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  1. Thermal expansion, heat capacity and magnetostriction of RAl3 (R = Tm, Yb, Lu) single crystals

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    Bud'ko, S.; Frenerick, J.; Mun, E.; Canfield, P.; Schmiedeshoff, G.

    2007-12-13

    We present thermal expansion and longitudinal magnetostriction data for cubic RAl{sub 3} (R = Tm, Yb, Lu) single crystals. The thermal expansion coefficient for YbAl{sub 3} is consistent with an intermediate valence of the Yb ion, whereas the data for TmAl{sub 3} show crystal electric field contributions and have strong magnetic field dependences. de Haas-van Alphen like oscillations were observed in the magnetostriction data for YbAl{sub 3} and LuAl{sub 3}, several new extreme orbits were measured and their effective masses were estimated. Specific heat data taken at 0 and 140 kOe for both LuAl{sub 3} and TmAl{sub 3} for T {le} 200 K allow for the determination of a crystal electric field splitting scheme for TmAl{sub 3}.

  2. Laser cooling of Yb³⁺-doped LuLiF₄ crystal.

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    Zhong, Biao; Yin, Jigang; Jia, Youhua; Chen, Lin; Hang, Yin; Yin, Jianping

    2014-05-01

    In order to meet the demands for applications of optical refrigerators in the fields of spaceflight, aviation, space science, and detection, a 2 wt. % Yb3+-doped LuLiF4 crystal, as a new laser cooling material, was prepared and demonstrated by using a 178 mW diode laser centered at 1015 nm and a resonant extra-cavity scheme with an enhancement factor of 12.8. Cooling efficiency of 1.27% and a temperature drop of 14.3 K/W are obtained with 79% of the incident laser power being absorbed. Based on our results, a sample with background absorption of α=4.2×10(-4)  cm(-1) can be potentially cooled down to ∼145 K. Our investigation shows that Yb3+-doped LuLiF4 crystal is potentially a promising candidate for solid-state refrigeration.

  3. Investigation of Yb-doped LiLuF4 single crystals for optical cooling

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    Volpi, Azzurra; Cittadino, Giovanni; Di Lieto, Alberto; Cassanho, Arlete; Jenssen, Hans P.; Tonelli, Mauro

    2017-01-01

    Optical cooling of solids, relying on annihilation of lattice phonons via anti-Stokes fluorescence, is an emerging technology that is rapidly advancing. The development of high-quality Yb-doped fluoride single crystals definitely led to cryogenic and sub-100-K operations, and the potential for further improvements has not been exhausted by far. Among fluorides, so far the best results have been achieved with Yb-doped LiYF4 (YLF) single crystals, with a record cooling to 91 K of a stand-alone YLF:10%Yb. We report on preliminary investigation of optical cooling of an LiLuF4 (LLF) single crystal, an isomorph of YLF where yttrium is replaced by lutetium. Different samples of 5% Yb-doped LLF single crystals have been grown and optically characterized. Optical cooling was observed by exciting the Yb transition in single-pass at 1025 nm and the cooling efficiency curve has been measured detecting the heating/cooling temperature change as a function of pumping laser frequency.

  4. Tuning of structure and enhancement of upconversion luminescence in NaLuF4:Yb(3+),Ho(3+) crystals.

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

    2015-07-15

    A series of NaLuF4:Yb(3+),Ho(3+) nano/micro-crystals with different crystal structures were synthesized via a hydrothermal method using citric acid as a chelating agent. The influences of NaF content, Li(+) doping, reaction temperature and reaction time on the crystal structure and shape of the as-synthesized NaLuF4 crystals were systematically investigated. To the best of our knowledge, it is the first time to report Li(+) doped α-NaLuF4:Yb(3+),Ho(3+) nanocrystals and the phase transformation by introducing Li(+) in NaLuF4 crystals. As for Li(+) doped α-NaLuF4, UC luminescence intensities of green emission (538 nm) and red emission (644 nm) in α-NaLuF4:Yb(3+),Ho(3+) nanocrystals with 20 mol% Li(+) doping are enhanced by 20 and 3.5 times compared to their Li(+)-free counterpart. As for Li(+) doped α/β-mixed NaLuF4, with the increase of Li(+) content, the phase transforms from the α/β-mixed phase to hexagonal then to cubic. UC emissions of 538 nm and 644 nm in NaLuF4:Yb(3+),Ho(3+) crystals doped with 5 mol% Li(+) are enhanced by 26.5 and 23 times, respectively. Besides, it is found that with the higher temperature and prolonged time, the morphology of NaLuF4 changes from nanoparticles to microtubes, resulting in the dramatic increase of UC emission intensity. The effects of Li(+) doping, reaction temperature and reaction time on the enhancement of UC emission intensity are discussed in detail. This study provides an effective and facile approach to obtain nano/micro-crystals with controllable structures and excellent optical properties.

  5. Spectroscopic and laser properties of Er(3+):Yb(3+):LuAl(3)(BO(3))(4) crystal at 1.5-1.6 microm.

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    Chen, Yujin; Lin, Yanfu; Huang, Jianhua; Gong, Xinghong; Luo, Zundu; Huang, Yidong

    2010-06-21

    An Er(3+):Yb(3+):LuAl(3)(BO(3))(4) crystal doped with 24.1 at.% Yb(3+) and 1.1 at.% Er(3+) ions was grown by the flux method. The polarized spectroscopic properties related to the operation of 1.5-1.6 microm laser of the crystal were evaluated at room temperature. The laser properties of a 0.7-mm-thick, c-cut crystal were investigated in diode-end-pumped hemispherical and plano-plano cavities, respectively. Compared with those of Er(3+):Yb(3+):YAl(3)(BO(3))(4) crystal obtained under similar experimental conditions, higher maximum output peak power, higher slope efficiency, and lower threshold were achieved in the Er(3+):Yb(3+):LuAl(3)(BO(3))(4) crystal.

  6. Two-step photoconductivity in LiY x Lu1 - x F4:Ce,Yb crystals

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    Nurtdinova, L. A.; Korableva, S. L.; Leontiev, A. V.

    2016-10-01

    Photoconductivity of LiY x Lu1- x F4:Ce,Yb ( x = 0-1) crystals is measured under one- and two-step excitation. It is established that the photoconductivity is due to intra-center transitions from excited states of Ce3+ ions. The position of the ground 4 f-state of Ce3+ ion relative to the bottom of the conduction band is determined. The choice of pumping conditions to obtain the lasing on the 5 d-4 f transitions of trivalent cerium in these active media is substantiated.

  7. Kerr-Lens Self-Mode-Locked Laser Characteristics of Yb:Lu2SiO5 Crystal

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    Liu, Jie; Yang, Ji-Min; Wang, Wei-Wei; Zheng, Li-He; Su, Liang-Bi; Xu, Jun

    2011-07-01

    A diode-pumped Kerr-lens self-mode-locked laser is achieved by using Yb: Lu2SiO5(Yb:LSO) crystal without additional components. Under the incident pump power of 14.44 W, a self-mode-locked output power of 2.98 W is obtained in the five-mirror cavity, corresponding to an optical-optical efficiency of 20.6%. Pulses as short as 8.2 ps are realized at 1059 nm, with the corresponding pulse energy and peak power of 28.9 nJ and 3.5 kW, respectively. A pair of SF10 prisms are inserted into the laser cavity to compensate for the group velocity dispersion. The pulse width is compressed to 2.2 ps with an average output power of 1.25 W.

  8. Yb:Lu2SiO5 crystal : characterization of the laser emission along the three dielectric axes

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    Toci, Guido; Pirri, Angela; Beitlerova, Alena; Shoji, Yasuhiro; Yoshikawa, Akira; Hybler, Jiri; Nikl, Martin; Vannini, Matteo

    2015-05-01

    Yb:doped Lu2SiO5 (Lutetium orthosilicate, LSO) is an optically biaxial crystal with laser emission in the range 1000- 1100 nm. It features different absorption and emission spectra for polarization along its three dielectric axes. In this work we have characterized the laser emission properties of Yb:LSO along all the three dielectric axis, evidencing differences that can be exploited in the design of ultrafast laser sources. The material was tested in a longitudinally pumped laser cavity. The laser emission efficiency was found similar along all the three dielectric axes, with slope efficiencies around 90% in most cases. Regarding the tuning range, for the most favourable polarization direction we obtained a continuously tunable emission between 993 and 1088 nm (i. e. 95 nm) peaked at 1040 nm. The tuning curves along the three dielectric axes spanned similar ranges but with relevant differences in the shape.

  9. 760  fs diode-pumped mode-locked laser with Yb:LuAG crystal at 1032  nm.

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    Su, Xian-Cui; Wang, Yi-Ran; He, Jing-Liang; Zhao, Ru-Wei; Zhang, Pei-Xiong; Hang, Yin; Hou, Jia; Zhang, Bai-Tao; Zhao, Shuang

    2015-08-10

    In this study, we experimentally demonstrate the generation of 760 fs pulse duration from a diode-pumped Yb:LuAG mode-locked laser at 1032 nm. At the repetition rate of 58.6 MHz, the maximum average power of 1.07 W was obtained, corresponding to the peak power of 24 kW. To our knowledge, these results represent the shortest pulse duration and highest peak power ever obtained for a 1032 nm mode-locked laser with Yb:LuAG crystal.

  10. Plate-shaped Yb:LuPO4 crystal for efficient CW and passively Q-switched microchip lasers

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    Liu, Junhai; Wang, Lisha; Han, Wenjuan; Xu, Honghao; Zhong, Degao; Teng, Bing

    2016-10-01

    It is demonstrated that plate-shaped crystals of Yb:LuPO4, which are grown from spontaneous nucleation by high-temperature solution method, can be utilized to make microchip lasers operating in continuous-wave (CW) or passively Q-switched mode. Efficient operation of such a microchip laser, which is built with a 0.3 mm thick crystal plate in a 2 mm long plane-parallel cavity, is realized at room temperature. With 2.37 W of pump power absorbed, 1.45 W of CW output power is generated with a slope efficiency of 73%. When passively Q-switched with a Cr4+:YAG crystal plate as saturable absorber, the laser produces a maximum pulsed output power of 0.53 W at 1013.3 nm, at a pulse repetition rate of 23.8 kHz, the resulting pulse energy, duration, and peak power are 22.3 μJ, 4.0 ns, and 5.6 kW, respectively.

  11. Spectroscopic properties and ultrafast performance of Yb:CaLu x Gd1‑x AlO4 crystal

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    Hu, Qiangqiang; Su, Xiancui; Wang, Yiran; He, Jingliang; Zhang, Baitao; Jia, Zhitai; Tao, Xutang

    2017-04-01

    A systematical investigation of the spectroscopic and ultrafast performance of Yb:CaLu x Gd1‑x AlO4 crystal (Yb:CLGA) was reported first in this work. A SESAM-based mode-locking laser was achieved by self-starting, generating reliable pulses as short as 69.6 fs. At a central wavelength of 1054 nm, a maximum average output power of 232 mW was obtained with the highest peak power of 63.7 kW. The same crystal was employed in wavelength tunable operation, and 65.7 nm of tuning range between 1023.1 nm and 1088.8 nm was obtained with a resolution of sub-0.1 nm.

  12. Yb doping concentration and temperature influence on Yb:LuAG thermal lensing

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    Veselský, Karel; Šulc, Jan; Jelínková, Helena; Nejezchleb, Karel; Škoda, Václav

    2016-03-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate whether refractive power of thermal lens for Yb:LuAG crystal at cryogenic temperatures depends on Yb doping concentration which has not been examined yet. The three measured Yb:LuAG laser rods samples (length of 3 mm, diameter 3 mm, AR @ 0.94 μm and 1.03 μm, doping concentration 5.4, 8.4 and 16.6 at. % Yb/Lu) were mounted in the temperature controlled copper holder of the liquid nitrogen cryostat. Samples were longitudinally pumped with fiber coupled CW laser diode at 0.930 μm with the focal point 0.4 mm in diameter. The 38 mm long semi-hemispherical laser resonator consisted of a flat pump mirror (HR @ 1.03 μm and HT 0.94 μm) and curved output coupler (r=500 mm) of reflectivity 94 % @ 1.06 μm. The refractive power of thermal lens was estimated indirectly by measuring of change in the position of focused laser beam focal point. The measurement was performed for constant absorbed power of 10 W in temperature range from 80 up to 240 K. It was observed that cryogenic cooling caused reduction of thermal lens power, which increased linearly with increasing temperature. For temperatures from 80 to 160 K refractive power was identical for all concentration. For higher temperature the refractive power of thermal lens increased with increasing Yb3+ concentration. Presented study shows that application of cryogenic temperature leads to reduction of thermal effect even for high dopant concentration in Yb:LuAG crystal. This is essential for reaching of high output power while maintaining high beam quality.

  13. Passively Q-switched oscillation at 1005–1012 nm of a miniature Yb:LuPO4 crystal rod laser

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    Wang, Lisha; Han, Wenjuan; Xu, Honghao; Zhong, Degao; Teng, Bing; Liu, Junhai

    2017-04-01

    A diode pumped Yb:LuPO4 miniature crystal rod laser operating at wavelengths of 1005.0–1012.5 nm, which was passively Q-switched with a Cr4+:YAG saturable absorber, was demonstrated. An average output power of 7.2 W at 1012.5 nm was generated at a pulse repetition rate of 166.7 kHz, with optical-to-optical and slope efficiencies being 38.5% and 45%, respectively. Under conditions of higher output coupling and lower initial transmission of the saturable absorber, an output power of 2.9 W at wavelengths around 1005.0 nm could be reached at 19.2 kHz, the resulting pulse energy, duration and peak power were respectively 151 µJ, 3.0 ns and 50.3 kW.

  14. Rare-earth metal gallium silicides via the gallium self-flux method. Synthesis, crystal structures, and magnetic properties of RE(Ga1-xSix)2 (RE=Y, La-Nd, Sm, Gd-Yb, Lu)

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    Darone, Gregory M.; Hmiel, Benjamin; Zhang, Jiliang; Saha, Shanta; Kirshenbaum, Kevin; Greene, Richard; Paglione, Johnpierre; Bobev, Svilen

    2013-05-01

    Fifteen ternary rare-earth metal gallium silicides have been synthesized using molten Ga as a molten flux. They have been structurally characterized by single-crystal and powder X-ray diffraction to form with three different structures—the early to mid-late rare-earth metals RE=La-Nd, Sm, Gd-Ho, Yb and Y form compounds with empirical formulae RE(GaxSi1-x)2 (0.38≤x≤0.63), which crystallize with the tetragonal α-ThSi2 structure type (space group I41/amd, No. 141; Pearson symbol tI12). The compounds of the late rare-earth crystallize with the orthorhombic α-GdSi2 structure type (space group Imma, No. 74; Pearson symbol oI12), with refined empirical formula REGaxSi2-x-y (RE=Ho, Er, Tm; 0.33≤x≤0.40, 0.10≤y≤0.18). LuGa0.32(1)Si1.43(1) crystallizes with the orthorhombic YbMn0.17Si1.83 structure type (space group Cmcm, No. 63; Pearson symbol oC24). Structural trends are reviewed and analyzed; the magnetic susceptibilities of the grown single-crystals are presented.

  15. Lu3+/Yb3+ and Lu3+/Er3+ co-doped antimony selenide nanomaterials: synthesis, characterization, and electrical, thermoelectrical, and optical properties

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    2013-01-01

    Lu3+/Yb3+ and Lu3+/Er3+ co-doped Sb2Se3 nanomaterials were synthesized by co-reduction method in hydrothermal condition. Powder X-ray diffraction patterns indicate that the LnxLn′xSb2−2xSe3 Ln: Lu3+/Yb3+ and Lu3+/Er3+ crystals (x = 0.00 − 0.04) are isostructural with Sb2Se3. The cell parameters were increased for compounds upon increasing the dopant content (x). Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy images show that co-doping of Lu3+/Yb3+ ions in the lattice of Sb2Se3 produces nanorods, while that in Lu3+/Er3+ produces nanoparticles, respectively. The electrical conductivity of co-doped Sb2Se3 is higher than that of the pure Sb2Se3 and increases with temperature. By increasing the concentration of Ln3+ions, the absorption spectrum of Sb2Se3 shows red shifts and some intensity changes. In addition to the characteristic red emission peaks of Sb2Se3, emission spectra of co-doped materials show other emission bands originating from f-f transitions of the Yb3+ ions. PMID:23537193

  16. An Yb3+-doped Lu2SiO5 mode-locked laser using a reflective graphene oxide absorber

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    Feng, Chao; Liu, Jie; Wang, Yonggang; Zheng, Lihe; Su, Liangbi; Xu, Jun

    2013-06-01

    Reflective graphene oxide played the part of the saturable absorber to achieve a continuous wave mode-locking (CWML) laser based on Yb3+:Lu2SiO5 (Yb:LSO) crystal for the first time. The laser operated at a repetition frequency of 87 MHz at a maximum average output power of 0.95 W with a single pulse energy of 10.9 nJ. A 9.8 ps ultra-short pulse was yielded at 1058 nm with a full width at half maximum (FWHM) of 2.09 nm, corresponding to a peak power of 1.11 kW.

  17. Rare-earth metal gallium silicides via the gallium self-flux method. Synthesis, crystal structures, and magnetic properties of RE(Ga1–xSix)₂ (RE=Y, La–Nd, Sm, Gd–Yb, Lu)

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    Darone, Gregory M.; Hmiel, Benjamin; Zhang, Jiliang; Saha, Shanta; Kirshenbaum, Kevin; Greene, Richard; Paglione, Johnpierre; Bobev, Svilen

    2013-05-01

    Fifteen ternary rare-earth metal gallium silicides have been synthesized using molten Ga as a molten flux. They have been structurally characterized by single-crystal and powder X-ray diffraction to form with three different structures—the early to mid-late rare-earth metals RE=La–Nd, Sm, Gd–Ho, Yb and Y form compounds with empirical formulae RE(GaxSi1–x)₂ (0.38≤x≤0.63), which crystallize with the tetragonal α-ThSi₂ structure type (space group I4₁/amd, No. 141; Pearson symbol tI12). The compounds of the late rare-earth crystallize with the orthorhombic α-GdSi₂ structure type (space group Imma, No. 74; Pearson symbol oI12), with refined empirical formula REGaxSi2–x–y (RE=Ho, Er, Tm; 0.33≤x≤0.40, 0.10≤y≤0.18). LuGa₀.₃₂₍₁₎Si₁.₄₃₍₁₎ crystallizes with the orthorhombic YbMn₀.₁₇Si₁.₈₃ structure type (space group Cmcm, No. 63; Pearson symbol oC24). Structural trends are reviewed and analyzed; the magnetic susceptibilities of the grown single-crystals are presented. - Graphical abstract: This article details the exploration of the RE–Ga–Si ternary system with the aim to systematically investigate the structural “boundaries” between the α-ThSi₂ and α-GdSi₂-type structures, and studies of the magnetic properties of the newly synthesized single-crystalline materials. Highlights: • Light rare-earth gallium silicides crystallize in α-ThSi₂ structure type. • Heavy rare-earth gallium silicides crystallize in α-GdSi₂ structure type. • LuGaSi crystallizes in a defect variant of the YbMn₀.₁₇Si₁.₈₃ structure type.

  18. Crystal structure and vibrational properties of RFe3(BO3)4 (R = Ce - Lu) ferroborate crystal: ab initio calculations

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

    2016-12-01

    The ab initio calculations of the crystal structure and lattice dynamics of ferroborate crystal family RFe3(BO3)4 (R = Ce, Pm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu), S.G. R32, has been carried out within the framework of the MO LCAO approach by using density functional theory and effective 4f-in-core pseudopotential for rare earth element. The fully optimized geometry as well as vibrational frequencies has been calculated.

  19. High-energy, ceramic-disk Yb:LuAG laser amplifier.

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    Siebold, M; Loeser, M; Roeser, F; Seltmann, M; Harzendorf, G; Tsybin, I; Linke, S; Banerjee, S; Mason, P D; Phillips, P J; Ertel, K; Collier, J C; Schramm, U

    2012-09-24

    We report the first short-pulse amplification results to several hundred millijoule energies in ceramic Yb:LuAG. We have demonstrated ns-pulse output from a diode-pumped Yb:LuAG amplifier at a maximum energy of 580 mJ and a peak optical-to-optical efficiency of 28% at 550 mJ. In cavity dumped operation of a nanosecond oscillator we obtained 1 mJ at up to 100 Hz repetition rate. A gain bandwidth of 5.4 nm was achieved at room temperature by measuring the small-signal single-pass gain. Furthermore, we compared our results with Yb:YAG within the same amplifier system.

  20. Investigation of the Energy-Transfer Mechanism in Ho(3+)- and Yb(3+)-Codoped Lu2O3 Phosphor with Efficient Near-Infrared Downconversion.

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    Xiang, Guotao; Ma, Yan; Zhou, Xianju; Jiang, Sha; Li, Li; Luo, Xiaobing; Hao, Zhendong; Zhang, Xia; Pan, Guo-Hui; Luo, Yongshi; Zhang, Jiahua

    2017-02-06

    A high-temperature solid-state method was used to synthesize the Ho(3+)- and Yb(3+)-codoped cubic Lu2O3 powders. The crystal structures of the as-prepared powders were characterized by X-ray diffraction. The energy-transfer (ET) phenomenon between Ho(3+) ions and Yb(3+) ions was verified by the steady-state spectra including visible and near-infrared (NIR) regions. Beyond that, the decay curves were also measured to certify the existence of the ET process. The downconversion phenomena appeared when the samples were excited by 446 nm wavelength corresponding to the transition of Ho(3+): (5)I8→(5)G6/(5)F1. On the basis of the analysis of the relationship between the initial transfer rate of Ho(3+): (5)F3 level and the Yb(3+) doping concentration, it indicates that the ET from (5)F3 state of Ho(3+) ions to (2)F5/2 state of Yb(3+) ions is mainly through a two-step ET process, not the long-accepted cooperative ET process. In addition, a 62% ET efficiency can be achieved in Lu2O3: 1% Ho(3+)/30% Yb(3+). Unlike the common situations in which the NIR photons are all emitted by the acceptors Yb(3+), the sensitizers Ho(3+) also make contributions to the NIR emission upon 446 nm wavelength excitation. Meanwhile, the (5)I5→(5)I8 transition and (5)F4/(5)S2→(5)I6 transition of Ho(3+) as well as the (2)F5/2→(2)F7/2 transition of Yb(3+) match well with the optimal spectral response of crystalline silicon solar cells. The current research indicates that Lu2O3: Ho(3+)/Yb(3+) is a promising material to improve conversion efficiency of crystalline silicon solar cell.

  1. Syntheses, structures, and vibrational spectroscopy of the two-dimensional iodates Ln(IO 3) 3 and Ln(IO 3) 3(H 2O) ( Lndbnd Yb, Lu)

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    Assefa, Zerihun; Ling, Jie; Haire, Richard G.; Albrecht-Schmitt, Thomas E.; Sykora, Richard E.

    2006-12-01

    The reaction of Lu 3+ or Yb 3+ and H 5IO 6 in aqueous media at 180 °C leads to the formation of Yb(IO 3) 3(H 2O) or Lu(IO 3) 3(H 2O), respectively, while the reaction of Yb metal with H 5IO 6 under similar reaction conditions gives rise to the anhydrous iodate, Yb(IO 3) 3. Under supercritical conditions Lu 3+ reacts with HIO 3 and KIO 4 to yield the isostructural Lu(IO 3) 3. The structures have been determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Crystallographic data are (Mo Kα, λ=0.71073 Å): Yb(IO 3) 3, monoclinic, space group P2 1/ n, a=8.6664(9) Å, b=5.9904(6) Å, c=14.8826(15) Å, β=96.931(2)°, V=766.99(13), Z=4, R( F)=4.23% for 114 parameters with 1880 reflections with I>2 σ( I); Lu(IO 3) 3, monoclinic, space group P2 1/ n, a=8.6410(9), b=5.9961(6), c=14.8782(16) Å, β=97.028(2)°, V=765.08(14), Z=4, R( F)=2.65% for 119 parameters with 1756 reflections with I>2 σ( I); Yb(IO 3) 3(H 2O), monoclinic, space group C2/ c, a=27.2476(15), b=5.6296(3), c=12.0157(7) Å, β=98.636(1)°, V=1822.2(2), Z=8, R( F)=1.51% for 128 parameters with 2250 reflections with I>2 σ( I); Lu(IO 3) 3(H 2O), monoclinic, space group C2/ c, a=27.258(4), b=5.6251(7), c=12.0006(16) Å, β=98.704(2)°, V=1818.8(4), Z=8, R( F)=1.98% for 128 parameters with 2242 reflections with I>2 σ( I). The f elements in all of the compounds are found in seven-coordinate environments and bridged with monodentate, bidentate, or tridentate iodate anions. Both Lu(IO 3) 3(H 2O) and Yb(IO 3) 3(H 2O) display distinctively different vibrational profiles from their respective anhydrous analogs. Hence, the Raman profile can be used as a complementary diagnostic tool to discern the different structural motifs of the compounds.

  2. 8.5  W mode-locked Yb:Lu1.5Y1.5Al5O12 laser with master oscillator power amplifiers.

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    Wang, Fuyong; Qin, Zhipeng; Xie, Guoqiang; Yuan, Peng; Qian, Liejia; Xu, Xiaodong; Xu, Jun

    2015-02-10

    We report on a diode-pumped passively mode-locked Yb:Lu(1.5)Y(1.5)Al(5)O(12) (Yb:LuYAG) laser for the first time to our knowledge. With the mixed crystal of Yb:LuYAG as gain medium, the mode-locked laser generated 2.2 W of average output power with a repetition rate of 83.9 MHz and pulse duration of 2.4 ps at the wavelength of 1030 nm. In order to obtain higher output power, the output from the mode-locked oscillator was further amplified to 8.5 W by two-stage single-pass amplifiers. The high-power picosecond laser is very useful for applications such as pumping of midinfrared optical parametric oscillators, material microprocessing, and UV light generation.

