapor is mostly in elemental form. By contrast, Er, largely present as ErO, condenses at ˜1660K. We analyzed the Er and Yb isotopic compositions in 33 terrestrial basalts, garnets, different classes of chondrites and achondrites, and lunar samples by MC-ICP-MS. The range of mass-dependent isotope fractionation is larger for Yb (0.43‰ per amu) than Er (0.23‰) isotopes. For terrestrial rocks, a positive correlation between δYb and La/Yb suggests that the isotopic differences between Er and Yb can be accounted for by the presence of small fractions of Yb2+. Yb is isotopically heavy in kimberlite and light in garnets. Ytterbium behaves similarly to Fe, with Yb3+ being more incompatible than the much less abundant Yb2+. In addition, the coexistence of divalent and trivalent sites in the garnet structure and the preference of heavy isotopes for stable bonds makes Yb in garnet isotopically light. The deficit of heavy Yb isotopes in lunar basaltic samples relative to the Earth, chondrites, and eucrites provides new evidence that the Moon formed by the condensation of silicate vapor in the aftermath of the giant lunar impact. Separation of vapor from melt and of heavy from light isotopes is first expected during the adiabatic expansion of the initial vapor plume. Subsequently, friction between melt and gas tends to further enrich the Moon feeding zone in silicate vapor to compensate the inward migration of melt out of the pre-lunar disk. A major consequence of interpreting the present lunar data by vapor/melt segregation is that the

  20. From the ternary Eu(Au/In)2 and EuAu4(Au/In)2 with remarkable Au/In distributions to a new structure type: The gold-rich Eu5Au16(Au/In)6 structure

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    Steinberg, Simon; Card, Nathan; Mudring, Anja -Verena

    2015-08-13

    The ternary Eu(Au/In)2 (EuAu0.46In1.54(2)) (I), EuAu4(Au/In)2 (EuAu4+xIn2–x with x = 0.75(2) (II), 0.93(2), and 1.03(2)), and Eu5Au16(Au/In)6 (Eu5Au17.29In4.71(3)) (III) have been synthesized, and their structures were characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. I and II crystallize with the CeCu2-type (Pearson Symbol oI12; Imma; Z = 4; a = 4.9018(4) Å; b = 7.8237(5) Å; c = 8.4457(5) Å) and the YbAl4Mo2-type (tI14; I4/mmm; Z = 2; a = 7.1612(7) Å; c = 5.5268(7) Å) and exhibit significant Au/In disorder. I is composed of an Au/In-mixed diamond-related host lattice encapsulating Eu atoms, while the structure of II features ribbons of distorted, squaredmore » Au8 prisms enclosing Eu, Au, and In atoms. Combination of these structural motifs leads to a new structure type as observed for Eu5Au16(Au/In)6 (Eu5Au17.29In4.71(3)) (oS108; Cmcm; Z = 4; a = 7.2283(4) Å; b = 9.0499(6) Å; c = 34.619(2) Å), which formally represents a one-dimensional intergrowth of the series EuAu2–“EuAu4In2”. The site preferences of the disordered Au/In positions in II were investigated for different hypothetical “EuAu4(Au/In)2” models using the projector-augmented wave method and indicate that these structures attempt to optimize the frequencies of the heteroatomic Au–In contacts. Furthermore, a chemical bonding analysis on two “EuAu5In” and “EuAu4In2” models employed the TB-LMTO-ASA method and reveals that the subtle interplay between the local atomic environments and the bond energies determines the structural and site preferences for these systems.« less

  1. From the Ternary Eu(Au/In)2 and EuAu4(Au/In)2 with Remarkable Au/In Distributions to a New Structure Type: The Gold-Rich Eu5Au16(Au/In)6 Structure.

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    Steinberg, Simon; Card, Nathan; Mudring, Anja-Verena

    2015-09-01

    The ternary Eu(Au/In)2 (EuAu(0.46)In(1.54(2))) (I), EuAu4(Au/In)2 (EuAu(4+x)In(2-x) with x = 0.75(2) (II), 0.93(2), and 1.03(2)), and Eu5Au16(Au/In)6 (Eu5Au(17.29)In(4.71(3))) (III) have been synthesized, and their structures were characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. I and II crystallize with the CeCu2-type (Pearson Symbol oI12; Imma; Z = 4; a = 4.9018(4) Å; b = 7.8237(5) Å; c = 8.4457(5) Å) and the YbAl4Mo2-type (tI14; I4/mmm; Z = 2; a = 7.1612(7) Å; c = 5.5268(7) Å) and exhibit significant Au/In disorder. I is composed of an Au/In-mixed diamond-related host lattice encapsulating Eu atoms, while the structure of II features ribbons of distorted, squared Au8 prisms enclosing Eu, Au, and In atoms. Combination of these structural motifs leads to a new structure type as observed for Eu5Au16(Au/In)6 (Eu5Au(17.29)In(4.71(3))) (oS108; Cmcm; Z = 4; a = 7.2283(4) Å; b = 9.0499(6) Å; c = 34.619(2) Å), which formally represents a one-dimensional intergrowth of the series EuAu2-"EuAu4In2". The site preferences of the disordered Au/In positions in II were investigated for different hypothetical "EuAu4(Au/In)2" models using the projector-augmented wave method and indicate that these structures attempt to optimize the frequencies of the heteroatomic Au-In contacts. A chemical bonding analysis on two "EuAu5In" and "EuAu4In2" models employed the TB-LMTO-ASA method and reveals that the subtle interplay between the local atomic environments and the bond energies determines the structural and site preferences for these systems. PMID:26270622

  2. Yb:YAG enhanced Cr,Yb:YAG self-Q-switched microchip laser under QCW laser-diode pumping

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    Wang, Guangyu; Chen, Dimeng; Cheng, Ying; Dong, Jun

    2015-05-01

    Enhanced Cr,Yb:YAG self-Q-switched microchip lasers by bonding Yb:YAG crystal have been studied under quasi-continuous-wave (QCW) laser-diode pumping for the first time to our best knowledge. The effects of the pump pulse duration and pump power of the QCW laser-diode on the performance of Yb:YAG/Cr,Yb:YAG microchip lasers have been investigated. The optical efficiency, pulse energy and peak power of the Yb:YAG/Cr,Yb:YAG self-Q-switched laser increase with the pump pulse duration and pump power, and tend to be constant when the pump pulse duration is longer than 1 ms, which is comparable to the fluorescence lifetime of Yb:YAG crystal. Output energy of over 11.7 mJ was obtained at input pump energy of 48.2 mJ; corresponding optical-to-optical efficiency of 24.3% was obtained. Laser pulses with pulse energy of 31 μJ and peak power of 13.3 kW were obtained. The multi-longitudinal modes oscillation around 1030 nm was dominant within the available input pump energy.

  3. Infrared spectroscopy of the intermediate-valence semiconductor YbB{sub 12}

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    Gorshunov, B. P. Prokhorov, A. S.; Spektor, I. E.; Volkov, A. A.; Dressel, M.; Iga, F.

    2006-12-15

    The dynamic conductivity and permittivity spectra of the intermediate-valence compound YbB{sub 12} are measured in the frequency range (6-10{sup 4}) cm{sup -1} (quantum energy 0.75 meV-1.24 eV) at temperatures of 5-300 K. Analysis of the spectral singularities associated with the response of free charge carriers has made it possible for the first time to determine the temperature dependences of their microscopic parameters, viz., concentration, effective mass, relaxation frequency and time, mobility, and plasma frequency. It is shown that the relaxation frequency decreases upon cooling from 300 K to the coherence temperature T* = 70 K for YbB{sub 12}, which is mainly associated with the phonon mechanism of scattering of charge carriers. For cooling below the coherence temperature T* = 70 K, the temperature dependence of the relaxation frequency for charge carriers of the Fermi-liquid type is found to be {gamma} {approx} {gamma}{sub 0} + T{sup 2}, while their effective mass and relaxation time increase, respectively, to m*(20 K) = 34m{sub 0} (m{sub 0} is the free electron mass) and {tau}(20 K) = 4 x 10{sup -13} s, indicating the establishment of coherent scattering of carriers from localized magnetic moments of the f centers. At a temperature of T = 5 K, the conductivity spectrum contains an absorption line at a frequency of 22 cm{sup -1} (2.7 meV); the origin of this line can be associated with the exciton-polaron bound state. Since such a state was observed earlier in other intermediate-valence semiconductors (such as SmB{sub 6}, TmSe{sub 1-x}Te, and (Sm, Y)S), it is probably typical of this class of compounds.

  4. Sympathetic cooling of 171 Yb+ qubit ions on a scalable ion trap chip using Yb isotopes

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    Kwon, Yeong-Dae; Ahn, Jun Sik; Hong, Seokjun; Lee, Minjae; Cheon, Hongjin; Cho, Dongil ``Dan''; Kim, Taehyun

    2016-05-01

    To achieve ion trap based large-scale quantum computing devices, motional states of qubit ions must be regulated against heating from ion transportation or noise on the chip surface while leaving internal states of the ions intact. Sympathetic cooling is a natural solution for this problem, but trapping two different species of ions generally requires two sets of optical devices including separate lasers for each ion type, increasing the complexity and the cost of the setup. We tested Doppler-cooled 174 Yb+ ions to sympathetically cool 171 Yb+ qubit ions. Since these two isotopes have energy levels close to each other, the optical setup can be vastly simplified. We also verified that the tail of non-ideally focused cooling beam and the scattered light from the surface create excited state population in the 171 Yb+ qubit ions, as expected. This leads to occasional spontaneous emission events, which currently limits the coherence time of our qubit to a few seconds. We will also discuss our plans for optimizing the experiment, which may increase the coherence time by one or two orders of magnitude. This work was partially supported by ICT R&D program of MSIP/IITP. [10043464, Development of quantum repeater technology for the application to communication systems].

  5. Doors to Discovery [TM]. WWC Intervention Report

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    What Works Clearinghouse, 2009

    2009-01-01

    Doors to Discovery[TM], an early childhood curriculum, focuses on the development of children's vocabulary and expressive and receptive language through a learning process called "shared literacy," where adults and children work together to develop literacy-related skills. Literacy activities, organized into thematic units, encourage children's…

  6. The Neuroscience of PowerPoint[TM

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    Horvath, Jared Cooney

    2014-01-01

    Many concepts have been published relevant to improving the design of PowerPoint[TM] (PP) presentations for didactic purposes, including the redundancy, modality, and signaling principles of multimedia learning. In this article, we review the recent neuroimaging findings that have emerged elucidating the neural structures involved in many of these…

  7. TE and TM pass integrated optic polarizers

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    Madaan, Divya; Kaur, Davinder; Sharma, V. K.; Kapoor, A.

    2016-05-01

    A four layer integrated optical waveguide is studied, in which a high index buffer is used along with the metal cladding. The structure can act both as TE and TM pass polarizer. We have designed it for λ=1.55 µm which corresponds to telecommunication wavelength. TiO2 is used as a buffer layer with Au as metal cladding. When metal clad optical waveguides with a high index buffer layer are used there is periodic coupling between lossless modes of waveguide and the lossy modes supported by high index buffer layer with metal clad. We present theoretical results of the effect of buffer thickness on the mode index and the losses. The TM Pass polarizer with TE and TM losses, 1029.19dB/cm and 59.67dB/cm respectively are obtained. Also, TE Pass polarizer with TM and TE losses 1444.74dB/cm and 238.51dB/cm respectively are obtained.

  8. Associations with Minspeak[TM] Icons

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    van der Merwe, Elmarie; Alant, Erna

    2004-01-01

    Although the Minspeak[TM] approach is used on communication devices worldwide, little research has been conducted on its applicability within specific cultural contexts. The impact that users' familiarity of symbols and associations can have on learnability necessitates more systematic research. This study was an investigation into the…

  9. Defying Gravity Using Jenga[TM] Blocks

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    Tan, Yin-Soo; Yap, Kueh-Chin

    2007-01-01

    This paper describes how Jenga[TM] blocks can be used to demonstrate the physics of an overhanging tower that appears to defy gravity. We also propose ideas for how this demonstration can be adapted for the A-level physics curriculum. (Contains 8 figures and 1 table.)

  10. Multimodal bioimaging using rare earth doped Gd2O2S: Yb/Er phosphor with upconversion luminescence and magnetic resonance properties.

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    Ajithkumar, G; Yoo, Benjamin; Goral, Dara E; Hornsby, Peter J; Lin, Ai-Ling; Ladiwala, Uma; Dravid, Vinayak P; Sardar, Dhiraj K

    2013-03-21

    While infrared upconversion imaging using halide nanoparticles are so common the search for a very efficient halide free upconverting phosphors is still lacking. In this article we report Gd2O2S:Yb/Er,YbHo,YbTm systems as a very efficient alternative phosphors that show upconversion efficiency comparable or even higher than existing halide phosphors. While the majority of rare earth dopants provide the necessary features for optical imaging, the paramagnetic Gd ion also contributes to the magnetic imaging,thereby resulting in a system with bimodal imaging features. Results from imaging of the nanoparticles together with aggregates of cultured cells have suggested that imaging of the particles in living animals may be possible. In vitro tests revealed no signficant toxicity because no cell death was observed when the nanoparticles were in the presence of growing cells in culture. Measurement of the magnetization of the phosphor shows that the particles are strongly magnetic, thus making them suitable as an MRI agent. PMID:25191618

  11. Multimodal bioimaging using rare earth doped Gd2O2S: Yb/Er phosphor with upconversion luminescence and magnetic resonance properties

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    Ajithkumar, G.; Yoo, Benjamin; Goral, Dara E.; Hornsby, Peter J.; Lin, Ai-Ling; Ladiwala, Uma; Dravid, Vinayak P.; Sardar, Dhiraj K

    2013-01-01

    While infrared upconversion imaging using halide nanoparticles are so common the search for a very efficient halide free upconverting phosphors is still lacking. In this article we report Gd2O2S:Yb/Er,YbHo,YbTm systems as a very efficient alternative phosphors that show upconversion efficiency comparable or even higher than existing halide phosphors. While the majority of rare earth dopants provide the necessary features for optical imaging, the paramagnetic Gd ion also contributes to the magnetic imaging,thereby resulting in a system with bimodal imaging features. Results from imaging of the nanoparticles together with aggregates of cultured cells have suggested that imaging of the particles in living animals may be possible. In vitro tests revealed no signficant toxicity because no cell death was observed when the nanoparticles were in the presence of growing cells in culture. Measurement of the magnetization of the phosphor shows that the particles are strongly magnetic, thus making them suitable as an MRI agent. PMID:25191618

  12. Valence state change and defect centers induced by infrared femtosecond laser in Yb:YAG crystals

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    Wang, Xinshun; Liu, Yang; Zhao, Panjuan; Guo, Zhongyi; Li, Yan; Qu, Shiliang

    2015-04-01

    The broad band upconversion luminescence in Yb3+:YAG crystal has been observed in experiments under the irradiation of focused infrared femtosecond laser. The dependence of the fluorescence intensity on the pump power shows that the upconversion luminescence is due to simultaneous two-photon absorption process, which indicates that the broad emission bands at 365 and 463 nm could be assigned to the 5d → 4f transitions of Yb2+ ions and the one at 692 nm could be attributed to the electron-hole recombination process on (Yb2+-F+) centers. The absorption spectra of the Yb:YAG crystal samples before and after femtosecond laser irradiation, and after further annealing reveal that permanent valence state change of Yb ions from Yb3+ to Yb2+ and (Yb2+-F+) centers have been induced by infrared femtosecond laser irradiation in Yb3+:YAG crystal.

  13. Charge transfer processes and ultraviolet induced absorption in Yb:YAG single crystal laser materials

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    Rydberg, S.; Engholm, M.

    2013-06-01

    Charge transfer (CT) transitions and UV induced color centers in Yb:YAG single crystals have been investigated. A simultaneous pair formation of a stable Yb2+ ion and a hole related (O-) color center (hole polaron) are observed through a CT-process. Slightly different types of hole related color centers are formed in Yb:YAG crystals containing small levels of iron impurities. Furthermore, excitation spectroscopy on the UV irradiated Yb:YAG samples could confirm an energy transfer process between Yb3+ and Yb2+ ions. The findings are important for an increased knowledge of the physical loss mechanisms observed in Yb-doped laser materials, such as the nonlinear decay process in Yb:YAG crystals as well as the photodarkening phenomenon in Yb-doped fiber lasers.

  14. Competition between the inter- and intra-sublattice interactions in Yb2V2O7

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    Dun, Z. L.; Ma, J.; Cao, H. B.; Qiu, Y.; Copley, J. R. D.; Hong, T.; Matsuda, M.; Cheng, J. G.; Lee, M.; Choi, E. S.; Johnston, S.; Zhou, H. D.

    2015-02-01

    We studied the magnetic properties of single-crystal Yb2V2O7 using dc and ac susceptibility measurements, elastic and inelastic neutron-scattering measurements, and linear spin-wave theory. The experimental data show a ferromagnetic ordering of V4 + ions at 70 K, a short-range ordering of Yb3 + ions below 40 K, and finally a long-range noncollinear ordering of Yb3 + ions below 15 K. With external magnetic field oriented along the [111] axis, the Yb sublattice experiences a spin flop transition related to the "three-in one-out" spin structure. By modeling the spin-wave excitations, we extract the Hamiltonian parameters. Our results confirm that although the extra inter-sublattice Yb-V interactions dramatically increase the Yb ordering temperature to 15 K, the intra-sublattice Yb-Yb interactions, based on the pyrochlore lattice, still stabilize the Yb ions' noncollinear spin structure and spin flop transition.

  15. Temperature dependence of LRE-HRE-TM thin films

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    Li, Zuoyi; Cheng, Xiaomin; Lin, Gengqi; Li, Zhen; Huang, Zhixin; Jin, Fang; Wang, Xianran; Yang, Xiaofei

    2003-04-01

    Temperature dependence of the properties of RE-TM thin films is very important for MO recording. In this paper, we studied the temperature dependence of the magnetic and magneto-optical properties of the amorphous LRE-HRE-TM single layer thin films and LRE-HRE-TM/HRE-TM couple-bilayered thin films. For LRE-HRE-TM single layer thin films, the temperature dependence of the magnetization was investigated by using the mean field theory. The experimental and theoretical results matched very well. With the LRE substitution in HRE-TM thin film, the compensation temperature Tcomp decreased and the curie temperature Tc remained unchanged. Kerr rotation angle became larger and the saturation magnetization Ms at room temperature increased. For LRE-HRE-TM/HRE-TM couple-bilayered thin films, comparisons of the temperature dependences of the coercivities and Kerr rotation angles were made between isolated sublayers and couple-bilayered thin film.

  16. Level densities and gamma-ray strength functions in 170,171,172-Yb

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    Agvaanluvsan, U; Schiller, A; Becker, J; Bernstein, L; Garrett, P; Guttormsen, M; Mitchell, G; Rekstad, J; Siem, S; Voinov, A; Younes, W

    2004-07-28

    Level densities and radiative strength functions in {sup 171}Yb and {sup 170}Yb nuclei have been measured using the {sup 171}Yb({sup 3}He{sup 3}He{gamma}){sup 171}Yb and {sup 171}Yb({sup 3}He,{alpha}{gamma}){sup 170}Yb reactions. New data on {sup 171}Yb are compared to a previous measurement for {sup 171}Yb from the {sup 172}Yb({sup 3}He,{alpha}{gamma}){sup 171}Yb reaction. Systematics of level densities and radiative strength functions in {sup 170,171,172}Yb are established. The entropy excess in {sup 171}Yb relative to the even-even nuclei {sup 170,172}Yb due to the unpaired neutron quasiparticle is found to be approximately 2k{sub B}. Results for the radiative strength function from the two reactions lead to consistent parameters characterizing the ''pygmy'' resonances. Pygmy resonances in the {sup 170,172}Yb populated by the ({sup 3}He,{alpha}) reaction appear to be split into two components for both of which a complete set of resonance parameters are obtained.

  17. Optical properties of epitaxial YAG:Yb films

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    Ubizskii, S. B.; Matkovskii, A. O.; Melnyk, S. S.; Syvorotka, I. M.; Müller, V.; Peters, V.; Petermann, K.; Beyertt, A.; Giesen, A.

    2004-03-01

    This work deals with the investigation of the optical properties of epitaxial YAG:Yb films and their suitability as gain media for thin disk lasers. Epitaxial films of YAG:Yb were grown by the liquid phase epitaxy method in air on the (111)-oriented YAG substrates. The thickness of the grown layers was from 30 to 260 m. The melt composition was varied to obtain the desired doping level from 10 to 15% and to optimize the optical properties. The best epitaxial films were colourless and had an Yb3+ luminescence lifetime of more than 950 s, which is very close to the intrinsic lifetime of the Yb ions in the bulk YAG single crystals. These films were tested in a thin disk laser setup with 24 absorption passes of the 940 nm pumping beam. The maximum output power at 1.03 m wavelength in CW operation reached more than 60 W and the optical efficiency was close to 30%.