  3. Morphology evolution and pure red upconversion mechanism of β-NaLuF4 crystals

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

    2016-01-01

    A series of β-NaLuF4 crystals were synthesized via a hydrothermal method. Hexagonal phase microdisks, microprisms, and microtubes were achieved by simply changing the amount of citric acid in the initial reaction solution. Pure red upconversion (UC) luminescence can be observed in β-NaLuF4:Yb3+, Tm3+, Er3+ and Li+ doped β-NaLuF4:20% Yb3+, 1% Tm3+, 20% Er3+. Based on the rate equations, we report the theoretical model about the pure red UC mechanism in Yb3+/Tm3+/Er3+ doped system. It is proposed that the pure red UC luminescence is mainly ascribed to the energy transfer UC from Tm3+:3F4 → 3H6 to Er3+:4I11/2 → 4F9/2 and the cross-relaxation (CR) effect [Er3+:4S3/2 + 4I15/2 → 4I9/2 + 4I13/2] rather than the long-accepted mechanism [CR process among Er3+:4F7/2 + 4I11/2 → 4F9/2 + 4F9/2]. In addition, compared to the Li+-free counterpart, the pure red UC luminescence in β-NaLuF4:20% Yb3+, 1% Tm3+, 20% Er3+ with 15 mol% Li+ doping is enhanced by 13.7 times. This study provides a general and effective approach to obtain intense pure red UC luminescence, which can be applied to other synthetic strategies. PMID:27306720

  4. Morphology evolution and pure red upconversion mechanism of β-NaLuF4 crystals.

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

    2016-06-16

    A series of β-NaLuF4 crystals were synthesized via a hydrothermal method. Hexagonal phase microdisks, microprisms, and microtubes were achieved by simply changing the amount of citric acid in the initial reaction solution. Pure red upconversion (UC) luminescence can be observed in β-NaLuF4:Yb(3+), Tm(3+), Er(3+) and Li(+) doped β-NaLuF4:20% Yb(3+), 1% Tm(3+), 20% Er(3+). Based on the rate equations, we report the theoretical model about the pure red UC mechanism in Yb(3+)/Tm(3+)/Er(3+) doped system. It is proposed that the pure red UC luminescence is mainly ascribed to the energy transfer UC from Tm(3+):(3)F4 → (3)H6 to Er(3+):(4)I11/2 → (4)F9/2 and the cross-relaxation (CR) effect [Er(3+):(4)S3/2 + (4)I15/2 → (4)I9/2 + (4)I13/2] rather than the long-accepted mechanism [CR process among Er(3+):(4)F7/2 + (4)I11/2 → (4)F9/2 + (4)F9/2]. In addition, compared to the Li(+)-free counterpart, the pure red UC luminescence in β-NaLuF4:20% Yb(3+), 1% Tm(3+), 20% Er(3+) with 15 mol% Li(+) doping is enhanced by 13.7 times. This study provides a general and effective approach to obtain intense pure red UC luminescence, which can be applied to other synthetic strategies.

  5. CW and mode-locked operation of Yb(3+)-doped Lu3Al5O12 ceramic laser.

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    Nakao, Hiroaki; Shirakawa, Akira; Ueda, Ken-ichi; Yagi, Hideki; Yanagitani, Takagimi

    2012-07-02

    CW laser operation and first mode-locked laser operation of Yb:LuAG ceramic are reported. Efficient CW laser operation was obtained with maximum output power of 2.14 W and a 72% slope efficiency. Femtosecond mode-locked laser operation was achieved with pulse duration of 699 fs and a 200 mW average output power.

  6. The surface study of ReFeO3 (Re =Lu, Yb) thin films by X-ray Photoemission Spectroscopy and Density Function Calculation

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    Cao, Shi; Paudel, Tula; Sinha, Kishan; Jiang, Xuanyuan; Wang, Wenbin; Tsymbal, Evgeny; Xu, Xiaoshan; Dowben, Peter

    2015-03-01

    The rare-earth ferrites, ReFeO3, may have a large magneto-electric response, with high surface/interface polarization, thus the surfaces are of considerable interest. We have characterized the surfaces of hexagonal ReFeO3 (Re = Lu, Yb) and orthorhombic LuFeO3 thin films by angle resolved X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (ARXPS) and compared with density function theory (DFT). The surfaces will terminate in either Fe-O or Re-O depending on whether in the hexagonal or orthorhombic phase of the rare earth ferrite, but consistent with the expectations of DFT. The orthorhombic or hexagonal phases of these rare earth ferrites have the Fe in different crystal fields, which in turn affects the of Fe-O ligands. These changes in electronegativity are experimentally evident as differences in the Fe 2p core level photoemission satellite features. Surface preparation also effects surface termination and will be discussed.

  7. Study of the thermo-optical constants of Yb doped Y2O3, Lu2O3 and Sc2O3 ceramic materials.

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    Snetkov, Ilya L; Silin, Dmitry E; Palashov, Oleg V; Khazanov, Efim A; Yagi, Hideki; Yanagitani, Takagimi; Yoneda, Hitoki; Shirakawa, Akira; Ueda, Ken-Ichi; Kaminskii, Alexander A

    2013-09-09

    Thermally induced depolarization and thermal lens of three Konoshima Chemical Co. laser-ceramics samples Yb(3+):Lu(2)O(3)(C(Yb) ≈ 1.8 at.%), Yb(3+):Y(2)O(3)(C(Yb) ≈ 1.8 at.%), and Yb(3+):Sc(2)O(3) (C(Yb) ≈ 2.5 at.%) were measured in experiment at different pump power. The results allowed us to estimate the thermal conductivity of the investigated ceramic samples and compare their thermo-optical properties. The thermo-optical constants P and Q and its sign measured for these materials at the first time.

  8. Facile synthesis and multicolor luminescent properties of uniform Lu2O3:Ln (Ln=Eu3+, Tb3+, Yb3+/Er3+, Yb3+/Tm3+, and Yb3+/Ho3+) nanospheres.

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    Li, Rumin; Gai, Shili; Wang, Liuzhen; Wang, Jun; Yang, Piaoping

    2012-02-15

    Multicolor Lu(2)O(3):Ln (Ln=Eu(3+), Tb(3+), Yb(3+)/Er(3+), Yb(3+)/Tm(3+), and Yb(3+)/Ho(3+)) nanocrystals (NCs) with uniform spherical morphology 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 and differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA), and photoluminescence (PL) spectra as well as kinetic decays were employed to characterize these samples. The XRD results reveal that the as-prepared nanospheres can be well indexed to cubic Lu(2)O(3) phase with high purity. The SEM images show the obtained Lu(2)O(3):Ln samples consist of regular nanospheres with the mean diameter of 95 nm. And the possible formation mechanism is also proposed. Upon ultraviolet (UV) excitation, Lu(2)O(3):Ln (Ln=Eu(3+) and Tb(3+)) NCs exhibit bright red (Eu(3+), (5)D(0)→(7)F(2)), and green (Tb(3+), (5)D(4)→(7)F(5)) down-conversion (DC) emissions. Under 980 nm NIR irradiation, Lu(2)O(3):Ln (Ln=Yb(3+)/Er(3+), Yb(3+)/Tm(3+), and Yb(3+)/Ho(3+)) NCs display the typical up-conversion (UC) emissions of green (Er(3+), (4)S(3/2),(2)H(11/2)→(4)I(15/2)), blue (Tm(3+), (1)G(4)→(3)H(6)) and yellow-green (Ho(3+), (5)F(4), (5)S(2)→(5)I(8)), respectively.

  9. Spin reorientation, magnetization reversal, and negative thermal expansion observed in R F e0.5C r0.5O3 perovskites (R =Lu ,Yb ,Tm )

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    Pomiro, Fernando; Sánchez, Rodolfo D.; Cuello, Gabriel; Maignan, Antoine; Martin, Christine; Carbonio, Raúl E.

    2016-10-01

    Three members of the perovskite family R F e0.5C r0.5O3 (R =Lu ,Yb , and Tm) have been synthesized and characterized. A systematic study of the crystal and magnetic structures was performed by neutron powder diffraction combined with magnetization measurements. All these compounds crystallize in a Pbnm orthorhombic unit cell and they are already antiferromagnetic at room temperature. The study of the magnetic structure vs temperature showed the occurrence of a progressive spin reorientation from Γ4TM to Γ2TM for the transition metal sublattice, and in the Tm-based sample, a long-range magnetic order of the T m3 + sublattice was found (Γ8R) . These results are in excellent agreement with the magnetic susceptibility measurements. No spin reorientation is observed in the Lu-based sample for which a magnetization reversal at a compensation temperature Tcomp= 225 K was detected. A clear magnetostrictive effect was observed in the samples with R =Yb and Tm associated with a negative thermal expansion and was assigned to a magnetoelastic effect produced by repulsion between the magnetic moments of neighboring transition metal ions.

  10. LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Study of Yb3+-Yb3+ and Yb3+-Ce3+ energy transfer in Yb,Ce:CaGd4Si3O13 (Yb,Ce:CGS) crystals

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    Voroshilov, I. V.; Lebedev, V. A.; Gavrilenko, A. N.; Ignatiev, B. V.; Isaev, V. A.; Shestakov, A. V.

    2000-03-01

    The Yb radiative lifetime of 923 µs has been determined by the extrapolation to the zero concentration of Yb. Quenching of the Yb luminescence is observed in the Yb3+ ,Ce3+ :CaGd4 Si3 O13 (Yb,Ce:CGS) crystals due to their intrinsic defects and Ce3+ ions. The main quenching mechanism is the energy migration through Yb ions to the defects with a micro-parameter CDD (Yb-Yb) = 1.0 × 10-38 cm6 s-1 , and the Yb3+ icons/Journals/Common/to" ALT="to" ALIGN="TOP"/> Ce3+ energy transfer with a micro-parameter CDA = 5.5 × 10-44 cm6 s-1 .

  11. Syntheses, structures, and vibrational spectroscopy of the two-dimensional iodates Ln(IO{sub 3}){sub 3} and Ln(IO{sub 3}){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O) (Ln =Yb, Lu)

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    Assefa, Zerihun . E-mail: zassefa@ncat.edu; Ling Jie; Haire, Richard G.; Albrecht-Schmitt, Thomas E.; Sykora, Richard E. . E-mail: rsykora@jaguar1.usouthal.edu

    2006-12-15

    The reaction of Lu{sup 3+} or Yb{sup 3+} and H{sub 5}IO{sub 6} in aqueous media at 180 {sup o}C leads to the formation of Yb(IO{sub 3}){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O) or Lu(IO{sub 3}){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O), respectively, while the reaction of Yb metal with H{sub 5}IO{sub 6} under similar reaction conditions gives rise to the anhydrous iodate, Yb(IO{sub 3}){sub 3}. Under supercritical conditions Lu{sup 3+} reacts with HIO{sub 3} and KIO{sub 4} to yield the isostructural Lu(IO{sub 3}){sub 3}. The structures have been determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Crystallographic data are (MoK{alpha}, {lambda}=0.71073 A): Yb(IO{sub 3}){sub 3}, monoclinic, space group P2{sub 1}/n, a=8.6664(9) A, b=5.9904(6) A, c=14.8826(15) A, {beta}=96.931(2){sup o}, V=766.99(13), Z=4, R(F)=4.23% for 114 parameters with 1880 reflections with I>2{sigma}(I); Lu(IO{sub 3}){sub 3}, monoclinic, space group P2{sub 1}/n, a=8.6410(9), b=5.9961(6), c=14.8782(16) A, {beta}=97.028(2){sup o}, V=765.08(14), Z=4, R(F)=2.65% for 119 parameters with 1756 reflections with I>2{sigma}(I); Yb(IO{sub 3}){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O), monoclinic, space group C2/c, a=27.2476(15), b=5.6296(3), c=12.0157(7) A, {beta}=98.636(1){sup o}, V=1822.2(2), Z=8, R(F)=1.51% for 128 parameters with 2250 reflections with I>2{sigma}(I); Lu(IO{sub 3}){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O), monoclinic, space group C2/c, a=27.258(4), b=5.6251(7), c=12.0006(16) A, {beta}=98.704(2){sup o}, V=1818.8(4), Z=8, R(F)=1.98% for 128 parameters with 2242 reflections with I>2{sigma}(I). The f elements in all of the compounds are found in seven-coordinate environments and bridged with monodentate, bidentate, or tridentate iodate anions. Both Lu(IO{sub 3}){sub 3}(H and Yb(IO{sub 3}){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O) display distinctively different vibrational profiles from their respective anhydrous analogs. Hence, the Raman profile can be used as a complementary diagnostic tool to discern the different structural motifs of the compounds. - Graphical abstract: Four new metal iodates, Yb(IO{sub 3

  12. Indirect Production of No Carrier Added (NCA) (177)Lu from Irradiation of Enriched (176)Yb: Options for Ytterbium/Lutetium Separation.

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    Dash, Ashutosh; Chakravarty, Rubel; Knapp, Furn F Russ; Pillai, Ambikalmajan M R

    2015-01-01

    This article presents a concise review of the production of no-carrier-added (NCA) (177)Lu by the 'indirect' route by irradiating ytterbium-176 ((176)Yb)-enriched targets. The success of this production method depends on the ability to separate the microscopic amounts of NCA (177)Lu from bulk irradiated ytterbium targets. The presence of Yb(+3) from the target in the final processed (177)Lu will adversely affect the quality of (177)Lu by decreasing the specific activity and competing with Lu(+3) complexation since ytterbium will follow the same coordination chemistry. Ytterbium and lutetium are adjacent members of the lanthanide family with very similar chemical properties which makes the separation of one from the other a challenging task. This review provides a summary of the methods developed for the separation and purification of NCA (177)Lu from neutron irradiated (176)Yb-enriched targets, a critical assessment of recent developments and a discussion of the current status of this (177)Lu production method.

  13. Pressure-induced zircon-type to scheelite-type phase transitions in YbPO{sub 4} and LuPO{sub 4}

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    Zhang, F.X. Lang, M.; Ewing, R.C. Lian, J.; Wang, Z.W.; Hu, J.; Boatner, L.A.

    2008-10-15

    The tetragonal orthophosphates, YbPO{sub 4} and LuPO{sub 4}, were studied by in situ X-ray diffraction (XRD) at pressures up to 52 and 43 GPa, respectively. A reversible phase transition from the zircon structure-type to the scheelite structure-type was found at {approx}22 GPa for YbPO{sub 4} and 19 GPa for LuPO{sub 4}. Coinciding with the transition from the zircon structure-type to the scheelite structure-type, there is a {approx}10% reduction in volume and a significant increase in the bulk modulus for both compounds. - Graphical abstract: The tetragonal orthophosphates, YbPO{sub 4} and LuPO{sub 4}, show reversible phase transitions from the zircon structure-type to the scheelite structure-type at {approx}22 and 19 Gpa, respectively. Coinciding with the phase transition, there is a {approx}10% reduction in unit cell volume.

  14. Optical properties of NaLuF4: Yb3+: Tm3+/Ho3+ rare earth nanocrystals in microstructure hollow fiber

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    Zhang, Yundong; Li, Hui; Li, Hanyang; Wu, Yongfeng; Yu, Changqiu; Zhang, Tuo; Yuan, Ping

    2016-11-01

    In the present paper, we first demonstrate NaLuF4: Yb3+: Tm3+/Ho3+ rare earth nanocrystals in microstructure hollow fiber. An analysis of the intense blue upconversion emission at 450 and 475 nm in Tm3+/Yb3+ codoped NaLuF4 under excitation power 0.65W available from solid laser emitting at 980nm, has been undertaken. Fluorescence intensity ratio (FIR) variation of temperature-sensitive blue upconversion emission at 450and 475 nm in this material was recorded in the temperature range from 300 to 345 K. The maximum sensitivity derived from the FIR technique of the blue upconversion emission is approximately 0.005 K-1. The results imply that Tm3+/Yb3+ codoped NaLuF4 is a potential candidate for the optical temperature sensor.

  15. Fabrication of a novel nanocomposite Ag/graphene@SiO2-NaLuF4:Yb,Gd,Er for large enhancement upconversion luminescence.

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    Yin, Dongguang; Cao, Xianzhang; Zhang, Lu; Tang, Jingxiu; Huang, Wenfeng; Han, Yanlin; Wu, Minghong

    2015-06-28

    Upconversion nanocrystals have a lot of advantages over other fluorescent materials. However, their applications are still limited due to their comparatively low upconversion luminescence (UCL). In the present study, a novel nanocomposite of Ag/graphene@SiO2-NaLuF4:Yb,Gd,Er for enhancing UCL was fabricated successfully, and its morphology, crystalline phase, composition, and fluorescent property were investigated. It is interesting to find that the Ag/graphene@SiO2-NaLuF4:Yb,Gd,Er and Ag@SiO2-NaLuF4:Yb,Gd,Er nanocomposites showed high UCL enhancements of 52- and 10-fold compared to the control of Ag-free nanocomposite SiO2-NaLuF4:Yb,Gd,Er, respectively. The enhancement of 52-fold is greater than those reported in our previous studies and some papers. Moreover, the measured life times of the Ag-presented nanocrystals were longer than that of Ag-absent counterparts. These enhancements of UCL can be ascribed to the effect of metal-enhanced fluorescence, which is caused by the enhancement of the local electric field. The UCL intensity of Ag/graphene@SiO2-NaLuF4:Yb,Gd,Er was 5.2-fold higher than that of Ag@SiO2-NaLuF4:Yb,Gd,Er, indicating that graphene presented in the fabricated nanocomposite structure favors metal-enhanced UCL. The small-sized Ag nanoparticles anchored on the graphene sheet mutually enhanced each other's polarizability and surface plasmon resonance, resulting in a big metal-enhanced UCL. This study provides a new strategy for effectively enhancing the UCL of upconversion nanocrystals. The enhancement potentially increases the overall upconversion nanocrystal detectability for highly sensitive biological, medical, and optical detections.

  16. Pressure-Induced Zircon-Type to Scheelite-Type Phase Transition in Orthophosphates YbPO4 and LuPO4

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    Zhang, F.; Maik, L; Ewing, R; Lian, J; Wang, Z; Hu, J; Boatner, L

    2008-01-01

    The tetragonal orthophosphates, YbPO4 and LuPO4, were studied by in situ X-ray diffraction (XRD) at pressures up to 52 and 43 GPa, respectively. A reversible phase transition from the zircon structure-type to the scheelite structure-type was found at not, vert, similar22 GPa for YbPO4 and 19 GPa for LuPO4. Coinciding with the transition from the zircon structure-type to the scheelite structure-type, there is a not, vert, similar 10% reduction in volume and a significant increase in the bulk modulus for both compounds.

  17. Intermediate valence in single crystals of (Lu{sub 1−x}Y b{sub x}){sub 3}Rh{sub 4}Ge{sub 13} (0 ≤ x ≤ 1)

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    Rai, Binod K.; Morosan, E.

    2015-04-01

    Single crystals of (Lu{sub 1−x}Y b{sub x}){sub 3}Rh{sub 4}Ge{sub 13} were characterized by magnetization, specific heat, and electrical resistivity measurements. Doping Yb into the non-magnetic Lu{sub 3}Rh{sub 4}Ge{sub 13} compound tunes this cubic system’s properties from a superconductor with disordered metal normal state (x < 0.05) to a Kondo for 0.05 ≤ x ≤0.2 and intermediate valence at the highest Yb concentrations. The evidence for intermediate Yb valence comes from a broad maximum in the magnetic susceptibility and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Furthermore, the resistivity displays a local maximum at finite temperatures at intermediate compositions x, followed by apparent metallic behavior closest to the Yb end compound in the series.

  18. 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.

  19. Crystal growth and scintillation properties of Lu substituted CeBr3 single crystals

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    Ito, Tomoki; Yokota, Yuui; Kurosawa, Shunsuke; Král, Robert; Kamada, Kei; Pejchal, Jan; Ohashi, Yuji; Yoshikawa, Akira

    2016-10-01

    We grew Lu-substituted CeBr3 [(Ce1-xLux)Br3] crystals by a modified micro-pulling-down method to increase the effective atomic number and to investigate effects of the Lu substitution on the crystal growth, phase generation, chemical composition, and optical and scintillation properties. The (Ce1-xLux)Br3 crystals with x=0 and 0.01 had high transparency while the milky parts were generated in the crystals with x=0.05 and 0.20. By the analysis of chemical composition, the estimated Zeff increased to 47.9. On the other hand, the light yields were systematically decreased and decay times were increased with increasing Lu concentration.

  20. Synthesis of Multicolor Core/Shell NaLuF₄:Yb(3+)/Ln(3+)@CaF₂ Upconversion Nanocrystals.

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    Li, Hui; Hao, Shuwei; Yang, Chunhui; Chen, Guanying

    2017-02-07

    The ability to synthesize high-quality hierarchical core/shell nanocrystals from an efficient host lattice is important to realize efficacious photon upconversion for applications ranging from bioimaging to solar cells. Here, we describe a strategy to fabricate multicolor core @ shell α-NaLuF₄:Yb(3+)/Ln(3+)@CaF₂ (Ln = Er, Ho, Tm) upconversion nanocrystals (UCNCs) based on the newly established host lattice of sodium lutetium fluoride (NaLuF₄). We exploited the liquid-solid-solution method to synthesize the NaLuF₄ core of pure cubic phase and the thermal decomposition approach to expitaxially grow the calcium fluoride (CaF₂) shell onto the core UCNCs, yielding cubic core/shell nanocrystals with a size of 15.6 ± 1.2 nm (the core ~9 ± 0.9 nm, the shell ~3.3 ± 0.3 nm). We showed that those core/shell UCNCs could emit activator-defined multicolor emissions up to about 772 times more efficient than the core nanocrystals due to effective suppression of surface-related quenching effects. Our results provide a new paradigm on heterogeneous core/shell structure for enhanced multicolor upconversion photoluminescence from colloidal nanocrystals.

  1. Influence of precipitant solution pH on the structural, morphological and upconversion luminescent properties of Lu 2O 3:2%Yb, 0.2%Tm nanopowders

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    Li, Li; Xiaochun, Wang; xiantao, Wei; Yonghu, Chen; Changxin, Guo; Min, Yin

    2011-02-01

    Lutetium oxide nanopowders codoped with Tm 3+ and Yb 3+ were synthesized by the reverse-strike co-precipitation method. Effects of precipitant solution pH on the structural, morphological and upconversion luminescent properties of Lu 2O 3:2%Yb, 0.2%Tm nanopowders had been investigated. The results show that pH value of the precipitant (NH 4HCO 3) solution has a significant effect on the particle size, morphology and upconversion emission intensity of the Lu 2O 3:2%Yb, 0.2%Tm nanopowders. All the samples obtained from different pH value of precipitant solution can be readily indexed to pure cubic phase of Lu 2O 3, indicating good crystallinity. The upconversion emission intensity of Lu 2O 3:2%Yb, 0.2%Tm nanopowders obtained from the precipitant solution with pH=11 is the strongest. The enhancement of the upconversion luminescence is suggested to be the consequence of reducing the number of OH - groups and the enlarged nanopowder size. The strong blue, weak red and near infrared emissions from the prepared nanopowders were observed under 980 nm laser excitation, and attributed to the 1G 4→ 3H 6, 1G 4→ 3F 4 and 3H 4→ 3H 6 transitions of Tm 3+ ion, respectively.

  2. 42  W femtosecond Yb:Lu2O3 regenerative amplifier.

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    Caracciolo, E; Pirzio, F; Kemnitzer, M; Gorjan, M; Guandalini, A; Kienle, F; Agnesi, A; Aus Der Au, J

    2016-08-01

    We report on a femtosecond high-power regenerative amplifier based on Yb:Lu2O3. Exploiting the excellent thermo-mechanical properties of this material, we were able to achieve up to 64.5 W in continuous-wave regime, limited only by the available pump power. In pulsed operation, 42 W of average output power at a repetition rate of 500 kHz with 780 fs long pulses could be demonstrated, resulting in a pulse peak power of ∼100  MW. The spectrum was centered at 1034 nm with an FWHM of 2.4 nm, potentially allowing for even shorter pulses. At the maximum output power the beam was nearly TEM00, with an M2 value of 1.2 in both axes.

  3. Study of 57 Fe Mössbauer effect in RFe2Zn20 ( R = Lu, Yb, Gd)

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    Bud’ko, Sergey L.; Kong, Tai; Ma, Xiaoming; ...

    2015-08-04

    In this document we report measurements of 57Fe Mössbauer spectra for RFe2Zn20 (R = Lu, Yb, Gd) from ~ 4.5 K to room temperature. The obtained isomer shift values are very similar for all three compounds, their temperature dependence was analyzed within the Debye model and resulted in an estimate of the Debye temperatures of 450-500 K. The values of quadrupole splitting at room temperature change with the cubic lattice constant a in a linear fashion. For GdFe2Zn20, ferromagnetic order is seen as an appearance of a sextet in the spectra. The 57Fe site hyperfine field for T → 0more » was evaluated to be ~ 2.4 T.« less

  4. Study of 57Fe Mössbauer effect in RFe2Zn20 ( R = Lu, Yb, Gd)

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    Bud’ko, Sergey L.; Kong, Tai; Ma, Xiaoming; ...

    2015-08-04

    In this document we report measurements of 57Fe Mössbauer spectra for RFe2Zn20 (R = Lu, Yb, Gd) from ~ 4.5 K to room temperature. The obtained isomer shift values are very similar for all three compounds, their temperature dependence was analyzed within the Debye model and resulted in an estimate of the Debye temperatures of 450-500 K. The values of quadrupole splitting at room temperature change with the cubic lattice constant a in a linear fashion. For GdFe2Zn20, ferromagnetic order is seen as an appearance of a sextet in the spectra. The 57Fe site hyperfine field for T → 0more » was evaluated to be ~ 2.4 T.« less

  5. Synthesis, Structures, and Vibrational Spectroscopy of the Two-Dimensional Iodates Ln(IO)3 and Ln(IO3)3(H2O) (Ln-Yb,Lu)

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    Assefa, Zerihun; Ling, Jie; Haire, Richard {Dick} G; Albrecht-Schmitt, Thomas E.; Sykora, Richard E.

    2006-01-01

    The reaction of Lu3+ or Yb3+ and H5IO6 in aqueous media at 180 C leads to the formation of Yb(IO3)3(H2O) or Lu(IO3)3(H2O), respectively, while the reaction of Yb metal with H5IO6 under similar reaction conditions gives rise to the anhydrous iodate, Yb(IO3)3. Under supercritical conditions Lu3+ reacts with HIO3 and KIO4 to yield the isostructural Lu(IO3)3. The structures have been determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Crystallographic data are (MoKa, {lambda}=0.71073 {angstrom}): Yb(IO3)3, monoclinic, space group P21/n, a=8.6664(9) {angstrom}, b=5.9904(6) {angstrom}, c=14.8826(15) {angstrom}, {beta}=96.931(2){sup o}, V=766.99(13), Z=4, R(F)=4.23% for 114 parameters with 1880 reflections with I>2s(I); Lu(IO3)3, monoclinic, space group P21/n, a=8.6410(9), b=5.9961(6), c=14.8782(16) {angstrom}, {beta}=97.028(2){sup o}, V=765.08(14), Z=4, R(F)=2.65% for 119 parameters with 1756 reflections with I>2s(I); Yb(IO3)3(H2O), monoclinic, space group C2/c, a=27.2476(15), b=5.6296(3), c=12.0157(7) {angstrom}, {beta}=98.636(1){sup o}, V=1822.2(2), Z=8, R(F)=1.51% for 128 parameters with 2250 reflections with I>2s(I); Lu(IO3)3(H2O), monoclinic, space group C2/c, a=27.258(4), b=5.6251(7), c=12.0006(16) {angstrom}, {beta}=98.704(2){sup o}, V=1818.8(4), Z=8, R(F)=1.98% for 128 parameters with 2242 reflections with I>2s(I). The f elements in all of the compounds are found in seven-coordinate environments and bridged with monodentate, bidentate, or tridentate iodate anions. Both Lu(IO3)3(H2O) and Yb(IO3)3(H2O) display distinctively different vibrational profiles from their respective anhydrous analogs. Hence, the Raman profile can be used as a complementary diagnostic tool to discern the different structural motifs of the compounds.

  6. 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.).

  7. Near-infrared to visible upconversion in Tm3+ and Yb3+ codoped Lu2O3 nanocrystals synthesized by hydrothermal method.

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    Li, Li; Zhang, Xingli; Wei, Xiantao; Wang, Guangchuan; Guo, Changxin

    2014-06-01

    Lutetium oxide nanocrystals codoped with Tm3+ and Yb3+ have been successfully synthesized via adjusting the pH values of the precursor solution in a hydrothermal method followed by a subsequent calcination process. The samples were systematically characterized by X-ray diffraction, field-emission scanning microscopy, Fourier transform infrared transmittance spectroscopy, and upconversion luminescent spectra. The experimental results show that the pH values of the precursor solution have great effects on the structural, morphological, and upconversion luminescent properties of Lu2O3:2%Yb3+, 0.2%Tm3+ nanocrystals. The as-formed lutetium oxide precursors could transform to cubic Lu2O3 with the same morphology and a slight shrinkage in size after a calcination process. The upconversion emission intensity of Lu2O3:2%Yb3+, 0.2%Tm3+ nanocrystals obtained from the precursor solution with pH = 9 is the strongest. The enhancement of the upconversion luminescence is suggested to be the consequence of reducing the number of OH- groups and the enlarged nanocrystals size. Strong blue and weak red emissions from the prepared nanocrystals were observed under 980 nm laser excitation, which were attributed to the 1G4 --> 3H6 and 1G4 --> 3F4 transitions of Tm3+ ion, respectively.

  8. 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.

  9. Comparison of LuAP and LuYAP crystal properties from statistically significant batches produced with two different growth methods

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    Trummer, J.; Auffray, E.; Lecoq, P.; Petrosyan, A.; Sempere-Roldan, P.

    2005-10-01

    Measurements of the light yield, decay time and transmission were carried out on LuAP:Ce and mixed LuYAP:Ce crystals, which are new scintillation materials considered for Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and are used in the ClearPET™ [Auffray et al., Nucl. Sci. Methods A 527 (2004) 171 [15

  10. Flux growth of MBO3 (M=Fe, Ga, In, Sc, Lu) single crystals

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    Ovchinnikov, S. G.; Rudenko, V. V.

    2016-12-01

    The temperatures for saturation of the MBO3 (M=Fe, Ga, In, Sc, Lu) compounds in the M2O3-B2O3- (70 PbO-30 PbF2, wt%) solvents are determined. The growth rates of FeBO3 and GaBO3 crystal faces as functions of the flux supercooling are obtained. It is demonstrated that the bulk FeBO3 and GaBO3 crystals can be grown in a narrow flux supercooling range using a controlled seeding technique. The MBO3 (M=In, Sc, Lu) crystals in the form of (111) plates are synthesized by spontaneous crystallization.

  11. Influence of other rare earth ions on the optical refrigeration efficiency in Yb:YLF crystals.

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    Di Lieto, Alberto; Sottile, Alberto; Volpi, Azzurra; Zhang, Zhonghan; Seletskiy, Denis V; Tonelli, Mauro

    2014-11-17

    We investigated the effect of rare earth impurities on the cooling efficiency of Yb³⁺:LiYF₄ (Yb:YLF). The refrigeration performance of two single crystals, doped with 5%-at. Yb and with identical history but with different amount of contaminations, have been compared by measuring the cooling efficiency curves. Spectroscopic and elemental analyses of the samples have been carried out to identify the contaminants, to quantify their concentrations and to understand their effect on the cooling efficiencies. A model of energy transfer processes between Yb and other rare earth ions is suggested, identifying Erbium and Holmium as elements that produce a detrimental effect on the cooling performance.

  12. Synthesis and characterization of KY3F10:Yb:Nd:Tm crystals

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    Silva, H. M.; Courrol, L. C.; Gomes, L.; Bertram, R.; Baldochi, S. L.; Ranieri, I. M.

    2010-11-01

    Energy transfer processes that generate thulium blue and ultraviolet emissions by upconversion were studied in KY3F10:Tm (KY3F:Tm), using Nd3+ and Yb3+ as sensitizers of Tm3+. The upconversion mechanisms were determined by exciting into the Nd and Tm absorption bands with a diode laser at 797nm. It was observed that the intensity of the Tm3+ blue and ultraviolet emissions in 484, 453, 366 and 350 nm were very dependent of the Yb3+ concentration in the samples, confirming that the main energy transfer processes involve Nd3+ and Yb3+ ions. KY3F10:Nd (1.3 mol%):Tm (0.5 mol%) crystals codoped with 5, 10, 20 and 30 mol% Yb were prepared by slow cooling from the melt, to establish the optimal Yb concentration that maximizes the Nd3+→Yb3+→Tm3+ energy transfer.

  13. Energy enhancement of mixed Nd:LuYSGG crystal in passively Q-switched lasers.

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    Wang, Baolin; Tian, Li; Yu, Haohai; Zhang, Huaijin; Wang, Jiyang

    2015-07-01

    The continuous-wave (cw) and passively Q-switched laser performances of mixed Nd:Lu(2)YSc(1.5)Ga(3.5)O(12) (Nd:LuYSGG) crystal at 1.06 μm were reported for the first time. The cw output power reached 4.39 W at the absorbed pump power of 10.34 W with slope efficiency of 48.0%. With a Cr(4+):YAG crystal as both the saturable absorber and output coupler, a passively Q-switched laser was realized with the maximum average output power of 1.43 W and slope efficiency of 21.0%. The shortest pulse width, largest pulse energy, and highest peak power were 4.1 ns, 157.1 μJ, and 38.3 kW, respectively. Compared with Nd:Lu(3)Sc(1.5)Ga(3.5)O(12) (Nd:LuSGG) crystal, the pulse energy and peak power are enhanced over more than two times for Nd:LuYSGG. The results show that Nd:LuYSGG crystal is a promising laser material with large energy storage capacities and suitable for the application of pulsed lasers with shorter pulses and larger energies.

  14. New Yb-doped crystals for high-power and ultrashort lasers

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    Druon, F.; Boudeile, J.; Zaouter, Y.; Hanna, M.; Balembois, F.; Georges, P.; Petit, J.; Goldner, P.; Viana, B.

    2006-09-01

    Since the beginning of the 90's, Titanium Sapphire has become the crystal of choice for the development of ultrashort laser system producing very short and powerful pulses using the Chirped Pulse Amplification technique. In parallel to these developments leading to commercial products, new laser crystals have been studied in order to reach directly other wavelength range and to overcome the need to develop cw or pulsed green laser to pump the Titanium Sapphire crystal. In order to be able to directly pump the crystals with very efficient and high power semiconductor laser, new crystals doped with ytterbium ions have been developed. Actually, in the field of femtosecond lasers, an intense interest has been shown for ytterbium-doped laser-crystals. These crystals are now well-known to be particularly suitable for very efficient, directly-diode-pumped, solid state femtosecond oscillators. However, it has been shown that the spectral properties of the Yb 3+ dopant strongly depend on the matrix host and a lot of works have been done to find the "ideal" matrix allowing both ultrashort-pulsed and high-power lasers. Firstly, in order to take advantage of the very high-power laser diodes available to pump Yb-doped materials, ideal crystals need to be able to hold high power pumping; so high thermal conductivity is required (>5W/m/K, typically). Secondly, to generate very short pulses (<100 fs) ideal crystals have to demonstrate very broad and smooth spectra. Among the numerous Yb-doped crystals already studied, many failed with one of these two contradictory criteria (contradictory because broad spectra are often synonymous of high disorder in the host lattice and the good thermal conductivity requires an ordered matrix to allow good propagation of phonons). In this paper, we are relating the performance of a new Yb-doped crystal: Yb:CaGdAlO4 (Yb:CALGO) and how it takes place in this quest of "ideal" crystal. Actually, this very new crystal allowed, to our best knowledge

  15. Synthesis of NaLuF4:Er3+, Yb3+, Ce3+ nanoparticles and study of photoluminescent properties in C - band

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    Khaydukov, K. V.; Rocheva, V. V.; Savelyev, A. G.; Sarycheva, M. E.; Asharchuk, I. M.

    2016-12-01

    The novel core@shell nanocrystals β-NaLuF4@NaLuF4 co-doped with rare-earth ions Er3+, Yb3+, Ce3+ have been synthesized. The nano-particles indicate the intensive lines of anti-Stokes luminescence in the telecommunication C - band of spectrum when pumped at 970-980 nm. The nanoparticles have been characterized by transmission electron microscopy and spectrofluorimetry. The nanoparticles have a size 40-80 nm and possess the intensive photo-luminescence 73 nm bandwidth centered around 1530 nm. The photo-luminescence kinetics of β-NaLuF4: Er3+/ Yb3+/ Ce3+ has been studied in IR range of spectrum. We have demonstrated that doping with cerium ions prevents serial stepwise excitation of erbium ions. Consequently, the lifetime of transition in erbium 4I13/2→4I15/2 has risen up to 6.9 ms. Intensity of 1530 nm line in Er3+ ions excited at 980 nm has been increased up to 6 times. Therefore, the nanoparticles are applicable to fabrication of compact waveguide amplifiers for C - band.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Synthesis of a New Cubic Conductive Cu6O8-yMX (M=Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu, X=NO3, Cl) Family

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    Sugise, Ryoji; Ohdan, Kyoji; Hamamoto, Toshikazu; Kashiwagi, Kouichi; Shirai, Masashi; Yazawa, Ichiro; Ihara, Hideo

    1993-07-01

    A new cubic Cu6O8-yMX family (M=Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu, X=NO3, Cl) was prepared. These compounds showed metallic resistivity and paramagnetism. The Cu6O8-yMX compounds could be easily synthesized when a trivalent metal element (M) whose oxide (M2O3) has a cubic Tl2O3-type structure was used. These compounds were prepared in the thermal decomposition process of a mixed copper nitrate, copper chloride and metal element oxide solution. The lattice constants of the Cu6O8-yMX compounds were related to those of M2O3.

  19. Method for preparing high specific activity 177Lu

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    Mirzadeh, Saed; Du, Miting; Beets, Arnold L.; Knapp, Jr., Furn F.

    2004-04-06

    A method of separating lutetium from a solution containing Lu and Yb, particularly reactor-produced .sup.177 Lu and .sup.177 Yb, includes the steps of: providing a chromatographic separation apparatus containing LN resin; loading the apparatus with a solution containing Lu and Yb; and eluting the apparatus to chromatographically separate the Lu and the Yb in order to produce high-specific-activity .sup.177 Yb.

  20. Energy transfer rates of KY3F10:Yb:Nd:Tm crystals

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    Courrol, L. C.; Linhares, H. M. S. M. D.; Librantz, A. F. H.; Baldochi, S. L.; Gomes, L.; Ranieri, I. M.

    2010-11-01

    In this work we present the spectroscopic properties of KY3F10 (KY3F) single crystals doped with thulium and also co-doped with ytterbium and/or neodymium, KY3F:Yb:Nd:Tm and KY3F:Nd:Tm. The most important processes that lead to the thulium up conversion emissions were identified. The absorption spectra of the samples were measured at room temperature in the range of 200 nm-1200 nm. The emission spectra were obtained by exciting the samples with a 797 nm laser diode and were analyzed using a lock-in amplifier technique. A time-resolved luminescence spectroscopy technique was employed to measure the luminescence decays and to determine the mechanisms involved in the energy transfer up-conversion processes. Analysis of the energy transfer processes dynamics in KY3F:Yb:Tm:Nd crystal, using selective pulsed-laser excitations, shows that the energy transfer from Nd3+ to Yb3+ ions is the mechanism responsible for the enhancement of the blue up-conversion efficiency when compared with the Yb:Tm system. In the case of KY3F:Nd:Tm it is observed emissions at 350, 355 and 452 nm excited by an additional Yb:Tm step cross relaxation, Yb (2F5/2) : Tm (1G4) that populates the 1D2 (Tm3+) excited level. A study of the energy transfer processes in KY3F:Yb:Tm:Nd crystal showed that the 1G4 excited level is mainly populated by the sequence of two nonradiative energy processes that starts well after the Nd3+ and Tm3+ excitation at 797nm: Nd (4F3/2) → Yb (2F7/2) followed by Yb (2F5/2) → Tm (3H4) → Tm (1G4).

  1. Up-conversion in YLF:Yb3+,Tm3+ laser crystals

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    Tkachuk, Alexandra M.; Razumova, Irene K.; Joubert, Maria-France; Moncorge, Richard

    1998-12-01

    We have studied the Yb3+ (reversible reaction) Tm3+ nonradiative energy transfer processes responsible for population of the 1G4 thulium level under Yb3+ or Tm3+ selective laser excitation of YLF:Tm3+,Yb3+ crystal. The microparameters and the rates of the energy transfer via cross-relaxation schemes are determined. It is concluded that the process of populating the 1G4 thulium level is greatly affected by up-conversion processes not only from the 3H4 but also from the 3F4 level, proceeding within the static decay model.

  2. 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

  3. Hydrothermal synthesis of NaLuF4:153Sm,Yb,Tm nanoparticles and their application in dual-modality upconversion luminescence and SPECT bioimaging.

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    Yang, Yang; Sun, Yun; Cao, Tianye; Peng, Juanjuan; Liu, Ying; Wu, Yongquan; Feng, Wei; Zhang, Yingjian; Li, Fuyou

    2013-01-01

    Upconversion luminescence (UCL) properties and radioactivity have been integrated into NaLuF(4):(153)Sm,Yb,Tm nanoparticles by a facile one-step hydrothermal method, making these nanoparticles potential candidates for UCL and single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) dual-modal bioimaging in vivo. The introduction of small amount of radioactive (153)Sm(3+) can hardly vary the upconversion luminescence properties of the nanoparticles. The as-designed nanoparticles showed very low cytotoxicity, no obvious tissue damage in 7 days, and excellent in vitro and in vivo performances in dual-modal bioimaging. By means of a combination of UCL and SPECT imaging in vivo, the distribution of the nanoparticles in living animals has been studied, and the results indicated that these particles were mainly accumulated in the liver and spleen. Therefore, the concept of (153)Sm(3+)/Yb(3+)/Tm(3+) co-doped NaLuF(4) nanoparticles for UCL and SPECT dual-modality imaging in vivo of whole-body animals may serve as a platform for next-generation probes for ultra-sensitive molecular imaging from the cellular scale to whole-body evaluation. It also introduces an easy methodology to quantify in vivo biodistribution of nanomaterials which still needs further understanding as a community.

  4. Characterization of Pr:LuAG scintillating crystals for X-ray spectroscopy

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    Bertoni, R.; Bonesini, M.; Cervi, T.; Clemenza, M.; De Bari, A.; Falcone, A.; Mazza, R.; Menegolli, A.; Nastasi, M.; Rossella, M.

    2016-07-01

    The main features of the Pr doped Lu3Al5O12 (Pr:LuAG) scintillating crystals for X-ray spectroscopy applications have been studied using different radioactive sources and photo-detectors. Pr:LuAG is cheaper, compared to a Germanium detector, but with remarkable properties which make it useful for many applications, from fundamental physics measurements to the PET imaging for medical purposes: high density, elevate light yield, fast response, high energy resolution, no hygroscopicity. A sample of Pr:LuAG crystals with 14 mm×14 mm surface area and 13 mm thickness and a NaI crystal of the same surface and 26 mm thickness used as a reference have been characterized with several radioactive sources, emitting photons in the range 100-1000keV. Different light detectors were adopted for the Pr:LuAG studies, sensitive to its UV emission (peak at 310 nm): a 3 in. PMT (Hamamatsu R11065) and new arrays of Hamamatsu SiPM S13361, with siliconic resin as a window. Preliminary results are presented on the performance of the Pr:LuAG crystals, to be mounted in a 2 × 2 array to be tested in the 2015 run of the FAMU experiment at RIKEN-RAL muon facility. The goal is the detection of the X-rays (around 130 keV) emitted during the de-excitation processes of the muonic hydrogen after the excitation with an IR laser with wavelength set at the resonance of the hyperfine splitting, to measure the muonic atom proton radius with unprecedented precision.

  5. Tb3+-Yb3+ cooperative down and up conversion processes in Tb0.81Ca0.19F2.81:Yb3+ single crystals

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    Molina, P.; Vasyliev, V.; Víllora, E. G.; Shimamura, K.

    2011-12-01

    The energy transfer processes between Tb3+ and Yb3+ ions are studied in Tb-based fluoride single crystals. These are very transparent from the UV to the IR wavelength regions, except for the characteristic absorption lines of the rare-earth ions under study. In contrast with previously reported Tb3+-doped glasses and oxide powders, these crystals containing a high Tb3+ concentration present two major advantages for the study of the energy transfer processes in the Tb3+-Yb3+ ion pair. Firstly, the adverse influence of host defects is minimized with the use of high quality crystals. Secondly, the high Tb3+ concentration guarantees a much higher absorption cross-section of UV light, and consequently these crystals have real potential for practical applications. Photoluminescence spectra in the visible-IR wavelength region demonstrate the existence of efficient down and up conversion processes by crossed excitation and emission characteristics of Tb3+ and Yb3+ ions. In the down conversion process, Tb3+(5D4) → 2Yb3+(2F5/2), two IR photons are emitted for each Tb3+ ion deexcited by second-order energy transfer to two Yb3+ ions. The total quantum efficiency of the down conversion process in the fluoride system is shown to increase linearly with the Yb3+ concentration, reaching its maximum at the Yb3+ solubility limit in the fluoride host. Further, efficient up conversion by two- and three-IR photon absorption is observed.

  6. [Study on Spectral Characteristics of Two Kinds of Home-Made Novel Yb-Doped Fluoride Laser Crystals].

    PubMed

    Xu, Wen-bin; Chai, Lu; Shi, Jun-kai; Song, You-jian; Hu, Ming-lie; Wang, Qing-yue; Su, Liang-bi; Jiang, Da-peng; Xu, Jun

    2015-09-01

    Yb-doped fluoride crystals are of important another Yb-doped laser materials besides Yb-doped oxide, which are becoming one of interests for developing tunable lasers and ultrafast lasers. In this paper, the systematic and contrastive experiments of the optical spectral characteristics are presented for two types of home-made novel Yb-doped fluoride laser crystals, namely, Yb-doped CaF2-SrF2 mixed crystal and co-doped Yb, Y:CaF2 single crystal. The fluorescent features of Yb-doped CaF2-SrF2 mixed crystal and co-doped Yb, Y:CaF2 single crystal are apparently different by the fluorescence experiment. The physical mechanism of these fluorescence spectra were analyzed and proposed. The influence of doping concentrations of active Yb(3+) ions or co-doping Y ions on the absorption of Yb-doped CaF2-SrF2 mixed crystal and co-doped Yb, Y:CaF2 single crystal was experimentally investigated, and the optimal values of doping concentrations of active Yb(3+) ions or co-doping Y ions in the two types of fluoride laser crystals were obtained. Continuous-wave laser operation for the two novel fluoride laser crystals has been achieved in three-mirror-folded resonator using a laser diode as the pump source. Therein, the laser operation for the co-doped Yb, Y:CaF2 crystal is demonstrated for the first time. For the two types of fluoride laser crystals (four samples), the input-output power relational curves, the optical slope efficiencies and the laser spectra were demonstrated by the laser experiments. By comparisons between the two types of fluoride laser crystals in the absorbability, fluorescence and laser spectra, laser threshold and slope efficiency of the continuous-wave laser operation, the results show that the best one of the four samples in spectral and laser characteristics is co-doped 3at%Yb, 6at% Y:CaF2 single crystal, which has an expected potential in the application. The research results provide available references for improving further laser performance of Yb

  7. Three-phonon stimulated Raman scattering in an orthorhombic LuAlO3 crystal

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    Kaminskii, A. A.

    2016-12-01

    High-order stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) has been revealed in a LuAlO3 crystal upon stationary picosecond laser excitation. All recorded Stokes and anti-Stokes χ(3)-nonlinear laser components are attributed to three SRS-promoting A g vibrational modes of its octahedral anionic units (AlO3)-3.

  8. A deeper insight into (Lu,Y)AG:Pr scintillator crystals

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    Drozdowski, W.; Wojtowicz, A. J.; Brylew, K.; Łachmański, W.; Talik, E.; Szubka, M.; Kusz, J.; Guzik, A.; Balin, K.; Kisielewski, J.; Świrkowicz, M.; Pajączkowska, A.

    2017-02-01

    Interior of Czochralski-grown (Lu,Y)AG:Pr crystals has been examined by means of several techniques, such as X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, X-Ray Diffraction, Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry, and magnetic susceptibility measurements. Additionally, their luminescence has been monitored at various combinations of a double-beam (X-ray/IR) excitation.

  9. Effects of gamma-irradiation and air annealing on Yb-doped Y3Al5O12 single crystal.

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    Zeng, Xionghui; Xu, Xiaodong; Wang, Xiaodan; Zhao, Zhiwei; Zhao, Guangjun; Xu, Jun

    2008-03-01

    The effects of gamma-irradiation on the air-annealed 10at.% Yb:Y(3)Al(5)O(12) (YAG) and air annealing on the gamma-irradiated 10at.% Yb:YAG have been studied by the difference absorption spectra before and after treatment. The gamma-irradiation and air annealing led to opposite changes of the absorption properties of the Yb:YAG crystal. After air annealing, the gamma-irradiation induced centers were totally removed and the concentration of Fe(3+) and Yb(3+) were lightly increased. For the first time, the gamma-irradiation induced valence changes between Yb(3+) and Yb(2+) ions in Yb:YAG crystals have been observed.

  10. Spectroscopy and laser performance of Nd:Lu_2O_3 crystal

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    Hao, Liangzhen; Wu, Kui; Cong, Hengjiang; Yu, Haohai; Zhang, Huaijin; Wang, Zhengping; Wang, Jiyang

    2011-08-01

    The spectra of Nd3+:Lu2O3 crystal have been examined at room temperature. Judd-Ofelt theory was applied to calculate the spectral parameters of the crystal. With a laser diode as pump source, a continuous-wave laser output power of 2.81 W is achieved, which is the highest value ever reported in this crystals to our knowledge, and its wavelength is also found to be dual-wavelength. Because of the emission cross-section at 1076 nm and 1080 nm are almost identical, laser oscillation for such two wavelengths can be obtained simultaneously. All the properties show that Nd:Lu2O3 is an excellent crystal for laser applications.

  11. Enhancement of red upconversion emission of cubic phase NaLuF{sub 4}: Yb{sup 3+}/Ho{sup 3+}/Ce{sup 3+} nanocrystals

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    Gao, Wei Dong, Jun Liu, Jihong; Yan, Xuewen

    2016-08-15

    Highlights: • The upconversion emission of Ho{sup 3+} ions was tuned from green to red. • The upconversion mechanism of Ho{sup 3+} ions was discussed based on emission spectrum. • The conversion efficiency between Ho{sup 3+} and Ce{sup 3+} were studied and calculated. - Abstract: The red upconversion emission of lanthanide-doped fluoride nanocrystals have great potential applications in color display and anticounterfeiting applications, especially for biological imaging and biomedical. In this work, a significant enhancement of red upconversion emission of Ho{sup 3+} ions was successfully obtained in the cubic phase NaLuF{sub 4} nanocrystals through codoping Ce{sup 3+} ions under NIR 980 nm excitation. The ratio of red-to-green emission of Ho{sup 3+} ions was enhanced about 10-fold, which is due to two efficient cross relaxation processes derived from Ho{sup 3+} and Ce{sup 3+} ions promoted the red emission and quenched the green emission. The upconversion emission and luminescent colors of NaLuF{sub 4}: Yb{sup 3+}/Ho{sup 3+} nanocrystals were carefully investigated by a confocal microscopy setup. The possible upconversion emission mechanism and conversion efficiency of cross relaxation between Ho{sup 3+} and Ce{sup 3+} ions were discussed in detail. The current study suggests that strong red emission of NaLuF{sub 4}: Yb{sup 3+}/Ho{sup 3+}/Ce{sup 3+} nanomaterials can be used for color display and anticounterfeiting techniques.

  12. Synthesis of Multicolor Core/Shell NaLuF4:Yb3+/Ln3+@CaF2 Upconversion Nanocrystals

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    Li, Hui; Hao, Shuwei; Yang, Chunhui; Chen, Guanying

    2017-01-01

    The ability to synthesize high-quality hierarchical core/shell nanocrystals from an efficient host lattice is important to realize efficacious photon upconversion for applications ranging from bioimaging to solar cells. Here, we describe a strategy to fabricate multicolor core @ shell α-NaLuF4:Yb3+/Ln3+@CaF2 (Ln = Er, Ho, Tm) upconversion nanocrystals (UCNCs) based on the newly established host lattice of sodium lutetium fluoride (NaLuF4). We exploited the liquid-solid-solution method to synthesize the NaLuF4 core of pure cubic phase and the thermal decomposition approach to expitaxially grow the calcium fluoride (CaF2) shell onto the core UCNCs, yielding cubic core/shell nanocrystals with a size of 15.6 ± 1.2 nm (the core ~9 ± 0.9 nm, the shell ~3.3 ± 0.3 nm). We showed that those core/shell UCNCs could emit activator-defined multicolor emissions up to about 772 times more efficient than the core nanocrystals due to effective suppression of surface-related quenching effects. Our results provide a new paradigm on heterogeneous core/shell structure for enhanced multicolor upconversion photoluminescence from colloidal nanocrystals. PMID:28336867

  13. Comparison of the luminescent properties of LuAG:Pr nanopowders, crystals and films using synchrotron radiation

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    Gorbenko, V.; Zych, E.; Voznyak, T.; Nizankovskiy, S.; Zorenko, T.; Zorenko, Yu.