  18. Application of Yb:YAG short pulse laser system

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    Erbert, Gaylen V.; Biswal, Subrat; Bartolick, Joseph M.; Stuart, Brent C.; Crane, John K.; Telford, Steve; Perry, Michael D.

    2004-07-06

    A diode pumped, high power (at least 20W), short pulse (up to 2 ps), chirped pulse amplified laser using Yb:YAG as the gain material is employed for material processing. Yb:YAG is used as the gain medium for both a regenerative amplifier and a high power 4-pass amplifier. A single common reflective grating optical device is used to both stretch pulses for amplification purposes and to recompress amplified pulses before being directed to a workpiece.

  19. g factor of the first 2+ state in 164Yb

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    Z. Berant; A. Wolf et al.

    2004-03-17

    The g factor of the first excited 2+ state of 164Yb was measured by perturbed gamma-gamma angular correlation in an external static magnetic field of 5.55T. The result g(2+)=0.32(5), extends the systematics for Yb isotopes down to N=94. The behavior of known experimental values of g(2+) vs N for all isotopic chains Ba to Pt is discussed.

  20. A transportable optical lattice clock using 171Yb

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    Mura, Gregor; SOC2 Team

    2013-07-01

    We present first results on the spectroscopy of the 1S0 - 3P0 transition at 578nm in a transportable 171Yb optical lattice clock. With the Yb atoms confined in a one-dimensional optical lattice, we have observed linewidths below 200 Hz, limited by saturation broadening. Currently the system is being upgraded towards full clock operation and use of more compact and robust subsystems.

  1. Passively mode-locked Yb:LuVO4 oscillator

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    Rivier, Simon; Mateos, Xavier; Liu, Junhai; Petrov, Valentin; Griebner, Uwe; Zorn, Martin; Weyers, Markus; Zhang, Huaijin; Wang, Jiyang; Jiang, Minhua

    2006-11-01

    Passive mode locking of the ytterbium doped orthovanadate crystal Yb:LuVO4 is reported for the first time. We demonstrate what we believe to be the shortest pulses directly generated with an Yb-doped crystalline laser using a semiconductor saturable absorber. The pulses at 1036 nm have a duration as short as 58 fs for an average power of 85 mW.

  2. Investigation of loss processes of Tm and Tm,Ho in YAG

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    Armagan, G.; Buoncristiani, A. M.; Bair, C. H.; Inge, A. T.; Hess, R. V.

    1991-01-01

    The loss of excitation from various manifolds of Tm and Tm,Ho in YAG as a function of temperature and concentration is studied. Two probable loss mechanisms - a Tm up-conversion and a Ho up-conversion - are identified. A 785-nm CW diode laser with 400-nW peak power was focused to a small spot on the sample. The emission from the sample observed at 90 deg was monitored through a monochromator with slits open to 3 mm. Intensity of emission was measured by varying the power of the excitation source using a set of neutral density filters. Power is reported as the percentage of the peak power, and the intensity curves were normalized below 20 percent of transmission. The fact that there is emission above the pump energy indicates an up-conversion from excited manifolds. Nonlinear changes in the intensity of the emission from the Tm 3F4 manifold with the pump power reveals a loss of excitation from this manifold. The linear dependence of the 5I7 manifold emission with pump power at low Tm and high Ho concentrations and the gain of energy in the 5I6 manifold of Ho indicate that the 5I7 manifold loss is due to the coupling of Tm and Ho ions.

  3. 75 FR 61479 - Western Passage OCGenTM

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    ... Energy Regulatory Commission Western Passage OCGen\\TM\\ Power Project; Notice of Preliminary Permit... Western Passage OCGen\\TM\\ Power Project, located in Western Passage, in the vicinity of the City of... consist of: (1) 2 OCGen\\TM\\ hydrokinetic tidal devices each consisting of four 150-kilowatt...

  4. Pioneers--The "Engineering byDesign[TM]" Network

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    Burke, Barry N.

    2006-01-01

    This article discusses the standards-based instruction model, Engineering byDesign[TM] (EbD), and a network of teachers called the Engineering byDesign[TM] Network. Engineering byDesign[TM] is the only standards-based national model for Grades K-12 that delivers technological literacy which was developed by the International Technology Education…

  5. Lifetimes of high-spin states in {sup 162}Yb

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    Carpenter, M.P.; Janssens, R.V.F.; Henry, R.G.

    1995-08-01

    A measurement on lifetimes of high-spin states in the yrast and near-yrast rotational bands in {sup 162}Yb was carried out at ATLAS in order to determine the evolution of collectivity as a function of angular momentum using the {sup 126}Te({sup 40}Ar,4n){sup 162}Yb reaction at 170 MeV. Previous lifetime measurements in the {sup 164,166,168}Yb isotopes showed a dramatic decrease in the transition quadrupole moment Q{sub t} with increasing spin. It was suggested that this decrease in Q{sub t} is brought about by the rotationally-induced deoccupation of high-j configurations, mainly i{sub 13/2} neutrons. If this interpretation is correct, the heavier isotopes should have a larger decrease in Q{sub t} than the lighter mass nuclides due to the position of the Fermi surface in the i{sub 13/2} subshell. Indeed, {sup 160}Yb does not show a clear decrease in Q{sub t} at high spin. No high spin lifetime information exists for {sup 162}Yb, thus this experiment fills the gap of measured Q{sub t}`s in the light Yb series. The data is currently being analyzed.

  6. Nanoscale Conducting and Insulating Domains on YbB6

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    Hoffman, Jennifer; Zhu, Zhihuai; He, Yang; Kim, Dae-Jeong; Fisk, Zachary

    Recent photoemission studies on YbB6 reported a metallic surface but without f-states pinned at the Fermi level, in contradiction to the theoretical prediction of YbB6 as a topological Kondo insulator. Thus the topological nature of YbB6 remains unclear and requires a study that can distinguish trivial surface structure and non-trivial topological effects derived from the bulk. We use scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy (STM/STS) to provide a real-space microscopic picture of the surface electronic structure in YbB6. We observe coexisting nanoscale metallic and insulating surface terminations. The surface conductivity of each termination reflects the degree of downward or upward band bending that is determined by the surface polarity. In addition to demonstrating that surface metallically in YbB6 stems from band bending at the polar surface, our study suggests the utility of YbB6 for creating spin-polarized p-n junctions at the atomic scale. We acknowledge funding from the National Science Foundation, DMR-1410480.

  7. Biosimilar regulation in the EU.

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    Kurki, Pekka; Ekman, Niklas

    2015-01-01

    In the EU, the EMA has been working with biosimilars since 1998. This experience is crystallized in the extensive set of guidelines, which range from basic principles to details of clinical trials. While the guidance may appear complicated, it has enabled the development of biosimilars, of which 21 have managed to get marketing authorization. Currently marketed biosimilars in the EU have a good track record in safety and traceability. No biosimilars have been withdrawn from the market because of safety concerns. The most controversial issues with biosimilars are immunogenicity and extrapolation of therapeutic indications. The available data for these topics do not raise concerns among EU regulators. Interchangeability and substitution are regulated by individual EU member states. PMID:26294076

  8. Radiative lifetime measurements of some Tm I and Tm II levels by time-resolved laser spectroscopy

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    Tian, Yanshan; Wang, Xinghao; Yu, Qi; Li, Yongfan; Gao, Yang; Dai, Zhenwen

    2016-04-01

    Radiative lifetimes of 88 levels of Tm I in the energy range 22 791.176-48 547.98 cm-1 and 29 levels of Tm II in the range 27 294.79-65 612.85 cm-1 were measured by time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy in laser-ablation plasma. The lifetime values obtained are in the range from 15.4 to 7900 ns for Tm I and from 36.5 to 1000 ns for Tm II. To the best of our knowledge, 77 lifetimes of Tm I and 22 lifetimes of Tm II are reported for the first time. Good agreements between the present results and the previous experimental values were achieved for both Tm I and Tm II.

  9. Beta-Decay Study of ^{150}Er, ^{152}Yb, and ^{156}Yb: Candidates for a Monoenergetic Neutrino Beam Facility

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    Estevez Aguado, M. E.; Algora, A.; Rubio, B.; Bernabeu, J.; Nacher, E.; Tain, J. L.; Gadea, A.; Agramunt, J.; Burkard, K.; Hueller, W.; Doring, J.; Kirchner, R.; Mukha, I.; Plettner, C.; Roeckl, E.; Grawe, H.; Collatz, R.; Hellstrom, M.; Cano-Ott, D.; Karny, M.; Janas, Z.; Gierlik, M.; Plochocki, A.; Rykaczewski, Krzysztof Piotr; Batist, L.; Moroz, F.; Wittman, V.; Blazhev, A.; Valiente, J. J.; Espinoza, C.

    2011-01-01

    The beta decays of ^{150}Er, ^{152}Yb, and ^{156}Yb nuclei are investigated using the total absorption spectroscopy technique. These nuclei can be considered possible candidates for forming the beam of a monoenergetic neutrino beam facility based on the electron capture (EC) decay of radioactive nuclei. Our measurements confirm that for the cases studied, the EC decay proceeds mainly to a single state in the daughter nucleus.

  10. Reliability and Validity of the Zephyr[TM] BioHarness[TM] to Measure Respiratory Responses to Exercise

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    Hailstone, Jono; Kilding, Andrew E.

    2011-01-01

    The Zephyr[TM] BioHarness[TM] (Zephyr Technology, Auckland, New Zealand) is a wireless physiological monitoring system that has the ability to measure respiratory rate unobtrusively. However, the ability of the BioHarness[TM] to accurately and reproducibly determine respiratory rate across a range of intensities is currently unknown. The aim of…

  11. Near-IR photoactivation using mesoporous silica-coated NaYF4:Yb,Er/Tm upconversion nanoparticles.

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    Gnanasammandhan, Muthu Kumara; Idris, Niagara Muhammad; Bansal, Akshaya; Huang, Kai; Zhang, Yong

    2016-04-01

    Photoactivation is a process in which light is used to 'activate' photolabile therapeutics. As a therapeutic strategy, its advantages are that it is noninvasive and that a high degree of spatial and temporal control is possible. However, conventional photoactivation techniques are hampered by the limited penetration depth of the UV and visible lights to which the photosensitive compounds are responsive. Here we describe a protocol for the use of upconversion nanoparticles (UCNs) as light transducers to convert deeply penetrating near-infrared (NIR) light to UV-visible wavelengths matching that of the absorption spectrum of photosensitive therapeutics. This allows the use of deep-penetrating and biologically friendly NIR light instead of low-penetrating and/or toxic visible or UV lights for photoactivation. In this protocol, we focus on two photoactivation applications: photodynamic therapy (PDT) and photoactivated control of gene expression. We describe how to prepare and characterize the UCNs, as well as how to check their function in biochemical assays and in cells. For both applications, the UCNs are coated with mesoporous silica for easy loading of the therapeutics. For PDT, the UCNs are coated with polyethylene glycol (PEG) for stabilization and folic acid for tumor targeting and then loaded with photosensitizers that would be expected to kill cells by singlet oxygen production; the nanoparticles are injected intravenously. For photoactivated control of gene expression, knockdown of essential tumor genes is achieved using UCNs loaded with caged nucleic acids, which are injected intratumorally. The whole process from nanoparticle synthesis to animal studies takes ∼36 d. PMID:26963631

  12. Interactions of CT DNA with hexagonal NaYF4 co-doped with Yb(3+)/Tm(3+) upconversion particles.

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    Yuan, Xiuxue; Gu, Wenchao; Xiao, Mengsi; Xie, Wenli; Wei, Shaohua; Zhou, Lin; Zhou, Jiahong; Shen, Jian

    2015-02-25

    The interaction of UCPs with CT DNA are studied in detail by zeta potential, Energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS) spectroscopy, Thermogravimetric (TGA) analysis, DNA melting determination and various spectroscopic techniques including Ultraviolet-Visible (UV-Vis) absorption, fluorescence, circular dichroism (CD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopy. The results indicate that CT DNA can assemble on the surface of UCPs mainly by relative stronger hydrophobic force and electrostatic binding, and the predominant interaction site is the deoxyribosyl phosphate backbone of CT DNA. Moreover, after interacting with UCPs, the double helix structure of DNA is undamaged. PMID:25305602

  13. Evaluating LANDSAT-4 MSS and TM data

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    Strome, W. M.; Cihlar, J.; Goodenough, D. G.; Guertin, F. E. (Principal Investigator); Murphy, J. M.; Grieve, G.; Simard, R.; Horler, D.; Ahern, F. J.

    1984-01-01

    Interband line pixel misregistrations were determined for the four MSS bands of the Mistassini, Ontario scene and multitemporal registration of LANDSAT-4 products were tested for two different geocoded scenes. Line and pixel misregistrations are tabulated as determined by the manual ground control points and the digital band to band correlation techniques. A method was developed for determining the spectral information content of TM images for forestry applications.

  14. Absolute calibration accuracy of L4 TM and L5 TM sensor image pairs

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    Chander, G.; Micijevic, E.

    2006-01-01

    The Landsat suite of satellites has collected the longest continuous archive of multispectral data of any land-observing space program. From the Landsat program's inception in 1972 to the present, the Earth science user community has benefited from a historical record of remotely sensed data. However, little attention has been paid to ensuring that the data are calibrated and comparable from mission to mission, Launched in 1982 and 1984 respectively, the Landsat 4 (L4) and Landsat 5 (L5) Thematic Mappers (TM) are the backbone of an extensive archive of moderate resolution Earth imagery. To evaluate the "current" absolute accuracy of these two sensors, image pairs from the L5 TM and L4 TM sensors were compared. The approach involves comparing image statistics derived from large common areas observed eight days apart by the two sensors. The average percent differences in reflectance estimates obtained from the L4 TM agree with those from the L5 TM to within 15 percent. Additional work to characterize the absolute differences between the two sensors over the entire mission is in progress.

  15. Thermal and laser properties of Yb:LuAG for kW thin disk lasers.

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    Beil, Kolja; Fredrich-Thornton, Susanne T; Tellkamp, Friedjof; Peters, Rigo; Kränkel, Christian; Petermann, Klaus; Huber, Günter

    2010-09-27

    Thin disk laser experiments with Yb:LuAG (Yb:Lu(3)Al(5)O(12)) were performed leading to 5 kW of output power and an optical-to-optical efficiency exceeding 60%. Comparative analyses of the laser relevant parameters of Yb:LuAG and Yb:YAG were carried out. While the spectroscopic properties were found to be nearly identical, investigations of the thermal conductivities revealed a 20% higher value for Yb:LuAG at Yb(3+)-doping concentrations of about 10%. Due to the superior thermal conductivity with respect to Yb:YAG, Yb:LuAG offers thus the potential of improved performance in high power thin disk laser applications. PMID:20940967

  16. Spectral Properties of ZnO-LiYbO2 Hybrid Phosphor for Silicon Solar Cell

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    Ye, Song; Tanabe, Setsuhisa; Qiu, Jianrong

    2011-05-01

    We report on the luminescent properties of ZnO-LiYbO2 hybrid phosphor, in which the broadband spectral modification can be realized to benefit the enhancement of silicon solar cell photovoltaic conversion efficiency. Under the excitation of ZnO band-band absorption and exciton absorption in the near-UV region, the intense Yb3+ emission around 1000 nm can be observed. The occurrence of energy transfer from ZnO to Yb3+ was proved by the excitation and emission measurement. The emission spectra between the ZnO-LiYbO2 hybrid phosphor and the LiYbO2 crystal under the direct excitation of Yb3+ ions with 937 nm LD was compared, which indicates that the Yb3+ ions that were diffused into ZnO lattice with the help of Li+, rather than those constitute of LiYbO2 crystals, are responsible for the intense infrared emission.

  17. YB-1 promotes microtubule assembly in vitro through interaction with tubulin and microtubules

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    Chernov, Konstantin G; Mechulam, Alain; Popova, Nadezhda V; Pastre, David; Nadezhdina, Elena S; Skabkina, Olga V; Shanina, Nina A; Vasiliev, Victor D; Tarrade, Anne; Melki, Judith; Joshi, Vandana; Baconnais, Sonia; Toma, Flavio; Ovchinnikov, Lev P; Curmi, Patrick A

    2008-01-01

    Background YB-1 is a major regulator of gene expression in eukaryotic cells. In addition to its role in transcription, YB-1 plays a key role in translation and stabilization of mRNAs. Results We show here that YB-1 interacts with tubulin and microtubules and stimulates microtubule assembly in vitro. High resolution imaging via electron and atomic force microscopy revealed that microtubules assembled in the presence of YB-1 exhibited a normal single wall ultrastructure and indicated that YB-1 most probably coats the outer microtubule wall. Furthermore, we found that YB-1 also promotes the assembly of MAPs-tubulin and subtilisin-treated tubulin. Finally, we demonstrated that tubulin interferes with RNA:YB-1 complexes. Conclusion These results suggest that YB-1 may regulate microtubule assembly in vivo and that its interaction with tubulin may contribute to the control of mRNA translation. PMID:18793384

  18. Laser brackets debonding: Tm:YAP and ClarityTM SL self-ligating appliance system

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    Dostálová, Tatjana; Jelínková, Helena; Šulc, Jan; Koranda, Petr; Němec, Michal; Jelínek, Michal; Fibrich, Martin; Michalik, Pavel; Miyagi, Mitsunobu

    2010-02-01

    The study demonstrates the possibility of using Tm:YAP laser radiation for the removing ceramic brackets. The amount of enamel loss and residual resin on teeth has been evaluated. A diode-pumped Tm:YAP microchip laser generating at wavelength 1.9 μm was used for the debonding process. The transmission and absorption measurement of the basic elements - bracket, adhesive resin, and enamel was analyzed to explain the source of the heat and bracket debonding. Quantitative measurements are made for visualizing enamel surface before and after a self-ligating bonding technique. Temperature rise observation during the debonding procedure - from 0.5 to 2 W power - has improved the accuracy of assessment. The results were evaluated by CCD camera and scanning electron microscope. From the measurements it is possible to conclude that continuously running small diode pumped Tm:YAP microchip laser having output power 1W can remove the ceramic bracket without enamel iatrogenic damage.

  19. Electronic spectra of Yb2+-doped SrCl2

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    Sánchez-Sanz, Goar; Seijo, Luis; Barandiarán, Zoila

    2010-09-01

    The absorption and emission spectra of Yb2+-doped SrCl2 have been calculated on the basis of ab initio quantum chemical calculations which consider recently found, unexpected excited states with double-well energy curves and complex electronic structure, resulting from avoided crossings between Yb-trapped excitons and Yb impurity states, which influence prominent spectral features. The root mean square deviation and largest absolute error of the calculated energy levels are 394 and -826 cm-1, respectively. The YbCl8 moiety breathing mode vibrational frequencies and bond lengths of the lowest states are consistent with observed vibrational progressions and energy shifts induced by uniaxial compression. Photoionization is predicted above 49 000 cm-1 as a consequence of the spin-orbit induced spreading of the Yb-trapped exciton character in the upper part of the spectrum and three new emission bands are predicted with origins at about 33 800, 36 400, and 43 600 cm-1. The electron correlation methods used overestimate the relative stabilization of the 4f14 ground state and this leads to a constant error of the whole absorption spectrum of about 3500 cm-1 (23%-7%). Although this energy shift is customarily considered an adjustable parameter, it is a nonparametric, direct product in an ab initio route which shows the limitations on the proper representation of differential correlation between the 4fN and 4fN -15d (or similar) configurations and the need for theoretical improvement.

  20. Yb3+/Ho3+-codoped antimony-silicate optical fiber

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    Żmojda, Jacek; Dorosz, Dominik; Kochanowicz, Marcin; Miluski, Piotr; Dorosz, Jan

    The emission properties of Yb3+/Ho3+-codoped antimony-silicate optical fiber has been investigated. Luminescence at 2.1 μm corresponding to 5I7--> 5I8 transition in holmium was obtained by energy transfer between Yb3+ and Ho3+ ions. According to the Dexter-Miyakawa model, the parameters of energy migration CDD of the 2F5/2 (Yb3+) <--> 2F5/2 (Yb3+) transition and direct energy transfer CDA of the 2F5/2 (Yb3+) --> 5I6 (Ho3+) transition was calculated. The optimization of the activator content and the concentration ratio were conducted with the purpose of maximizing the efficiency of energy transfer. It made possible to select best-suited glass which was used to manufacture double-clad optical fiber. Strong and narrow bands of spontaneous emission which formed as a result of energy transfer between ytterbium and holmium ions were observed in the fiber under exciting with radiation at 978 nm wavelength.

  1. Yb3+/Ho3+-codoped antimony-silicate optical fiber

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    Żmojda, Jacek; Dorosz, Dominik; Kochanowicz, Marcin; Miluski, Piotr; Dorosz, Jan

    2012-05-01

    The emission properties of Yb3+/Ho3+-codoped antimony-silicate optical fiber has been investigated. Luminescence at 2.1 μm corresponding to 5I7--> 5I8 transition in holmium was obtained by energy transfer between Yb3+ and Ho3+ ions. According to the Dexter-Miyakawa model, the parameters of energy migration CDD of the 2F5/2 (Yb3+) <--> 2F5/2 (Yb3+) transition and direct energy transfer CDA of the 2F5/2 (Yb3+) --> 5I6 (Ho3+) transition was calculated. The optimization of the activator content and the concentration ratio were conducted with the purpose of maximizing the efficiency of energy transfer. It made possible to select best-suited glass which was used to manufacture double-clad optical fiber. Strong and narrow bands of spontaneous emission which formed as a result of energy transfer between ytterbium and holmium ions were observed in the fiber under exciting with radiation at 978 nm wavelength.

  2. Use of Yb(III) Centered Near Infra-Red (NIR) Luminescence to Determine the Hydration State of a 3,2-HOPO based MRI-Contrast Agent

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    Moore, Evan G.; Seitz, Michael; Raymond, Kenneth N.

    2008-06-09

    It has been more than a decade since the first reports of [Gd(Tren-Me-3,2-HOPO)(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}] as a potential new class of magnetic resonance imaging contrast agent (MRI-CA). The defining feature of these 1-methyl-3-hydroxypyridin-2-one (Me-3,2-HOPO) based compounds has been the use of a hexadentate ligand design, and hence an increase in the number of metal bound water molecules, without sacrificing complex stability compared to the typically octadentate contrast agents used commercially. Since that time, significant advances in the properties of these chelates have been steadily reported, including improvements in relaxivity, incorporation into macromolecular architectures and, recently, the first direct verification of solution structure using the discovery of Eu(III) centered luminescence with the isomeric 1-hydroxypyridin-2-one (1,2-HOPO) chelate as a sensitizing chromophore. Nonetheless, it has remained frustrating that direct measurements of the inner sphere hydration state, q, using luminescence techniques with the parent Me-3,2-HOPO compounds have remained elusive, even when direct laser excitation of weakly absorbing f-f transitions were employed (eg. for Eu(III) complexes). This failing can likely be traced to the presence of a low lying LMCT state which efficiently quenches metal based emission. Instead, estimates of the q and hence solution structure have relied on the fitting of relaxivity data to the Solomon-Bloembergen-Morgan equations or, where sufficiently soluble in aqueous solution, studies on the temperature dependence of the paramagnetic contribution to the water {sup 17}O NMR transverse relaxation rate. Recently, Beeby et al reported on a qualitative equation to determine inner sphere hydration based on the change in lifetimes for Yb(III) in going from H{sub 2}O to D{sub 2}O solution, and we reasoned that the lower energy accepting state of Yb(III) may lie below the LMCT state which quenches Eu(III) emission, and hence may facilitate

  3. EU Space Awareness: Initial implemenation

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    Russo, Pedro

    2015-08-01

    EU Space Awareness uses the excitement of space to attract young people into science and technology and stimulate European and global citizenship. The project will show children and teenagers the opportunities offered by space science and engineering and inspire primary-school children when their curiosity is high and their value systems are being formed. EU Space Awareness, a 3-year project, has started in March 2015 with 10 partner organisations and 15 network nodes in 17 European countries and the IAU Office of Astronomy for Development. During this talk we will give a update about the intial implementation of the project and its relevant for astronomy for development.

  4. Sequential growth of sandwiched NaYF4:Yb/Er@NaYF4:Yb@NaNdF4:Yb core-shell-shell nanoparticles for photodynamic therapy

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    Peng, Huang-Yong; Ding, Bin-Bin; Ma, Yin-Chu; Sun, Shi-Qi; Tao, Wei; Guo, Yan-Chuan; Guo, Hui-Chen; Yang, Xian-Zhu; Qian, Hai-Sheng

    2015-12-01

    Upconversion (UC) nanostructures have attracted much interest for their extensive biological applications. In this work, we describe a sequential synthetic route to prepare sandwiched NaYF4:Yb/Er@NaYF4:Yb@NaNdF4:Yb core-shell upconversion nanoparticles. The as-prepared products were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM, JEM 2100F), respectively. The as-prepared core-shell nanoparticles of NaYF4:Yb/Er@NaYF4:Yb@NaNdF4:Yb are composed of elliptical nanoparticles with a length of 80 nm and width of 42 nm, which show efficient upconversion fluorescence excited at 808 nm indicating the formation of core-shell-shell sandwiched nanostructures. In addition, the as-prepared sandwiched NaYF4:Yb/Er@NaYF4:Yb@NaNdF4:Yb core-shell upconversion nanoparticles also show strong upconversion fluorescence excited at 980 nm. Amphiphilic mPEG2k-b-PEBEP6K copolymers (denoted as PPE) were chosen to transfer these hydrophobic UCNPs into the aqueous phase for biological application. In vitro photodynamic therapy of cancer cells show that the viability of cells incubated with the nanoparticles loaded with MC 540 was significantly lower as compared to the nanoparticles without photosensitizers exposed to NIR laser.

  5. Unique magnetic structure of YbCo2Si2

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    Mufti, N.; Kaneko, K.; Hoser, A.; Gutmann, M.; Geibel, C.; Krellner, C.; Stockert, O.

    2016-07-01

    We report on the results of powder and single-crystal neutron diffraction to investigate the magnetic order in YbCo2Si2 below the Néel temperature TN=1.7 K in detail. Two different magnetically ordered phases can clearly be distinguished. At lowest temperatures a commensurate magnetic structure with a propagation vector k1=(0.25 0.25 1 ) is found, while the intermediate phase (T >0.9 K) is characterized by an incommensurate magnetic structure with k2=(0.25 0.086 1 ) . The magnetic structure in YbCo2Si2 is in marked contrast to all other known R Co2Si2 compounds (R = rare earth element) likely due to some itineracy of the Yb 4 f states being responsible for the magnetism.

  6. Preparation and characterization of Yb-doped YAG ceramics

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    Hostaša, Jan; Esposito, Laura; Alderighi, Daniele; Pirri, Angela

    2013-02-01

    This work presents the results of the preparation of polycrystalline Yb:YAG ceramics for laser sources with dopant concentration from 0 up to 20 at.% via solid state reactive sintering. Samples were prepared via cold isostatic pressing of spray dried mixture of pure oxide powders with TEOS as a sintering aid. Sintering was conducted under high vacuum and clean atmosphere. Various sintering cycles were tested, so that optimum conditions could be selected in dependence on Yb concentration. Samples with optical transmittance higher than 80% were prepared and their laser performance was examined. Slope efficiency as high as 73% and a maximum output power of 6 W were obtained for the sample doped with 10% Yb. Final microstructure of prepared samples was analyzed via optical microscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, and EDS.

  7. Photoluminescence and laser behavior of Yb:YAG ceramic

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    Tang, Fei; Huang, Jiquan; Guo, Wang; Wang, Wenchao; Fei, Binjie; Cao, Yongge

    2012-03-01

    Yb:YAG transparent ceramics with different doping concentration were fabricated by the traditional solid-state diffusion route, and their fluorescence properties and laser behavior were investigated. It is found that both the fluorescence intensity and lifetime depend deeply on both the doping concentration of Yb ions and the annealing treatment. The continuous wavelength (C.W.) laser performance for 10 at.% Yb:YAG ceramic suggests that both the threshold pump power and slope efficiency increase with increasing transmittance of the output couple (Toc). For Toc = 15%, the threshold pump power is about 6.1 W, the slope efficiency is 25%, and the maximum output power of 2.2 W is achieved when pumped by 14.9 W.

  8. Yb:YAG Lasers for Space Based Remote Sensing

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    Ewing, J.J.; Fan, T. Y.

    1998-01-01

    Diode pumped solid state lasers will play a prominent role in future remote sensing missions because of their intrinsic high efficiency and low mass. Applications including altimetry, cloud and aerosol measurement, wind velocity measurement by both coherent and incoherent methods, and species measurements, with appropriate frequency converters, all will benefit from a diode pumped primary laser. To date the "gold standard" diode pumped Nd laser has been the laser of choice for most of these concepts. This paper discusses an alternate 1 micron laser, the YB:YAG laser, and its potential relevance for lidar applications. Conceptual design analysis and, to the extent possible at the time of the conference, preliminary experimental data on the performance of a bread board YB:YAG oscillator will be presented. The paper centers on application of YB:YAG for altimetry, but extension to other applications will be discussed.

  9. 980 nm narrow linewidth Yb-doped phosphate fiber laser

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    Li, Pingxue; Yao, Yifei; Hu, Haowei; Chi, Junjie; Yang, Chun; Zhao, Ziqiang; Zhang, Guangju

    2014-12-01

    A narrow-linewidth ytterbium (Yb)-doped phosphate fiber laser based on fiber Bragg grating (FBG) operating around 980 nm is reported. Two different kinds of cavity are applied to obtain the 980 nm narrow-linewidth output. One kind of the cavity consists of a 0.35 nm broadband lindwidth high-reflection FBG and the Yb-doped phosphate fiber end with 0° angle, which generates a maximum output power of 25 mW. The other kind of resonator is composed of a single mode Yb-doped phosphate fiber and a pair of FBGs. Over 10.7 mW stable continuous wave are obtained with two longitudinal modes at 980 nm. We have given a detailed analysis and discussion for the results.

  10. TE/TM Simulations of Interferometric Measurements

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    Houshmand, Bijan

    2000-01-01

    Interferometric synthetic aperture radar (IFSAR) measurements at X-, C-, L-, and P-band are used to derive ground topography at meter level resolution. Interpretation of the derived topography requires attention due to the complex interaction of the radar signal with ground cover. The presence of penetrable surfaces such as vegetation, and tree canopies poses a challenge since the depth of penetration depends on a number of parameters such as the operating radar frequency, polarization, incident angle, as well as terrain structure. The dependence of the reconstructed topography on polarization may lead to the characterization of the ground cover. Simulation of interferometric measurements is useful for interpretation of the derived topography (B. Houshmand, Proceedings of URSI, 314, 1997). In this talk , time domain simulations for interferometric measurement for TE- and TM- polarization are presented. Time domain simulation includes the effects of the surface material property as well geometry comparable the radar signal wavelength (B. Houshmand, Proceedings of the URSI, 25, 1998). The IFSAR simulation is carried out in two steps. First, the forward scattering data is generated based on full wave analysis. Next, the electromagnetic information is inverted to generate surface topography. This inversion is based on the well known IFSAR processing technique which is composed of signal compression, and formation of an interferogram. The full wave forward scattering data is generated by the scattered-field formulation of the FDTD algorithm. The simulation is carried out by exciting the computational domain by a radar signal. The scattered field is then computed and translated to the receiving interferometric antennas using the time-domain Huygen's principle. The inversion process starts by compressing the time-domain data. The range compressed data from both receivers are then coregistered to form an interferogram. The resulting interferogram is then related to the

  11. Identification and characterization of NF-YB family genes in tung tree.

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    Yang, Susu; Wang, Yangdong; Yin, Hengfu; Guo, Haobo; Gao, Ming; Zhu, Huiping; Chen, Yicun

    2015-12-01

    The NF-YB transcription factor gene family encodes a subunit of the CCAAT box-binding factor (CBF), a highly conserved trimeric activator that strongly binds to the CCAAT box promoter element. Studies on model plants have shown that NF-YB proteins participate in important developmental and physiological processes, but little is known about NF-YB proteins in trees. Here, we identified seven NF-YB transcription factor-encoding genes in Vernicia fordii, an important oilseed tree in China. A phylogenetic analysis separated the genes into two groups; non-LEC1 type (VfNF-YB1, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13) and LEC1-type (VfNF-YB 14). A gene structure analysis showed that VfNF-YB 5 has three introns and the other genes have no introns. The seven VfNF-YB sequences contain highly conserved domains, a disordered region at the N terminus, and two long helix structures at the C terminus. Phylogenetic analyses showed that VfNF-YB family genes are highly homologous to GmNF-YB genes, and many of them are closely related to functionally characterized NF-YBs. In expression analyses of various tissues (root, stem, leaf, and kernel) and the root during pathogen infection, VfNF-YB1, 5, and 11 were dominantly expressed in kernels, and VfNF-YB7 and 9 were expressed only in the root. Different VfNF-YB family genes showed different responses to pathogen infection, suggesting that they play different roles in the pathogen response. Together, these findings represent the first extensive evaluation of the NF-YB family in tung tree and provide a foundation for dissecting the functions of VfNF-YB genes in seed development, stress adaption, fatty acid synthesis, and pathogen response. PMID:26037219

  12. Laser spectroscopy of /sup 170/Tm

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    Dyer, P.; Bounds, J.A.

    1988-12-01

    The magnetic moment, quadrupole moment, and isotope shift of the radioactive isotope /sup 170/Tm have been measured by the atomic-beam resonance-fluorescence technique. Hyperfine structures of the 563-, 568-, 590-, and 597-nm transitions were observed with a resolution of 12 MHz. The magnetic moment is found to be /mu//sup (170)/ = +0.2458(17) /mu//sub N/; the spectroscopic quadrupole moment, Q/sub s//sup (170)/ = 0.72(5) b. The isotope shifts /delta/3at/sup 169,170/ for the above lines are -469(2), -471(6), +462(6), and -461(8) MHz, respectively.

  13. Investigation of lasing characteristics of domestic Yb : YAG laser ceramics

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    Snetkov, I. L.; Palashov, O. V.; Osipov, V. V.; Mukhin, I. B.; Maksimov, R. N.; Shitov, V. A.; Luk'yashin, K. E.

    2016-07-01

    We report on the synthesis and laser characteristics of Yb3+-doped yttrium aluminium garnet (Y3Al5O12) optical ceramics. The ceramics was produced by solid-phase reactive sintering of a mixture of Yb (5 at %) : Y2O3 and Al2O3 nanopowders synthesised by laser ablation, using additional calcination of the mixture before compaction. In a thin disk geometry, multiwatt laser oscillation was obtained at a wavelength of 1030 nm with a power of 5.2 W and a slope efficiency of 37.0% at a pump pulse period-toduration ratio of 5.72.

  14. Optical Properties of Tm(3+) Ions in Alkali Germanate Glass

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    Walsh, Brian M.; Barnes, Norman P.; Reichle, Donald J.; Jiang, Shibin

    2006-01-01

    Tm-doped alkali germanate glass is investigated for use as a laser material. Spectroscopic investigations of bulk Tm-doped germanate glass are reported for the absorption, emission and luminescence decay. Tm:germanate shows promise as a fiber laser when pumped with 0.792 m diodes because of low phonon energies. Spectroscopic analysis indicates low nonradiative quenching and pulsed laser performance studies confirm this prediction by showing a quantum efficiency of 1.69.

  15. Graphing Calculators, the CBL2[TM] and TI-Interactive[TM] in High School Science.

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    Molnar, Bill

    This collection of activities is designed to show how TI-Interactive[TM] and Calculator-based Laboratories (CBL) can be used to explore topics in high school science. The activities address such topics as specific heat, Boyle's Law, Newton's Law of Cooling, and Antarctic Ozone Levels. Teaching notes and calculator instructions are included as are…

  16. Thermal analysis on grad-doped active-mirror Yb:YAG ceramic lasers

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    Cheng, Xiaojin; Wang, Jianlei; Jiang, Benxue

    2015-11-01

    Heat conduction, temperature distribution, thermal stress, and thermally induced refractive index of a diode-pumped active-mirror grad-doped Yb:YAG ceramic laser are analyzed and compared to a uniform-doped Yb:YAG ceramic laser. It is found that a rationally designed grad-doped Yb:YAG ceramic has a smaller temperature gradient than a uniform-doped Yb:YAG ceramic with the same absorption pump power, which results in higher output energy in the grad-doped Yb:YAG ceramic laser.

  17. High pressure synthesis of a new phase of YbAg2: Structure, valence of Yb and properties

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    Tsvyashchenko, A. V.; Menushenkov, A. P.; Sidorov, V. A.; Petrova, A. E.; Fomicheva, L. N.; Chernysheva, O. V.; Lebed, Yu. B.; Axenov, S. N.; Bud’ko, S. L.; Sun, Liling; Zhao, Zhongxian

    2015-08-05

    The new phase of YbAg2 was obtained using high-pressure and high-temperature reaction. YbAg2 crystallizes in the MgZn2 structure (the space group P63/mmc space group, No 194) with a = 5.68153(3) Å and c = 9.31995(7) Å and the unit cell volume V = 260.54(3) Å3. The XANES analysis showed that the valence state of Yb is +2.8. The low-temperature dependences of the electrical resistivity and magnetic susceptibility can be adequately described by a T2 term that supports the Fermi-liquid picture. Furthermore, the Kadowaki–Woods relation gives a low value of the degeneracy (N = 2).

  18. High pressure synthesis of a new phase of YbAg2: Structure, valence of Yb and properties

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    Tsvyashchenko, A. V.; Menushenkov, A. P.; Sidorov, V. A.; Petrova, A. E.; Fomicheva, L. N.; Chernysheva, O. V.; Lebed, Yu. B.; Axenov, S. N.; Bud’ko, S. L.; Sun, Liling; et al

    2015-08-05

    The new phase of YbAg2 was obtained using high-pressure and high-temperature reaction. YbAg2 crystallizes in the MgZn2 structure (the space group P63/mmc space group, No 194) with a = 5.68153(3) Å and c = 9.31995(7) Å and the unit cell volume V = 260.54(3) Å3. The XANES analysis showed that the valence state of Yb is +2.8. The low-temperature dependences of the electrical resistivity and magnetic susceptibility can be adequately described by a T2 term that supports the Fermi-liquid picture. Furthermore, the Kadowaki–Woods relation gives a low value of the degeneracy (N = 2).

  19. Mechanism of tantalum adhesion on SiLK{sup TM}

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    Hu Yue; Yang Shuowang; Chen Xiantong; Lu Dong; Feng Yuanping; Wu Ping

    2005-09-19

    Tantalum adhesion on SiLK{sup TM} was investigated using first-principles method based on density functional theory. Phenylene groups were found to play a major role and the adjacent semi-benzene rings also contribute significantly to Ta adhesion on SiLK{sup TM}. In addition, the degradation effects of H{sub 2}/He reactive plasma clean on Ta adhesion on SiLK{sup TM} was investigated. Based on our findings, argon plasma treatment was suggested and implemented after reactive plasma cleaning process, which resulted in integration of SiLK{sup TM} with Cu up to seven metal layers.

  20. TM dependence of the magneto-optic signal in GdTb-TM thin films

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    Hairston, D.K.; Kryder, M.H.

    1988-04-15

    The magneto-optic polar Kerr rotation for various GdTb-TM thin films was measured at room temperature as a function of TM composition and was found to correlate with the Slater--Pauling curve. In spite of the fact that the temperature dependence of magnetization is a complicating factor, the data clearly establish the above-mentioned correlation. The TM compositions ranged from Mn through Fe and Co to Ni. The Fe-based films had Curie temperatures covering a range from 100 to 300 /sup 0/C in contrast to the Co-based films whose Curie temperatures were clearly much greater than 300 /sup 0/C. Neither the Mn- nor the Ni-based films exhibited desirable magneto-optic activity when fabricated under the same conditions as the Fe- and/or Co-based films. When the Fe constituent of the GdTbFe films was gradually substituted with Mn or Co the room-temperature magneto-optic signal was found to decrease and increase, respectively. In a similar manner, when the Co constituent of GdTbCo films was gradually substituted with Fe or Ni the room-temperature magneto-optic effect was found to increase and decrease, respectively. However, when the Co constituent of GdTbCo films was gradually substituted with Mn the room-temperature magneto-optic effect also decreased, clearly establishing the correlation to the Slater--Pauling curve. These results are further evidence that the magneto-optic effect of traditional RE-TM thin films is dominated by the TM composition and explain the fact that the magneto-optic signal is largest in GdTbFeCo thin films. New data supporting the correlation between magneto-optic effect and perpendicular anisotropy was also obtained.

  1. Triaxial Superdeformed Bands in ^163Tm

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    Pattabiraman, N. S.; Ghugre, S. S.; Garg, Umesh; Li, T.; Nayak, B. K.; Zhu, S.; Chakrawarthy, R. S.; Macchiavelli, A. O.; Janssens, R. V. F.