    2017-04-01

    Comparison of the luminescent properties of nanopowder, single crystal and single crystalline film of Pr3+ doped Pr-doped Lu3Al5O12 garnet (LuAG:Pr) prepared by the different technological methods is performed in this work using the time-resolved emission spectroscopy under excitation by synchrotron radiation with an energy of 3.7-25 eV at 300 K and 10 K. The notable differences in the properties of the Pr3+ luminescence are observed in LuAG:Pr crystals and films caused by involving the LuAl antisite defects and oxygen vacancies in crystals and Pb2+ flux related dopant in films in the excitation processes of the Pr3+ luminescence. At the same time, we have also found that the influence of host defects on the Pr3+ luminescence is significantly smaller in the LuAG:Pr nanopowders.

  14. Optical spectroscopy of Nd3+ in LiLuF4 single crystals

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    Zhao, Chengchun; Zhang, Lianhan; Hang, Yin; He, Xiaoming; Yin, Jigang; Hu, Pengchao; Chen, Guangzhu; He, Mingzhu; Huang, Huang; Zhu, Yongyuan

    2010-12-01

    The polarized absorption spectra, polarized fluorescence spectra and fluorescence decay curve of Nd3+ : LiLuF4 crystals are measured at room temperature. The peak absorption cross-sections are 6.944×10-20 cm2 and 1.664 × 10-20 cm2 at around 795 nm with full-width at half-maximum of 3.4 nm and 3.2 nm for π-polarization and σ-polarization, respectively. Based on Judd-Ofelt theory, the spectral parameters of Nd3+ in LiLuF4 crystals are investigated. The emission probabilities, branching ratio and radiative lifetime for the transitions from 4F3/2 are calculated. The radiative lifetime, fluorescence lifetime and quantum efficiency are 536 µs, 489 µs and 91%, respectively. Its spectroscopic parameters are also compared with those of some other important Nd3+-doped laser crystals.

  15. Origin of Quantum Criticality in Yb-Al-Au Approximant Crystal and Quasicrystal

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    Watanabe, Shinji; Miyake, Kazumasa

    2016-06-01

    To get insight into the mechanism of emergence of unconventional quantum criticality observed in quasicrystal Yb15Al34Au51, the approximant crystal Yb14Al35Au51 is analyzed theoretically. By constructing a minimal model for the approximant crystal, the heavy quasiparticle band is shown to emerge near the Fermi level because of strong correlation of 4f electrons at Yb. We find that charge-transfer mode between 4f electron at Yb on the 3rd shell and 3p electron at Al on the 4th shell in Tsai-type cluster is considerably enhanced with almost flat momentum dependence. The mode-coupling theory shows that magnetic as well as valence susceptibility exhibits χ ˜ T-0.5 for zero-field limit and is expressed as a single scaling function of the ratio of temperature to magnetic field T/B over four decades even in the approximant crystal when some condition is satisfied by varying parameters, e.g., by applying pressure. The key origin is clarified to be due to strong locality of the critical Yb-valence fluctuation and small Brillouin zone reflecting the large unit cell, giving rise to the extremely-small characteristic energy scale. This also gives a natural explanation for the quantum criticality in the quasicrystal corresponding to the infinite limit of the unit-cell size.

  16. 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.

  17. Observation of Systematic Variation in Yb Ion Valence as a Function of Interatomic Spacing in Icosahedral Approximant Crystals

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    Hayashi, Minami; Deguchi, Kazuhiko; Matsukawa, Shuya; Imura, Keiichiro; Sato, Noriaki K.

    2017-04-01

    We discovered two alloy systems, Pd-Ga-Yb and Pd-Ge-Yb, that belong to the Tsai-type 1/1 approximant to the Au-Al-Yb quasicrystal exhibiting the unusual quantum criticality and show a similar behavior to Kondo lattice systems with a magnetically ordered ground state. Combining the results of other Yb-based approximant crystals, we find that there is a systematic variation in the Yb ion valence vs the lattice constant. This proves that the Au-Al-Yb approximant is located at the border of the valence change, in favor of the idea that the valence fluctuation plays a crucial role in the quantum criticality of the Au-Al-Yb system.

  18. Use of YB(66) as monochromator crystals for soft-energy EXAFS.

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    Smith, A D; Cowie, B C; Sankar, G; Thomas, J M

    1998-05-01

    YB(66)(400) crystals present a new advance in monochromator crystals suitable for use at energies below 2 keV. In this paper a comparison of their performance with that provided by the more usual beryl and quartz crystals, which cover the same energy range, is presented. In general, the YB(66) crystals are much superior; however, they do exhibit a pair of large 'crystal glitch'-type features in the 1380-1440 eV region. These fall in the Mg K-EXAFS region and so can present a serious problem in studies of this edge for a wide range of materials. An important class of materials so afflicted are magnesium-substituted aluminophosphate molecular sieves (zeolites), which are used in many applications, in particular as solid acid catalysts for conversion of methanol to hydrocarbon.

  19. Controllable red, green, blue (RGB) and bright white upconversion luminescence of Lu2O3:Yb3+/Er3+/Tm3+ nanocrystals through single laser excitation at 980 nm.

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    Yang, Jun; Zhang, Cuimiao; Peng, Chong; Li, Chunxia; Wang, Lili; Chai, Ruitao; Lin, Jun

    2009-01-01

    Light fantastic! Lu(2)O(3):Yb(3+)/Er(3+)/Tm(3+) nanocrystals with controllable red, green, blue (RGB) and bright white upconversion luminescence by a single laser excitation of 980 nm have been successfully synthesized (see picture). Due to abundant UC PL colors, it can potentially be used as fluorophores in the field of color displays, back light, UC lasers, photonics, and biomedicine.Lu(2)O(3):Yb(3+)/Er(3+)/Tm(3+) nanocrystals have been successfully synthesized by a solvothermal process followed by a subsequent heat treatment at 800 degrees C. Powder X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, upconversion photoluminescence spectra, and kinetic decay were used to characterize the samples. Under single-wavelength diode laser excitation of 980 nm, the bright blue emissions of Lu(2)O(3):Yb(3+), Tm(3+) nanocrystals near 477 and 490 nm were observed due to the (1)G(4)-->(3)H(6) transition of Tm(3+). The bright green UC emissions of Lu(2)O(3):Er(3+) nanocrystals appeared near 540 and 565 nm were observed and assigned to the (2)H(11/2)-->(4)I(15/2) and (4)S(3/2)-->(4)I(15/2) transitions, respectively, of Er(3+). The ratio of the intensity of green luminescence to that of red luminescence decreases with an increase of concentration of Yb(3+) in Lu(2)O(3):Er(3+) nanocrystals. In sufficient quantities of Yb(3+) with resprct to Er(3+), the bright red UC emission of Lu(2)O(3):Yb(3+)/Er(3+) centered at 662 nm was predominant, due to the (4)F(9/2)-->(4)I(15/2) transition of Er(3+). Based on the generation of red, green, and blue emissions in the different doped Lu(2)O(3):RE(3+) nanocrystals, it is possible to produce the luminescence with a wide spectrum of colors, including white, by the appropriate doping of Yb(3+), Tm(3+), and Er(3+) in the present Lu(2)O(3) nanocrystals. Namely, Lu(2)O(3):3 %Yb(3+)/0.2 %Tm(3+)/0.4 %Er(3+) nanocrystals show suitable intensities of blue, green, and red (RGB) emission, resulting in the production of perfect and bright white light

  20. Structural characterization of Lu1.8Y0.2SiO5 crystals

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    Chiriu, Daniele; Faedda, Nicola; Lehmann, Alessandra Geddo; Ricci, Pier Carlo; Anedda, Alberto; Desgreniers, Serge; Fortin, Emery

    2007-08-01

    The structural and vibrational properties of Lu1.8Y0.2SiO5 (LYSO) single crystals were investigated by means of Raman spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction measurements. Unit cell parameters and bond lengths were determined by Rietveld refinement of the collected x-ray diffraction powder spectra. By comparison with the vibrational spectra of the parent compounds Lu2SiO5 and Y2SiO5 and by using polarized Raman measurements, we propose the assignment of the principal vibrational modes of LYSO crystals. The strict connection of Raman spectra of the LYSO solid solution and of the pure lutetium and yttrium crystals, as well as the analysis of the polarized measurements, confirms that LYSO structure adopts the C2/c space group symmetry. The structural analogies of LYSO with the pure compound Lu2SiO5 are further shown by means of high pressure Raman spectroscopy, and the possibility of considering the LYSO crystal analogous to the LSO structure with a tensile stress between 0.25 and 0.80GPa is discussed.

  1. Progress in the Growth of Yb:S-FAP Laser Crystals

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    Schaffers, K I; Tassano, J B; Waide, P A; Payne, S A; Morris, R C

    2000-07-01

    The crystal growth of Yb:S-FAP [Yb{sup 3+}:Sr{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}F] is being studied for 1.047-{micro}m laser operation. These crystals are not yet routinely available and the growth of high optical quality, low loss crystals poses a challenge due to a number of crystal growth issues, including, cloudiness, bubble core defects, anomalous absorption, low-angle grain boundaries, and cracking. At this time, a growth process has been formulated to simultaneously eliminate or greatly diminish each of the defects yielding high quality material. Laser slabs of dimension 4.0 x 6.0 x 0.75 cm are being fabricated from sub-scale pieces using the diffusion bonding technique.

  2. 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

    2016-06-07

    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.

  3. Infrared and Raman spectra of tris(dipivaloylmethanato) lanthanides, Ln(thd)3 (Ln = La, Nd, Eu, Gd, Tb, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu)

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    Belova, Natalya V.; Sliznev, Valery V.; Christen, Dines

    2017-03-01

    The infrared and Raman vibrational spectra of the series of solid tris(dipivaloylmethanato) lanthanides, Ln(thd)3 (Ln = La, Nd, Eu, Gd, Tb, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu), have been recorded at room temperature over wide ranges (4000-50 cm-1 and 3500-80 cm-1, respectively). The experimental spectra obtained in the present study were successfully assigned based on the quantum chemical calculations (DFT/PBE0) performed for the monomer Ln(thd)3 molecules. The experimental vibrational spectra for all complexes studied are rather similar as are the theoretical simulations. The data analysis shows that the main contributions to vibrational modes arise from the vibrations of the ligand possessing practically the same geometry for all complexes. According to the calculation results the structure of the coordination polyhedron is increasingly distorted in the series from La(thd)3 to Lu(thd)3. Although the contributions of the polyhedron vibrations in vibrational modes are not predominant, there is rise in the frequencies associated with vibrations of the coordination polyhedron LnO6 in this series. This increase has been explained by the concept of lanthanide contraction.

  4. Luminescent and scintillation properties of Lu3Al5O12:Sc single crystal and single crystalline films

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    Zorenko, Y.; Gorbenko, V.; Voznyak, T.; Savchyn, V.; Nizhankovskiy, S.; Dan'ko, A.; Puzikov, V.; Laguta, V.; Mares, J. A.; Nikl, M.; Nejezchleb, K.; Batentschuk, M.; Winnacker, A.

    2012-10-01

    The work is dedicated to growth by the liquid phase epitaxy method and study of the luminescence and scintillation properties of Sc3+ doped single crystalline films (SCF) of Lu3Al5O12 (LuAG) garnet. The scintillation properties of SCF are compared with single crystal (SC) analogues grown by the Horizontal Direct Crystallization and Czochralski methods. We consider the dependence of intensity of the Sc3+ emission in LuAG host on the activator concentration and influence of flux contamination on the light yield (LY) of the Sc3+ luminescence in LuAG:Sc SCF with respect to their SC counterparts and the reference YAP:Ce scintillator. From the NMR investigations of LuAG:Sc SCF we confirm the substitution by Sc3+ ions both the octahedral and dodecahedral positions of LuAG host and formation of the ScAl and ScLu related emission centers, respectively. We also show that the luminescence spectrum in the UV range and decay kinetics of LuAG:Sc SCF can be effectively tuned by changing the scandium content.

  5. PHOTONIC CRYSTAL SURFACE ENHANCED UPCONVERSION EMISSION OF YF3:Yb3+, Er3+ NANOPARTICLES

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    Shao, Bo; Yang, Zhengwen; Li, Jun; Liao, Jiayan; Lai, Shenfeng; Qiu, Jianbei; Song, Zhiguo; Yang, Yong; Zhou, Dacheng

    2015-11-01

    The opal photonic crystals made of polystyrene microspheres with 155, 230, 270 or 410 nm in diameter were used to enhance upconversion (UC) emission of YF3:Yb3+, Er3+ nanoparticles, respectively. The red or green UC emission of YF3:Yb3+, Er3+ nanoparticles can be selectively enhanced when the red or green UC emission wavelength overlapped with the photonic bandgaps of opals, which is attributed to Bragg reflection of photonic bandgap. In addition, when the 980 nm excitation light wavelength was in the region of the photonic bandgap, red and green UC emissions of YF3:Yb3+, Er3+ nanoparticles were enhanced due to the enhancement of excitation field.

  6. Infrared to visible upconversion fluorescence in Yb,Tm:YAG single crystal

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    Xu, Wenwei; Xu, Xiaodong; Wu, Feng; Zhao, Guangjun; Zhao, Zhiwei; Zhou, Guoqing; Xu, Jun

    2007-04-01

    Absorption spectrum from 400 to 2000 nm and upconversion fluorescence spectra under 940 nm pumping of YAG single crystal codoped with 5 at.% Yb3+ and 4 at.% Tm3+ were studied at room temperature. The blue upconversion emission centered at 483 nm corresponds to the transition 1G4 → 3H6, the emission band around 646 nm corresponds to the transition 1G4 → 3F4 of Tm3+. Energy transfer from Yb3+ to Tm3+ is mainly nonradiative and the transfer efficiency was experimentally assessed. The line strengths, transition probabilities and radiative lifetimes of 1G4 level were calculated by using Judd-Ofelt theory. Gain coefficient calculated from spectra shows that the upconversion corresponding with transitions 1G4 → 3H6 in YAG doped with Yb3+ and Tm3+ is potentially useful for blue light output.

  7. Microchip laser based on Yb:YAG/V:YAG monolith crystal

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    Nejezchleb, Karel; Šulc, Jan; Jelínková, Helena; Škoda, Václav

    2016-03-01

    V:YAG crystal was investigated as a passive Q-switch of longitudinally diode-pumped microchip laser, emitting radiation at wavelength 1030.5 nm. This laser was based on diffusion bonded monolith crystal (diameter 3 mm) which combines in one piece an active laser part (Yb:YAG crystal, 10 at.% Yb/Y, 3 mm long) and saturable absorber (V:YAG crystal, 2 mm long, initial transmission 86 % @ 1031 nm). The microchip resonator consisted of dielectric mirrors directly deposited on the monolith surfaces (pump mirror HT @ 968 nm and HR @ 1031 nm on Yb:YAG part, output coupler with reflection 55 % @ 1031 nm on the V:YAG part). For longitudinal CW pumping of Yb:YAG part, a fibre coupled (core diameter 100 μm, NA = 0.22, emission @ 968 nm) laser diode was used. The laser threshold was 3.8W. The laser slope efficiency for output mean in respect to incident pumping was 16 %. The linearly polarized generated transversal intensity beam profile was close to the fundamental Gaussian mode. The generated pulse length, stable and mostly independent on pumping power, was equal to 1.3 ns (FWHM). The single pulse energy was increasing with the pumping power and for the maximum pumping 9.7W it was 78 μJ which corresponds to the pulse peak-power 56 kW. The maximum Yb:YAG/V:YAG microchip laser mean output power of 1W was reached without observable thermal roll-over. The corresponding Q-switched pulses repetition rate was 13.1 kHz.

  8. The photoluminescence response to structural changes of Yb implanted ZnO crystals subjected to non-equilibrium processing

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    Ratajczak, R.; Prucnal, S.; Guziewicz, E.; Mieszczynski, C.; Snigurenko, D.; Stachowicz, M.; Skorupa, W.; Turos, A.

    2017-02-01

    In this paper, we present the detailed study of optical and structural properties of Yb implanted single ZnO crystals. Hydrothermally grown wurtzite (0001) ZnO crystals were implanted with 150 keV Yb ions to fluencies of 5 × 1014 and 1 × 1015 at/cm2. After ion implantation, two different types of annealing were performed: rapid thermal annealing (RTA) and millisecond range flash lamp annealing (FLA). Crystalline quality, damage recovery, and Yb lattice site location were evaluated by the Channeling Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry (RBS/c). It is shown that independent of the used annealing technique, defects formed in ZnO during ion implantation can be removed. Upon RTA performed at the temperature higher than 800 °C, strong out-diffusion of implanted Yb atoms and precipitation on the surface takes place. Consequently, the degradation of the photoluminescence (PL) efficiency is observed. The diffusion of implanted Yb during millisecond range FLA does not occur for such experimental conditions. Moreover, FLA treatment for 20 ms leads to the formation of single crystalline ZnO layer with Yb incorporated in the substitutional lattice sites. According to RBS/c and PL data, Yb atoms substituted in the Zn sublattice are predominantly in the 2+ oxidation state. The most intensive PL has been observed after annealing at 800 °C for 20 min which is accompanied with the reduction of Yb substitutional fraction and formation of octahedron Yb-oxygen clusters within ZnO.

  9. Passive Q-switching of Yb bulk lasers by a graphene saturable absorber

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

    2016-04-01

    Compact Yb:KLu(WO4)2 and Yb:LuVO4 lasers diode-pumped at 978 nm are passively Q-switched by a single-layer graphene saturable absorber. The Yb:KLu(WO4)2 laser generated 165 ns/0.49 μJ pulses at 1030 nm with 170 mW average output power and 12 % slope efficiency. With the Yb:LuVO4 laser, 152 ns/0.83 μJ pulses were achieved. The output power reached 300 mW at 1024 nm, and the slope efficiency was 10 %. Laser operation in a plano-plano cavity is achieved with both crystals with thermal lensing playing a key role in their performance. A model describing graphene Q-switched Yb lasers is developed. Our results indicate the potential of graphene for passive Q-switching of ~1 μm bulk lasers.

  10. Research on YB68 for Microwave Acoustic Crystals

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1974-11-01

    suitable at present for delay lines because of problems with crystal growth and an anomalous acoustic attenuation that appears to be closely associated with... Crystals . . . 67 A. Background ....... ................. .... 67 B. Growth Methods ....... ................ .. 69 Synthesis . ..................... .... 69...50 10 Impurities in Yttrium Metal ........ .............. ... 72 11 Crystal Growth Runs ........ ................. .... 72 12 Density, X-Ray

  11. Peculiarities in the Raman spectra of ZrB{sub 12} and LuB{sub 12} single crystals

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    Werheit, H. . E-mail: helmut.werheit@koeln.de; Paderno, Yu.; Filippov, V.; Paderno, V.; Pietraszko, A.; Armbruester, M.; Schwarz, U.

    2006-09-15

    We have measured Raman spectra of high-quality Zr{sup nat}B{sub 12}, Lu{sup nat}B{sub 12} and Lu{sup 11}B{sub 12} single crystals with high resolution, and the observed strong peaks are attributed to specific vibration modes. Besides, there are a number of additional Raman peaks in spectral ranges, where only Raman-inactive vibrations of the atomic arrangement are expected. Accordingly, it is assumed, that the investigated crystals contain intrinsic structural imperfections or distortions in sufficient concentration and efficiency to initiate the observed breaking of phonon selection rules. We suppose boron vacancies, boron isotope effects and displacements of the metal atoms to be reasons for such imperfections. - Graphical abstract: Raman spectra of Lu{sup nat}B{sub 12}, Lu{sup 11}B{sub 12} and Zr{sup nat}B{sub 12}.

  12. Energy transfer and lasing in LiYbF4:Ho, LiYbF4:Ho,Tm, and KYb(WO4)3 crystals

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    Sandulenko, Alexander V.; Sandulenko, V. A.; Tkachuk, Alexandra M.; Titov, Alexandre N.; Reiterov, V. M.; Ivanov, V. N.

    1998-12-01

    We have studied both theoretically and experimentally the energy transfer processes in YbLiF4:Ho3+ (0.4%) and YbLiF4:Ho3+ (0.4%),Tm3+ (10%) crystals and in the series of crystals KYb(WO4)2:Tm3+,Ho3+ (0.4%) with the thulium concentration 5; 10; and 20%. The population kinetics of the 5I7 holmium level was studied under the 1.047 micrometers Q-switched YLF:Nd3+ laser pumping. The efficiency of energy transfer processes in Ho3+ doped crystals, codoped with Yb3+ and Tm3+, was demonstrated. With an YbLiF4:Ho3+ (0.4%) laser rod we have obtained lasing at 2.06 micrometers with the total efficiency of 4.8% and the slope efficiency of 11%. In the KYb(WO4)2:Tm3+ (10%),Ho3+ (0.4%) crystal, lasing was obtained for the first time at 2 micrometers . The pumping threshold being approximately 150 mJ, total efficiency 6% and slope efficiency 9.7% was achieved.

  13. Growth of (Er,Yb):YAl{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} laser crystals

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    Pilipenko, O. V. Mal'tsev, V. V.; Koporulina, E. V.; Leonyuk, N. I.; Tolstik, N. A.; Kuleshov, N. V.

    2008-03-15

    (Er,Yb):YAl{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} single crystals of optical quality, up to 15 x 10 x 10 mm{sup 3} in size, have been grown from a (Er{sub 0.023}Yb{sub 0.116}Y{sub 0.862})Al{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} solution in a Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}-B{sub 2}O{sub 3}-K{sub 2}Mo{sub 3}O{sub 10} melt. The initial borate concentration was 17 wt %, and the flux cooling rate increased from 0.08 to 0.12 deg. C/h in the range 1060-1000 deg. C. The physical properties of the single crystals grown are good enough that they can be used as laser elements in systems with diode pumping and radiation near 1.5 {mu}m.

  14. Crystal structures and magnetic properties of lanthanide containing borates LnM(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} (Ln=Y, Ho–Lu; M=Sc, Cr)

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    Doi, Yoshihiro Satou, Tatsuya; Hinatsu, Yukio

    2013-10-15

    The synthesis, crystal structures and magnetic properties of LnM(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} (Ln=Y, Ho–Lu; M=Sc, Cr) were investigated. The LnCr(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} compounds crystallize in the dolomite-type structure with space group R3{sup ¯}, in which the Ln and Cr ions occupy two octahedral sites. From the result of structural analysis, it was found that there is an anti-site disorder between these two sites and its chemical formula is more exactly Ln{sub 1−r}Cr{sub r}[Cr{sub 1−r}Ln{sub r}](BO{sub 3}){sub 2}. On the other hand, the LnSc(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} adopt the calcite-type structure with space group R3{sup ¯}c. The Ln and Sc ions randomly occupy an octahedral site and the chemical formula is represented as (Ln{sub 0.5}Sc{sub 0.5})BO{sub 3}. From the magnetic susceptibility and specific heat measurements, we found that all the LnCr(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} show an antiferromagnetic transition at 6.1–8.1 K. This transition is mainly due to the ordering of Cr{sup 3+} magnetic moments. Among the compounds with magnetic Ln{sup 3+} ions, only YbCr(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} shows an antiferromagnetic ordering of Ln{sup 3+} ion at 2.1 K. - Graphical abstract: The lanthanide containing borates LnM(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} (Ln=Y, Ho–Lu; M=Sc, Cr) have the dolomite-type (Ln=Cr) and calcite-type (Ln=Sc) structures. Both structures are similar to each other except for the difference in the partially or fully disordered arrangements of octahedral sites. At low temperatures, the LnCr(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} compounds show an antiferromagnetic transition due to a long-range ordering of Cr{sup 3+} moments. Among them only YbCr(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} shows an antiferromagnetic ordering of Ln{sup 3+} ion at 2.1 K. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Lanthanide containing borates LnM(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} (Ln=Y, Ho–Lu; M=Sc, Cr) have been synthesized. • LnCr(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} has the dolomite-type structure with an anti-site disorder between Ln and Cr sites. • LnSc(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} has the calcite

  15. Efficient OPSL-pumped mode-locked Yb:Lu2O3 laser with 67% optical-to-optical efficiency

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    Heuer, Alexander M.; Saraceno, Clara J.; Beil, Kolja; Huber, Günter; Kränkel, Christian

    2016-01-01

    We present a mode-locked Yb:Lu2O3 laser with up to 67% of optical-to-optical efficiency. By utilizing a high brightness optically pumped semiconductor laser (OPSL) as a pump source and using a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) we obtained self-starting mode locking. A pulse duration of 571 fs at 4.73 W of average output power with an optical-to-optical efficiency of 67% was achieved. In a slightly different cavity configuration the pulse duration was reduced to 313 fs at 2.16 W of average output power. In both cases the pulse duration was longer than the Fourier limit and the spectrum supports significantly shorter pulse durations. The laser wavelength is centered at 1034 nm and the repetition rate is 100.76 MHz in both cases. In continuous wave fundamental mode operation the optical-to-optical efficiency was as high as 78% with output powers exceeding 5 W. PMID:26739546

  16. Gamma induced atom displacements in LYSO and LuYAP crystals as used in medical imaging applications

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    Piñera, Ibrahin; Cruz, Carlos M.; Abreu, Yamiel; Leyva, Antonio; Van Espen, Piet; Díaz, Angelina; Cabal, Ana E.; Van Remortel, Nick

    2015-08-01

    The radiation damage, in terms of atom displacements, induced by gamma irradiation in LYSO and LuYAP crystals is presented. 44Sc, 22Na and 48V are used as gamma sources for this study. The energy of gammas from the electron-positron annihilation processes (511 keV) is also included in the study. The atom displacements distributions inside each material are calculated following the Monte Carlo assisted Classical Method introduced by the authors. This procedure also allows to study the atom displacements in-depth distributions inside each crystal. The atom displacements damage in LYSO crystals is found to be higher than in LuYAP crystals, mainly provoked by the displacements of silicon and oxygen atoms. But the difference between atom displacements produced in LYSO and LuYAP decreases when more energetic sources are used. On the other hand, the correlation between the atom displacements and energy deposition in-depth distributions is excellent. The atom displacements to energy deposition ratio is found to increases with more energetic photon sources. LYSO crystals are then more liable to the atom displacements damage than LuYAP crystals.