    2002-10-01

    Following the recent discovery of triaxial superdeformation bands in the Z = 71, 72 nuclei [1,2], we have investigated the Z = 69 nucleus ^163 Tm using the reaction ^130 Te( ^37 Cl, 4n) ^163 Tm with a beam energy of 170 MeV. Gamma-ray spectroscopy was performed using the Gammasphere array at LBNL. The data were sorted into a hypercube. The preliminary results have indicated two bands with δ E _γ 60 keV above the previously known 5286 keV, 49/2^- state. These bands appear to talk to one another. It may be recalled that evidence for wobbling motion has recently been reported in the isobaric nucleus ^163 Lu The detailed experimental results and comparisons with the neighboring nuclei will be presented. [1] H. Amro et al, Phys. Lett. B 506, 39(2001). [2] G. Schonwasser eet al., Eur. Phys. J. A13, 291(2002). [3] D. R. Jensen et al, Nucl. Phys. A 703, 3 (2002).

  2. Three Long Lived Excited States of Tm^-

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    O'Malley, Steven M.; Beck, Donald R.

    2004-05-01

    Recent measurements(V. T. Davis and J. S. Thompson, Phys. Rev. A 65), 010501 (2001). have yielded 2 Tm^- states with lifetimes >50 μs [2] with estimated electron affinities of ˜1 eV. Theory does not support a 4f attachment to the ground state(D. Datta and D. R. Beck, Phys. Rev. A 47), 5198 (1993)., and at most only a weak (<100 meV) 6p attachment(J. A. Chevary and S. H. Vosko, J. Phys. B 27), 657 (1994).. Our more accurate calculations for 4f, 5d, and 6p attachment to the ground state find no evidence of any bound state associated with these attachments. We then turned to attachment to ``low lying'' Tm I excited states. Candidates must have lifetimes >50 μs, unusually long for simpler species except for He^-, Be^-, and Ba^- (T. Andersen et al., J. Phys. Chem. Ref. Data 28), 1511 (1999).. Using a relativistic configuration interaction in the continuum methodology (Z. Cai, D. R. Beck, and W. F. Perger, Phys. Rev. A 43), 4660 (1991)., we have found 3 states, 4f^125d6s^26p (J=8,9,10), with lifetimes of 10 μs, 5 ms, and 3 ms, respectively. These are bound to their natural thresholds by 254, 258, and 173 meV and may represent what is being observed [2].

  3. Innate immunity: Bacterial cell-wall muramyl peptide targets the conserved transcription factor YB-1.

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    Laman, A G; Lathe, R; Savinov, G V; Shepelyakovskaya, A O; Boziev, Kh M; Baidakova, L K; Chulin, A N; Brovko, F A; Svirshchevskaya, E V; Kotelevtsev, Y; Eliseeva, I A; Guryanov, S G; Lyabin, D N; Ovchinnikov, L P; Ivanov, V T

    2015-07-01

    The bacterial cell wall muramyl dipeptides MDP and glucosaminyl-MDP (GMDP) are powerful immunostimulators but their binding target remains controversial. We previously reported expression cloning of GMDP-binding polypeptides and identification of Y-box protein 1 (YB-1) as their sole target. Here we show specific binding of GMDP to recombinant YB-1 protein and subcellular colocalization of YB-1 and GMDP. GMDP binding to YB-1 upregulated gene expression levels of NF-κB2, a mediator of innate immunity. Furthermore, YB-1 knockdown abolished GMDP-induced Nfkb2 expression. GMDP/YB-1 stimulation led to NF-κB2 cleavage, transport of activated NF-κB2 p52 to the nucleus, and upregulation of NF-κB2-dependent chemokine Cxcr4 gene expression. Therefore, our findings identify YB-1 as new target for muramyl peptide signaling. PMID:26026270

  4. ΔNp63α controls YB-1 protein stability: evidence on YB-1 as a new player in keratinocyte differentiation.

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    di Martino, Orsola; Troiano, Annaelena; Guarino, Andrea M; Pollice, Alessandra; Vivo, Maria; La Mantia, Girolama; Calabrò, Viola

    2016-06-01

    Y-box binding protein 1 (YBX-1 or YB-1) is an oncoprotein that promotes replicative immortality, tumor cell invasion and metastasis. The increase in the abundance of YB-1 in the cell or YB-1 translocation from the cytoplasm to the nucleus is characteristic of malignant cell growth. We have previously reported that ΔNp63α, a transcription factor that is known to play a pivotal role in keratinocyte proliferation and differentiation, promotes YB-1 nuclear accumulation. Here, we show that YB-1 is highly expressed in proliferating keratinocytes and is down-regulated during keratinocyte differentiation. ΔNp63α reduces YB-1 protein turnover and leads to accumulation of ubiquitin-conjugated YB-1 into the nucleus. Reduction of YB-1 protein level, following treatment with a DNA-damaging agent, is inhibited by ΔNp63α suggesting that YB-1 and ΔNp63α interplay can support keratinocyte proliferation and protect cells from apoptosis under genotoxic stress. PMID:27168020

  5. Determination of the Er3+ to Yb3+ energy transfer efficiency in Er3+/Yb3+-codoped YVO4 crystals

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    Di Paolo, R. E.; Cantelar, E.; Wang, X. M.; Tsuboi, T.; Cussó, F.

    2001-09-01

    The energy transfer efficiency from Er3+ to Yb3+ ions in yttrium orthovanadate single crystals (YVO4) is experimentally obtained, by using a method based on the simultaneous and multiwavelength measurement of photoacoustic and luminescent signals after pulsed laser excitation. The result is reached by comparing with the predictions from Judd-Ofelt analysis and the lifetime measurements. The energy transfer between the ions, from Er3+ to Yb3+, must be considered in order to fit the experimental results. A value of energy transfer efficiency (Ψ = 0.16) is obtained.

  6. 78 FR 28258 - mPower\\TM\\ Design-Specific Review Standard

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  8. Comparative 3-D Modeling of tmRNA

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    Burks, Jody; Zwieb, Christian; Müller, Florian; Wower, Iwona; Wower, Jacek

    2005-01-01

    Background Trans-translation releases stalled ribosomes from truncated mRNAs and tags defective proteins for proteolytic degradation using transfer-messenger RNA (tmRNA). This small stable RNA represents a hybrid of tRNA- and mRNA-like domains connected by a variable number of pseudoknots. Comparative sequence analysis of tmRNAs found in bacteria, plastids, and mitochondria provides considerable insights into their secondary structures. Progress toward understanding the molecular mechanism of template switching, which constitutes an essential step in trans-translation, is hampered by our limited knowledge about the three-dimensional folding of tmRNA. Results To facilitate experimental testing of the molecular intricacies of trans-translation, which often require appropriately modified tmRNA derivatives, we developed a procedure for building three-dimensional models of tmRNA. Using comparative sequence analysis, phylogenetically-supported 2-D structures were obtained to serve as input for the program ERNA-3D. Motifs containing loops and turns were extracted from the known structures of other RNAs and used to improve the tmRNA models. Biologically feasible 3-D models for the entire tmRNA molecule could be obtained. The models were characterized by a functionally significant close proximity between the tRNA-like domain and the resume codon. Potential conformational changes which might lead to a more open structure of tmRNA upon binding to the ribosome are discussed. The method, described in detail for the tmRNAs of Escherichia coli, Bacillus anthracis, and Caulobacter crescentus, is applicable to every tmRNA. Conclusion Improved molecular models of biological significance were obtained. These models will guide in the design of experiments and provide a better understanding of trans-translation. The comparative procedure described here for tmRNA is easily adopted for the modeling the members of other RNA families. PMID:15958166

  9. Fiber amplifiers and lasers in Yb:silica

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    Wilcox, R.B.; Browning, D.F.; Feit, M.D.; Nyman, B.

    1996-11-15

    We have measured gain and saturation in sing;e mode Yb:silica fiber, and developed fiber lasers and amplifiers at 1053 nm. The lasers are tunable over 10`s of nanometers, with amplifier gain flattened by fiber gratings or dielectric filters.

  10. Universal dynamic magnetism in Yb pyrochlores with disparate ground states

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    Hallas, A. M.; Gaudet, J.; Butch, N. P.; Tachibana, M.; Freitas, R. S.; Luke, G. M.; Wiebe, C. R.; Gaulin, B. D.

    2016-03-01

    The ytterbium pyrochlore magnets, Yb2B2O7 (B =Sn ,Ti ,Ge ) are well described by Seff=1 /2 quantum spins decorating a network of corner-sharing tetrahedra and interacting via anisotropic exchange. Structurally, only the nonmagnetic B -site cation, and hence primarily the lattice parameter, changes across the series. Nonetheless, a range of magnetic behaviors is observed: the low-temperature magnetism in Yb2Ti2O7 and Yb2Sn2O7 has a ferromagnetic character, while Yb2Ge2O7 displays an antiferromagnetically ordered Néel state at low temperatures. While the static properties of the ytterbium pyrochlores are distinct, inelastic neutron scattering measurements reveal a common character to their exotic spin dynamics. All three ytterbium pyrochlores show a gapless continuum of spin excitations, resembling overdamped ferromagnetic spin waves at low Q . Furthermore, the specific heat of the series also follows a common form, with a broad, high-temperature anomaly followed by a sharp low-temperature anomaly at TC or TN. The novel spin dynamics we report correlate strongly with the broad specific heat anomaly only, remaining unchanged across the sharp anomaly. This result suggests that the primary order parameter in the ytterbium pyrochlores associated with the sharp anomaly is "hidden" and not simple magnetic dipole order.

  11. Unusual Yb magnetic properties in YbMn6Ge1.8-xSn4.2Gax and YbMn6Ge1.8Sn4.2-yGay

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    Eichenberger, L.; Malaman, B.; Mazet, T.

    2016-05-01

    We investigate the magnetic properties of the new HfFe6Ge6-type (P6/mmm) YbMn6Ge1.8-xSn4.2Gax (x=0.05, 0.4 and 0.9) and YbMn6Ge1.8Sn4.2-yGay (y=0.05, 0.5 and 1.0) alloys from DC magnetization and powder neutron diffraction experiments. The electronic structure modifications induced by the Ga substitution are found to promote the ferromagnetic order of the Mn sublattice, to enhance the Yb ordering temperature (up to TYb∼170 K) and to strongly increase the low-temperature coercive field (up to μ0Hc∼1 T). By contrast, the changes in the Yb magnetic moment magnitude upon Ga substitution are analyzed to be mainly driven by chemical pressure effects. The reduced Yb magnetic moment (1.0 μBYb<1.8 μB) compared with the free ion value (4 μB) is interpreted as resulting from Kondo screening. There are strong indirect indications that the high temperature Yb magnetic ordering likely involves intermediate valent Yb.

  12. 75 FR 61480 - Cobscook Bay OCGenTM

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  13. Accelerated Math[TM]. What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report

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    What Works Clearinghouse, 2011

    2011-01-01

    "Accelerated Math"[TM], published by Renaissance Learning, is a software tool used to customize assignments and monitor progress in math for students in grades 1-12. The "Accelerated Math"[TM] software creates individualized assignments aligned with state standards and national guidelines, scores student work, and generates reports on student…

  14. SpellRead[TM]. What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report

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    What Works Clearinghouse, 2013

    2013-01-01

    "SpellRead"[TM], formerly known as "SpellRead Phonological Auditory Training"[R], is a small-group literacy program for struggling readers in grades 2-12. "SpellRead"[TM] integrates the auditory and visual aspects of the reading process and emphasizes specific skill mastery through systematic and explicit instruction. Students are taught to…

  15. Disability Awareness Night[TM]: 2006 Honorees, Sponsors, Teams

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    Exceptional Parent, 2006

    2006-01-01

    This article presents the 2006 honorees, sponsors, and teams for the Disability Awareness Night[TM]. Disability Awareness Night[TM] is a unique and powerful community outreach program. Its vision is to continue to raise awareness outside of the community of individuals with disabilities to continue the goal that this program will open doors to…

  16. Social Stories[TM] for Children with Disabilities

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    Reynhout, Georgina; Carter, Mark

    2006-01-01

    A review of the empirical research literature on Social Stories[TM] is presented, including a descriptive review and single-subject meta-analysis of appropriate studies. Examination of data suggests the effects of Social Stories[TM] are highly variable. Interpretations of extant studies are frequently confounded by inadequate participant…

  17. Social Stories[TM]: A Possible Theoretical Rationale

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    Reynhout, Georgina; Carter, Mark

    2011-01-01

    Social Stories[TM] are an intervention widely used with individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). This paper discusses a possible theoretical rationale that might account for the purported efficacy of Social Stories[TM]. Attributes of individuals with ASD in relation to Social Story intervention including difficulties with theory of mind…

  18. Full Immersive Virtual Environment Cave[TM] in Chemistry Education

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    Limniou, M.; Roberts, D.; Papadopoulos, N.

    2008-01-01

    By comparing two-dimensional (2D) chemical animations designed for computer's desktop with three-dimensional (3D) chemical animations designed for the full immersive virtual reality environment CAVE[TM] we studied how virtual reality environments could raise student's interest and motivation for learning. By using the 3ds max[TM], we can visualize…

  19. Utilising eduroam[TM] Architecture in Building Wireless Community Networks

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    Huhtanen, Karri; Vatiainen, Heikki; Keski-Kasari, Sami; Harju, Jarmo

    2008-01-01

    Purpose: eduroam[TM] has already been proved to be a scalable, secure and feasible way for universities and research institutions to connect their wireless networks into a WLAN roaming community, but the advantages of eduroam[TM] have not yet been fully discovered in the wireless community networks aimed at regular consumers. This aim of this…

  20. Doors to Discovery[TM]. What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report

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    What Works Clearinghouse, 2007

    2007-01-01

    "Doors to Discovery"[TM] is an early childhood curriculum that uses thematic units to engage young children and support them as they build an understanding of their world. "Doors to Discovery"[TM] literacy activities are used to encourage children's development in a number of areas identified by research as the foundation for early literacy…

  1. Relative radiometric calibration of LANDSAT TM reflective bands

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    Barker, J. L.

    1984-01-01

    A common scientific methodology and terminology is outlined for characterizing the radiometry of both TM sensors. The magnitude of the most significant sources of radiometric variability are discussed and methods are recommended for achieving the exceptional potential inherent in the radiometric precision and accuracy of the TM sensors.

  2. Inside Linden Lab: Second Life [TM] for Educators

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    Atkinson, Tom

    2008-01-01

    A new culture called Second Life [TM] has emerged that promises innovative strategies for everything from social interactions to business. Some educators believe it may hold new and unique opportunities for teaching and learning. Second Life [TM] (SL) is the creation of Linden Labs, a San Francisco-based corporation defined by its creators as "an…

  3. Accelerated Reader[TM]. What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report

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    What Works Clearinghouse, 2010

    2010-01-01

    "Accelerated Reader"[TM] is a guided reading intervention used to supplement regular reading instruction in K-12 classrooms. Its aim is to improve students' reading skills through reading practice and quizzes on the books students read. The "Accelerated Reader"[TM] program calls for students to select and read a book and then take a computerized…

  4. Accelerated Math[TM]. What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report

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    What Works Clearinghouse, 2010

    2010-01-01

    "Accelerated Math"[TM], published by Renaissance Learning, is a software tool used to customize assignments and monitor progress in mathematics for students in grades 1-12. "Accelerated Math"[TM] creates individualized assignments that align with state standards and national guidelines, scores student work, and generates formative feedback through…

  5. Nanocrystallization in Yb3+-doped oxyfluoride glasses for laser cooling

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    Kummara, Venkata Krishaniah; Ledemi, Yannick; Soares de Lima Filho, Elton; Messaddeq, Younes; Kashyap, Raman

    2015-03-01

    Glass-ceramics are composite materials consisting of crystals which are controllably grown within a glass matrix usually by applying an appropriate heat treatment. They possess outstanding optical properties with applications in solid state lasers, optical amplifiers, and now, laser induced cooling. For laser cooling, the material should exhibit specific properties like low phonon energy environment around the lanthanide ions, low background losses, high transparency and high photoluminescence quantum yield. In the present study, oxyfluoride glasses and ultra-transparent nano glassceramics doped with different concentrations (2, 5, 8, 12, 16 and 20 mol %) of Yb 3+ ions have been prepared by conventional melt-quenching and subsequent thermal treatments at different temperatures, respectively. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements have been performed to characterize the thermal properties of the glass and the structural changes in the glass-ceramics, respectively. The XRD patterns confirm the growth of β-PbF2 nanocrystals as well as progressive incorporation of Yb 3+ ions. This enhances the Yb 3+ ion emission intensity which depends on the doping concentration and ceramization temperatures. The size (20 nm) of the nanocrystallites was estimated from the Sherrer's formula and found to increase with increasing ceramization temperature, small enough to avoid scattering losses and ensure an excellent transparency of the glass-ceramics comparable with that of the parent glass. An enhancement of the luminescence properties of Yb 3+ ions surrounded by a crystalline low phonon environment is observed. Finally, the utilization of these heavily Yb 3+-doped ultra-transparent materials for laser cooling and solid state laser applications is discussed.

  6. High-efficiency wavelength and polarization selective grating-waveguide structures for Yb:YAG thin-disk lasers

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    Rumpel, Martin; Abdou Ahmed, Marwan; Voss, Andreas; Graf, Thomas

    2012-06-01

    We report on Grating Waveguide Structures (GWS) with a high diffraction efficiency used in Littrow configuration to select (and tune) the wavelength of an Yb:YAG thin-disk laser. The structures are composed of a multilayer HR coating, on which an additional low index layer (SiO2) and high index layer (Ta2O5) was deposited. A binary grating with a period of 580 nm is etched on top of the structure with a groove depth of 87 nm for GWS 1 and 72 nm for GWS 2. The simulation results show that the diffraction efficiency in the -1st order can reach a value of 99.99% for TE polarization, whereas it is only about 20% for TM polarization at 1030 nm. The grating was fabricated by standard interference lithography followed by a dry etching process to the desired groove depth. The spectroscopic measurement exhibited a diffraction efficiency of 99.6% for GWS 1 at 1030 nm and 99.7% for GWS 2 at 1048 nm. The devices were placed as end-mirror into the resonator of a Yb:YAG thin-disk laser. An output power of up to 110 W could be obtained from the laser in fundamental-mode operation (M2 ~ 1.2) with GWS 1, corresponding to an optical efficiency of ηoo = 36.2%. In multi-mode operation (M2 ~ 6) a power of 325 W with ηoo = 53.2% could be extracted. The spectral bandwidth of the emitted beam was measured using an Optical Spectrum Analyzer (OSA) to be less than 20 pm in fundamental-mode. We also showed a continuous wavelength tuning range of 46 nm for GWS 1 and of 38 nm for GWS 2. With a commercially available Stokes polarimeter the degree of linear polarization (DOLP) was measured to be higher than 98.6% over the whole power and wavelength tuning range.

  7. Concentration effect of Tm3+ on cathodoluminescence properties of SiO2:Tm3+ and SiO2:Ho3+,Tm3+ systems

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    Dhlamini, M. S.; Mhlongo, G. H.; Swart, H. C.; Ntwaeaborwa, O. M.; Hillie, K. T.

    2012-05-01

    Cathodoluminescence (CL) properties of SiO2 powders activated with thulium (Tm3+) and holmium (Ho3+) ions prepared by a sol-gel process were investigated. Different molar concentrations of Tm3+ co-doped with Ho3+ were studied. The 460 nm peak was monitored and the influence of the beam energy and concentration of Tm3+ ions on the emission properties of this peak was also monitored. The peculiar behavior whereby the 460 nm emission peak decreases and the increase in the 705 and 865 nm peaks with the increase in the concentration of Tm3+ ions is reported. The relationship between the accelerating beam voltage and the CL intensity of the blue emission peak (460 nm peak) is established. Morphology, particle size and optical properties were characterized with Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), UV/VIS Lambda 750 S spectrometer and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) equipped with Ocean Optics S2000, respectively.

  8. Cross-Section Measurement of the 169Tm(n,3n)167Tm Reaction and Constraining the Branching Ratio of 167Tm

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    Champine, Brian; Gooden, Matthew; Thomas, Keenan; Krishichayan, F.; Norman, Eric; Scielzo, Nick; Tonchev, Anton; Tornow, Werner

    2015-10-01

    The cross section of the 169Tm(n,3n)167Tm reaction has been measured from 17.5 to 21.5 MeV using activation technique. This energy region was chosen to resolve the two different trends of the previous (n,3n) cross section measurements on 169Tm. In addition, the branching ratio of the 207.8 keV γ-ray line stemming from electron capture of 167Tm was measured to be 0.419(16). The result of these measurements provide more accurate diagnostic estimation of the so called reaction-in-flight neutrons produced via the internal confinement fusion plasma in deuterium-tritium capsules at the National Ignition Facility.

  9. Post-adsorption process of Yb phosphate nano-particle formation by Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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    Jiang, MingYu; Ohnuki, Toshihiko; Tanaka, Kazuya; Kozai, Naofumi; Kamiishi, Eigo; Utsunomiya, Satoshi

    2012-09-01

    In this study, we have investigated the post-adsorption process of ytterbium (Yb) phosphate nano-particle formation by Saccharomyces cerevisiae (yeast). The yeast grown in P-rich medium were exposed to 1.44 × 10-4 mol/L Yb(III) solution for 2-120 h, and 2 months at 25 ± 1 °C at an initial pH of 3, 4, or 5, respectively. Ytterbium concentrations in solutions decreased as a function of exposure time. Field-emission scanning electron microscopy equipped with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (FESEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and synchrotron-based extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) analyses revealed that nano-sized blocky Yb phosphate with an amorphous phase formed on the yeast cells surfaces in the solutions with Yb. These nano-sized precipitates that formed on the cell surfaces remained stable even after 2 months of exposure at 25 ± 1 °C around neutral pHs. The EXAFS data revealed that the chemical state of the accumulated Yb on the cell surfaces changed from the adsorption on both phosphate and carboxyl sites at 30 min to Yb phosphate precipitates at 5 days, indicating the Yb-phosphate precipitation as a major post-adsorption process. In addition, the precipitation of Yb phosphate occurred on cell surfaces during 7 days of exposure in Yb-free solution after 2 h of exposure (short-term Yb adsorption) in Yb solution. These results suggest that the released P from the inside of yeast cells reacted with adsorbed Yb on cell surfaces, resulting in the formation of Yb precipitates, even though no P was added to the exposure solution. In an abiotic system, the EXAFS data showed that the speciation of sorbed Yb on the reference materials, carboxymethyl cellulose and Ln resin, did not change even when the Yb was exposed to P solution, without forming Yb phosphate precipitates. This result strongly suggests that the cell surface of the yeast plays an important role in the Yb-phosphate precipitation process, not only as a carrier of the

  10. Optical properties of Tm 3+ ions in lithium borate glasses

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    Jayasankar, C. K.; Renuka ^Devi, A.

    1996-09-01

    Optical properties of Tm 3+ ions are investigated in the following lithium borate (LBO) glasses: Li 2CO 3 + H 3BO 3 and MCO 3 + Li 2CO 3 + H 3BO 3 (M = Mg, Ca, Sr and Ba). The assigned energy level data of Tm 3+ (4f 12) in these borate glasses as well as the data that are available for some other systems in the literature are analysed in terms of a parametrized Hamiltonian model that includes 14 free-ion parameters. The absorption linestrengths are measured for Tm 3+:LBO glasses. Using these data, intensity parameters (Ω λ, λ = 2, 4, 6), radiative transition probabilities, radiative lifetimes, fluorescence branching ratios and integrated absorption cross-sections for fluorescent levels of Tm 3+:LBO glasses are calculated by applying Judd-Ofelt theory. The effect of glass network formers and glass modifiers on the optical properties of Tm 3+:glasses are discussed.

  11. Interfacial effects in Fe/4d TM multilayers (abstract)

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    Tomaz, M.A.; Antel, W.J., Jr.; Harp, G.R.; OBrien, W.L.

    1997-04-01

    We have studied Fe/TM multilayers (TM=Mo, Nb, Ru, Rh, Pd) using x-ray magnetic circular dischroism, magneto-optical Kerr effect, and x-ray diffraction. A diverse set of magnetic behaviors emerges from the analysis. We focus on the behavior which can be attributed to the existence of a physical interface between different chemical species. In particular, we have measured an enhanced Fe moment in some cases (TM=Ru, Mo, Rh, Pd) yet not in others (TM=Nb). These results will be discussed, including the relative orbital and spin moments and the effects of alloying at the interface. The measured induced moments in the TM layer will be presented as well where applicable. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  12. Registratiom of TM data to digital elevation models

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    1984-01-01

    Several problems arise when attempting to register LANDSAT thematic mapper data to U.S. B Geological Survey digital elevation models (DEMs). The TM data are currently available only in a rotated variant of the Space Oblique Mercator (SOM) map projection. Geometric transforms are thus; required to access TM data in the geodetic coordinates used by the DEMs. Due to positional errors in the TM data, these transforms require some sort of external control. The spatial resolution of TM data exceeds that of the most commonly DEM data. Oversampling DEM data to TM resolution introduces systematic noise. Common terrain processing algorithms (e.g., close computation) compound this problem by acting as high-pass filters.

  13. Comparison of classification schemes for MSS and TM data

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    Anuta, P. E.; Bartolucci, L. A.; Lozano-Garcia, D. F.; Valdes, J. A.; Valenzuela, C. R.

    1984-01-01

    The launch of the Landsat-4 satellite in July 1982 provided the first full coverage from space of the 0.4-12 micron spectrum of the earth scene. In addition to the green, red, and near IR bands of the MSS, the TM provides a band in the blue, two in the middle IR, and one thermal IR. The paper describes spectral class analysis of coincident MSS and TM data to evaluate the contribution of the additional TM bands. In addition, various classifiers are available which were applied to the TM data. In the spectral class analysis, twice the number of separable classes was found in the TM data compared to the MSS data.

  14. Role of electron transfer in Ce3+ sensitized Yb3+ luminescence in borate glass

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    Sontakke, Atul D.; Ueda, Jumpei; Katayama, Yumiko; Zhuang, Yixi; Dorenbos, Pieter; Tanabe, Setsuhisa

    2015-01-01

    In a Ce3+-Yb3+ system, two mechanisms are proposed so far namely, the quantum cutting mechanism and the electron transfer mechanism explaining Yb3+ infrared luminescence under Ce3+ excitation. Among them, the quantum cutting mechanism, where one Ce3+ photon (ultraviolet/blue) gives rise to two Yb3+ photons (near infrared) is widely sought for because of its huge potential in enhancing the solar cell efficiency. In present study on Ce3+-Yb3+ codoped borate glasses, Ce3+ sensitized Yb3+ luminescence at ˜1 μm have been observed on Ce3+ 5d state excitation. However, the intensity of sensitized Yb3+ luminescence is found to be very weak compared to the strong quenching occurred in Ce3+ luminescence in Yb3+ codoped glasses. Moreover, the absolute luminescence quantum yield also showed a decreasing trend with Yb3+ codoping in the glasses. The overall behavior of the luminescence properties and the quantum yield is strongly contradicting with the quantum cutting phenomenon. The results are attributed to the energetically favorable electron transfer interactions followed by Ce3+-Yb3+ ⇌ Ce4+-Yb2+ inter-valence charge transfer and successfully explained using the absolute electron binding energies of dopant ions in the studied borate glass. Finally, an attempt has been presented to generalize the electron transfer mechanism among opposite oxidation/reduction property dopant ions using the vacuum referred electron binding energy (VRBE) scheme for lanthanide series.

  15. Quantitative analysis of Eu 2+ and Eu 3+ in LiCl-KCl eutectic melt by spectrophotometry and electrochemistry

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    Kim, Tack-Jin; Uehara, Akihiro; Nagai, Takayuki; Fujii, Toshiyuki; Yamana, Hajimu

    2011-02-01

    The redox behavior of Eu 2+ and Eu 3+ in the LiCl-KCl eutectic at 773 K was investigated. Since the equilibrium potential of the melt is very close to the redox potential of the Eu 3+|Eu 2+ couple, the Eu 2+ and Eu 3+ species coexist. Quantitative analysis of Eu 2+ and Eu 3+ was performed by spectrophotometry and by potentiometry. Under the coexistence of Eu 2+ and Eu 3+, potentiometric titration of Eu ion using a yttria-stabilized zirconia membrane electrode (YSZME) was performed by changing the concentration of O 2-. The formation of the europium oxychloride, EuOCl, was confirmed by X-ray diffraction analysis, whiles no precipitation of the oxides, EuO and Eu 2O 3, was found. The equivalent point of the EuOCl formation ( x = [O 2-] added/[Eu] total) was shifted to a smaller value from the theoretical value ( x = 1) due to the coexisting Eu 2+. The contribution of the coexisting Eu 2+ to the formation of EuOCl was estimated by using [Eu 2+]/[Eu 3+] as determined by potentiometry and this was subtracted from the titration data. The solubility product of EuOCl was determined to be p ks(EuOCl) = 7.81 ± 0.10.

  16. Temperature and pressure-induced valence transitions in YbNi2Ge2 and YbPd2Si2

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    Yamaoka, Hitoshi; Jarrige, Ignace; Tsujii, Naohito; Lin, Jung-Fu; Hiraoka, Nozomu; Ishii, Hirofumi; Tsuei, Ku-Ding

    2010-07-01

    We have measured the temperature and pressure-induced Yb valence transitions in tetragonal YbNi2Ge2 and YbPd2Si2 using x-ray absorption spectroscopy in the partial fluorescence yield mode and resonant x-ray emission spectroscopy. A temperature dependence of the Yb valence on the order of 0.1 has been measured, consistent with the magnetic-susceptibility study. The crossover from the low-temperature state having a stronger mixed valence to a high-temperature local moment behavior is analyzed within the Anderson impurity model. Pressure-induced second-order valence transitions are observed for both compounds with a more gradual transition in YbPd2Si2 than that of YbNi2Ge2 . The mean valences are slightly less than 3+ at ambient pressure but increase with applying pressure. Small variations in the Yb valence on the order of 0.03-0.05 can result in drastic change in the physical properties such as magnetic order and transport properties. Our results show that the Yb valence is noninteger around the quantum critical point.

  17. Simultaneously optimizing fluorescent and paramagnetic properties of bifunctional NaGdF{sub 4}:Yb{sup 3+}/Er{sup 3+} nanocrystals by crystal field tuning

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    Wu, Xiaofeng; Hu, Shigang; Tan, Congbing; Liu, Yunxin

    2015-04-15

    Graphical abstract: Crystal field tuning is a powerful approach for simultaneously enhancing the optical and magnetic properties of lanthanide-doped NaGdF{sub 4} bi-functional nanocrystals. - Abstract: Here, we show the simultaneous enhancement of fluorescent and paramagnetic properties in bifunctional NaGdF{sub 4}:Yb{sup 3+}/Er{sup 3+} nanocrystals by crystal field tuning. The energy level splitting calculation indicates, that lanthanide ionic pairs La{sup 3+}/Lu{sup 3+} introduced into the NaGdF{sub 4} host can modify the crystal field around emitters (e.g., Er{sup 3+} and Tm{sup 3+}) and sensitizers (e.g., Yb{sup 3+}) that result in the broadening of crystal field splitting of energy levels and the abundant multi-site distribution of upconversion luminescence. The optimization of the paramagnetic properties in NaGdF{sub 4} doped with emitters and sensitizers is ascribed to the lowering of anti-ferromagnetic coupling.

  18. YB-1 overexpression promotes a TGF-β1-induced epithelial–mesenchymal transition via Akt activation

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    Ha, Bin; Lee, Eun Byul; Cui, Jun; Kim, Yosup; Jang, Ho Hee

    2015-03-06

    The Y-box binding protein-1 (YB-1) is a transcription/translation regulatory protein, and the expression thereof is associated with cancer aggressiveness. In the present study, we explored the regulatory effects of YB-1 during the transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1)-induced epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in lung adenocarcinoma cells. Downregulation of YB-1 increased E-cadherin promoter activity, and upregulation of YB-1 decreased promoter activity, suggesting that the YB-1 level may be correlated with the EMT. TGF-β1 induced YB-1 expression, and TGF-β1 translocated cytosolic YB-1 into the nucleus. YB-1 overexpression promoted TGF-β1-induced downregulation of epithelial markers, upregulation of mesenchymal markers, and cell migration. Moreover, YB-1 overexpression enhanced the expression of E-cadherin transcriptional repressors via TGF-β1-induced Akt activation. Our findings afford new insights into the role played by YB-1 in the TGF-β1 signaling pathway. - Highlights: • YB-1 regulates E-cadherin expression in A549 cells. • TGF-β1 induces upregulating and nuclear localization of YB-1. • YB-1 overexpression accelerates TGF-β1-induced EMT and cell migration. • YB-1 regulates Snail and Slug expression via Akt activation.

  19. Self-association of Transmembrane Domain 2 (TM2), but Not TM1, in Carnitine Palmitoyltransferase 1A

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    Jenei, Zsuzsanna A.; Borthwick, Karen; Zammit, Victor A.; Dixon, Ann M.

    2009-01-01

    Carnitine palmitoyltransferase 1 (CPT1) controls the rate of entry of long-chain fatty acids into the mitochondrial matrix for β-oxidation and has been reported to exist as an oligomer. We have investigated the in vivo oligomerization of full-length rat CPT1A (rCPT1A) along with those of the N-terminal truncation/deletion mutants Δ(1–82), Δ(1–18), and Δ(19–30) expressed in yeast mitochondria. The data indicate that in liver mitochondria in vivo CPT1A exists as a hexamer but that during preparation and storage of mitochondria the order of oligomerization is rapidly reduced to the trimer, such that a mixture of hexamer and trimer is observed in isolated mitochondria in vitro. Mutants bearing deletions of different segments of the N terminus (including the more N-terminal of the two transmembrane domains) have the same pattern of oligomerization when expressed in yeast mitochondria. The self-association of the individual rCPT1A transmembrane (TM) domains (TM1, TM2) was also studied using the TOXCAT assay (which measures TM self-association in the Escherichia coli inner membrane). There was minimal self-association of the sequence corresponding to TM1 but significant self-association of TM2 in TOXCAT. Chemical cross-linking and analytical ultracentrifugation of a TM2-derived synthetic peptide showed oligomerization with a similar trimer/hexamer equilibrium to that observed for native rCPT1A in isolated mitochondria. Therefore, there was a correlation between the oligomerization behavior of TM2 peptide and that of the full-length protein. In silico molecular modeling of rCPT1A TM2 highlighted the favorable orientation of GXXXG and GXXXA motifs in the formation of the TM2 hexamer. PMID:19136561

  20. Intracellular distribution of TM4SF1 and internalization of TM4SF1-antibody complex in vascular endothelial cells

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    Sciuto, Tracey E.; Merley, Anne; Lin, Chi-Iou; Richardson, Douglas; Liu, Yu; Li, Dan; Dvorak, Ann M.; Dvorak, Harold F.; Jaminet, Shou-Ching S.

    2015-09-25

    Transmembrane-4 L-six family member-1 (TM4SF1) is a small plasma membrane-associated glycoprotein that is highly and selectively expressed on the plasma membranes of tumor cells, cultured endothelial cells, and, in vivo, on tumor-associated endothelium. Immunofluorescence microscopy also demonstrated TM4SF1 in cytoplasm and, tentatively, within nuclei. With monoclonal antibody 8G4, and the finer resolution afforded by immuno-nanogold transmission electron microscopy, we now demonstrate TM4SF1 in uncoated cytoplasmic vesicles, nuclear pores and nucleoplasm. Because of its prominent surface location on tumor cells and tumor-associated endothelium, TM4SF1 has potential as a dual therapeutic target using an antibody drug conjugate (ADC) approach. For ADC to be successful, antibodies reacting with cell surface antigens must be internalized for delivery of associated toxins to intracellular targets. We now report that 8G4 is efficiently taken up into cultured endothelial cells by uncoated vesicles in a dynamin-dependent, clathrin-independent manner. It is then transported along microtubules through the cytoplasm and passes through nuclear pores into the nucleus. These findings validate TM4SF1 as an attractive candidate for cancer therapy with antibody-bound toxins that have the capacity to react with either cytoplasmic or nuclear targets in tumor cells or tumor-associated vascular endothelium. - Highlights: • Anti-TM4SF1 antibody 8G4 was efficiently taken up by cultured endothelial cells. • TM4SF1–8G4 internalization is dynamin-dependent but clathrin-independent. • TM4SF1–8G4 complexes internalize along microtubules to reach the perinuclear region. • Internalized TM4SF1–8G4 complexes pass through nuclear pores into the nucleus. • TM4SF1 is an attractive candidate for ADC cancer therapy.

  1. Identification of proteins specifically interacting with YB-1 mRNA 3' UTR and the effect of hnRNP Q on YB-1 mRNA translation.

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    Lyabin, D N; Nigmatullina, L F; Doronin, A N; Eliseeva, I A; Ovchinnikov, L P

    2013-06-01

    In this study, proteins specifically interacting with the 3' untranslated region (UTR) of mRNA of the multifunctional Y-box-binding protein 1 (YB-1) were identified. One of these, hnRNP Q, was shown to specifically interact with the regulatory element (RE) in YB-1 mRNA 3' UTR and to inhibit translation of this mRNA. Its binding to the RE was accompanied by displacement from this element of the poly(A)-binding protein (PABP), a positive regulator of YB-1 mRNA translation, and by enhanced binding of the negative YB-1 mRNA translation regulator - YB-1 itself. PMID:23980891

  2. Cryogenically-cooled Yb:YGAG ceramic mode-locked laser.

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    Mužík, J; Jelínek, M; Jambunathan, V; Miura, T; Smrž, M; Endo, A; Mocek, T; Kubeček, V

    2016-01-25

    This work reports on a liquid-nitrogen-cooled, SESAM mode-locked Yb:YGAG (Yb:Y(3)Ga(2)Al(3)O(12)) ceramic laser. The Yb:YGAG has a similar structure to Yb:YAG, but its emission spectrum at low temperature remains much broader, which is suitable for ultrashort pulse generation and amplification. A stable pulse train with 119-MHz repetition rate was obtained at a wavelength of 1026 nm. The measured pulse duration is 2.4 ps, which is more than four times shorter than that achieved with a cryogenically-cooled Yb:YAG. Furthermore, laser performance of the Yb:YGAG ceramics in continuous-wave operation and wavelength tunability at 80 K was investigated. PMID:26832521

  3. Down conversion of Er3+-Yb3+ couple in Y2BaZnO5

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    Xia, Wenbin; Jin, Xiangliang; Yang, Xiaoliang; Xiao, Siguo

    2016-04-01

    Er3+-Yb3+ co-doped Y2BaZnO5 phosphors were synthesized via high temperature solid-state reaction method. The quantum cutting properties for Er3+-Yb3+ co-doped Y2BaZnO5 phosphors have been detailedly exploited under different wavelength excitation. Unlike in fluoride host, only the Er(4S3/2) + Yb(2F7/2) → Er(4I13/2) + Yb(2F5/2) energy transfer process in Y2BaZnO5 effectively performs the down-conversion, which can split an absorbed high-energy photon into two photons of 1000 nm and 1550 nm radiations. The quantum cutting properties of Er3+-Yb3+ couple in Y2BaZnO5 provides meaningful reference in search of new efficient Er3+-Yb3+ co-doped quantum cutting phosphors.

  4. Nernst effect of the intermediate valence compound YbAl3: revisiting the thermoelectric properties.

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    Wei, Beipei; Zhang, Jiahao; Sun, Peijie; Wang, Wenquan; Wang, Nanlin; Steglich, Frank

    2015-03-18

    The Nernst effect and thermopower of the prototypical Yb-based intermediate valence compound YbAl(3) were investigated. Different to the thermopower whose absolute values are enhanced with increasing temperature and assume a broad maximum at 175 K, the Nernst coefficient of YbAl(3) is enhanced only below T ≈ 75 K. While the two quantities in the heavy-fermion compound CeCu(2)Si(2) were recently found to be related by the anomalous Hall mobility due to the local asymmetric Kondo scattering, this theorem fails when being applied to YbAl(3). Rather, the thermopower of YbAl(3) is well described by a simple narrow-band model. We discuss the reason for this in terms of the intermediate valence nature of YbAl(3) that is conceptually different from the local Kondo physics. PMID:25706931

  5. Ends of the line for tmRNA-SmpB

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    Hudson, Corey M.; Lau, Britney Y.; Williams, Kelly P.

    2014-08-13

    Genes for the RNA tmRNA and protein SmpB, partners in the trans-translation process that rescues stalled ribosomes, have previously been found in all bacteria and some organelles. We validate recent identification of tmRNA homologs in oomycete mitochondria by finding partner genes from oomycete nuclei that target SmpB to the mitochondrion. Exhaustive search now identifies a small number of complete, often highly derived, bacterial genomes that appear to lack a functional copy of one or the other partner gene (but not both). Three groups with reduced genomes have lost the central loop of SmpB, which is thought to improve alanylation andmore » EF-Tu activation: Carsonella, Hodgkinia and the hemplasmas (hemotropic Mycoplasma). Carsonella has also lost the SmpB C-terminal tail, thought to stimulate the decoding center of the ribosome. Carsonella moreover exhibits gene overlap such that tmRNA maturation should produce a non-stop smpB mRNA, and one isolate exhibits complete degradation of the tmRNA gene yet its smpB shows no evidence for relaxed selective constraint. After loss of the SmpB central loop in the hemoplasmas, a subclade apparently lost tmRNA. At least some of the tmRNA/SmpB-deficient strains appear to further lack the ArfA and ArfB backup systems for ribosome rescue. The most frequent neighbors of smpB are the tmRNA gene, a ratA/rnfH unit, and the gene for RNaseR, a known physical and functional partner of tmRNA-SmpB. The tmRNA Website has moved and been updated, adding an SmpB sequence database (http://bioinformatics.sandia.gov/tmrna).« less

  6. Ends of the line for tmRNA-SmpB

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    Hudson, Corey M.; Lau, Britney Y.; Williams, Kelly P.