  17. Hydroxide flux synthesis and crystal structure of the ordered palladate, LuNaPd{sub 6}O{sub 8}

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    Mugavero III, Samuel J.; Smith, Mark D.; Loye, Hans-Conrad zur . E-mail: ZurLoye@mail.chem.sc.edu

    2006-11-15

    We report the single crystal structure of LuNaPd{sub 6}O{sub 8} grown from a sodium hydroxide flux. The utilization of a hydroxide flux has led to the preparation of the first ordered substitution of a lanthanide metal and an alkali metal on the A-site in a platinum group oxide and the first palladate to contain both a lanthanide metal and an alkali metal. The 1:1 ordered substitution of Lu{sup 3+} and Na{sup +} in place of the commonly observed divalent cation leads to slabs of LuO{sub 8} and NaO{sub 8} cubes bridged together by PdO{sub 4} square planes. The compound crystallizes in the cubic space group Pm-3 (no. 200) with a=5.72500(10) A and is structurally related to other cubic palladium oxides. - Graphical abstract: Unit cell of the ordered palladate, LuNaPd{sub 6}O{sub 8} viewed along the z-direction. The Pd{sup 2+} cations (grey) reside in a square planar coordination environment and bridge together the LuO{sub 8} (blue) and NaO{sub 8} (yellow) cubes.

  18. Near infrared quantum cutting of Na+ and Eu2+-Yb3+ couple activated SrF2 crystal

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    Yagoub, M. Y. A.; Swart, H. C.; Dhlamini, M. S.; Coetsee, E.

    2016-10-01

    Na+ and Eu2+-Yb3+ couple activated SrF2 phosphor powders were synthesized by the co-precipitation method. The structure and luminescence properties of the system were investigated. X-ray diffraction data indicated that a mixture of cubic SrF2 and NaYbF4 phases gradually formed with an increase in the Yb3+ ion doping concentration. Diffuse reflectance has been used to confirm the existence of europium in the divalent state. The possibility of quantum cutting in the Eu2+-Yb3+ ions co-doped SrF2 crystal was discussed. Energy transfer that occurred subsequently from Eu2+ to Yb3+ was followed by an intense near-infrared (NIR) (∼1000 nm) emission spectral range. Emission spectra and the fluorescence decay measurements have been utilized to demonstrate the cooperative energy transfer in the Eu2+-Yb3+ couple ions. The energy transfer was completed at high concentration and the Yb3+ ions emission's intensity was reduced as a result of concentration quenching. In addition from the photoluminescence data it was also evident that Na+ induced a significant change to the NIR emission.

  19. Dislocations in YbF3 doped BaF2 crystals

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    Cirlan, Florina; Buse, Gabriel; Nicoara, Irina

    2014-11-01

    Three concentrations of YbF3 -doped BaF2 crystals were grown using the conventional Bridgman method. Transparent colorless crystals were obtained in graphite crucible in vacuum (˜10-1 Pa) using a shaped graphite furnace. The crystals have been cooled to room temperature using an established procedure. In order to study the etch pits morphology and the dislocations density the etching method have been used. This method consists in immersing the cleaved sample in 2N HCl at 60°C for 2 minutes. Small etch pits are developed at the emergence points of the dislocations. The etch pits have triangular or hexagonal shapes, depending on the dopant concentration. The dislocations density depends on the dopant concentration.

  20. Yb-doped silica glass and photonic crystal fiber based on laser sintering technology

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    Zhang, Wei; Wu, Jiale; Zhou, Guiyao; Xia, Changming; Liu, Jiantao; Tian, Hongchun; Liang, Wanting; Hou, Zhiyun

    2016-03-01

    We demonstrate the fabricating method for Yb3+-doped silica glass and double-cladding large mode area photonic crystal fiber (LMA PCF) based on laser sintering technology combined with a liquid phase doping method. The doped material prepared shows the amorphous property and the hydroxyl content is approximately 40 ppm. The attenuation of the fabricated LMA PCF is 14.2 dB m-1 at 976 nm, and the lowest value is 0.25 dB m-1 at 1200 nm. The laser slope efficiency is up to 70.2%.

  1. Optical Spectra of Yb(3+) in Crystals with Scheelite Structure. I. Explanation of the Spectra.

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    1980-09-01

    consisted of the scheelite powder (crystal grade) Yb203 (99.9 percent), and for the charge compensation, sodium tungstate (NaWO4 ) or sodium molybdate...group C4h(1 4 1/a). The scheelites that we have used in this study were cadmium molybdate (CdMoO4 ), calcium tungstate (CaWO4 ), calcium molybdate...CaMeO4), strontium tungstate (SrWO4), strontium molybdate (SrM3O 4 ), lead * tungstate (PbWO4 ), lead molybdate (PbMoO4 ), barium tungstate (BaWO4

  2. Rare-Earth Triangular Lattice Spin Liquid: A Single-Crystal Study of YbMgGaO4.

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    Li, Yuesheng; Chen, Gang; Tong, Wei; Pi, Li; Liu, Juanjuan; Yang, Zhaorong; Wang, Xiaoqun; Zhang, Qingming

    2015-10-16

    YbMgGaO4, a structurally perfect two-dimensional triangular lattice with an odd number of electrons per unit cell and spin-orbit entangled effective spin-1/2 local moments for the Yb(3+) ions, is likely to experimentally realize the quantum spin liquid ground state. We report the first experimental characterization of single-crystal YbMgGaO4 samples. Because of the spin-orbit entanglement, the interaction between the neighboring Yb(3+) moments depends on the bond orientations and is highly anisotropic in the spin space. We carry out thermodynamic and the electron spin resonance measurements to confirm the anisotropic nature of the spin interaction as well as to quantitatively determine the couplings. Our result is a first step towards the theoretical understanding of the possible quantum spin liquid ground state in this system and sheds new light on the search for quantum spin liquids in strong spin-orbit coupled insulators.

  3. Up-conversion emission in KGd(WO 4 ) 2 single crystals triply-doped with Er 3+ /Yb 3+ /Tm 3+ , Tb 3+ /Yb 3+ /Tm 3+ and Pr 3+ /Yb 3+ /Tm 3+ ions

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    Kasprowicz, D.; Brik, M. G.; Majchrowski, A.; Michalski, E.; Głuchowski, P.

    2011-09-01

    Triply-doped single crystals KGd(WO 4) 2:Er 3+/Yb 3+/Tm 3+, KGd(WO 4) 2:Tb 3+/Yb 3+/Tm 3+ and KGd(WO 4) 2:Pr 3+/Yb 3+/Tm 3+ were grown by the Top Seeded Solution Growth (TSSG) method, with an aim of getting efficient up-converted multicolored luminescence, which subsequently can be used for generation of white light. Such an aim determined the choice of the triply doped compounds: excitation of the Yb 3+ ions in the infrared spectral region is followed by red, green and blue emission from other dopants. It was shown that all these systems exhibit multicolor up-conversion fluorescence under 980 nm laser irradiation. Detailed spectroscopic studies of their absorption and luminescence spectra were performed. From the analysis of the dependence of the intensity of fluorescence on the excitation power the conclusion was made about significant role played by the host's conduction band and other possible defects of the KGd(WO 4) 2 crystal lattice in the up-conversion processes.

  4. High-power Yb:YAG single-crystal fiber amplifiers for femtosecond lasers in cylindrical polarization.

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    Lesparre, Fabien; Gomes, Jean Thomas; Délen, Xavier; Martial, Igor; Didierjean, Julien; Pallmann, Wolfgang; Resan, Bojan; Eckerle, Michael; Graf, Thomas; Abdou Ahmed, Marwan; Druon, Frederic; Balembois, François; Georges, Patrick

    2015-06-01

    We demonstrate a three-stage diode-pumped Yb:YAG single-crystal-fiber amplifier to generate femtosecond pulses at high average powers with linear or cylindrical (i.e., radial or azimuthal) polarization. At a repetition rate of 20 MHz, 750-fs pulses were obtained at an average power of 85 W in cylindrical polarization and at 100 W in linear polarization. The report includes investigations on the use of Yb:YAG single-crystal fibers with different length/doping ratio and the zero-phonon pumping at a wavelength of 969 nm in order to optimize the performance.

  5. Growth of (Er,Yb):YAl{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} laser crystals

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    Pilipenko, O. V. Mal'tsev, V. V.; Koporulina, E. V.; Leonyuk, N. I.; Tolstik, N. A.; Kuleshov, N. V.

    2008-03-15

    (Er,Yb):YAl{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} single crystals of optical quality, up to 15 Multiplication-Sign 10 Multiplication-Sign 10 mm{sup 3} in size, have been grown from a (Er{sub 0.023}Yb{sub 0.116}Y{sub 0.862})Al{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} solution in a Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}-B{sub 2}O{sub 3}-K{sub 2}Mo{sub 3}O{sub 10} melt. The initial borate concentration was 17 wt %, and the flux cooling rate increased from 0.08 to 0.12 Degree-Sign C/h in the range 1060-1000 Degree-Sign C. The physical properties of the single crystals grown are good enough that they can be used as laser elements in systems with diode pumping and radiation near 1.5 {mu}m.

  6. Laser performance of in-band pumped Er : LiYF4 and Er : LiLuF4 crystals

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    Gorbachenya, K. N.; Kurilchik, S. V.; Kisel, V. E.; Yasukevich, A. S.; Kuleshov, N. V.; Nizamutdinov, A. S.; Korableva, S. L.; Semashko, V. V.

    2016-02-01

    Spectroscopic properties of Er : LiLuF4 and Er : LiYF4 crystals in the spectral region near 1.5 μm and the lasing characteristics of these crystals under in-band pumping at a wavelength of 1522 nm are studied. With the Er : LiLuF4 crystal, the maximum slope efficiency with respect to the absorbed pump power was 44% at a wavelength of 1609 nm. Continuous-wave operation of an inband pumped Er : LiYF4 laser is obtained for the first time. The output power at a wavelength of 1606 nm was 58 mW with a slope efficiency of 21%.

  7. Anisotropic laser properties of Yb:Ca3La2(BO3)4 disordered crystal

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    Wang, Lisha; Xu, Honghao; Pan, Zhongben; Han, Wenjuan; Chen, Xiaowen; Liu, Junhai; Yu, Haohai; Zhang, Huaijin

    2016-08-01

    A study is carried out experimentally on the anisotropy in the laser action of Yb:Ca3La2(BO3)4 disordered crystal, demonstrated with the output coupling changed over a wide range from 0.5% to 40%. Complex polarization state variation with output coupling and evolution with pump power are observed in the laser operation achieved with a- and c-cut crystal samples. A maximum output power of 8.2 W is produced at wavelengths around 1043 nm, with an incident pump power of 24.9 W, the optical-to-optical efficiency being 33%. The polarized absorption and emission cross section spectra are also presented.

  8. Laser-induced cooling of a Yb:YAG crystal in air at atmospheric pressure.

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    Soares de Lima Filho, Elton; Nemova, Galina; Loranger, Sébastien; Kashyap, Raman

    2013-10-21

    We report for the first time the experimental demonstration of optical cooling of a bulk crystal at atmospheric pressure. The use of a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensor to measure laser-induced cooling in real time is also demonstrated for the first time. A temperature drop of 8.8 K from the chamber temperature was observed in a Yb:YAG crystal in air when pumped with 4.2 W at 1029 nm. A background absorption of 2.9 × 10⁻⁴ cm⁻¹ was estimated with a pump wavelength at 1550 nm. Simulations predict further cooling if the pump power is optimized for the sample's dimensions.

  9. Temperature dependence of the crystal structure and charge ordering in Yb{sub 4}As{sub 3}

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    Staub, U.; Shi, M.; Schulze-Briese, C.; Patterson, B.D.; Fauth, F.; Dooryhee, E.; Soderholm, L.; Cross, J.O.; Mannix, D.; Ochiai, A.

    2005-02-15

    Resonant and nonresonant x-ray scattering, combined with x-ray absorption data, are presented on Yb{sub 4}As{sub 3}. The nonresonant data allow a detailed determination of the low-temperature crystal structure and its evolution as a function of temperature. Bond-valence-sum calculations are performed and compared with theoretical predictions. Using the structural knowledge, the energy dependence, near the Yb L{sub 3} edge, of particular x-ray reflections are calculated and compared with experiment, and the temperature dependence of the charge order is extracted. A united picture of the temperature-dependent crystal structure and charge ordering in Yb{sub 4}As{sub 3} emerges and is compared with theory.

  10. Electric polarization observed in single crystals of multiferroic Lu2MnCoO6

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    Chikara, S.; Singleton, J.; Bowlan, J.; Yarotski, D. A.; Lee, N.; Choi, H. Y.; Choi, Y. J.; Zapf, V. S.

    2016-05-01

    We report electric polarization and magnetization measurements in single crystals of double perovskite Lu2Mn Co O6 using pulsed magnetic fields and optical second harmonic generation in dc magnetic fields. We observe well-resolved magnetic field-induced changes in the electric polarization in single crystals and thereby resolve the question about whether multiferroic behavior is intrinsic to these materials or is an extrinsic feature of polycrystals. We find electric polarization along the crystalline b axis, that is suppressed by applying a magnetic fields along the c axis, and advance a model for the origin of magnetoelectric coupling. We furthermore map the phase diagram using both capacitance and electric polarization to identify regions of ordering and regions of magnetoelectric hysteresis. This compound is a rare example of coupled hysteretic behavior in the magnetic and electric properties. The ferromagneticlike magnetic hysteresis loop that couples to hysteretic electric polarization can be attributed not to ordinary ferromagnetic domains, but to the rich physics of magnetic frustration of Ising-like spins in the axial next-nearest-neighbor interaction model.

  11. Electric polarization observed in single crystals of multiferroic Lu2MnCoO6

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    Chikara, Shalinee; Singleton, John; Bowlan, John M.; ...

    2016-05-17

    We report electric polarization and magnetization measurements in single crystals of double perovskite Lu2MnCoO6 using pulsed magnetic fields and optical second harmonic generation in dc magnetic fields. We observe well-resolved magnetic field-induced changes in the electric polarization in single crystals and thereby resolve the question about whether multiferroic behavior is intrinsic to these materials or is an extrinsic feature of polycrystals. We find electric polarization along the crystalline b axis, that is suppressed by applying a magnetic fields along the c axis, and advance a model for the origin of magnetoelectric coupling. We furthermore map the phase diagram using bothmore » capacitance and electric polarization to identify regions of ordering and regions of magnetoelectric hysteresis. This compound is a rare example of coupled hysteretic behavior in the magnetic and electric properties. Furthermore, the ferromagneticlike magnetic hysteresis loop that couples to hysteretic electric polarization can be attributed not to ordinary ferromagnetic domains, but to the rich physics of magnetic frustration of Ising-like spins in the axial next-nearest-neighbor interaction model.« less

  12. 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.

  13. Transition from semiconducting to metallic-like conducting and weak antilocalization effect in single crystals of LuPtSb

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    Hou, Zhipeng; Wang, Yue; Xu, Guizhou; Zhang, Xiaoming; Liu, Enke; Xi, Xuekui; Wang, Wenhong Wu, Guangheng; Wang, Wenquan; Liu, Zhongyuan

    2015-03-09

    High quality half-Heusler single crystals of LuPtSb have been synthesized by a Pb flux method. The temperature dependent resistivity and Hall effects indicate that the LuPtSb crystal is a p-type gapless semiconductor showing a transition from semiconducting to metallic conducting at 150 K. Moreover, a weakly temperature-dependent positive magnetoresistance (MR) as large as 109% and high carrier mobility up to 2950 cm{sup 2}/V s are experimentally observed at temperatures below 150 K. The low-field MR data show evidence for weak antilocalization (WAL) effect at temperatures even up to 150 K. Analysis of the temperature and angle dependent magnetoconductance manifests that the WAL effect originates from the bulk contribution owing to the strong spin-orbital coupling.

  14. From optical spectroscopy to a concentration quenching model and a theoretical approach to laser optimization for Yb3+-doped YLiF4 crystals

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    Boulon, G.; Guyot, Y.; Ito, M.; Bensalah, A.; Goutaudier, C.; Panczer, G.; Gâcon, J. C.

    2004-01-01

    A spectroscopic characterization was carried out to identify crystal-field levels for magnetic-dipole transitions of Yb3+ ions located in the Y3+ dodecahedral S4 crystallographic site in YLiF4 (YLF) crystals which were grown either by the Czochralski technique or by the laser heated pedestal growth (LHPG) technique. The concentration dependence of the measured decay time of the 2F5/2 excited level of Yb3+ was analysed in order to understand relevant concentration quenching mechanisms. Under Yb3+ ion infrared pumping, self-trapping and up-conversion non-radiative energy transfer to trace rare-earth impurities (Er3+, Tm3+) has been observed over the visible region and interpreted by a limited-diffusion process within the Yb3+ doping ion subsystem to the impurities. The principal parameters useful for a theoretical approach for potential laser applications of Yb3+-doped YLiF4 crystals have also been given.

  15. Preparation and photoluminescence properties of RE:Na 3La 9O 3(BO 3) 8 ( RE=Er, Yb) crystals

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    Liu, Zuoliang; Zhang, Guochun; Zhang, Jianxiu; Bai, Xiaoyan; Fu, Peizhen; Wu, Yicheng

    2010-06-01

    Using Na 2CO 3-H 3BO 3-NaF as fluxes, transparent RE:Na 3La 9O 3(BO 3) 8 (abbr. RE:NLBO, RE=Er, Yb) crystals have been grown by the top seed solution growth (TSSG) method. The X-ray powder diffraction analysis shows that the RE:NLBO crystals have the same structure with NLBO. The element contents were determined by molar to be 0.64% Er 3+ in Er:NLBO, 2.70% Yb 3+ in Yb:NLBO, respectively. The polarized absorption spectra of RE:NLBO have been measured at room temperature and show that both Er:NLBO and Yb:NLBO have a strong absorption bands near 980 nm with wide FWHM (Full Wave at Half Maximum) (21 nm for Er:NLBO and 25 nm for Yb:NLBO). Fluorescence spectra have been recorded. Yb:NLBO has the emission peaks at 985 nm, 1028 nm and 1079 nm and the emission peak of Er:NLBO is at 1536 nm. Spectral parameters have been calculated by the Judd-Ofelt theory for Er:NLBO and the reciprocity method for Yb:NLBO, respectively. The calculated values show that Er:NLBO is a candidate of 1.55 μm laser crystals and Yb:NLBO is a candidate for self-frequency doubling crystal.

  16. Low-temperature superstructures of a series of Cd6M (M = Ca, Y, Sr, Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb and Lu) crystalline approximants.

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    Nishimoto, Kazue; Sato, Takeru; Tamura, Ryuji

    2013-06-12

    The low-temperature (LT) superstructure and the phase transition temperature have been investigated for a series of Cd6M crystalline approximants by transmission electron microscopy as well as electrical resistivity measurements. Except for M = Lu, Cd6M is found to undergo a phase transition to a monoclinic phase at a low temperature and the transition temperature (Tc) scales well with the size of the M atom. For M = Ca, Y, Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er and Tm the LT superstructure is explained by a √2a × a × √2a lattice with the space group C2/c, and for M = Sr and Yb a √2a × 2a × √2a monoclinic lattice with P2/m. On the other hand, no phase transition is observed for M = Lu, indicating that a Cd4 tetrahedron at the cluster center remains disordered down to the lowest temperature, i.e. 16 K. It is shown that the volume inside the Cd20 dodecahedron plays a crucial role in the occurrence of the phase transition, and long-term aging in particular promotes the phase transition for late rare-earth elements such as Ho, Er and Tm, suggesting that the transition is sensitive to and is even hindered by disorder such as atomic vacancies. The absence of the transition for M = Lu is attributed to the highest activation energy for the transition due to the smallest volume inside the Cd20 dodecahedron.

  17. Nonequivalent Yb{sup 3+} centres in Y{sub 1-x}Yb{sub x}Al{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} laser crystals

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    Boldyrev, K N; Popova, Marina N; Bezmaternykh, L N; Betinelli, M

    2011-02-28

    The absorption spectra of nonlinear laser crystals Y{sub 1-x}Yb{sub x}Al{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} grown from bismuth-lithium-molybdate and potassium-molybdate solution-melts are comparatively studied by high-resolution Fourier spectroscopy. The differences observed in the fine structure of the absorption spectra are correlated with the variations in the solution-melt composition and in the concentrations of bismuth and molybdenum impurities in the crystals. It is shown that the concentration of the molybdenum impurity (the main factor hindering lasing in the UV spectral region) in the single crystals grown from the bismuth-lithium-molybdate solutions is more than an order of magnitude smaller than in the crystals grown using the potassium-molybdate solution-melt. The described method can be used for express analysis of the quality of UV laser crystals and for improving the solution-melt technologies of growth of laser crystals and crystals used for generation of the fourth harmonic of Nd:YAG laser radiation. (active media)

  18. Neutron spectroscopic study of Crystal-field excitation in Yb2 (Ti2 - x Ybx) O7 -x/2

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    Gaudet, Jonathan; Maharaj, Dalini; Kermarrec, Edwin; Granroth, Garrett; Ross, Kate; Dabowska, Hanna; Gaulin, Bruce

    2015-03-01

    Among the rare-earth titanate pyrochlores, Yb2 Ti2O7 has attracted much attention as a potential realization of a quantum spin ice. While strong quantum effects are absent in classical spin ice compounds, they are thought to be significant in Yb2 Ti2O7 because of its effective spin S=1/2 and its XY spin anisotropy, quantities both determined by the Crystal-Electric Field (CEF) levels. However, a thorough neutron spectroscopy study of the CEF levels is still lacking. Here, we report time-of-flight inelastic neutron scattering measurements on Yb2 Ti2O7 . Our results lead to the unambiguous determination of the CEF levels, the ground-state wavefunction and therefore the nature of the spin anisotropy of the J=7/2 Yb3+ . A significant sample dependence in the low temperature heat capacity has been reported and attributed to an excess of Yb3+ (''stuffing'') in the structure. Our measurements, carried out on two well-characterized samples with different levels of stuffing, allow us to discuss the impact of such disorder on the CEF levels.

  19. High-gain polymer optical waveguide amplifiers based on core-shell NaYF4/NaLuF4: Yb(3+), Er(3+) NPs-PMMA covalent-linking nanocomposites.

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    Zhang, Meiling; Zhang, Weiwei; Wang, Fei; Zhao, Dan; Qu, Chunyang; Wang, Xibin; Yi, Yunji; Cassan, Eric; Zhang, Daming

    2016-11-09

    Waveguide amplifiers have always been significant key components for optical communication. Unfortunately, the low concentration of rare earth ions doped in the host material and the inadequate optimization of the waveguide structure have been the common bottleneck limitations. Here, a novel material, NaYF4/NaLuF4: 20% Yb(3+), 2% Er(3+) nanoparticle-Polymeric Methyl Methacrylate covalent-linking nanocomposite, was synthesized. The concentrations of Er(3+) and Yb(3+) doping increased an order of magnitude. Under a 980 nm laser excitation, highly efficient emission at 1.53 μm was obtained. The characteristic parameters of the single mode waveguide were carefully designed and optimized by using a finite difference method. A formulized iteration method is presented for solving the rate equations and the propagation equations of the EYCDWA, and both the steady state behavior and the gain were numerically simulated. The optimal Er(3+) and Yb(3+) concentrations are 2.8 × 10(26) m(-3) and 2.8 × 10(27) m(-3), and the optimal waveguide length is 1.3 cm. Both theoretical and experimental results indicated that, for an input signal power of 0.1 mW and a pump power of 400 mW, a net gain of 15.1 dB at 1530 nm is demonstrated. This result is the highest gain ever reported in polymer-based waveguide amplifiers doped with inorganic Er(3+)-Yb(3+) codoped nanocrystals.

  20. High-gain polymer optical waveguide amplifiers based on core-shell NaYF4/NaLuF4: Yb3+, Er3+ NPs-PMMA covalent-linking nanocomposites

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    Zhang, Meiling; Zhang, Weiwei; Wang, Fei; Zhao, Dan; Qu, Chunyang; Wang, Xibin; Yi, Yunji; Cassan, Eric; Zhang, Daming

    2016-11-01

    Waveguide amplifiers have always been significant key components for optical communication. Unfortunately, the low concentration of rare earth ions doped in the host material and the inadequate optimization of the waveguide structure have been the common bottleneck limitations. Here, a novel material, NaYF4/NaLuF4: 20% Yb3+, 2% Er3+ nanoparticle-Polymeric Methyl Methacrylate covalent-linking nanocomposite, was synthesized. The concentrations of Er3+ and Yb3+ doping increased an order of magnitude. Under a 980 nm laser excitation, highly efficient emission at 1.53 μm was obtained. The characteristic parameters of the single mode waveguide were carefully designed and optimized by using a finite difference method. A formulized iteration method is presented for solving the rate equations and the propagation equations of the EYCDWA, and both the steady state behavior and the gain were numerically simulated. The optimal Er3+ and Yb3+ concentrations are 2.8 × 1026 m‑3 and 2.8 × 1027 m‑3, and the optimal waveguide length is 1.3 cm. Both theoretical and experimental results indicated that, for an input signal power of 0.1 mW and a pump power of 400 mW, a net gain of 15.1 dB at 1530 nm is demonstrated. This result is the highest gain ever reported in polymer-based waveguide amplifiers doped with inorganic Er3+-Yb3+ codoped nanocrystals.

  1. Effect of interface on epitaxy and magnetism in h-RFeO3/Fe3O4/Al2O3 films (R  =  Lu, Yb).

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    Zhang, Xiaozhe; Yin, Yuewei; Yang, Sen; Yang, Zhimao; Xu, Xiaoshan

    2017-04-26

    We have carried out the growth of h-RFeO3 (0 0 1) (R  =  Lu, Yb) thin films on Fe3O4 (1 1 1)/Al2O3 (0 0 1) substrates, and studied the effect of the h-RFeO3 (0 0 1)/Fe3O4 (1 1 1) interfaces on the epitaxy and magnetism. The observed epitaxial relations between h-RFeO3 and Fe3O4 indicate an unusual matching of Fe sub-lattices rather than a matching of O sub-lattices. The out-of-plane direction was found to be the easy magnetic axis for h-YbFeO3 (0 0 1) but the hard axis for Fe3O4 (1 1 1) in the h-YbFeO3 (0 0 1)/Fe3O4 (1 1 1)/Al2O3 (0 0 1) films, suggesting a perpendicular magnetic alignment at the h-YbFeO3 (0 0 1)/Fe3O4 (1 1 1) interface. These results indicate that Fe3O4 (1 1 1)/Al2O3 (0 0 1) could be a promising substrate for epitaxial growth of h-RFeO3 films of well-defined interface and for exploiting their spintronic properties.