    2014-08-13

    Genes for the RNA tmRNA and protein SmpB, partners in the trans-translation process that rescues stalled ribosomes, have previously been found in all bacteria and some organelles. We validate recent identification of tmRNA homologs in oomycete mitochondria by finding partner genes from oomycete nuclei that target SmpB to the mitochondrion. Exhaustive search now identifies a small number of complete, often highly derived, bacterial genomes that appear to lack a functional copy of one or the other partner gene (but not both). Three groups with reduced genomes have lost the central loop of SmpB, which is thought to improve alanylation and EF-Tu activation: Carsonella, Hodgkinia and the hemplasmas (hemotropic Mycoplasma). Carsonella has also lost the SmpB C-terminal tail, thought to stimulate the decoding center of the ribosome. Carsonella moreover exhibits gene overlap such that tmRNA maturation should produce a non-stop smpB mRNA, and one isolate exhibits complete degradation of the tmRNA gene yet its smpB shows no evidence for relaxed selective constraint. After loss of the SmpB central loop in the hemoplasmas, a subclade apparently lost tmRNA. At least some of the tmRNA/SmpB-deficient strains appear to further lack the ArfA and ArfB backup systems for ribosome rescue. The most frequent neighbors of smpB are the tmRNA gene, a ratA/rnfH unit, and the gene for RNaseR, a known physical and functional partner of tmRNA-SmpB. The tmRNA Website has moved and been updated, adding an SmpB sequence database (http://bioinformatics.sandia.gov/tmrna).

  7. High-resolution study of 0{sup +} states in {sup 170}Yb

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    Bettermann, L.; Heinze, S.; Jolie, J.; Muecher, D.; Moeller, O.; Scholl, C.; Casten, R. F.; Meyer, D.; Graw, G.; Hertenberger, R.; Wirth, H.-F.; Bucurescu, D.

    2009-10-15

    Recently, 0{sup +} excitations, especially in the rare-earth region, were studied extensively. We extend this work by studying the excited 0{sup +} states in {sup 170}Yb using the {sup 172}Yb(p,t){sup 170}Yb reaction. Eighteen excited 0{sup +} states, 14 of which are new, are observed up to an energy of 3.5 MeV. The results are analyzed using the sd and spdf interacting boson models.

  8. Room-temperature diode-pumped Yb, Na: PbF2 laser.

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    Yin, Jigang; Hang, Yin; He, Xiaoming; Zhang, Lianhan; Zhao, Chengchun; Gong, Juan

    2012-01-01

    Growth, spectroscopic properties, and laser performance of Yb, Na:PbF(2) crystals have been investigated. With a 2 mol.% Yb(3+)-doped sample we obtained 2.65 W output power at 1045 nm for 7.5 W of incident power at 976 nm. The laser wavelength could be tuned from 1017 to 1078 nm, showing the great potential of Yb, Na:PbF(2) as an amplifier medium for femtosecond pulses. PMID:22212807

  9. LaVo4: Eu Phosphor Films with Enhanced Eu Solubility

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    Hwang, Harold

    2011-08-11

    Eu doped rare-earth orthovanadates are known to be good red phosphor materials. In particular, LaVO{sub 4}:Eu is a promising candidate due to the low Eu-site point symmetry, and thus high dipole transition probability within Judd-Ofelt theory. However, the low solubility limit (< 3 mol %) of Eu in LaVO{sub 4} prevents its efficient use as a phosphor. We present optical evidence of enhanced Eu solubility as high as 10 mol % in LaVO{sub 4}:Eu thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition and postannealing. The photoluminescent intensity exceeded that of YVO{sub 4}:Eu thin films when excited below the host bandgap, indicating stronger direct emission of Eu in LaVO{sub 4}.

  10. Quasi four-level Tm:LuAG laser

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    Jani, Mahendra G. (Inventor); Barnes, Norman P. (Inventor); Hutcheson, Ralph L. (Inventor); Rodriguez, Waldo J. (Inventor)

    1997-01-01

    A quasi four-level solid-state laser is provided. A laser crystal is disposed in a laser cavity. The laser crystal has a LuAG-based host material doped to a final concentration between about 2% and about 7% thulium (Tm) ions. For the more heavily doped final concentrations, the LuAG-based host material is a LuAG seed crystal doped with a small concentration of Tm ions. Laser diode arrays are disposed transversely to the laser crystal for energizing the Tm ions.

  11. Stimulated Raman adiabatic passage in Tm{sup 3+}:YAG

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    Alexander, A. L.; Lauro, R.; Louchet, A.; Chaneliere, T.; Le Goueet, J. L.

    2008-10-01

    We report on the experimental demonstration of stimulated Raman adiabatic passage in a Tm{sup 3+}:YAG crystal. Tm{sup 3+}:YAG is a promising material for use in quantum information processing applications, but as yet there are few experimental investigations of coherent Raman processes in this material. We investigate the effect of inhomogeneous broadening and Rabi frequency on the transfer efficiency and the width of the two-photon spectrum. Simulations of the complete Tm{sup 3+}:YAG system are presented along with the corresponding experimental results.

  12. Tm:germanate Fiber Laser: Tuning And Q-switching

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    Barnes, Norman P.; Walsh, Brian M.; Reichle, Donald J.; DeYoung, R. J.; Jiang, Shibin

    2007-01-01

    A Tm:germanate fiber laser produced >0.25 mJ/pulse in a 45 ns pulse. It is capable of producing multiple Q-switched pulses from a single p ump pulse. With the addition of a diffraction grating, Tm:germanate f iber lasers produced a wide, but length dependent, tuning range. By s electing the fiber length, the tuning range extends from 1.88 to 2.04 ?m. These traits make Tm:germanate lasers suitable for remote sensin g of water vapor.

  13. Review of Tm and Ho Materials; Spectroscopy and Lasers

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    Walsh, Brian M.

    2008-01-01

    A review of Tm and Ho materials is presented, covering some fundamental aspects on the spectroscopy and laser dynamics in both single and co-doped systems. Following an introduction to 2- m lasers, applications and historical development, the physics of quasi-four level lasers, energy transfer and modeling are discussed in some detail. Recent developments in using Tm lasers to pump Ho lasers are discussed, and seen to offer some advantages over conventional Tm:Ho lasers. This article is not intended as a complete review, but as a primer for introducing concepts and a resource for further study.

  14. High-power dual-rod Yb:YAG laser.

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    Honea, E C; Beach, R J; Mitchell, S C; Skidmore, J A; Emanuel, M A; Sutton, S B; Payne, S A; Avizonis, P V; Monroe, R S; Harris, D G

    2000-06-01

    We describe a diode-pumped Yb:YAG laser that produces 1080 W of power cw with 27.5% optical optical efficiency and 532 W Q-switched with M(2)=2.2 and 17% optical-optical efficiency. The laser uses two composite Yb:YAG rods separated by a 90 degrees quartz rotator for bifocusing compensation. A microlensed diode array end pumps each rod, using a hollow lens duct for pump delivery. By changing resonator parameters we can adjust the fundamental mode size and the output beam quality. Using a flattened Gaussian intensity profile to calculate the mode-fill efficiency and clipping losses, we compare experimental data with modeled output power versus beam quality. PMID:18064190

  15. Magnetic field tuning of antiferromagnetic Yb3Pt4

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    Wu, L. S.; Janssen, Y.; Marques, C.; Bennett, M. C.; Kim, M. S.; Park, K.; Chi, Songxue; Lynn, J. W.; Lorusso, G.; Biasiol, G.; Aronson, M. C.

    2011-10-01

    We present measurements of the specific heat, magnetization, magnetocaloric effect, and magnetic neutron diffraction carried out on single crystals of antiferromagnetic Yb3Pt4, where highly localized Yb moments order at TN=2.4 K in zero field. The antiferromagnetic order was suppressed to TN→0 by applying a field of 1.85 T in the ab plane. Magnetocaloric effect measurements show that the antiferromagnetic phase transition is always continuous for TN>0, although a pronounced step in the magnetization is observed at the critical field in both neutron diffraction and magnetization measurements. These steps sharpen with decreasing temperature, but the related divergences in the magnetic susceptibility are cut off at the lowest temperatures, where the phase line itself becomes vertical in the field-temperature plane. As TN→0, the antiferromagnetic transition is increasingly influenced by a quantum critical end point, where TN ultimately vanishes in a first-order phase transition.

  16. High efficiency Yb:YAG crystalline fiber-waveguide lasers.

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    Mu, Xiaodong; Meissner, Stephanie; Meissner, Helmuth; Yu, Anthony W

    2014-11-01

    A laser diode (LD) cladding pumped single-mode 1030 nm laser has been demonstrated, in an adhesive-free bonded 40 μm core Yb:YAG crystalline fiber waveguide (CFW). A laser output power of 13.2 W at a wavelength of 1.03 μm has been achieved, for an input pump power of 39.5 W. The corresponded laser efficiency is 33.4%. The laser beam quality is confirmed to be near diffraction-limited, with a measured M2 = 1.02. A LD core pumped single-clad Yb:YAG CFW laser has also been demonstrated with a top-hat laser beam profile, with a laser output power of 28 W and a slope efficiency of 78%. PMID:25361347

  17. An inverted crossover resonance aiding laser cooling of ^171Yb

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    McFerran, J. J.

    2016-06-01

    We observe an inverted crossover resonance in $\\pi$-driven four-level systems, where $F'-F=0,+1$. The signal is observed through saturated absorption spectroscopy of the $(6s^{2})$ $^{1}S_{0}$ $-$ $(6s6p)$ $^{3}P_{1}$ transition in $^{171}$Yb, where the nuclear spin $I=1/2$. The enhanced absorption signal is used to generate a dispersive curve for 556 nm laser frequency stabilisation and the stabilised light cools $^{171}$Yb atoms in a two-stage magneto-optical trap, achieving temperatures of 20 $\\mu$K. The Doppler-free spectroscopy scheme is further used to measure isotopic frequency shifts and hyperfine separations for the intercombination line in ytterbium.

  18. Factors governing Yb magnetism in Yb{sub 0.95}PtIn{sub 2} and other MgCuAl{sub 2}-type structures

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    Malingowski, Andrew C.; Kim, Moosung; Liu, Jue; Wu, Liusuo; Aronson, Meigan C.; Department of Physics and Astronomy, State University of New York - Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY 11794-3800 ; Khalifah, Peter G.

    2013-02-15

    The ternary compound 'YbPtIn{sub 2}' has been synthesized and its crystal structure determined using single crystal X-ray diffraction techniques. The compound crystallizes in the MgCuAl{sub 2} structure, a ternary structure type often formed when rare earth metals, Group 10 transition metals, and indium are present in a 1:1:2 ratio. The unit cell is C-centered orthorhombic, space group Cmcm (no. 63) with lattice parameters of a=4.3410(1) A, b=10.3230(2) A, and c=7.8510(2) A. Evidence is found for a substantial non-stoichiometry on the Yb site, in contrast to the Pt and In sites which behave as expected, and it is believed that the stoichiometry of this compound is more properly described as Yb{sub 0.95}PtIn{sub 2}. Magnetic and resistivity measurements reveal that 'YbPtIn{sub 2}' is a weakly interacting, non-magnetic metal exclusively containing Yb{sup 2+}, and with a resistivity ({rho}) varying from 34 {mu}{Omega} cm at room temperature to a residual resistivity {rho}{sub 0} of 23 {mu}{Omega} cm at 1.8 K. Density functional theory calculations suggest that the observed diamagnetic Yb behavior is expected for this compound, but that certain substitutions on the Pt or In site could help stabilize magnetic Yb{sup 3+} and potentially induce heavy fermion behavior. - Graphical abstract: The crystal structure, magnetic behavior, and temperature-dependent resistivity of the new ternary compound Yb{sub 0.95}PtIn{sub 2.} Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Flux growth method used to produce Yb{sub 0.95}PtIn{sub 2} single crystals. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Found rare example of non-stoichiometry in a MgCuAl{sub 2}-type structure. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The resistivity and diamagnetic response of Yb{sub 0.95}PtIn{sub 2} were modeled. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer DFT correctly predicts presence of Yb{sup 2+} in Yb{sub 0.95}PtIn{sub 2}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer COHP results suggest other MgCuAl{sub 2}-type indides that may contain paramagnetic Yb{sup 3+}.

  19. ASTROCULTURE (TM) root metabolism and cytochemical analysis.

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    Porterfield, D M; Barta, D J; Ming, D W; Morrow, R C; Musgrave, M E

    2000-01-01

    Physiology of the root system is dependent upon oxygen availability and tissue respiration. During hypoxia nutrient and water acquisition may be inhibited, thus affecting the overall biochemical and physiological status of the plant. For the Astroculture (TM) plant growth hardware, the availability of oxygen in the root zone was measured by examining the changes in alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) activity within the root tissue. ADH activity is a sensitive biochemical indicator of hypoxic conditions in plants and was measured in both spaceflight and control roots. In addition to the biochemical enzyme assays, localization of ADH in the root tissue was examined cytochemically. The results of these analyses showed that ADH activity increased significantly as a result of spaceflight exposure. Enzyme activity increased 248% to 304% in dwarf wheat when compared with the ground controls and Brassica showed increases between 334% and 579% when compared with day zero controls. Cytochemical staining revealed no differences in ADH tissue localization in any of the dwarf wheat treatments. These results show the importance of considering root system oxygenation in designing and building nutrient delivery hardware for spaceflight plant cultivation and confirm previous reports of an ADH response associated with spaceflight exposure. PMID:11543169

  20. ASTROCULTURE (TM) root metabolism and cytochemical analysis

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    Porterfield, D. M.; Barta, D. J.; Ming, D. W.; Morrow, R. C.; Musgrave, M. E.

    2000-01-01

    Physiology of the root system is dependent upon oxygen availability and tissue respiration. During hypoxia nutrient and water acquisition may be inhibited, thus affecting the overall biochemical and physiological status of the plant. For the Astroculture (TM) plant growth hardware, the availability of oxygen in the root zone was measured by examining the changes in alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) activity within the root tissue. ADH activity is a sensitive biochemical indicator of hypoxic conditions in plants and was measured in both spaceflight and control roots. In addition to the biochemical enzyme assays, localization of ADH in the root tissue was examined cytochemically. The results of these analyses showed that ADH activity increased significantly as a result of spaceflight exposure. Enzyme activity increased 248% to 304% in dwarf wheat when compared with the ground controls and Brassica showed increases between 334% and 579% when compared with day zero controls. Cytochemical staining revealed no differences in ADH tissue localization in any of the dwarf wheat treatments. These results show the importance of considering root system oxygenation in designing and building nutrient delivery hardware for spaceflight plant cultivation and confirm previous reports of an ADH response associated with spaceflight exposure.

  1. Optical properties of Yb-doped LaB6 from first-principles calculation

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    Chao, Luomeng; Bao, Lihong; Wei, Wei; Tegus, O.

    2016-03-01

    The optical properties of Yb-doped LaB6 have been investigated by first-principles calculations within the framework of density functional theory. The results show that the Yb 4f states at near Fermi surface affect their optical properties and the Yb-doping leads to a reduction of the plasmon energy of LaB6, i.e. a redshift of the position of transmission peak in the visible-near infrared region. This study offers a theoretical prediction for the design and application of Yb-doped LaB6 as an optoelectronic material.

  2. Differential Control of Interleukin-6 mRNA Levels by Cellular Distribution of YB-1

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    Kang, Sujin; Lee, Taeyun A.; Ra, Eun A.; Lee, Eunhye; Choi, Hyun jin; Lee, Sungwook; Park, Boyoun

    2014-01-01

    Cytokine production is essential for innate and adaptive immunity against microbial invaders and must be tightly controlled. Cytokine messenger RNA (mRNA) is in constant flux between the nucleus and the cytoplasm and in transcription, splicing, or decay; such processes must be tightly controlled. Here, we report a novel function of Y-box-binding protein 1 (YB-1) in modulating interleukin-6 (IL-6) mRNA levels in a cell type-specific manner. In lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated macrophages, YB-1 interacts with IL-6 mRNA and actively transports it to the extracellular space by YB-1-enriched vesicles, resulting in the proper maintenance of intracellular IL-6 mRNA levels. YB-1 secretion occurs in a cell type-specific manner. Whereas macrophages actively secret YB-1, dendritic cells maintain it predominantly in the cytoplasm even in response to LPS. Intracellular YB-1 has the distinct function of regulating IL-6 mRNA stability in dendritic cells. Moreover, because LPS differentially regulates the expression of histone deacetylase 6 (HDAC6) in macrophages and dendritic cells, this stimulus might control YB-1 acetylation differentially in both cell types. Taken together, these results suggest a unique feature of YB-1 in controlling intracellular IL-6 mRNA levels in a cell type-specific manner, thereby leading to functions that are dependent on the extracellular and intracellular distribution of YB-1. PMID:25398005

  3. The Cold Shock Domain of YB-1 Segregates RNA from DNA by Non-Bonded Interactions

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    Kljashtorny, Vladislav; Nikonov, Stanislav; Ovchinnikov, Lev; Lyabin, Dmitry; Vodovar, Nicolas; Curmi, Patrick; Manivet, Philippe

    2015-01-01

    The human YB-1 protein plays multiple cellular roles, of which many are dictated by its binding to RNA and DNA through its Cold Shock Domain (CSD). Using molecular dynamics simulation approaches validated by experimental assays, the YB1 CSD was found to interact with nucleic acids in a sequence-dependent manner and with a higher affinity for RNA than DNA. The binding properties of the YB1 CSD were close to those observed for the related bacterial Cold Shock Proteins (CSP), albeit some differences in sequence specificity. The results provide insights in the molecular mechanisms whereby YB-1 interacts with nucleic acids. PMID:26147853

  4. Valence state change and defect centers induced by infrared femtosecond laser in Yb:YAG crystals

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    Wang, Xinshun Liu, Yang; Zhao, Panjuan; Guo, Zhongyi; Li, Yan; Qu, Shiliang

    2015-04-21

    The broad band upconversion luminescence in Yb{sup 3+}:YAG crystal has been observed in experiments under the irradiation of focused infrared femtosecond laser. The dependence of the fluorescence intensity on the pump power shows that the upconversion luminescence is due to simultaneous two-photon absorption process, which indicates that the broad emission bands at 365 and 463 nm could be assigned to the 5d → 4f transitions of Yb{sup 2+} ions and the one at 692 nm could be attributed to the electron-hole recombination process on (Yb{sup 2+}-F{sup +}) centers. The absorption spectra of the Yb:YAG crystal samples before and after femtosecond laser irradiation, and after further annealing reveal that permanent valence state change of Yb ions from Yb{sup 3+} to Yb{sup 2+} and (Yb{sup 2+}-F{sup +}) centers have been induced by infrared femtosecond laser irradiation in Yb{sup 3+}:YAG crystal.

  5. Interplay between YB-1 and IL-6 promotes the metastatic phenotype in breast cancer cells

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    Castellana, Bàrbara; Aasen, Trond; Moreno-Bueno, Gema; Dunn, Sandra E.; Ramón y Cajal, Santiago

    2015-01-01

    Epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) induces cell plasticity and promotes metastasis. The multifunctional oncoprotein Y-box binding protein-1 (YB-1) and the pleiotropic cytokine interleukin 6 (IL-6) have both been implicated in tumor cell metastasis and EMT, but via distinct pathways. Here, we show that direct interplay between YB-1 and IL-6 regulates breast cancer metastasis. Overexpression of YB-1 in breast cancer cell lines induced IL-6 production while stimulation with IL-6 increased YB-1 expression and YB-1 phosphorylation. Either approach was sufficient to induce EMT features, including increased cell migration and invasion. Silencing of YB-1 partially reverted the EMT and blocked the effect of IL-6 while inhibition of IL-6 signaling blocked the phenotype induced by YB-1 overexpression, demonstrating a clear YB-1/IL-6 interdependence. Our findings describe a novel signaling network in which YB-1 regulates IL-6, and vice versa, creating a positive feed-forward loop driving EMT-like metastatic features during breast cancer progression. Identification of signaling partners or pathways underlying this co-dependence may uncover novel therapeutic opportunities. PMID:26512918

  6. Yb-based heavy fermion compounds and field tuned quantum chemistry

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    Mun, Eundeok

    2010-01-01

    The motivation of this dissertation was to advance the study of Yb-based heavy fermion (HF) compounds especially ones related to quantum phase transitions. One of the topics of this work was the investigation of the interaction between the Kondo and crystalline electric field (CEF) energy scales in Yb-based HF systems by means of thermoelectric power (TEP) measurements. In these systems, the Kondo interaction and CEF excitations generally give rise to large anomalies such as maxima in ρ(T) and as minima in S(T). The TEP data were use to determine the evolution of Kondo and CEF energy scales upon varying transition metals for YbT2Zn20 (T = Fe, Ru, Os, Ir, Rh, and Co) compounds and applying magnetic fields for YbAgGe and YbPtBi. For YbT2Zn20 and YbPtBi, the Kondo and CEF energy scales could not be well separated in S(T), presumably because of small CEF level splittings. A similar effect was observed for the magnetic contribution to the resistivity. For YbAgGe, S(T) has been successfully applied to determine the Kondo and CEF energy scales due to the clear separation between the ground state and thermally excited CEF states. The Kondo temperature, TK, inferred from the local maximum in S(T), remains finite as magnetic field increases up to 140 kOe. In this dissertation we have examined the heavy quasi-particle behavior, found near the field tuned AFM quantum critical point (QCP), with YbAgGe and YbPtBi. Although the observed nFL behaviors in the vicinity of the QCP are different between YbAgGe and YbPtBi, the constructed H-T phase diagram including the two crossovers are similar. For both YbAgGe and YbPtBi, the details of the quantum criticality turn out to be complicated. We expect that YbPtBi will provide an additional example of field tuned quantum criticality, but clearly there are further experimental investigations left and more ideas needed to understand the basic physics of field-induced quantum

  7. Thermoluminescence properties of ZnO and ZnO:Yb nanophosphors

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    Pal, U.; Melendrez, R.; Chernov, V.; Barboza-Flores, M.

    2006-10-30

    ZnO and ZnO:Yb thermoluminescence nanophosphors have been developed and tested under beta radiation. Spherical nanoparticles of sizes ranging from 130 to 1200 nm were prepared through a glycol mediated chemical synthesis. The Yb doping had a thermoluminescence quenching effect compared to undoped ZnO. The 5% Yb concentration produced a low fading, a single thermoluminescence glow peak structure, and a dose linearity behavior adequate for thermoluminescence dosimetry applications. The ZnO:Yb nanophosphor has a great potential as a dosimeter for monitoring in ionizing radiation fields.

  8. Measurement of the γ emission probability of 173Yb using surrogate reactions

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    Delaune, O.; Blanc, A.; Burke, J. T.; Casperson, R.; Chau Huu-Tai, P.; McCleskey, E.; McCleskey, M.; Méot, V.; Roig, O.; Saastamoinen, A.

    2015-05-01

    We performed the 174Yb(p,d) reaction in order to measure the gamma-emission probability of 173Yb. The identification of the ejectiles — allowing us to tag the production of 173Yb nuclei — was performed using the STARLiTeR detector system. Unusually, the "statistical" γ-rays were used to determined the gammaemission probability and a spin distribution was extracted from it. A comparison with the spin distribution from the 174Yb(3He,α) reaction shows that the transferred angular momentum is similar in both reactions.

  9. X-RAY ABSORPTION SPECTROSCOPY OF YB3+-DOPED OPTICAL FIBERS

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    Citron, Robert; Kropf, A.J.

    2008-01-01

    Optical fibers doped with Ytterbium-3+ have become increasingly common in fiber lasers and amplifiers. Yb-doped fibers provide the capability to produce high power and short pulses at specific wavelengths, resulting in highly effective gain media. However, little is known about the local structure, distribution, and chemical coordination of Yb3+ in the fibers. This information is necessary to improve the manufacturing process and optical qualities of the fibers. Five fibers doped with Yb3+ were studied using Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy and X-ray Absorption Near Edge Spectroscopy (XANES), in addition to Yb3+ mapping. The Yb3+ distribution in each fiber core was mapped with 2D and 1D intensity scans, which measured X-ray fluorescence over the scan areas. Two of the five fibers examined showed highly irregular Yb3+ distributions in the core center. In four of the five fibers Yb3+ was detected outside of the given fiber core dimensions, suggesting possible Yb3+ diffusion from the core, manufacturing error, or both. X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) analysis has so far proven inconclusive, but did show that the fibers had differing EXAFS spectra. The Yb3+ distribution mapping proved highly useful, but additional modeling and examination of fiber preforms must be conducted to improve XAS analysis, which has been shown to have great potential for the study of similar optical fi bers.

  10. Broadband infrared luminescence in Yb-doped Bi2O3-GeO2 glasses

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    Yu, Pingsheng; Su, Liangbi; Cheng, Junhua; Xu, Jun

    2016-01-01

    The Yb-doped Bi2O3-GeO2 glasses were prepared by the conventional melt quenching technique. Near-infrared (NIR) broadband emission was found at about 1024 nm, and 1330 nm (under 785 nm excitation), and the measured fluorescent lifetime was about several hundred microseconds. The emission intensity of Yb-doped Bi2O3-GeO2 glasses increased with increasing of Yb dopant in our experiments. The NIR emission should be related to Yb3+ and lower valence Bi ions.

  11. First direct high-precision energy determination for the 8.4 and 20.7 keV nuclear transitions in 169Tm

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    Inoyatov, A. Kh.; Kovalík, A.; Filosofov, D. V.; Ryšavý, M.; Perevoshchikov, L. L.; Gurov, Yu. B.

    2015-06-01

    Energies of 8410.1 ± 0.4, 20743.9 ± 0.3, and 63121.6 ± 1.2 eV were determined for the 8.4 keV M1 + E2, 20.7 keV M1 + E2, and 63.1 keV E1 nuclear transitions in 169Tm (generated in the EC decay of 169Yb, respectively, by means of the internal conversion electron spectroscopy. The 169Yb sources used were prepared by vacuum evaporation deposition on polycrystalline carbon and platinum foils as well as by ion implantation at 30keV into a polycrystalline aluminum foil. The relevant conversion electron spectra were measured by a high-resolution combined electrostatic electron spectrometer at 7 eV instrumental resoluition. Values of 0.0326(14) and 0.0259(17) were derived from our experimental data for the E2 admixture parameter |δ ( E2/ M1)| for the 8.4 and 20.7 keV transitions, respectively. A possible effect of nuclear structure on multipolarity of the 20.7 keV transition was also investigated.

  12. Yb:YAG single crystal fiber image amplifier

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    Wan, Peng; Liu, Jian; Yang, Lih-Mei; Bai, Shuang

    2014-02-01

    In the paper, a Yb:YAG single crystal fiber is used for the first time to amplify week image signal. It was longitudinally pumped by a fiber-coupled laser diode with a maximum power of 150W at 940 nm. The image amplifier provided low noise and high gain amplification. A spatially uniform amplification gain of up to 10.2 dB at wavelength of 1030 nm was obtained.

  13. 250 W single-crystal fiber Yb:YAG laser.

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    Délen, Xavier; Piehler, Stefan; Didierjean, Julien; Aubry, Nicolas; Voss, Andreas; Ahmed, Marwan Abdou; Graf, Thomas; Balembois, Francois; Georges, Patrick

    2012-07-15

    We demonstrate an Yb:YAG single-crystal fiber laser with 251 W output power in continuous-wave and an optical efficiency of 44%. This performance can be explained by the high overlap between pump and signal beams brought by the pump guiding and by the good thermal management provided by the single-crystal fiber geometry. The oscillator performance with a reflectivity of the output coupler as low as 20% also shows high potential for power amplification. PMID:22825171

  14. The hyperfine interaction in 171YbF

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    Mawhorter, Richard; Glassman, Zachary; Grabow, Jens-Uwe; Le, Anh; Steimle, Timothy

    2014-05-01

    Motivated by recent further improvements in determining the upper limit for the CP-violating electric dipole moment of the electron (eEDM), the pure rotational spectrum of the open shell molecule ytterbium fluoride, 171YbF, in the X2Σ+ (v = 0) state has been recorded using Fourier transform microwave (FTMW) spectroscopy and pump/probe microwave optical double resonance (PPMODR) spectroscopy. The pure rotational spectra and precisely measured splittings in the (0,0) A2Π1 / 2 <-- X2Σ+ band were analyzed to produce an improved set of fine and magnetic hyperfine parameters for the X2Σ+ (v = 0) state of 171YbF. These will be used in conjunction with new FTMW data for 170 , 172 , 174 , 176YbF in a multi-isotope Dunham Uij fit to provide stable predictions for the rotational spectrum of 173YbF. Observing the nuclear electric quadrupole hyperfine structure of this isotopologue will help characterize the critical electric field at the heavy atom nucleus. This provides an important benchmark for the molecular wavefunctions used to calculate the effective internal field strength in this and other species, which in turn go into determining the eEDM upper limit. Similar work with the isotopologues of PbF, where nearby states of opposite parity have already been found, will also benefit proposed anapole moment and variation of fundamental constants studies. TS & AL acknowledge support from NSF CHE-1265885, JUG from DFG & Land Niedersachsen, RM from DAAD & Pomona College, and ZG from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation.

  15. Tuning Mixed-Valent Eu(2+) /Eu(3+) in Strontium Formate Frameworks for Multichannel Photoluminescence.

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    Liu, Wei; Liu, Lijia; Wang, Yanlong; Chen, Lanhua; McLeod, John A; Yang, Linju; Zhao, Jia; Liu, Zhiyong; Diwu, Juan; Chai, Zhifang; Albrecht-Schmitt, Thomas E; Liu, Guokui; Wang, Shuao

    2016-08-01

    Cooperative performance of mixed-valent Eu(2+) /Eu(3+) in single-compound phosphors offers significant advantages in color rendering and luminescence efficiency, but their synthesis is challenging because of Eu(2+) oxidation. Using the tunable nature of the metal-ion nodes in metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), we present an in situ reduction and crystallization route for preparing MOFs and doping Eu(2+) /Eu(3+) with a controlled ratio. These materials exhibit rich photoluminescence, including intrinsic- and sensitized-emissions of Eu(2+) and Eu(3+) , and long-lived luminescence from charge transfer. Color rendering can be easily achieved by fine-tuning the valence states of Eu. A linear relation between temperature and the intensity ratio of Eu(2+) /Eu(3+) emissions provides outstanding properties for applications as self-calibrated luminescent thermometers with a wide working temperature range. Further incorporation of Tb(3+) into the MOFs results in white light, utilizing all Eu(2+) ,Tb(3+) , and Eu(3+) emissions in a single crystalline lattice. PMID:27305606

  16. Thermoelectric nanocrystalline YbCoSb laser prepared layers

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    Jelínek, Miroslav; Zeipl, Radek; Kocourek, Tomáš; Remsa, Jan; Navrátil, Jiří

    2016-03-01

    Filled thermoelectric Yb x Co4Sb12 layers were prepared by pulsed laser deposition method. The Yb0.19Co4Sb12 target was fabricated by hot pressing. Various deposition conditions were tested: target—substrate distance d T-S (4 or 6 cm), ambient argon pressure (from 0.5 to 13 Pa), laser repetition rate (from 3 to 10 Hz), substrate temperature (from 250 to 400 °C) and laser fluence (in region from 0.8 to 5 J cm-2). Film roughness was determined by mechanical profilometer and by AFM. For d T-S = 4 cm we observed a deficit of Yb and surplus of Co. Sb was transferred from target to film roughly stoichiometrically (as measured by EDX). Films created at 0.8 J cm-2 exhibited generally poor stoichiometry and mechanical properties. Optimal conditions and stoichiometric transport were found for d T-S = 6 cm and 13 Pa of Ar. XRD shows that the films were nanocrystalline with CoSb3 structure. Grain size was in the range of ~50-80 nm. Temperature dependence of Seebeck coefficient and power factor was measured. Thermoelectric efficiency ZT ~ 0.04-0.05 was measured at room temperature using Harman method. In dependence on layers quality, we calculated thermal conductivity λ ~ 0.4-1.3 W K-1 m-1.

  17. Crystal polymorphism in TmPd3S4

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    Kitagawa, J.; Yada, R.; Ichihara, M.; Ishikawa, M.

    Cubic TmPd3S4 is in the series of rare-earth (R) palladium bronzes, RPd3S4, which is an attractive platform for multipolar interaction systems. We previously reported that, in RPd3S4, only TmPd3S4 shows a Jahn-Teller-like phase transition at approximately 200 K, accompanying a structure modulation. Our present electron diffraction study, however, has revealed that the expected modulation does not occur. We reexamined the crystal growth conditions and found crystal polymorphism with the cubic and monoclinic structures. The phase transition at approximately 200 K can be interpreted as a phase separation into the cubic and monoclinic phases. Single-phase monoclinic TmPd3S4 was successfully obtained at room temperature. The monoclinic TmPd3S4 is metallic and shows no magnetic phase transition down to 0.6 K.

  18. Successive phase transitions in the orthovanadate TmVO3

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    Sarkar, Tapati; Ivanov, Sergey A.; Bazuev, G. V.; Nordblad, Per; Mathieu, Roland

    2015-09-01

    Synthesis and crystal structure, magnetization and heat capacity measurements of phase pure polycrystalline TmVO3 are reported. TmVO3 was stabilized in the orthorhombic structure by thermal treatment of the precursor TmVO4 in a reducing atmosphere. Magnetization and heat capacity measurements reveal the presence of several successive structural and magnetic phase transitions in this compound. At T = 108 K, the sample undergoes a transition from a paramagnetic state to an antiferromagnetic state, followed by a second transition at 78 K which is related to spin and orbital reorientation. The heat capacity measurements reveal the presence of a third transition in the paramagnetic state (at T = 175 K), which corresponds to a structural phase transition and orbital ordering. At low temperatures (~15 K) and weak fields, there is an anomaly in the magnetization, which may be associated with antiferromagnetic short range ordering of the Tm3+ ions.

  19. High-spin states in odd-odd 168Tm

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    Cardona, M. A.; Hojman, D.; Davidson, J.; Davidson, M.; Kreiner, A. J.; Bazzacco, D.; Lenzi, S. M.; Rossi Alvarez, C.; Blasi, N.; Debray, M. E.; Levinton, G.; Marti, G.; De Poli, M.; Napoli, D. R.; Lo Bianco, G.

    2007-02-12

    High-spin states in 168Tm were investigated by means of {gamma}-ray spectroscopy techniques using the GASP multidetector array. Rotational bands have been established and identified in terms of their configurations.

  20. DigitalGlobe(TM) Incorporated Corporate and System Update

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    Thomassie, Brett

    2007-01-01

    This viewgraph presentation describes a system update of Quickbird, the world's highest resolution commercial imaging satellite, operated by DigitalGlobe (TM) Incorporated. A satellite comparison of Quickbird, WorldView-60, and WorldView-110 is also presented.

  1. Resonant tandem pumping of Tm-doped fiber lasers

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    Creeden, Daniel; Johnson, Benjamin R.; Rines, Glen A.; Setzler, Scott D.

    2014-06-01

    We have demonstrated efficient lasing of a Tm-doped fiber when pumped with another Tm-doped fiber. In these experiments, we use a 1908 nm Tm-doped fiber laser as a pump source for another Tm-doped fiber laser, operating at a slightly longer wavelength (~2000 nm). Pumping in the 1900 nm region allows for very high optical efficiencies, low heat generation, and significant power scaling potential due to the use of fiber laser pumping. The trade-off is that the ground-state pump absorption at 1908 nm is ~37 times lower than at 795nm. However, the absorption cross-section is still sufficiently high enough to achieve effective pump absorption without exceedingly long fiber lengths. This may also be advantageous for distributing the thermal load in higher power applications.

  2. From the ternary Eu(Au/In)2 and EuAu4(Au/In)2 with remarkable Au/In distributions to a new structure type: The gold-rich Eu5Au16(Au/In)6 structure

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    Steinberg, Simon; Card, Nathan; Mudring, Anja -Verena

    2015-08-13

    The ternary Eu(Au/In)2 (EuAu0.46In1.54(2)) (I), EuAu4(Au/In)2 (EuAu4+xIn2–x with x = 0.75(2) (II), 0.93(2), and 1.03(2)), and Eu5Au16(Au/In)6 (Eu5Au17.29In4.71(3)) (III) have been synthesized, and their structures were characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. I and II crystallize with the CeCu2-type (Pearson Symbol oI12; Imma; Z = 4; a = 4.9018(4) Å; b = 7.8237(5) Å; c = 8.4457(5) Å) and the YbAl4Mo2-type (tI14; I4/mmm; Z = 2; a = 7.1612(7) Å; c = 5.5268(7) Å) and exhibit significant Au/In disorder. I is composed of an Au/In-mixed diamond-related host lattice encapsulating Eu atoms, while the structure of II features ribbons of distorted, squared Au8 prisms enclosing Eu, Au, and In atoms. Combination of these structural motifs leads to a new structure type as observed for Eu5Au16(Au/In)6 (Eu5Au17.29In4.71(3)) (oS108; Cmcm; Z = 4; a = 7.2283(4) Å; b = 9.0499(6) Å; c = 34.619(2) Å), which formally represents a one-dimensional intergrowth of the series EuAu2–“EuAu4In2”. The site preferences of the disordered Au/In positions in II were investigated for different hypothetical “EuAu4(Au/In)2” models using the projector-augmented wave method and indicate that these structures attempt to optimize the frequencies of the heteroatomic Au–In contacts. Furthermore, a chemical bonding analysis on two “EuAu5In” and “EuAu4In2” models employed the TB-LMTO-ASA method and reveals that the subtle interplay between the local atomic environments and the bond energies determines the structural and site preferences for these systems.

  3. Monodisperse core-shell structured up-conversion Yb(OH)CO₃@YbPO₄:Er³+ hollow spheres as drug carriers.

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    Xu, Zhenhe; Ma, Ping'an; Li, Chunxia; Hou, Zhiyao; Zhai, Xuefeng; Huang, Shanshan; Lin, Jun

    2011-06-01

    In this work, we report a facile solution-phase synthesis of monodisperse core-shell structured Yb(OH)CO₃@YbPO₄ hollow spheres (size around 380 nm) by utilizing the colloidal sphere of Yb(OH)CO₃ as the sacrificial template via the Kirkendall effect. The Er³+ doped Yb(OH)CO₃@YbPO₄ core-shell hollow spheres can be prepared similarly, which exhibit strong green emission under 980 nm NIR laser excitation even after loading with drug molecules. Most importantly, the sample can be used as an effective drug delivery carrier. The biocompatibility test on L929 fibroblast cells using MTT assay reveals low cytotoxicity of the system. A typical anticancer drug, doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX), is used for drug loading, and the release properties, cytotoxicity, uptake behavior and therapeutic effects were examined. It is found that DOX is shuttled into cell by core-shell hollow spheres carrier and released inside cells after endocytosis, and the DOX-loaded spheres exhibited greater cytotoxicity than free DOX. These results indicate that the core-shell Er³+ doped Yb(OH)CO₃@YbPO₄ hollow spheres have potential for drug loading and delivery into cancer cells to induce cell death. PMID:21435712

  4. Cooperative energy transfer and frequency upconversion in Yb3+-Tb 3+ and Nd 3+-Yb 3+-Tb 3+ codoped GdAl3(BO3)4 phosphors.

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    Yang, C H; Pan, Y X; Zhang, Q Y; Jiang, Z H

    2007-09-01

    Polycrystalline GdAl(3)(BO(3))(4) phosphors co-doped with Yb(3+)/Tb(3+) and/or Nd(3+)/Yb(3+)/Tb(3+) have been synthesized by combustion method. Upon excitation with a 980 nm laser diode, an intense green upconversion luminescence has been observed in GdAl(3)(BO(3))(4):Yb,Tb phosphor. The quadratic dependence of the luminescence on the pump-laser power indicating a cooperative energy transfer process. Meanwhile, it is noticed that upon excitation with 808 nm laser diode, intense luminescence has clearly been detected in GdAl(3)(BO(3))(4):Nd,Yb,Tb phosphor. The luminescence intensity exhibits also a quadratic dependence on incident pump-laser power. However, no green-emission has been observed in GdAl(3)(BO(3))(4) phosphors co-doped with Yb(3+)/Tb(3+) or Nd(3+)/Tb(3+) respectively upon excited at 808 nm laser diode. A proposed upconversion mechanism involving energy transfer from Nd(3+) to Yb(3+), and then a cooperative energy transfer process from two excited Yb(3+) to Tb(3+) has been presented. PMID:17609865

  5. Flashlamp-pumped Ho:Tm:Cr:LuAG laser

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    Jani, Mahendra G. (Inventor); Barnes, Norman P. (Inventor); Murray, Keith E. (Inventor); Kokta, Milan R. (Inventor)

    1997-01-01

    A room temperature solid-state laser is provided. A laser crystal is disposed in a laser cavity. The laser crystal has a LuAG host material doped with a concentration of about 0.35% Ho ions, about 5.57% Tm ions and at least about 1.01% Cr ions. A broadband energizing source such as a flashlamp is disposed transversely to the laser crystal to energize the Ho ions, Tm ions and Cr ions.