  2. Effect of interface on epitaxy and magnetism in h-RFeO3/Fe3O4/Al2O3 films (R  =  Lu, Yb)

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    Zhang, Xiaozhe; Yin, Yuewei; Yang, Sen; Yang, Zhimao; Xu, Xiaoshan

    2017-04-01

    We have carried out the growth of h-RFeO3 (0 0 1) (R  =  Lu, Yb) thin films on Fe3O4 (1 1 1)/Al2O3 (0 0 1) substrates, and studied the effect of the h-RFeO3 (0 0 1)/Fe3O4 (1 1 1) interfaces on the epitaxy and magnetism. The observed epitaxial relations between h-RFeO3 and Fe3O4 indicate an unusual matching of Fe sub-lattices rather than a matching of O sub-lattices. The out-of-plane direction was found to be the easy magnetic axis for h-YbFeO3 (0 0 1) but the hard axis for Fe3O4 (1 1 1) in the h-YbFeO3 (0 0 1)/Fe3O4 (1 1 1)/Al2O3 (0 0 1) films, suggesting a perpendicular magnetic alignment at the h-YbFeO3 (0 0 1)/Fe3O4 (1 1 1) interface. These results indicate that Fe3O4 (1 1 1)/Al2O3 (0 0 1) could be a promising substrate for epitaxial growth of h-RFeO3 films of well-defined interface and for exploiting their spintronic properties.

  3. High-gain polymer optical waveguide amplifiers based on core-shell NaYF4/NaLuF4: Yb3+, Er3+ NPs-PMMA covalent-linking nanocomposites

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    Zhang, Meiling; Zhang, Weiwei; Wang, Fei; Zhao, Dan; Qu, Chunyang; Wang, Xibin; Yi, Yunji; Cassan, Eric; Zhang, Daming

    2016-01-01

    Waveguide amplifiers have always been significant key components for optical communication. Unfortunately, the low concentration of rare earth ions doped in the host material and the inadequate optimization of the waveguide structure have been the common bottleneck limitations. Here, a novel material, NaYF4/NaLuF4: 20% Yb3+, 2% Er3+ nanoparticle-Polymeric Methyl Methacrylate covalent-linking nanocomposite, was synthesized. The concentrations of Er3+ and Yb3+ doping increased an order of magnitude. Under a 980 nm laser excitation, highly efficient emission at 1.53 μm was obtained. The characteristic parameters of the single mode waveguide were carefully designed and optimized by using a finite difference method. A formulized iteration method is presented for solving the rate equations and the propagation equations of the EYCDWA, and both the steady state behavior and the gain were numerically simulated. The optimal Er3+ and Yb3+ concentrations are 2.8 × 1026 m−3 and 2.8 × 1027 m−3, and the optimal waveguide length is 1.3 cm. Both theoretical and experimental results indicated that, for an input signal power of 0.1 mW and a pump power of 400 mW, a net gain of 15.1 dB at 1530 nm is demonstrated. This result is the highest gain ever reported in polymer-based waveguide amplifiers doped with inorganic Er3+-Yb3+ codoped nanocrystals. PMID:27827414

  4. Fabrication and laser performance of Yb3+/Al3+ co-doped photonic crystal fiber synthesized by plasma nonchemical vapor deposition method

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    Xia, Changming; Zhou, Guiyao; Liu, Jiantao; Wang, Chao; Han, Ying; Zhang, Wei; Yuan, Jinhui

    2015-10-01

    In this paper, the bulk Yb3+/Al3+ co-doped silica glass with 1.3 Yb2O3-2.5Al2O3-96.2SiO2 (wt%) are synthesized by plasma nonchemical vapor deposition method combining solution doping technology, where the inductively coupled plasma is used as the heat source. The influence of different O2/N2 ratios on the fluorescence properties of Yb3+/Al3+ co-doped silica glass are investigated. The large mode area photonic crystal fiber (PCF) is fabricated by using the bulk Yb3+/Al3+ co-doped silica glass as fiber core. The laser performance of Yb3+/Al3+ co-doped photonic crystal fiber is studied.

  5. Growth and Spectral Assessment of Yb3+-Doped KBaGd(MoO4)3 Crystal: A Candidate for Ultrashort Pulse and Tunable Lasers

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    Yu, Yi; Huang, Yisheng; Zhang, Lizhen; Lin, Zhoubin; Wang, Guofu

    2013-01-01

    In order to explore new more powerful ultrashort pulse laser and tunable laser for diode-pumping, this paper reports the growth and spectral assessment of Yb3+-doped KBaGd(MoO4)3 crystal. An Yb3+:KBaGd(MoO4)3 crystal with dimensions of 50×40×9 mm3 was grown by the TSSG method from the K2Mo2O7 flux. The investigated spectral properties indicated that Yb3+:KBaGd(MoO4)3 crystal exhibits broad absorption and emission bands, except the large emission and gain cross-sections. This feature of the broad absorption and emission bands is not only suitable for the diode pumping, but also for the production of ultrashort pulses and tunability. Therefore, Yb3+:KBaGd(MoO4)3 crystal can be regarded as a candidate for the ultrashort pulse and tunable lasers. PMID:23349892

  6. Growth and spectral assessment of Yb(3+)-doped KBaGd(MoO4)3 crystal: a candidate for ultrashort pulse and tunable lasers.

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    Yu, Yi; Huang, Yisheng; Zhang, Lizhen; Lin, Zhoubin; Wang, Guofu

    2013-01-01

    In order to explore new more powerful ultrashort pulse laser and tunable laser for diode-pumping, this paper reports the growth and spectral assessment of Yb(3+)-doped KBaGd(MoO(4))(3) crystal. An Yb(3+):KBaGd(MoO(4))(3) crystal with dimensions of 50×40×9 mm(3) was grown by the TSSG method from the K(2)Mo(2)O(7) flux. The investigated spectral properties indicated that Yb(3+):KBaGd(MoO(4))(3) crystal exhibits broad absorption and emission bands, except the large emission and gain cross-sections. This feature of the broad absorption and emission bands is not only suitable for the diode pumping, but also for the production of ultrashort pulses and tunability. Therefore, Yb(3+):KBaGd(MoO(4))(3) crystal can be regarded as a candidate for the ultrashort pulse and tunable lasers.

  7. High-power efficient cw and pulsed lasers based on bulk Yb : KYW crystals with end diode pumping

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    Kim, G H; Yang, G H; Lee, D S; Kulik, Alexander V; Sall', E G; Chizhov, S A; Yashin, V E; Kang, U

    2012-04-30

    End-diode-pumped lasers based on one and two Yb : KYW crystals operating in cw and Q-switched regimes, as well as in the regime of mode-locking, are studied. The single-crystal laser generated stable ultrashort (shorter than 100 fs) laser pulses at wavelengths of 1035 and 1043 nm with an average power exceeding 1 W. The average output power of the two-crystal laser exceeded 18 W in the cw regime and 16 W in the Q-switched regime with a slope efficiency exceeding 30%.

  8. Syntheses, structures, and magnetic properties of a family of heterometallic heptanuclear [Cu5Ln2] (Ln = Y(III), Lu(III), Dy(III), Ho(III), Er(III), and Yb(III)) complexes: observation of SMM behavior for the Dy(III) and Ho(III) analogues.

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    Chandrasekhar, Vadapalli; Dey, Atanu; Das, Sourav; Rouzières, Mathieu; Clérac, Rodolphe

    2013-03-04

    Sequential reaction of the multisite coordination ligand (LH3) with Cu(OAc)2·H2O, followed by the addition of a rare-earth(III) nitrate salt in the presence of triethylamine, afforded a series of heterometallic heptanuclear complexes containing a [Cu5Ln2] core {Ln = Y(1), Lu(2), Dy(3), Ho(4), Er(5), and Yb(6)}. Single-crystal X-ray crystallography reveals that all the complexes are dicationic species that crystallize with two nitrate anions to compensate the charge. The heptanuclear aggregates in 1-6 are centrosymmetrical complexes, with a hexagonal-like arrangement of six peripheral metal ions (two rare-earth and four copper) around a central Cu(II) situated on a crystallographic inversion center. An all-oxygen environment is found to be present around the rare-earth metal ions, which adopt a distorted square-antiprismatic geometry. Three different Cu(II) sites are present in the heptanuclear complexes: two possess a distorted octahedral coordination sphere while the remaining one displays a distorted square-pyramidal geometry. Detailed static and dynamic magnetic properties of all the complexes have been studied and revealed the single-molecule magnet behavior of the Dy(III) and Ho(III) derivatives.

  9. Study of 57Fe Mössbauer effect in RFe2Zn20 ( R = Lu, Yb, Gd)

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    Bud’ko, Sergey L.; Kong, Tai; Ma, Xiaoming; Canfield, Paul C.

    2015-08-04

    In this document we report measurements of 57Fe Mössbauer spectra for RFe2Zn20 (R = Lu, Yb, Gd) from ~ 4.5 K to room temperature. The obtained isomer shift values are very similar for all three compounds, their temperature dependence was analyzed within the Debye model and resulted in an estimate of the Debye temperatures of 450-500 K. The values of quadrupole splitting at room temperature change with the cubic lattice constant a in a linear fashion. For GdFe2Zn20, ferromagnetic order is seen as an appearance of a sextet in the spectra. The 57Fe site hyperfine field for T → 0 was evaluated to be ~ 2.4 T.

  10. Sub-10 nm Sr2LuF7:Yb/Er@Sr2GdF7@SrF2 Up-Conversion Nanocrystals for Up-Conversion Luminescence-Magnetic Resonance-Computed Tomography Trimodal Bioimaging.

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    Chen, Cailing; Liu, Jianhua; Chen, Ying; Li, Chunguang; Liu, Xiaomin; Huang, He; Liang, Chen; Lou, Yue; Shi, Zhan; Feng, Shouhua

    2017-02-22

    Herein, sub-10 nm core-shell nanocrystals (NCs), which select Sr2LuF7:Yb/Er as core, Sr2GdF7 as middle shell, and SrF2 as an outermost shell, were synthesized by a seed-mediated growth process. The NCs possess good crystallinity, morphology, and up-conversion luminescent properties. After modification by polyethylenimine branched (PEI), in vitro cell up-conversion imaging with low autofluorescence was realized. Due to the presence of Gd(3+) ions, in vivo magnetic resonance (MR) imaging was also achieved with these designed NCs. More significantly, these special core-shell NCs exhibited high contrast in in vivo X-ray computed tomography (CT) imaging because of their good X-ray absorption ability. These results indicate that the core-shell up-conversion NCs can serve as promising contrast agents for up-conversion luminescence-MR-CT trimodal bioimaging.

  11. Resolution of the discrepancy between the variation of the physical properties of Ce1-xYbxCoIn5 single crystals and thin films with Yb composition

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    Jang, S.; White, B. D.; Lum, I. K.; Kim, H.; Tanatar, M. A.; Straszheim, W. E.; Prozorov, R.; Keiber, T.; Bridges, F.; Shu, L.; Baumbach, R. E.; Janoschek, M.; Maple, M. B.

    2014-11-18

    The extraordinary electronic phenomena including an Yb valence transition, a change in Fermi surface topology, and suppression of the heavy fermion quantum critical field at a nominal concentration x≈0.2 have been found in the Ce1-xYbxCoIn5 system. These phenomena have no discernable effect on the unconventional superconductivity and normal-state non-Fermi liquid behaviour that occur over a broad range of x up to ~0.8. However, the variation of the coherence temperature T* and the superconducting critical temperature Tc with nominal Yb concentration x for bulk single crystals is much weaker than that of thin films. To determine whether differences in the actual Yb concentration of bulk single crystals and thin film samples might be responsible for these discrepancies, we employed Vegard’s law and the spectroscopically determined values of the valences of Ce and Yb as a function of x to determine the actual composition xact of bulk single crystals. This analysis is supported by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, wavelength-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and transmission X-ray absorption edge spectroscopy measurements. The actual composition xact is found to be about one-third of the nominal concentration x up to x~0.5, and resolves the discrepancy between the variation of the physical properties of Ce1-xYbxCoIn5 single crystals and thin films with Yb concentration.

  12. An All-Solid Cryocooler to 100K Based on Optical Refrigeration in Yb:YLF Crystals

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    2014-05-06

    Bahae University of New Mexico Department of Physics and Astronomy 1919 Lomas Blvd., NE Albuquerque, NM 87131 6 May 2014 Final Report...in Yb:YLF Crystals 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 62601F 6. AUTHOR(S) 5d. PROJECT NUMBER 8809 Mansoor Sheik- Bahae 5e. TASK NUMBER...intentionally left blank) Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited. i Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited. Table of

  13. Crystal growth of CW diode-pumped (Er3+,Yb3+):GdAl3(BO3)4 laser material

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    Maltsev, V. V.; Koporulina, E. V.; Leonyuk, N. I.; Gorbachenya, K. N.; Kisel, V. E.; Yasukevich, A. S.; Kuleshov, N. V.

    2014-09-01

    Phase relationships in the Er:YbxGd1-xAl3(BO3)4-K2Mo3O10-B2O3-(Gd,Er,Yb)2O3 (x=0-0.2, Er-1 at%) system were studied in the temperature range from 1150 to 900 °С. Multicomponent melts of 55 mol%K2Mo3O10-45 mol% B2O3 (I) and 55 mol% K2Mo3O10-40 mol% B2O3-5 mol% (Gd,Er,Yb)2O3 (II) were suggested as reasonable fluxes for high-temperature solution growth of (Yb3+,Er3+):GdAl3(BO3)4 single crystals. Yb0.15Gd0.85Al3(BO3)4 solubility in the complex flux of II composition has been found as varying from 17 to 9.5 mol% with decreasing temperature in the interval of 1000-800 °C. As a result, (Er,Yb):GdAB single crystals with high optical quality and sizes up to 20×10×10 mm were grown on dipped "point" seeds. Absorption and stimulated emission spectra, emission lifetimes, and efficiencies of energy transfer from Yb3+ to Er3+ ions were determined. Highly efficient continuous-wave diode-pumped laser operation of (Er,Yb):GdAl3(BO3)4 crystal was realized.

  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. Growth and optical properties of Yb3+ and Tb3+ codoped BaB2O4 crystals

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    Solntsev, V. P.; Yelisseyev, A. P.; Bekker, T. B.; Kokh, A. E.; Stonoga, S. Yu.; Davydov, A. V.; Maillard, A.

    2012-11-01

    Optical absorption and luminescence spectra of ytterbium and terbium codoped BaB2O4 (β-BBO and α-BBO) crystals grown in different conditions have been studied. Low-temperature absorption peaks were observed in all samples. Features related to rare earth ions were observed in absorption and luminescence spectra. Absorption and emission in the range 860-1000 nm are caused by 2F5/2↔2F7/2 transitions in Yb3+ ions. Emission peaks at 500, 550, 590 and 630 nm correspond to 5D4→7F6, 7F5, 7F4, and 7F3 transitions of Tb3+ ions, respectively. The probable reasons of variations in spectroscopic features related to Yb in BBO host are discussed. It has been shown that the replacement of Ва2+ by Yb3+ in the lattice of ВаВ2О4 results in the decrease in the symmetry of oxygen surrounding of Yb3+.

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

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    Tan, Xiaoyan; Ovidiu Garlea, V.; Chai, Ping; ...

    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

  17. Intervalence charge transfer luminescence: interplay between anomalous and 5d - 4f emissions in Yb-doped fluorite-type crystals.

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    Barandiarán, Zoila; Seijo, Luis

    2014-12-21

    In this paper, we report the existence of intervalence charge transfer (IVCT) luminescence in Yb-doped fluorite-type crystals associated with Yb(2+)-Yb(3+) mixed valence pairs. By means of embedded cluster, wave function theory ab initio calculations, we show that the widely studied, very broad band, anomalous emission of Yb(2+)-doped CaF2 and SrF2, usually associated with impurity-trapped excitons, is, rather, an IVCT luminescence associated with Yb(2+)-Yb(3+) mixed valence pairs. The IVCT luminescence is very efficiently excited by a two-photon upconversion mechanism where each photon provokes the same strong 4f(14)-1A1g→ 4f(13)((2)F7/2)5deg-1T1u absorption in the Yb(2+) part of the pair: the first one, from the pair ground state; the second one, from an excited state of the pair whose Yb(3+) moiety is in the higher 4f(13)((2)F5/2) multiplet. The Yb(2+)-Yb(3+) → Yb(3+)-Yb(2+) IVCT emission consists of an Yb(2+) 5deg → Yb(3+) 4f7/2 charge transfer accompanied by a 4f7/2 → 4f5/2 deexcitation within the Yb(2+) 4f(13) subshell: [(2)F5/25deg,(2)F7/2] → [(2)F7/2,4f(14)]. The IVCT vertical transition leaves the oxidized and reduced moieties of the pair after electron transfer very far from their equilibrium structures; this explains the unexpectedly large band width of the emission band and its low peak energy, because the large reorganization energies are subtracted from the normal emission. The IVCT energy diagrams resulting from the quantum mechanical calculations explain the different luminescent properties of Yb-doped CaF2, SrF2, BaF2, and SrCl2: the presence of IVCT luminescence in Yb-doped CaF2 and SrF2; its coexistence with regular 5d-4f emission in SrF2; its absence in BaF2 and SrCl2; the quenching of all emissions in BaF2; and the presence of additional 5d-4f emissions in SrCl2 which are absent in SrF2. They also allow to interpret and reproduce recent experiments on transient photoluminescence enhancement in Yb(2+)-doped CaF2 and SrF2, the

  18. Intervalence charge transfer luminescence: Interplay between anomalous and 5d - 4f emissions in Yb-doped fluorite-type crystals

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    Barandiarán, Zoila; Seijo, Luis

    2014-12-01

    In this paper, we report the existence of intervalence charge transfer (IVCT) luminescence in Yb-doped fluorite-type crystals associated with Yb2+-Yb3+ mixed valence pairs. By means of embedded cluster, wave function theory ab initio calculations, we show that the widely studied, very broad band, anomalous emission of Yb2+-doped CaF2 and SrF2, usually associated with impurity-trapped excitons, is, rather, an IVCT luminescence associated with Yb2+-Yb3+ mixed valence pairs. The IVCT luminescence is very efficiently excited by a two-photon upconversion mechanism where each photon provokes the same strong 4f14-1A1g→ 4f13(2F7/2)5deg-1T1u absorption in the Yb2+ part of the pair: the first one, from the pair ground state; the second one, from an excited state of the pair whose Yb3+ moiety is in the higher 4f13(2F5/2) multiplet. The Yb2+-Yb3+ → Yb3+-Yb2+ IVCT emission consists of an Yb2+ 5deg → Yb3+ 4f7/2 charge transfer accompanied by a 4f7/2 → 4f5/2 deexcitation within the Yb2+ 4f13 subshell: [2F5/25deg,2F7/2] → [2F7/2,4f14]. The IVCT vertical transition leaves the oxidized and reduced moieties of the pair after electron transfer very far from their equilibrium structures; this explains the unexpectedly large band width of the emission band and its low peak energy, because the large reorganization energies are subtracted from the normal emission. The IVCT energy diagrams resulting from the quantum mechanical calculations explain the different luminescent properties of Yb-doped CaF2, SrF2, BaF2, and SrCl2: the presence of IVCT luminescence in Yb-doped CaF2 and SrF2; its coexistence with regular 5d-4f emission in SrF2; its absence in BaF2 and SrCl2; the quenching of all emissions in BaF2; and the presence of additional 5d-4f emissions in SrCl2 which are absent in SrF2. They also allow to interpret and reproduce recent experiments on transient photoluminescence enhancement in Yb2+-doped CaF2 and SrF2, the appearance of Yb2+ 4f-5d absorption bands in the excitation

  19. Development of a large-area monolithic 4×4 MPPC array for a future PET scanner employing pixelized Ce:LYSO and Pr:LuAG crystals

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    Kato, T.; Kataoka, J.; Nakamori, T.; Miura, T.; Matsuda, H.; Sato, K.; Ishikawa, Y.; Yamamura, K.; Kawabata, N.; Ikeda, H.; Sato, G.; Kamada, K.

    2011-05-01

    We have developed a new type of large-area monolithic Multi-Pixel Photon Counter (MPPC) array consisting of a 4×4 matrix of 3×3 mm 2 pixels. Each pixel comprises 3600 Geiger mode avalanche photodiodes (APDs) that achieve an average gain of 9.68×10 5 at 71.9 V at 0 °C with variations of only ±7.2% over 4×4 pixels. Excellent uniformity was also obtained for photon detection efficiencies (PDE) of ±6.4%, whilst dark count rates at the single photoelectron (1 p.e.) level amounted to ≃2 Mcps/pixel, measured at 0 °C. As the first step toward using the device in scintillation photon detectors, we fabricated a prototype gamma-ray camera consisting of an MPPC array optically coupled with a scintillator matrix, namely a 4×4 array of 3×3 ×10 mm 3 crystals. Specifically, we tested the performance with Ce-doped (Lu, Y) 2(SiO 4)O (Ce:LYSO), Pr-doped Lu 3Al 5O 12 (Pr:LuAG) and "surface coated" Pr:LuAG (Pr:LuAG (WLS)) matrices whereby the emission peak of Pr:LuAG was shifted from 310 to 420 nm via a wavelength shifter (WLS). Average energy resolutions of 13.83%, 14.70% and 13.96% (FWHM) were obtained for 662 keV gamma-rays, as measured at 0 °C with Ce:LYSO, Pr:LuAG and Pr:LuAG (WLS) scintillator matrices, respectively. We confirmed that the effective PDE for Pr:LuAG (WLS) had improved by more than 30% compared to original, non-coated Pr:LuAG matrix. These results suggest that a large-area monolithic MPPC array developed here could be promising for future medical imaging, particularly in positron emission tomography (PET).

  20. Optical characterization of Tm3+ in LiYF4 and LiLuF4 crystals

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    Xiong, Jing; Peng, HaiYan; Hu, Pengchao; Hang, Yin; Zhang, Lianhan

    2010-05-01

    A comparative study of the optical properties of Tm3+ in LiYF4 (YLF) and LiLuF4 (LLF) crystals is presented. Room temperature polarized absorption spectra and fluorescence spectra for Tm3+ in LYF and LLF were measured and analysed. By applying the Judd-Ofelt approach, the intensity parameters Ω2,4,6 were calculated. The radiative transition rates, branching ratios and radiative lifetimes were also obtained. The results were analysed and compared between these two samples, indicating that both of them are favourable laser media.

  1. Low-temperature superstructures of a series of Cd6M (M = Ca, Y, Sr, Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb and Lu) crystalline approximants

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    Nishimoto, Kazue; Sato, Takeru; Tamura, Ryuji

    2013-06-01

    The low-temperature (LT) superstructure and the phase transition temperature have been investigated for a series of Cd6M crystalline approximants by transmission electron microscopy as well as electrical resistivity measurements. Except for M = Lu, Cd6M is found to undergo a phase transition to a monoclinic phase at a low temperature and the transition temperature (Tc) scales well with the size of the M atom. For M = Ca, Y, Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er and Tm the LT superstructure is explained by a \\sqrt{2}a\\times a\\times \\sqrt{2}a lattice with the space group C2/c, and for M = Sr and Yb a \\sqrt{2}a\\times 2 a\\times \\sqrt{2}a monoclinic lattice with P2/m. On the other hand, no phase transition is observed for M = Lu, indicating that a Cd4 tetrahedron at the cluster center remains disordered down to the lowest temperature, i.e. 16 K. It is shown that the volume inside the Cd20 dodecahedron plays a crucial role in the occurrence of the phase transition, and long-term aging in particular promotes the phase transition for late rare-earth elements such as Ho, Er and Tm, suggesting that the transition is sensitive to and is even hindered by disorder such as atomic vacancies. The absence of the transition for M = Lu is attributed to the highest activation energy for the transition due to the smallest volume inside the Cd20 dodecahedron.

  2. High power cw and mode-locked oscillators based on Yb:KYW multi-crystal resonators.

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    Calendron, A-L; Wentsch, K S; Lederer, M J

    2008-11-10

    We report on a high power diode-pumped laser using multiple bulk Yb:KY(WO(4))(2) (KYW) crystals in a resonator optimised for this operation. From a dual-crystal resonator we obtain more than 24 W of cw-power in a TEM(00) mode limited by the available pump power. We also present results for semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) mode-locking in the soliton as well as positive dispersion regime with average output powers of 14.6 W and 17 W respectively.

  3. Laser oscillation of Yb:KLu(WO4)2 crystal polarized along the N(g) principal optical axis.

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    Liu, Junhai; Zhang, Huaijin; Han, Wenjuan; Petrov, Valentin; Wang, Jiyang

    2008-03-31

    Efficient polarized laser oscillation along the N(g) principal optical axis is demonstrated at room temperature with a N(p)-cut Yb:KLu(WO4)2 crystal in a three-mirror folded resonator pumped by a Ti:sapphire laser at 981 nm. To our knowledge, this is the first laser study of this polarization for bulk crystals of this type. A continuous-wave output power of 0.55 W was obtained at 1044 nm for an absorbed pump power of 1.44 W, leading to optical-to-optical and slope efficiencies of 38% and 52%, respectively.

  4. 2.0-μm emission and energy transfer of Ho3+/Yb3+ co-doped LiYF4 single crystal excited by 980 nm

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    Yang, Shuo; Xia, Hai-Ping; Jiang, Yong-Zhang; Zhang, Jia-Zhong; Jiang, Dong-Sheng; Wang, Cheng; Feng, Zhi-Gang; Zhang, Jian; Gu, Xue-Mei; Zhang, Jian-Li; Jiang, Hao-Chuan; Chen, Bao-Jiu

    2015-06-01

    Ho3+/Yb3+ co-doped LiYF4 single crystals with various Yb3+ concentrations and ˜ 0.98 mol% Ho3+ concentration are grown by the Bridgman method under the conditions of taking LiF and YF3 as raw materials and a temperature gradient (40 °C/cm-50 °C/cm) for the solid-liquid interface. The luminescent performances of the crystals are investigated through emission spectra, infrared transmittance spectrum, emission cross section, and decay curves under excitation by 980 nm. Compared with the Ho3+ single-doped LiYF4 crystal, the Ho3+/Yb3+ co-doped LiYF4 single crystal has an obviously enhanced emission band from 1850 nm to 2150 nm observed when excited by a 980-nm diode laser. The energy transfer from Yb3+ to Ho3+ and the optimum fluorescence emission around 2.0 μm of Ho3+ ions are investigated. The maximum emission cross section of the above sample at 2.0 μm is calculated to be 1.08×10-20 cm2 for the LiYF4 single crystal of 1-mol% Ho3+ and 6-mol% Yb3+ according to the measured absorption spectrum. The high energy transfer efficiency of 88.9% from Yb3+ to Ho3+ ion in the sample co-doped by Ho3+ (1 mol%) and Yb3+ (8 mol%) demonstrates that the Yb3+ ions can efficiently sensitize the Ho3+ ions. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 51472125 and 51272109) and the K.C. Wong Magna Fund in Ningbo University, China (Grant No. NBUWC001).

  5. Gd(3+)-Yb(3+) Exchange Interactions in LiYb(x)Y(1-x)F4 Single Crystals

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    2001-01-01

    fluorolanthanate phases," Inorg. Chem. 9, pp. 1096-1101, 1970. 6. L. E. Misiak, P. Mikolajczak and M. Subotowicz, "Lithium rare-earth fluoride crystal growth and...of Gd 34 in LiYF 4 determined by EPR," Solid State Commun. 45, pp. 1093-1098, 1983. 8. S. K. Misra, M. Kahrizi, P. Mikolajczak and L. E. Misiak, "EPR...and P. Mikolajczak , "EPR of Gd34 -doped single crystals of LiYbxY_,-F 4," Phys. Rev. B 38, pp. 8673-8682, 1988. 10. M. R. St. John and R. J. Myers

  6. The effect of Zn2+ ion on the UV-VIS-NIR and upconversion emission spectroscopy of Er3+ in Yb:Er:LiNbO3 crystal

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    Dai, Li; Jiao, Shanshan; Xu, Chao; Qian, Zhao; Li, Dayong; Lin, Jiaqi; Xu, Yuheng

    2014-03-01

    A series of Yb:Er:LiNbO3 crystals tridoped with x mol% Zn2+ ions (x = 1, 3, 5 and 8 mol%) was grown by Czochralski technique. The inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES) was used to measure the concentration of Er3+ in the crystal. The UV-VIS-NIR absorption spectra of Zn:Yb:Er:LiNbO3 crystals were measured, and Judd-Ofelt (J-O) theory was applied to predict the J-O intensity parameters (Ωt) and spectroscopic quality factor (X). With 980 nm excitation, duration lengthening of 1.54 μm emission and intensity enhancement of green upconversion emission were observed for Zn:Yb:Er:LiNbO3 crystal.

  7. Effects of scandium substitution on the crystal structure and luminescence properties of LuBO{sub 3}: Ce{sup 3+}

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    Wu, Yuntao; Ren, Guohao; Ding, Dongzhou; Pan, Shangke; Yang, Fan

    2012-10-15

    The calcite phase of LuBO{sub 3} and ScBO{sub 3} polycrystalline powders were synthesized by solid state reaction method, and the Lu{sub 1-x}Sc{sub x}BO{sub 3}:Ce (x=0.2, 0.5, 0.7) single crystals were grown by the Czochralski method. A large composition deviation between the initial polycrystalline powders and final single crystal was confirmed by electron probe micro-analysis. Raman spectroscopy revealed that moderate lattice disorder was induced by scandium substitution. However, based on the single crystal X-ray study, we finally concluded that the crystal structure of lutetium scandium orthoborate still crystallized in the rhombohedral system belonging to R3{sup -}c. Furthermore, the relationship between the energies of the five 5d levels of Ce{sup 3+} and the crystalline environment was revealed. The total redshift, total crystal field splitting, and centroid shift of Lu{sub 1-x}Sc{sub x}BO{sub 3}:Ce{sup 3+} were calculated based on their VUV excitation spectra. The variations trend of these observed spectroscopic parameters was in accordance with the predicted ones. - Graphical abstract: The crystal structure of Lu{sub 1-x}Sc{sub x}BO{sub 3}:Ce is rhombohedral system with R3{sup -}c space group. The relationship between the energies of the five Ce{sup 3+} 5d levels and the crystalline environment is established. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Moderate lattice disorder is induced by scandium doping. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The crystal structure of Lu{sub 1-x}Sc{sub x}BO{sub 3}:Ce is rhombohedral system with R3{sup -}c space group. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Relationship between energies of Ce{sup 3+} 5d levels and crystalline environment is established. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The spectroscopic parameters are experimentally and theoretically calculated.

  8. Influence of some impurities on the emission properties of CaF2:YbF3 crystals

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    Stef, Marius; Nicoara, Irina; Cirlan, Florina; Para, Irina; Velazquez, Matias; Buse, Gabriel

    2015-12-01

    Various concentrations of YbF3 -doped and NaF or PbF2 co-doped CaF2 crystals were grown using the conventional Bridgman method. Transparent colorless crystals were obtained in graphite crucible in vacuum using a shaped graphite furnace. The crystals have been cooled to room temperature using an established procedure. Room temperature absorption spectra have been obtained using a Shimadzu 1650PC spectrophotometer. Photoluminescent properties in IR spectral range were analyzed using a spectrofluorimeter Horiba Fluorolog 3. An IR laser diode at 932 nm was also used an directly injected in the equipment. The emission spectra are influenced by the concentration of co-dopant added to the melt, and the excitation wavelength. The high emission peak at 979 nm overlaps with the absorption peak. The highest intensity in the IR emission (around 1029 nm) is obtained for CaF2:0.72 mol% YbF3 crystal by excitation at 932 nm (diode lamp).

  9. An EPR study of rare-earth impurities in single crystals of the zircon-structure orthophosphates ScPO4, YPO4, and LuPO4 a)

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    Abraham, M. M.; Boatner, L. A.; Ramey, J. O.; Rappaz, M.

    1983-01-01

    Ceramic materials based on the lanthanide orthophosphate series of compounds are known to be highly stable both chemically and physically. These characteristics have recently led to an extensive evaluation of these substances as potential primary containment media for the disposal of high-level radioactive wastes. Since one important class of high-level nuclear waste (i.e., reprocessed light water reactor spent fuel) contains a relatively high concentration of various lanthanides, the solid state chemical properties of the mixed rare-earth and actinide-doped orthophosphates are of considerable practical interest. The Kramers' ions Ce3+, Nd3+, Dy3+, Er3+, Yb3+, and U3+ have been incorporated in single crystals of the tetragonal symmetry hosts ScPO4, YPO4, and LuPO4, and EPR spectroscopy has been used to verify the substitutional behavior of these ions and to investigate their electronic ground state properties. Principal axial spectroscopic splitting factors and hyperfine parameters were determined. These results are compared to those obtained for the same paramagnetic ions in other hosts characterized by crystal fields with tetragonal symmetry at the impurity-ion site.

  10. Anisotropy in the magnetic and multiferroic properties of LuFe2O4-δ single crystals with varying oxygen stoichiometry

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    Balakrishnan, G.; McKinnon, R. A.; Lees, M. R.

    2012-02-01

    LuFe2O4 is a multiferroic, where the origin of the ferroelectricity is attributed to electron correlations and directly linked to the charge ordering of Fe^2+ and Fe^3+ in the lattice. The multiferroic properties of this system are known to be sensitive to the oxygen stoichiometry. Large single crystals of LuFe2O4-δ with varying oxygen stoichiometry have been produced by the floating zone technique. Detailed magnetic susceptibility, dielectric constant and polarization measurements have been carried out along specific crystallographic axes of the single crystals over a wide temperature range to study the anisotropic properties. The effect of altering the Fe^2+/ Fe^3+ stochiometry on the physical properties of LuFe2O4-d is discussed.

  11. 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.

  12. Peculiarities of thermoelectric half-Heusler phase formation in Gd-Ni-Sb and Lu-Ni-Sb ternary systems

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    Romaka, V. V.; Romaka, L.; Horyn, A.; Rogl, P.; Stadnyk, Yu; Melnychenko, N.; Orlovskyy, M.; Krayovskyy, V.

    2016-07-01

    The phase equilibria in the Gd-Ni-Sb and Lu-Ni-Sb ternary systems were studied at 873 K by X-ray and metallographic analyses in the whole concentration range. The interaction of the elements in the Gd-Ni-Sb system results the formation of five ternary compounds at investigated temperature: Gd5Ni2Sb (Mo5SiB2-type), Gd5NiSb2 (Yb5Sb3-type), GdNiSb (MgAgAs-type), Gd3Ni6Sb5 (Y3Ni6Sb5-type), and GdNi0.72Sb2 (HfCuSi2-type). At investigated temperature the Lu-Ni-Sb system is characterized by formation of the LuNiSb (MgAgAs-type), Lu5Ni2Sb (Mo5SiB2-type), and Lu5Ni0.56Sb2.44 (Yb5Sb3-type) compounds. The disordering in the crystal structure of half-Heusler GdNiSb and LuNiSb was revealed by EPMA and studied by means of Rietveld refinement and DFT modeling. The performed electronic structure calculations are in good agreement with electrical transport property studies.

  13. Resolution of the discrepancy between the variation of the physical properties of Ce1-xYbxCoIn5 single crystals and thin films with Yb composition

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    Jang, S.; White, B. D.; Lum, I. K.; ...

    2014-11-18

    The extraordinary electronic phenomena including an Yb valence transition, a change in Fermi surface topology, and suppression of the heavy fermion quantum critical field at a nominal concentration x≈0.2 have been found in the Ce1-xYbxCoIn5 system. These phenomena have no discernable effect on the unconventional superconductivity and normal-state non-Fermi liquid behaviour that occur over a broad range of x up to ~0.8. However, the variation of the coherence temperature T* and the superconducting critical temperature Tc with nominal Yb concentration x for bulk single crystals is much weaker than that of thin films. To determine whether differences in the actualmore » Yb concentration of bulk single crystals and thin film samples might be responsible for these discrepancies, we employed Vegard’s law and the spectroscopically determined values of the valences of Ce and Yb as a function of x to determine the actual composition xact of bulk single crystals. This analysis is supported by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, wavelength-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and transmission X-ray absorption edge spectroscopy measurements. The actual composition xact is found to be about one-third of the nominal concentration x up to x~0.5, and resolves the discrepancy between the variation of the physical properties of Ce1-xYbxCoIn5 single crystals and thin films with Yb concentration.« less

  14. Electronic structure of Lu1-xLaxVO3 single crystals using soft x-ray spectroscopy

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    Chen, Bo; Laverock, Jude; McNulty, James; Newby, Dave; Smith, Kevin; Glans, Anders; Guo, Jinghua; Balakrishnan, Geetha; Singh, Ravi

    2012-02-01

    The rare-earth vanadates, RVO3, offer a rich phase diagram of both orbital and spin ordering phenomena, stemming from their two-fold occupation of the three-fold degenerate V t2g orbitals. It has been discussed that, in RVO3, which shows the t2g orbital ordering, the Jahn-Teller coupling suppression is much weaker than that in the eg electron systems. In order to address the orbital ordering effects, we report soft x-ray measurements of Lu1-xLaxVO3 single crystals, which approach both the smallest and largest rare-earth ionic sizes. X-ray absorption spectroscopy and x-ray emission spectroscopy, which reveal both the unoccupied and occupied partial density of states, are employed to observe the changes in the V 3d and O 2p states, across the orbital ordering transitions and R-site ionic radii. Also, resonant inelastic x-ray scattering is applied to probe the O 2p-V 3d* charge transfer excitations and V 3d-3d* transitions. Together, these complementary techniques provide a picture of the electronic structure of Lu1-xLaxVO3 to test the role of the orbital ordering during phase transitions with varying rare-earth ionic sizes.

  15. Thermal modeling of gain competition in Yb-doped large-mode-area photonic-crystal fiber amplifier.

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    Rosa, Lorenzo; Coscelli, Enrico; Poli, Federica; Cucinotta, Annamaria; Selleri, Stefano

    2015-07-13

    We propose a new model for gain competition effects in high-power fiber amplifiers, which accounts for the thermal effects of heat load on the doped core overlap of the propagating light field. The full-vectorial nature of the fiber modes is modeled by an embedded finite-element method modal solver, and the temperature profile is calculated by a simple and efficient radial heat propagation solver. The model is applied to a Yb³⁺-doped LPF45 air-clad photonic-crystal fiber amplifier for coand counter-propagating pumping setups, showing gain competition in conditions of severe heat load.

  16. 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)

  17. Magnetism in the KBaRE(BO3)2 (RE  =  Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu) series: materials with a triangular rare earth lattice

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    Sanders, M. B.; Cevallos, F. A.; Cava, R. J.

    2017-03-01

    We report the magnetic properties of compounds in the KBaRE(BO3)2 family (RE  =  Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb), materials with a planar triangular lattice composed of rare earth ions. The samples were analyzed by x-ray diffraction and crystallize in the space group R-3m. Physical property measurements indicate the compounds display predominantly antiferromagnetic interactions between spins without any signs of magnetic ordering above 1.8 K. The ideal 2D rare earth triangular layers in this structure type make it a potential model system for investigating magnetic frustration in rare-earth-based materials.

  18. Ionic conductivity of crystallization products of Ba1- x Yb x F2 + x melts ( x = 0.1, 0.2, 0.25)

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    Sorokin, N. I.; Sul'yanova, E. A.; Sobolev, B. P.

    2016-05-01

    The ionic conductivity σ of the crystallization products of Ba1 - x Yb x F2 + x melts with 10, 20 and 25 mol % YbF3 has been studied. A Ba0.9Yb0.1F2.1 sample is a solid solution with the CaF2 structure type, sp. gr. Fmoverline 3 m. A Ba0.8Yb0.2F2.2 sample contains two cubic forms with sp. gr. Fmoverline 3 m and Pmoverline 3 m. The σ values for Ba0.9Yb0.1F2.1 and Ba0.8Yb0.2F2.2 coincide and are equal to 3 × 10-5 S/cm at 500 K. A Ba0.75Yb0.25F2.25 sample is heterogeneous, despite its monolithic nature and transparency. A greater part of its volume has a cubic lattice with sp. gr. Pmoverline 3 m, while the smaller part is a phase crystallizing in the orthorhombic system. A change of composition from x = 0.2 to 0.25 leads to a change in the symmetry group and type of the cluster defects in the Ba1 - x Yb x F2 + x phase. The sp. gr. Fmoverline 3 m is replaced by the sp. gr. Pmoverline 3 m, and octahedral‒cubic {Ba8Yb6F69} clusters are transformed into "inverse" octahedral‒cubic {Yb8Ba6F71} clusters. These changes in the defect structure lead to an increase in conductivity by a factor of about 100. The fluorine-ionic conductivity of Ba0.75Yb0.25F2.25 is 2.5 × 10-3 S/cm at 500 K. This value exceeds the conductivity of Ba0.69La0.31F2.31 crystal by a factor of 15 (Ba0.69La0.31F2.31 has the best conducting properties among the fluorite phases of the Ba1 - x R x F2 + x family, for which σ was found to increase with a decrease in the atomic number of rare earth element (REE)).

  19. Plasmon enhanced energy-transfer up-conversion in Yb3+-Er3+ co-doped LiNbO3 crystal

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    Hernández-Pinilla, D.; Molina, P.; Plaza, J. L.; Bausá, L. E.; Ramírez, M. O.

    2017-01-01

    We have analyzed the effect of linear chains of metallic Ag nanoparticles on the optical properties of a periodically poled Yb3+-Er3+ co-doped LiNbO3 crystal. By exploiting the broad plasmonic response supported by linear chains of strongly coupled Ag nanoparticles, we demonstrate a 50% of enhancement of the up-converted Er3+ emission under excitation in the f-f transition of Yb3+ ions. The observed intensification is explained in terms of the broad plasmonic spectral response supported by the Ag chains, which overlaps both the Er3+ visible emissions and the Yb3+ absorption band, and the two-photon character of the Yb3+ → Er3+ energy-transfer up-conversion process. The results are of interest for applications involving luminescence up-conversion such as sensing, solar energy conversion, biological imaging or solid-state nanolasers.

  20. Diode-pumped femtosecond oscillators using ultra-broad-band Yb-doped crystals and modelocked using low-temperature grown or ion implanted saturable-absorber mirrors

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    Druon, F.; Valentine, G. J.; Chénais, S.; Raybaut, P.; Balembois, F.; Georges, P.; Brun, A.; Kemp, A. J.; Birkin, D. J. L.; Sibbett, W.; Mohr, S.; Kopf, D.; Burns, D.; Courjaud, A.; Hönninger, C.; Salin, F.; Gaumé, R.; Aron, A.; Aka, G.; Viana, B.; Clerc, C.; Bernas, H.

    2002-12-01

    Femtosecond modelocked lasers using new ytterbium-doped borate crystals (Yb:Sr3Y(BO3)3, Yb:Ca4GdO(BO3)3 and Yb:Ca4YO(BO3)3) are demonstrated. Pulse duration as short as 69 fs has been obtained. To modelock such lasers, fast saturable absorbers need to be used. Two different types of fast saturable absorbers have been studied: low-temperature-grown semiconductor mirrors (SESAM) and high-energy-ion-implanted semiconductor Bragg reflectors (SBR). We demonstrated, for the first time to our knowledge, that ion-implanted SBR can be used to modelock oscillators using Yb-doped materials.

  1. CW and passively Q-switched laser performance of Nd:Lu2SiO5 crystal

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    Xu, Xiaodong; Di, Juqing; Zhang, Jian; Tang, Dingyuan; Xu, Jun

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrated an efficient and controllable dual-wavelength continuous-wave (CW) laser of Nd:Lu2SiO5 (Nd:LSO) crystal. The maximum output power was 3.02 W at wavelength of 1075 nm and 1079 nm, and with increasing of absorbed pump power, the ratio of 1079 nm laser rose. The slope efficiency of 65.6% and optical-to-optical conversion efficiency of 63.3% were obtained. The passively Q-switched laser properties of Nd:LSO were investigated for the first time. The shortest pulse, maximum pulse energy and peak power were 11.58 ns, 29.05 μJ and 2.34 kW, respectively.

  2. 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.

  3. Minimization of temperature for laser cooling of Yb-ion-doped crystals.

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    Ivanov, Andrei; Rozhdestvensky, Yuriy; Perlin, Evgeniy

    2016-10-01

    In this paper, quantum mechanical calculations of cooling characteristics for the Yb3+:  YLF system with use of the vibronic model of laser cooling are presented. Dynamics of the laser cooling process for the seven-level system of an Yb ion is described by the density-matrix formalism. Dependences of the cooling characteristics on the pump intensity are obtained for various temperatures and absorption coefficients of impurity ions. It is shown that the pump intensity, at which the net cooling power has a maximum, depends on temperature. Thus, choosing the intensities, which correspond to the net cooling power maximum over the entire temperature range, we achieve a lower sample temperature at a shorter time than in the case of using a constant intensity throughout the cooling process. Calculations are performed for the parameters of the Yb3+:YLF system.

  4. UV-visible luminescence properties of the broad-band Yb:CALGO laser crystal

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    Jaffres, A.; Sharma, S. K.; Loiseau, P.; Viana, B.; Doualan, J. L.; Moncorgé, R.

    2015-03-01

    Yb:CALGO is now recognized to exhibit outstanding properties for the production of high-power and ultra-short laser pulses in the near infrared spectral range. However, various UV-visible absorption bands can be also observed due to different types of charge transfer mechanisms. Some of them are assigned to the formation of color centers due to small polarons and others to O2-→Yb3+ ligand-to-metal charge transfer (LMCT) transitions. The former can be removed by using adequate thermal treatments. The latter are intrinsic and they are very intense with cross sections of about two orders of magnitude larger that the near infrared ones. In fact, such LMCT absorption bands are responsible for relatively large changes of ionic polarizabilities and to non-negligible pseudo-nonlinear changes of refractive indices which should certainly affect the laser properties of Yb:CALGO at high pump power levels.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Cut-off analysis of 19-cell Yb-doped double-cladding rod-type photonic crystal fibers.

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    Poli, F; Coscelli, E; Alkeskjold, T T; Passaro, D; Cucinotta, A; Leick, L; Broeng, J; Selleri, S

    2011-05-09

    Yb-doped double-cladding large mode area rod-type photonic crystal fibers are a key component for power scaling in fiber laser systems. Recently, designs with 19-cell core defect, that is with 19 missing air-holes in the center of the photonic crystal cladding, have been proposed, with reported core diameter up to 100 μm. In this paper an analysis of the cut-off wavelength of the first high-order mode in such low-NA fibers is reported, accounting for different approaches for the definition of the cladding effective index. Results have shown that taking into account the finite fiber cross-section and considering the first cladding mode of the actual fiber is mandatory to obtain a correct estimate of the cut-off wavelength.

  8. Simultaneous tri-wavelength laser operation at 916, 1086, and 1089 nm of diode-pumped Nd:LuVO4 crystal

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    Shen, Bingjun; Jin, Lihong; Zhang, Jiajia; Tian, Jian

    2016-09-01

    We report a diode-pumped continuous-wave tri-wavelength Nd:LuVO4 laser operating at 916, 1086, and 1089 nm. A theoretical analysis has been introduced to determine the threshold conditions for simultaneous tri-wavelength laser operation. Using a T-shaped cavity, we realized efficient tri-wavelength operation at 4F3/2  →  4I9/2 and 4F3/2  →  4I11/2 transitions for Nd:LuVO4 crystal, simultaneously. The maximum output power was 2.8 W, which included 916, 1086, and 1089 nm, and the optical conversion efficiency was 15.1%. To our knowledge, this is the first work that realizes simultaneous tri-wavelength Nd:LuVO4 laser operation.

  9. Infrared (1.2-1.6 microm) luminescence in Cr4+:Yb3Al5O12 single crystal with 940 nm diode pumping.

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    Xu, Xiaodong; Zhao, Zhiwei; Song, Pingxin; Zhou, Guoqing; Xu, Jun; Deng, Peizhen; Bourdet, Gilbert; Chanteloup, Jean Christophe; Zou, Ji-Ping; Fulop, Annabelle

    2005-09-01

    Infrared (1.2-1.6 microm) luminescence in a ytterbium aluminium garnet (YbAG) crystal, doped with Cr (0.05at.%) ions, was investigated under CW laser diode pumping (lambda=940 nm). The Cr4+ emission band was observed with its peak at 1.34 microm and measured to be about 1.3 times with respect to Yb3+ IR luminescence (lambda=1.03 microm). We demonstrate that for the excitation wavelength of 940 nm Yb3+ ions act as sensitizers of the 3B2(3T2)-3B1(3A2) emission of Cr4+ ions. This crystal is promising as a high-efficient system for tunable laser (1.2-1.6 microm) output.

  10. Yb3+-doped LiBi(WO4)2 single crystals fibers grown by micro-pulling down technique and characterization

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    Rekik, B.; Derbal, M.; Lebbou, K.; Benammar, M. E. A.

    2016-10-01

    The Yb3+ doped LiBi(WO4)2 fibers single crystals have been pulled using the micro-pulling down technique (μ-PD) with controlled fiber diameter and under stationary stable growth conditions. The corresponding crystallization interface was flat, with meniscus length equal to the fiber radii. The pulling rate used was in the range of 2-6 mm h-1. We have determined the monophased field of LiBi1-xYbx(WO4)2 and observed that the lattice parameters decrease as a function of Yb3+ substitution in Bi3+ sites. The structural characterization has been studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray fluorescence (XRF) method and Raman spectroscopy. We also performed micro-luminescence characterizations and drawn the decay time for both of the 1 at% (Yb3+) doped LiBi(WO4)2 fiber and powders.

  11. Syntheses and crystal structures of the rare-earth metal(III) bromide ortho-oxidotungstates(VI) with the formula REBr[WO4] (RE = Y, Gd-Yb)

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    Schustereit, Tanja; Schleid, Thomas; Hartenbach, Ingo

    2015-10-01

    The rare-earth metal(III) bromide ortho-oxidotungstates(VI) with the formula REBr[WO4] crystallize triclinically in space group P 1 bar (a = 689-693, b = 715-728, c = 1074-1107 pm, α = 103-106, β ≈ 108 and γ = 93-95°, Z = 4) for RE = Y, Gd-Yb. Their crystal structure is isotypic with the most examples of the formally analogous lanthanoid(III) bromide oxidomolybdates(VI) REBr[MoO4] with RE = Y, Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd-Lu. It contains two crystallographically different rare-earth metal(III) cations with coordination numbers of seven plus one for (RE1)3+ and seven for (RE2)3+. The (RE1)3+ cations are surrounded by three Br- and four plus one O2- anions forming distorted trigonal dodecahedra, while the (RE2)3+ cations exhibit a coordination environment of one Br- and six O2- anions in the shape of a monocapped trigonal prism. Furthermore, the structure contains two crystallographically independent, isolated tetrahedral [WO4]2- units. All these polyhedra are fused together to form 1 ∞ {REBr[WO4]} chains running along [012]. Since the title compounds, synthesized by solid-state reactions from the underlying binaries, emerge as pure phases according to X-ray powder diffractometry, spectroscopic and magnetic measurements were performed.

  12. Laser performance of in-band pumped Er : LiYF{sub 4} and Er : LiLuF{sub 4} crystals

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    Gorbachenya, K N; Kisel, V E; Yasukevich, A S; Kuleshov, N V; Kurilchik, S V; Nizamutdinov, A S; Korableva, S L; Semashko, V V

    2016-02-28

    Spectroscopic properties of Er : LiLuF{sub 4} and Er : LiYF{sub 4} crystals in the spectral region near 1.5 μm and the lasing characteristics of these crystals under in-band pumping at a wavelength of 1522 nm are studied. With the Er : LiLuF{sub 4} crystal, the maximum slope efficiency with respect to the absorbed pump power was 44% at a wavelength of 1609 nm. Continuous-wave operation of an inband pumped Er : LiYF{sub 4} laser is obtained for the first time. The output power at a wavelength of 1606 nm was 58 mW with a slope efficiency of 21%. (lasers)

  13. Spectroscopic properties and pulsed laser performance of thulium-doped (Lu,Y)3Al5O12 mixed crystal

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    Zhao, Yongguang; Zhou, Wei; Xu, Xiaodong; Shen, Deyuan

    2016-12-01

    In this paper, we describe a thulium-doped (Lu,Y)3Al5O12 mixed crystal that was designed and grown to achieve a large pulse energy in Q-switched laser operation. Its absorption cross-sections at 781.3 nm and 1629.2 nm were calculated to be 3.4 × 10-21 cm2 and 5 × 10-21 cm2, respectively, and the emission cross-section at 2018.3 nm was calculated to be 1.92 × 10-21 cm2. The highest single pulse energy of 1.4 mJ near 2.02 μm was realized in an actively Q-switched solid-state laser, and further power scaling was just limited by the damage of the crystal coating. Based on the calculated spectrum parameters, theoretical simulation of the single pulse energy that considering the cross-relaxation process was proposed, which was well consistent with the experimental results.

  14. Growth, Thermal and Spectral Properties of Er3+-Doped and Er3+/Yb3+-Codoped Li3Ba2La3(WO4)8 Crystals

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    Xiao, Bin; Lin, Zhoubin; Zhang, Lizhen; Huang, Yisheng; Wang, Guofu

    2012-01-01

    This paper reports the growth and spectral properties of Er3+-doped and Er3+/Yb3+-codoped Li3Ba2La3(WO4)8 crystals. The Er3+: Li3Ba2La3(WO4)8 crystal with dimensions of 56 mm×28 mm×9 mm and Er3+/Yb3+: Li3Ba2La3(WO4)8 crystal with dimensions of 52 mm×24 mm×8 mm were obtained by the top-seeded solution growth (TSSG) method. Thermal expansion coefficients and thermal conductivity of both crystals were measured. The spectroscopic characterizations of both crystals were investigated. The spectroscopic analysis reveals that the Er3+/Yb3+: Li3Ba2La3(WO4)8 crystal has much better optical properties than the Er3+: Li3Ba2La3(WO4)8 crystal, thus it may become a potential candidate for solid-state laser gain medium material. PMID:22808214

  15. [Crystal structure and upconversion emission of Yb3+/Er(3+) -co-doped NaYF4 nanocrystals].