  6. Quiet Spike (TM) Build-Up Ground Vibration Testing Approach

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    Spivey, Natalie D.; Herrera, Claudia; Truax, Roger; Pak, Chan-gi; Freund, Donald

    2007-01-01

    Flight tests of Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation s Quiet Spike(TM) hardware were recently completed on the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center F-15B airplane. NASA Dryden uses a modified F-15B airplane as a testbed aircraft to cost-effectively fly flight research experiments that are typically mounted underneath the F-15B airplane, along the fuselage centerline. For the Quiet Spike(TM) experiment, however, instead of a centerline mounting, a relatively long forward-pointing boom was attached to the radar bulkhead of the F-15B airplane. The Quiet Spike(TM) experiment is a stepping-stone to airframe structural morphing technologies designed to mitigate the sonic-boom strength of business jets over land. The Quiet Spike(TM) boom is a concept in which an aircraft's noseboom would be extended prior to supersonic acceleration. This morphing effectively lengthens the aircraft, thus reducing the peak sonic-boom amplitude, but is also expected to partition the otherwise strong bow shock into a series of reduced-strength, noncoalescing shocklets. Prior to flying the Quiet Spike(TM) experiment on the F-15B airplane several ground vibration tests were required to understand the Quiet Spike(TM) modal characteristics and coupling effects with the F-15B airplane. However, due to the flight hardware availability and compressed schedule requirements, a "traditional" ground vibration test of the mated F-15B Quiet Spike(TM) ready-for-flight configuration did not leave sufficient time available for the finite element model update and flutter analyses before flight testing. Therefore, a "nontraditional" ground vibration testing approach was taken. This paper provides an overview of each phase of the "nontraditional" ground vibration testing completed for the Quiet Spike(TM) project which includes the test setup details, instrumentation layout, and modal results obtained in support of the structural dynamic modeling and flutter analyses.

  7. Spectroscopic and lasing properties of Ho:Tm:LuAG

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    Barnes, Norman P.; Filer, Elizabeth D.; Naranjo, Felipe L.; Rodriguez, Waldo J.; Kokta, Milan R.

    1993-01-01

    Ho:Tm:LuAG has been grown, examined spectroscopically, and lased at 2.1 microns. Ho:Tm:LuAG was selected for this experimental investigation when quantum-mechanical modeling predicted that it would be a good laser material for Ho laser operation on one of the 5I7 to 5I8 transitions. Lasing was achieved at 2.100 microns, one of the three wavelengths predicted to be most probable for laser action.

  8. NPOESS' Key to Low Data Latency: SafetyNet(TM)

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    Koster, P. B.; Swearengen, J.; Jamilkowski, M. L.

    2008-12-01

    A key feature of the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) is the Northrop Grumman Space Technology patent-pending data collection architecture known as 'SafetyNetTM'. The centerpiece of SafetyNetTM is the system of fifteen globally-distributed ground receptors developed by Raytheon Company. These receptors or antennae will collect up to five times as much environmental data approxi-mately four times faster than current polar-orbiting weather satellites. Once collected, these data will be forwarded near-instantaneously to U.S. weather centrals via global fiber optic network for processing and production of data records for use in environmental prediction models. Key system design factors -- The NPOESS SafetyNetTM architecture provides: Frequent downlinks and maximizes contact duration (>100% margin) at low cost; Downlink bandwidth margin that allows all Stored Mission Data to be down linked to two separate receptors; and Minimal latency impacts from loss of multiple ground receptors. Other notable characteristics of SafetyNetTM: Simple, receive-only, Ka Band receptor design provides autonomous operations; Fifteen locations in ten countries; full-motion to track polar satellites; Reliable and timely collection, delivery and processing of quality data; 75% of NPOESS data products delivered to the US's weather centrals within 15 minutes; the rest in under 30 minutes. Presentation will show: A graphic of SafetyNetTM within the NPOESS program architecture; A depiction of the NPOESS data download scheme; A map of the worldwide SafetyNetTM receptor locations; A graph of the percent of NPOESS Environmental Data Records (EDRs) versus time from observation to delivery; A example chart of the NPOESS data downlink patterns to SafetyNetTM receptors; Example photos of SafetyNetTM receptor antennae and radomes.

  9. SafetyNet(TM) -- NPOESS's Low Data Latency Key

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    Swearengen, J.; Koster, P. B.; Jamilkowski, M. L.

    2008-12-01

    A key feature of the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) is the Northrop Grumman Space Technology patent-pending data collection architecture known as 'SafetyNetTM'. The centerpiece of SafetyNetTM is the system of fifteen globally-distributed ground receptors developed by Raytheon Company. These receptors or antennae will collect up to five times as much environmental data approximately four times faster than current polar-orbiting weather satellites. Once collected, these data will be forwarded near-instantaneously to U.S. weather centrals via global fiber optic network for processing and production of data records for use in environmental prediction models. Key system design factors: The NPOESS SafetyNetTM architecture provides: Frequent downlinks and maximizes contact duration (>100% margin) at low cost; Downlink bandwidth margin that allows all Stored Mission Data to be down linked to two separate receptors; and Minimal latency impacts from loss of multiple ground receptors. Other notable characteristics of SafetyNetTM: Simple, receive-only, Ka Band receptor design provides autonomous operations; Fifteen locations in ten countries; full-motion to track polar satellites; Reliable and timely collection, delivery and processing of quality data; 75% of NPOESS data products delivered to the US's weather centrals within 15 minutes; the rest in under 30 minutes. Presentation will show: A graphic of SafetyNetTM within the NPOESS program architecture; A depiction of the NPOESS data download scheme; A map of the worldwide SafetyNetTM receptor locations; A graph of the percent of NPOESS Environmental Data Records (EDRs) versus time from observation to delivery; A example chart of the NPOESS data downlink patterns to SafetyNetTM receptors; Example photos of SafetyNetTM receptor antennae and radomes.

  10. Strain effect on magnetocrystalline anisotropy of 5 d TM/Fe and TM/Fe/MgO(001) (TM =Ta, Ir, Pt, Au): A first principles study

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    Taivansaikhan, Purev; Odkhuu, Dorj; Rhim, Sung-Hyon; Hong, Soon Cheol

    2015-03-01

    Strain effect on magnetization and magnetocrystalline anisotropy (MCA) of TM/Fe(001) [TM =Ta, Ir, Pt and Au] with and without MgO(001) substrate has been investigated using first-principles calculations. It is found that perpendicular MCA of Pt/Fe(001) changes to in-plane MCA in the presence of MgO substrate, where lattice is extended by 3.8% with respect to that without MgO. For Ta/Fe(001) and Au/Fe(001), PMCA is significantly enhanced by the MgO substrate, whereas MCA of Ir/Fe(001) remains in-plane. Furthermore, thickness dependence of MCA on both the TM and Fe layers will be also discussed. Supported by Basic Research Program (2010-0008842) and Research Centers Program (2009-0093818) through National Research Foundation of Korea.

  11. Measurement of the 169Tm (n ,3 n ) 167Tm cross section and the associated branching ratios in the decay of 167Tm

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    Champine, B.; Gooden, M. E.; Krishichayan, Norman, E. B.; Scielzo, N. D.; Stoyer, M. A.; Thomas, K. J.; Tonchev, A. P.; Tornow, W.; Wang, B. S.

    2016-01-01

    The cross section for the 169Tm(n ,3 n ) 167Tm reaction was measured from 17 to 22 MeV using quasimonoenergetic neutrons produced by the 2H(d ,n ) 3He reaction. This energy range was studied to resolve the discrepancy between previous (n ,3 n ) cross-section measurements. In addition, the absolute γ -ray branching ratios following the electron-capture decay of 167Tm were measured. These results provide more reliable nuclear data for an important diagnostic that is used at the National Ignition Facility to estimate the yield of reaction-in-flight neutrons produced via the inertial-confinement-fusion plasma in deuterium-tritium capsules.

  12. Fabrication and photoluminescence properties of Cr:YAG and Yb,Cr:YAG transparent ceramic

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    Chen, Xingtao; Lu, Tiecheng; Wei, Nian; Lu, Zhongwen; Chen, Lijia; Zhang, Qinghua; Cheng, Gang; Qi, Jianqi

    2015-11-01

    Cr:YAG and Yb/Cr:YAG transparent ceramics containing Ca as charge counter element were fabricated by vacuum sintering technique using the co-precipitation synthesis of raw powders. Their spectral and luminescence properties as well as the influence of Cr3+ concentration on the optical properties of Yb,Cr:YAG ceramic were investigated. Results show the transmittance of 10 at.% Yb, 0.25 at.% Cr:YAG and 0.25 at.% Cr:YAG reaches 83% at 1200 nm and 81% at 1400 nm, respectively. And the Yb,Cr:YAG ceramics exhibit a pore free structure with an average grain size of about 5 μm. After annealing, most of Cr3+ ions transform into Cr4+. In the case of excitation wavelength of 440 nm, a sharp emission peak of 694 nm appeared in the Yb,Cr:YAG ceramic before annealing and the band enhanced with the increase of the Cr3+ concentration, which is attributed to the 4T2g-4A2g fluorescence transition. The emission spectrums and fluorescence decays manifest that both the luminescent intensity and the lifetimes of Yb,Cr:YAG are lower than Yb:YAG ceramic and the lifetimes of Yb,Cr:YAG and Yb:YAG are 0.93 and 2.38 ms, respectively. This results demonstrate the existence of the ground state absorption of Cr4+ in the Yb,Cr:YAG ceramic. Experimental evidence proved that Yb,Cr:YAG transparent ceramics could be a potential material for passive self-Q-switched solid-state laser.

  13. Laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry on nanostructured semiconductor substrates: DIOS(TM) and QuickMass(TM)

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    Law, K. P.

    2010-02-01

    In the era of systems biology, new analytical platforms are under demand. Desorption/ionization on silicon mass spectrometry (DIOS-MS) is a promising high throughput laser mass spectrometry approach that has attracted a lot of attention, and has been commercialized. Another substrate material manufactured by physical method has also been made commercially available under the trade name of QuickMass(TM). These two commercial substrates, DIOS(TM) and QuickMass(TM), were investigated independently from the manufacturers and were characterized by a number of advanced surface techniques. This work determined (1) the correlation between the substrate physicochemical properties and their LDI activity, (2) the feasibility of metabolic profiling from complex biological matrices and (3) the laser desorption/ionization mechanism. The DIOS(TM) substrate was characterized with a thick nano-sized porous layer, a high surface concentration of fluorocarbon and silicon oxides and super-hydrophobicity. In contrast, the QuickMass(TM) substrate consisted of a non-porous germanium thin-film. The relatively high ionization efficiency obtained from the DIOS(TM) substrate was contributed to the fluorosilane manufacturing processes and its porous morphology. Despite the QuickMass(TM) substrate being less effective, it was noted that the use of germanium affords a self-cleaning mechanism and suppresses background interference of mass spectra. The suitability of DIOS(TM) substrates for metabolic profiling of complex biological matrices was demonstrated. DIOS mass spectra of human blood plasma, human urine and animal liver tissue extracts were produced. Suitable extraction methods were found to be important, but relatively simplified approaches were sufficient. Further investigations of the DIOS desorption/ionization mechanism were carried out. The previously proposed sub-surface state reaction could be a molten-solid interfacial state reaction of the substrate and this had a significant

  14. Deposition of luminescent NaCl:Tm2+ thin films with a Tm concentration gradient using RF magnetron sputtering

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    de Jong, M.; Kesteloo, W.; van der Kolk, E.

    2015-08-01

    Luminescent thin films were deposited using magnetron sputtering of a NaCl single crystal and Tm-metal. By using a combinatorial approach, a single film with a thickness ranging from 3.1 μm to 6.9 μm and a Tm to Na ratio varying from 0.05 to 0.26 was obtained. XRD shows the formation of the simple cubic NaCl structure and SEM images display a mix of 0.50-0.75 μm and 2-3 μm cubic and needle-like structures when the substrate is not rotating during deposition. NIR transmission spectra reveal narrow absorption lines at 1134 nm and 1218 nm caused by 4f-4f absorption of divalent and trivalent Tm, respectively. Photoluminescence excitation and UV-VIS transmission spectra show broad bands between 275 nm and 700 nm, caused by the Tm2+ 4f13 → 4f125d1 transitions. Excitation into these bands results in 2F5/2 → 2F7/2 line emission by Tm2+ at 1134 nm. The broad absorption range covering the entire UV and VIS part of the solar spectrum and the absence of self-absorption of the sharp emission line makes NaCl:Tm2+ a promising material for luminescent solar concentrators as thin films on glass provided light scattering can be minimised.

  15. Preparation, Biological Evaluation and Dosimetry Studies of 175Yb-Bis-Phosphonates for Palliative Treatment of Bone Pain

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    Fakhari, Ashraf; Jalilian, Amir R.; Yousefnia, Hassan; Shanehsazzadeh, Saeed; Samani, Ali Bahrami; Daha, Fariba Johari; Ardestani, Mehdi Shafiee; Khalaj, Ali

    2015-01-01

    Objective: Optimized production and quality control of ytterbium-175 (Yb-175) labeled pamidronate and alendronate complexes as efficient agents for bone pain palliation has been presented. Methods: Yb-175 labeled pamidronate and alendronate (175Yb-PMD and 175Yb-ALN) complexes were prepared successfully at optimized conditions with acceptable radiochemical purity, stability and significant hydroxyapatite absorption. The biodistribution of complexes were evaluated up to 48 h, which demonstrated significant bone uptake ratios for 175Yb-PAM at all-time intervals. It was also detected that 175Yb-PAM mostly washed out and excreted through the kidneys. Results: The performance of 175Yb-PAM in an animal model was better or comparable to other 175Yb-bone seeking complexes previously reported. Conclusion: Based on calculations, the total body dose for 175Yb-ALN is 40% higher as compared to 175Yb-PAM (especially kidneys) indicating that 175Yb-PAM is probably a safer agent than 175Yb-ALN. PMID:27529886

  16. YB1 binds to and represses the p16 tumor suppressor gene.

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    Kotake, Yojiro; Ozawa, Yuichi; Harada, Masanori; Kitagawa, Kyoko; Niida, Hiroyuki; Morita, Yasutaka; Tanaka, Kenji; Suda, Takafumi; Kitagawa, Masatoshi

    2013-11-01

    Y box binding protein 1 (YB1) has multiple functions associated with drug resistance, cell proliferation and metastasis through transcriptional and translational regulation. Increased expression of YB1 is closely related to tumor growth and aggressiveness. We showed that YB1 protein levels were decreased through replicative and premature senescence and were correlated with increased expression levels of p16(INK) (4A) tumor suppressor gene. Depletion of YB1 was associated with increased levels of p16 in human and murine primary cells. Forced expression of YB1 in mouse embryonic fibroblasts resulted in decreased expression of p16 and increased cell proliferation. Senescence-associated expression of β-galactosidase was repressed in YB1-over-expressing cells. Chromatin immunoprecipitation assays showed that YB1 directly associates with the p16 promoter. Taken together, all our findings indicate that YB1 directly binds to and represses p16 transcription, subsequently resulting in the promotion of cell growth and prevention of cellular senescence. PMID:24165022

  17. Cold shock protein YB-1 is involved in hypoxia-dependent gene transcription.

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    Rauen, Thomas; Frye, Bjoern C; Wang, Jialin; Raffetseder, Ute; Alidousty, Christina; En-Nia, Abdelaziz; Floege, Jürgen; Mertens, Peter R

    2016-09-16

    Hypoxia-dependent gene regulation is largely orchestrated by hypoxia-inducible factors (HIFs), which associate with defined nucleotide sequences of hypoxia-responsive elements (HREs). Comparison of the regulatory HRE within the 3' enhancer of the human erythropoietin (EPO) gene with known binding motifs for cold shock protein Y-box (YB) protein-1 yielded strong similarities within the Y-box element and 3' adjacent sequences. DNA binding assays confirmed YB-1 binding to both, single- and double-stranded HRE templates. Under hypoxia, we observed nuclear shuttling of YB-1 and co-immunoprecipitation assays demonstrated that YB-1 and HIF-1α physically interact with each other. Cellular YB-1 depletion using siRNA significantly induced hypoxia-dependent EPO production at both, promoter and mRNA level. Vice versa, overexpressed YB-1 significantly reduced EPO-HRE-dependent gene transcription, whereas this effect was minor under normoxia. HIF-1α overexpression induced hypoxia-dependent gene transcription through the same element and accordingly, co-expression with YB-1 reduced HIF-1α-mediated EPO induction under hypoxic conditions. Taken together, we identified YB-1 as a novel binding factor for HREs that participates in fine-tuning of the hypoxia transcriptome. PMID:27524241

  18. Effect of Yb3+ concentration on photoluminescence properties of cubic Gd2O3 phosphor

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    Tamrakar, Raunak Kumar; Bisen, D. P.; Brahme, Nameeta

    2015-01-01

    Yb3+ doped phosphor of Gd2O3 (Gd2O3:Yb3+) have been prepared by solid state reaction method. The structure and the particle size have been determined by X-ray powder diffraction measurements. The average particle size of the phosphor is in between 35 and 50 nm. The particle size and structure of the phosphor was further confirmed by TEM analysis. The visible and NIR luminescence spectra were recorded under the 980 nm laser excitation. The visible upconversion luminescence of Yb3+ ion was due to cooperative luminescence and the presence of rare earth impurity ions. The cooperative upconversion and NIR luminescence spectra as a function of Yb3+ ion concentration were measured and the emission intensity variation with Yb3+ ion concentration was discussed. Yb3+ energy migration quenched the cooperative luminescence of Gd2O3:Yb3+ phosphor with doping level over 5%, while the NIR emission luminescence continuously increases with increasing Yb3+ ion concentration.

  19. Glacier Mapping With Landsat Tm: Improvements and Accuracy

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    Paul, F.; Huggel, C.; Kaeaeb, A.; Maisch, M.

    The new Swiss Glacier Inventory for the year 2000 (SGI 2000) is presently derived from Landsat TM data. Glacier areas were obtained by segmentation of a ratio image from TM band 4 and 5. This method has proven to be very simple and highly accurate - an essential requirement for world-wide application within the project GLIMS (Global Land Ice Measurements from Space). Mis-classification using TM4 / TM 5 results for lakes, forests and areas with vegetation in cloud shadows. Digital image processing techniques are used to classify these regions separately and eliminate them from the glacier map. Automatic mapping of debris-covered glacier ice is difficult due to the spectral similarity with the surrounding terrain. For the SGI 2000, an attempt has been made to obtain the debris-covered area on glaciers by a combination of pixel- based image classification, digital terrain modelling, an object-oriented procedure and change detection analysis. First results of these improvements are presented. The accuracy of the TM derived glacier outlines is assessed by a comparison with manually derived outlines of higher resolution data sets (pan bands from SPOT, IRS- 1C and Ikonos). The overlay of outlines show very good correspondence (within the georeferencing accuracy) and the comparison of glacier areas reveals differences smaller than 5% for debris-free ice. Since acquisition of IRS-1C and Ikonos imagery is one year before and after the TM scene, respectively, small differences are also a result of glacier retreat. The automatically mapped debris-covered glacier areas are compared to the areas assigned manually on the TM image by visual interpretation. For most glaciers only a few pixels have to be corrected, for some others larger modi- fications are required.

  20. High-energy diode-pumped D2O-cooled multislab Yb:YAG and Yb:QX-glass lasers.

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    Siebold, Mathias; Loeser, Markus; Harzendorf, Gunter; Nehring, Harald; Tsybin, Igor; Roeser, Fabian; Albach, Daniel; Schramm, Ulrich

    2014-06-15

    We investigated the lasing performance of a multislab Yb:QX and Yb:YAG laser amplifiers using a facet-cooled design. Di-deuterium oxide (D2O) was used as the coolant flowing between the active slabs with the pump and laser light passing through the very low absorbing heavy-water films. A square pump profile at a maximum intensity of 40  kW/cm2 drove the amplifier with a peak fluence of 5.5  J/cm2 and a pulse duration of 6 ns. We demonstrated a maximum pulse energy of 1 J for each gain medium as well as a repetition rate of 10 Hz for Yb:YAG and 1 Hz for Yb:QX glass, thus showing the feasibility and scalability of directly water-cooled, diode-pumped, high-energy short-pulse lasers. PMID:24978549