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    Yao, Li-Li; Luo, Li; Dong, Guo-Shuai; Wang, Yin-Hai

    2013-11-01

    Yb3+/EP(3+) -co-doped cubic NaYF4 and Yb3+/Er3+/Gd(3+) -tri-doped hexagonal NaYF4 nanocrystals were synthesized by a modified coprecipitation method with ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA) as chelating agent. The samples' morphology, crystal phase and upconversion emission were measured with transmission electron microscope (TEM), X-ray diffraction patterns (XRD) and upconversion luminescence spectrum. TEM and XRD results showed that the phase transition from cubic to hexagonal was promoted through Gd3+ doping. It has been reported that the upconversion efficiency of hexagonal NaYF4 is higher than that of cubic NaYF4, however, the effect of crystal phase on upconversion luminescence has not been well understood. This work focuses analysis of measurement results to compare the effect of, crystal phase on the crystal field energy splitting and upconversion emission intensity as well as emission color, and a mechanism of luminescence enhancement and color tunability are revealed. Strong visible upconversion luminescence can be seen clearly by the naked eyes in both cubic phase and hexagonal phase samples upon excitation by a 980 nm laser diode with power of 10 mW, consisting of green emissions centered at around 525/550 nm originating from the transitions of 2H11/2/4 S3/2 --> 4 I15/2 and red emission at about 657 nm from 4F9/2 to 4 I15/2 of Er3+ ions respectively. In comparison to cubic sample, the hexagonal phase sample presented much stronger and sharper upconversion luminescence, whose emission efficiency was enhanced 10 times with an additional transition of 2 H9/2 --> 4I13/2 at 557 nm, furthermore, the intensity ratio of red to green emission increased from 2 :1 to 3 : 1. Doping NaYF4 nanocrystals with Gd3+ ions induced the hexagonal-to-cubic phase transition and thus decreased the crystal symmetry, consequently increased absorption cross-section and 4f-4f transition probabilities by relaxing forbidden selection rules, resulting in stronger emission. In the

  16. Sequential energy transfer up-conversion process in Yb3+/Er3+:SrMoO4 crystal.

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    Zhuang, Renzhong; Wang, Guofu

    2016-04-04

    This paper reports the dynamic characteristics of sequential energy transfer up-conversion processes in Yb3+/Er3+:SrMoO4 crystal. A general method based on the emission intensity has been developed to calculate the nonradiative decay rate. A new macroscopic theory has been developed to calculate the energy transfer parameters based on the crystal structure. According to both new calculating methods, the spectral parameters of Yb3+/Er3+:SrMoO4 crystal were calculated, such as up-conversion luminescent quantum efficiencies and threshold pump powers. Both calculating methods may be applied to calculate the spectral parameters of the laser crystal materials.

  17. Structural characterization of Lu{sub 1.8}Y{sub 0.2}SiO{sub 5} crystals

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    Chiriu, Daniele; Faedda, Nicola; Lehmann, Alessandra Geddo; Ricci, Pier Carlo; Anedda, Alberto; Desgreniers, Serge; Fortin, Emery

    2007-08-01

    The structural and vibrational properties of Lu{sub 1.8}Y{sub 0.2}SiO{sub 5} (LYSO) single crystals were investigated by means of Raman spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction measurements. Unit cell parameters and bond lengths were determined by Rietveld refinement of the collected x-ray diffraction powder spectra. By comparison with the vibrational spectra of the parent compounds Lu{sub 2}SiO{sub 5} and Y{sub 2}SiO{sub 5} and by using polarized Raman measurements, we propose the assignment of the principal vibrational modes of LYSO crystals. The strict connection of Raman spectra of the LYSO solid solution and of the pure lutetium and yttrium crystals, as well as the analysis of the polarized measurements, confirms that LYSO structure adopts the C2/c space group symmetry. The structural analogies of LYSO with the pure compound Lu{sub 2}SiO{sub 5} are further shown by means of high pressure Raman spectroscopy, and the possibility of considering the LYSO crystal analogous to the LSO structure with a tensile stress between 0.25 and 0.80 GPa is discussed.

  18. [Spectroscopic analysis of Er3+ in Er3+ /Yb3+ co-doped LiNbO3 crystal].

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    Wang, Dun-Chun; Zhang, De-Long; Cui, Yu-Ming; Chen, Cai-He

    2005-12-01

    At room temperature, alpha-polarized absorption spectra of as-grown and annealed Er3+/Yb3+ co-doped, Z-cut LiNbO3 single crystals, grown by using Czochralski method, were measured in the wavelength range of 300-1 650 nm. The spectroscopic properties of Er3+ were analysed by using Judd-Ofelt theory. The experimental values of the electron transition strengths of several major transitions from the ground state to excited-state manifolds were evaluated from the measured integrated absorption coefficients of Er3+. The Judd-Ofelt parameters were determined by using least square method. According to the fitted Judd-Ofelt parameters, the spontaneous emission rates, the fluorescence branch ratios from the excited-state manifolds J to the lower-lying manifolds J', as well as the radiative lifetimes of the excited states were numerically calculated. In addition, Yb3+ co-doping and thermal anneal effects on the spectroscopic properties of Er3+ were also considered in this work.

  19. Determination of the enthalpy of crystallization of the europium, ytterbium, and lutecium iron garnets Eu/sub 3/Fe/sub 5/O/sub 12/, Yb/sub 3/Fe/sub 5/O/sub 12/, and Lu/sub 3/Fe/sub 5/O/sub 12/ and the solid solutions LuEu/sub 2/Fe/sub 5/O/sub 12/, Nd/sub 0. 94/Gd/sub 2. 06/Fe/sub 5/O/sub 12/, Lu/sub 0. 48/Sm/sub 2. 52/Fe/sub 5/O/sub 12/, and La/sub 0. 24/Gd/sub 2. 76/Fe/sub 5/O/sub 12/

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    Reznitskii, L.A.; Filippova, S.E.; Leonov, A.V.; Viting, L.M.

    1987-05-01

    The authors have investigated the mechanism and determined the enthalpy of crystallization of x-ray amorphous iron garnets of rare-earth elements and their solid solutions. The authors have established a relation between the mechanism of the solid-phase reaction of formation of the iron garnets and the decrease in the ionic radius of the rare-earth element in the dodecahedral positions. A rise in the temperature during crystallization of amorphous phases facilitates a rapid completion of the reaction in which double oxides with a complex three-sublattice structure are released.

  20. Crystal growth, optical properties, and continuous-wave laser operation of Nd3+-doped Lu2SiO5 crystal

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    Li, D. Z.; Xu, X. D.; Zhou, D. H.; Xia, C. T.; Wu, F.; Xu, J.; Cong, Z. H.; Zhang, J.; Tang, D. Y.

    2011-01-01

    High quality Nd3+-doped Lu2SiO5 (Nd:LSO) crystal has been grown by the Czochralski technique. The cell parameters were analyzed with X-ray diffraction (XRD). Room temperature absorption and fluorescence spectra and fluorescence lifetime of the Nd:LSO crystal were measured and analyzed. The Judd-Ofelt intensity parameters Ω2,4,6 were obtained to be 2.59, 4.90, and 5.96×10-20 cm2, respectively. The absorption and emission cross sections and the branching ratios were calculated. The peak emission cross section is 5.8 and 6.6×10-20 cm2 at 1075 and 1079 nm, respectively, with full width at half maximum (FWHM) of 2.8 and 5.1 nm in turn. Pumped by a laser diode, a maximum 2.54 W continuous-wave laser output has been obtained with a slope efficiency of 32%. All the results show that this crystal is a promising laser material.

  1. Yb:YAG single-crystal fiber amplifiers for picosecond lasers using the divided pulse amplification technique.

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    Lesparre, Fabien; Gomes, Jean Thomas; Délen, Xavier; Martial, Igor; Didierjean, Julien; Pallmann, Wolfgang; Resan, Bojan; Druon, Frederic; Balembois, François; Georges, Patrick

    2016-04-01

    A two-stage master-oscillator power-amplifier (MOPA) system based on Yb:YAG single-crystal-fiber (SCF) technology and designed for high peak power is studied to significantly increase the pulse energy of a low-power picosecond laser. The first SCF amplifier has been designed for high gain. Using a gain medium optimized in terms of doping concentration and length, an optical gain of 32 dB has been demonstrated. The second amplifier stage designed for high energy using the divided pulse technique allows us to generate a recombined output pulse energy of 2 mJ at 12.5 kHz with a pulse duration of 6 ps corresponding to a peak power of 320 MW. Average powers ranging from 25 to 55 W with repetition rates varying from 12.5 to 500 kHz have been demonstrated.

  2. Octave-spanning spectrum generation in tapered silica photonic crystal fiber by Yb:fiber ring laser above 500 MHz.

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    Jiang, Tongxiao; Wang, Guizhong; Zhang, Wei; Li, Chen; Wang, Aimin; Zhang, Zhigang

    2013-02-15

    We report octave-spanning spectrum generated in a tapered silica photonic crystal fiber by a mode-locked Yb:fiber ring laser at a repetition rate as high as 528 MHz. The output pulses from this laser were compressed to 62 fs. By controlling the hole expansion and core diameter, a silica PCF was tapered to 20 cm with an optimal d/Λ ratio of 0.6. Pulses with the energy of 280 pJ and the peak power of 4.5 kW were injected into the tapered fiber and the pulse spectrum was expanded from 500 to 1600 nm at the level of -30 dB.

  3. Yb3+-doped KLu(WO4)2, Nb:RbTiOPO4 and KGd(PO3)4 crystals. Growth, characterization and laser operation

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    Pujol, M. C.; Mateos, X.; Carvajal, J. J.; Solé, R.; Massons, J.; Aguiló, M.; Díaz, F.

    2017-01-01

    Macrodefect-free samples of Yb3+:KLu(WO4)2, Yb3+:Nb:RbTiOPO4 and Yb3+:KGd(PO3)4 laser crystals were grown using the Top Seeded Solution Growth - Slow Cooling technique. Structural and morphological studies related with the three materials were carried out and discussed. The dispersion of the refractive indices was measured and Sellmeier equations were constructed which are valid in the UV-Vis-IR range. The Stark splitting of the two electronic states of trivalent ytterbium was determined and the CW laser generation was demonstrated in these hosts. This paper shows a review of the main results achieved in FiCMA-FiCNA-URV laboratories in relation with these laser materials in the last years.

  4. Dual-modal upconversion fluorescent/X-ray imaging using ligand-free hexagonal phase NaLuF4:Gd/Yb/Er nanorods for blood vessel visualization.

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    Zeng, Songjun; Wang, Haibo; Lu, Wei; Yi, Zhigao; Rao, Ling; Liu, Hongrong; Hao, Jianhua

    2014-03-01

    Visualization of blood vessel of lung can improve the detection of the lung and pulmonary vascular diseases. However, research on visualization of blood vessel of lung using the new generation upconversion nanoprobes is still scarce. Herein, high quality hexagonal phase NaLuF4:Gd/Yb/Er nanorods were synthesized by a simple hydrothermal method through doping Gd(3+). Doping Gd can not only promote the phase transformation from cubic to hexagonal and the shape evolution from microtube to rod-like, but also provide an additional magnetic properties for biomedical application. The as-prepared nanorods were further converted to water solubility by treating with HCl for eliminating the capped oleic acid. The ligand-free nanorods were successfully used for high-contrast upconversion fluorescent bioimaging of HeLa cells. Moreover, the in vivo synergistic upconversion fluorescent and X-ray imaging of nude mice were demonstrated by subcutaneously and intravenously administrated the ligand-free nanorods. The X-ray signals were matched well with the upconversion signal, indicating the successfully synergistic bioimaging. The ex-vivo X-ray and upconversion fluorescent imaging of various organs revealed that the nanorods were mainly accumulated in liver and lung. More importantly, the blood vessel of the lung can be readily visualized when these ligand-free nanorods are intravenously injected. Apart from the synergistic X-ray and upconversion bioimaging, the ligand-free nanorods can also possess excellent paramagnetic property for potential magnetic resonance imaging contrast agent. Our results have demonstrated the enhanced visualization of blood vessel of lung performed by dual-modal bioimaging of X-ray and upconversion fluorescence, revealing the great promise of these nanoprobes in angiography imaging. Such a new technique enables the integration of the two bioimaging techniques by combining their collective strengths and minimizing their shortcomings.

  5. Doping effects on trimerization and magnetoelectric coupling of single crystal multiferroic (Y,Lu)MnO3

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    Choi, Seongil; Sim, Hasung; Kang, Soonmin; Choi, Ki-Young; Park, Je-Geun

    2017-03-01

    Hexagonal RMnO3 is a multiferroic compound with a giant spin–lattice coupling at an antiferromagnetic transition temperature, Lee et al (2008 Nature 451 805). Despite extensive studies over the past two decades, the origin and underlying microscopic mechanism of strong spin–lattice coupling remain very much elusive. In this study, we have tried to address this problem by measuring the thermal expansion and dielectric constant of doped single crystals Y1‑x Lu x MnO3 where x  =  0, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, and 1.0. From these measurements, we confirm that there is a progressive change in the physical properties with doping. At the same time, all our samples exhibit clear anomalies at T N, even in the samples where x  =  0.5 and 0.75. This is opposed to some earlier ideas, which suggests an unusual doping dependence of the anomaly. Our work reveals yet another interesting facet of the spin–lattice coupling issue in hexagonal RMnO3.

  6. Continuous-wave laser operation of Tm and Hoco-doped NaY(WO(4))(2) and NaLu(WO(4))(2) crystals.

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    Han, X; Fusari, F; Serrano, M D; Lagatsky, A A; Cano-Torres, J M; Brown, C T A; Zaldo, C; Sibbett, W

    2010-03-15

    Tetragonal single crystals of NaT(WO(4))(2) (T = Y or Lu) co-doped with Tm(3+) and Ho(3+) ions have been employed for broadly tunable and efficient room-temperature laser operation at around 2 mum. With Ti:sapphire laser pumping at 795 nm, a slope efficiency and a maximum output power as high as 48% and 265 mW, respectively, have been achieved at 2050 nm from a Tm,Ho:NaY(WO(4))(2) crystal. Tuning from 1830 nm to 2080 nm has also been obtained using an intracavity Lyot filter.

  7. Nanostructured crystals of fluorite phases Sr{sub 1−x}R{sub x}F{sub 2+x} (R Are Rare Earth Elements) and their ordering: 10. Ordering under spontaneous crystallization and annealing of Sr{sub 1−x}R{sub x}F{sub 2+x} Alloys (R = Tb-Lu, Y) with 23.8–36.1 mol % RF{sub 3}

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    Sulyanova, E. A. Karimov, D. N.; Sulyanov, S. N.; Zhmurova, Z. I.; Golubev, A. M.; Sobolev, B. P.

    2015-01-15

    The products of spontaneous crystallization (at a cooling rate of ∼200 K/min) of Sr{sub 1−x}R{sub x}F{sub 2+x} melts in the homogeneity range of the fluorite phase have been investigated. Thirty-two irrational compositions with 23.8–36.1 mol % RF{sub 3} and eight rational Sr{sub 2}RF{sub 7} compositions are obtained. With respect to the RF{sub 3} content, these compositions form five groups: (1) Sr{sub 0.762}R{sub 0.238}F{sub 2.238} (23.8% RF{sub 3}), (2) Sr{sub 0.744}R{sub 0.256}F{sub 2.256} (25.6%), (3) Sr{sub 0.718}R{sub 0.282}F{sub 2.282} (28.2%), (4) Sr{sub 2}RF{sub 7} (33.3%), and (5) Sr{sub 0.639}R{sub 0.361}F{sub 2.361} (36.1%). R = Tb-Lu, Y for all groups. Quenching melts of group 5 with R = Tb, Dy, and Ho leads to the formation of ordered phases with the trigonal distortion of the rhβ-Na{sub 7}Zr{sub 6}F{sub 31} type, while for melts of group 5 with R = Lu, quenching yields a phase of the trigonal rhα′-Sr{sub 4}Lu{sub 3}F{sub 17} type. In group 5 with R = Y, Er, Tm, or Yb and in groups 1–4 with all REEs, fluorite phases are formed. Annealing at 900 ± 20°C for 96 h with subsequent cooling at a rate of ∼200 K/min expands the variety of ordered phases: a phase with a new r type of orthorhombic distortion is formed in group 1 with R = Lu, in group 2 with R = Tm or Lu, and in group 3 with R = Ho-Lu, Y; a t-Sr{sub 2}RF{sub 7} phase with tetragonal distortion is formed in group 4 with R = Tb-Er, Y; and a phase of trigonal rhα′ type is formed in group 5 with R = Y, Yb, or Lu. A fluorite phase arises in group 1 with R = Tb-Lu, Y as a result of quenching and annealing. The tendency to ordering becomes more pronounced with an increase in the RF{sub 3} content and REE atomic number. The annealing conditions do not provide equilibrium or the completely ordered state of all alloys.

  8. Coupling of Ag Nanoparticle with Inverse Opal Photonic Crystals as a Novel Strategy for Upconversion Emission Enhancement of NaYF4: Yb(3+), Er(3+) Nanoparticles.

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    Shao, Bo; Yang, Zhengwen; Wang, Yida; Li, Jun; Yang, Jianzhi; Qiu, Jianbei; Song, Zhiguo

    2015-11-18

    Rare-earth-ion-doped upconversion (UC) nanoparticles have generated considerable interest because of their potential application in solar cells, biological labeling, therapeutics, and imaging. However, the applications of UC nanoparticles were still limited because of their low emission efficiency. Photonic crystals and noble metal nanoparticles are applied extensively to enhance the UC emission of rare earth ions. In the present work, a novel substrate consisting of inverse opal photonic crystals and Ag nanoparticles was prepared by the template-assisted method, which was used to enhance the UC emission of NaYF4: Yb(3+), Er(3+) nanoparticles. The red or green UC emissions of NaYF4: Yb(3+), Er(3+) nanoparticles were selectively enhanced on the inverse opal substrates because of the Bragg reflection of the photonic band gap. Additionally, the UC emission enhancement of NaYF4: Yb(3+), Er(3+) nanoparticles induced by the coupling of metal nanoparticle plasmons and photonic crystal effects was realized on the Ag nanoparticles included in the inverse opal substrate. The present results demonstrated that coupling of Ag nanoparticle with inverse opal photonic crystals provides a useful strategy to enhance UC emission of rare-earth-ion-doped nanoparticles.

  9. The development and performance of UV-enhanced APD-arrays for high resolution PET imaging coupled with pixelized Pr:LuAG crystal

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    Yoshino, M.; Kataoka, J.; Nakamori, T.; Matsuda, H.; Miura, T.; Katou, T.; Ishikawa, Y.; Kawabata, N.; Matsunaga, Y.; Kamada, K.; Usuki, Y.; Yoshikawa, A.; Yanagida, T.

    2011-07-01

    The development of high-resolution, UV-enhanced avalanche photodiode (APD) arrays usable in high-resolution PET imaging is underway. These APD arrays were specifically designed as photosensors capable of direct coupling with pixelized Pr-doped Lu 3Al 5O 12 (Pr:LuAG) scintillators. An excellent quantum efficiency (QE) of 55% was achieved at the peak emission of Pr:LuAG (310 nm), namely, a substantial improvement from the QE ≤5% as measured with the conventional Hamamatsu reverse-type APDs (S8664 series). Each APD device has 8×8 (TYP1) and 12×12 (TYP2) pixel structures with active areas of 3×3 mm 2 and 2×2 mm 2 in each pixel, respectively. A gain uniformity of ±8% and low dark noise of ≤2 nA/pixel have been achieved, measured at +25 °C. We also report on the large size single crystal growth of improved Pr:LuAG scintillators and the preliminary performance test of the same. An energy resolution of 4.2% (FWHM) was obtained for 662 keV gamma-rays for 10×10×10 mm 3 crystal, measured with a PMT employing a super-bialkali photocathode. We made a test module consisting of a UV-enhanced APD-array (either TYP1 or TYP2) optically coupled with an 8×8 (or 12×12) pixel Pr:LuAG matrix. The linearity between the output signals and incident gamma-ray energy of TYP1 and TYP2 gamma-ray detectors were only 0.27 and 0.33%, as measured at +25 °C for various gamma-ray sources, respectively. Energy resolutions of 7.0±0.2% (FWHM) and 9.0±0.6% (FWHM) were, respectively, obtained for TYP1 and TYP2 detector arrays for 662 keV gamma-rays. The uniformity of the pulse height distributions was also measured at less than 8% for both detectors. Finally, we measured the coincidence timing resolution of these gamma-ray detectors and obtained 4.0±0.1 ns (FWHM) for the 511 keV annihilation quanta from a 22Na source. These results suggest that UV-enhanced APD-arrays coupled with Pr:LuAG scintillators could be a promising device for future application in nuclear medicine.

  10. A new polymorph of Lu(PO(3))(3).

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    Bejaoui, Anis; Horchani-Naifer, Karima; Férid, Mokhtar

    2008-07-19

    A new polymorph of lutetium polyphosphate, Lu(PO(3))(3), was found to be isotypic with the trigonal form of Yb(PO(3))(3). Two of the three Lu atoms occupy special positions (Wyckoff positions 3a and 3b, site symmetry ). The atomic arrangement consists of infinite helical polyphosphate chains running along the c axis, with a repeat period of 12 PO(4) tetra-hedra, joined with LuO(6) octa-hedra.

  11. Nanostructured crystals of fluorite phases Sr1- x R x F2 + x and their ordering: 11. Influence of structural cluster ordering on fluorine ionic conductivity of the Sr1- x Lu x F2 + x Phase

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    Sorokin, N. I.; Sobolev, B. P.

    2015-11-01

    Ionic conductivity σ of the ordered phase (binary compound) Sr4Lu3F17 (sp. gr. Roverline 3 , Z = 6) with a fluorite-derivative structure obtained from a melt has been studied for the first time by impedance spectroscopy. The octahedral-cubic clusters {Sr8[Lu6F37]F32} formed in the structure of the disordered (fluorite) phase Sr1- x Lu x F2 + x (sp. gr. Fmoverline 3 m, Z = 4) become structural blocks with long-range order in the Sr4Lu3F17 compound. The effect of the clusters on the conductivity of nonstoichiometric phases Sr1- x Lu x F2 + x (2-25 mol % LuF3) and Sr4Lu3F17 (42.86 mol % LuF3) has been studied for the first time. Cluster ordering in Sr4Lu3F17 is accompanied by a decrease in the conductivity (σ = 6.3 × 10-7 S/cm at 673 K and Δ H σ = 1.12 eV) by a factor of 25 with respect to a disordered Sr0.75Lu0.25F2.75 crystal (experiment) and by a factor of 125 with respect to the saturated fluorite phase Sr0.63Lu0.37F2.37 (extrapolation). The unit-cell volume changes per F- ion during ordering are small and should not significantly affect the fluorine ion conductivity.

  12. Size/morphology induced tunable luminescence in upconversion crystals: ultra-strong single-band emission and underlying mechanisms

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    Wang, Zhaofeng; Zeng, Songshan; Yu, Jingfang; Ji, Xiaoming; Zeng, Huidan; Xin, Shuangyu; Wang, Yuhua; Sun, Luyi

    2015-05-01

    In this work, we present a two-step method to controllably synthesize novel and highly efficient upconversion materials, Lu5O4F7:Er3+,Yb3+ nano/micro-crystals, and investigate their size/morphology induced tunable upconversion properties. In addition to the common phenomenon aroused by a surface quenching effect, direct experimental evidence for the regulation of phonon modes is obtained in nanoparticles. The findings in this work advance the existing mechanisms for the general explanation of size/morphology induced upconversion features. Because of the adjustment of phonon energy and density as well as the surface quenching effect, the biocompatible Lu5O4F7:Er3+,Yb3+ nanoparticles exhibit an ultra-strong single-band red upconversion, rendering them promising for biomedical applications.In this work, we present a two-step method to controllably synthesize novel and highly efficient upconversion materials, Lu5O4F7:Er3+,Yb3+ nano/micro-crystals, and investigate their size/morphology induced tunable upconversion properties. In addition to the common phenomenon aroused by a surface quenching effect, direct experimental evidence for the regulation of phonon modes is obtained in nanoparticles. The findings in this work advance the existing mechanisms for the general explanation of size/morphology induced upconversion features. Because of the adjustment of phonon energy and density as well as the surface quenching effect, the biocompatible Lu5O4F7:Er3+,Yb3+ nanoparticles exhibit an ultra-strong single-band red upconversion, rendering them promising for biomedical applications. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Crystal structure analysis, UV-Vis absorption spectra, SEM micrographs, surface micro-structure investigation, biocompatibility of Lu5O4F7: Er3+, Yb3+, as well as morphology and upconversion properties of the control sample NaYF4: Er3+, Yb3+. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr01008j

  13. Synthesis, crystal structure, and magnetism of A{sub 2}Co{sub 12}As{sub 7} (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

    2016-04-15

    Ternary intermetallics, A{sub 2}Co{sub 12}As{sub 7} (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 P6{sub 3}/m variant of the Zr{sub 2}Fe{sub 12}P{sub 7} 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 A{sub 2}Co{sub 12}As{sub 7} 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 Ce{sub 2}Co{sub 12}As{sub 7} and Nd{sub 2}Co{sub 12}As{sub 7}, respectively. - Graphical abstract: Title arsenides were synthesized by Bi‐flux method. They exhibit mixed valence for A = Ce, Eu, Yb, ferrimagnetism for A = Ca, Y, Pr–Sm, and ferromagnetism for A = Eu–Tm. - Highlights: • A2Co12As7 (A=Ca, Y, Ce–Yb) were synthesized in Bi flux. • Ce, Eu, Yb exhibit mixed valence in the corresponding structures. • The character of 3d‐4f magnetic coupling changes at the half‐filled f shell. • Materials behave as ferrimagnets for A=Ca, Y, Pr–Sm and as ferromagnets for A=Eu–Yb.

  14. Shape-controllable synthesis of hydrophilic NaLuF4:Yb,Er nanocrystals by a surfactant-assistant two-phase system

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    Zhou, Na; Qiu, Peiy; Wang, Kan; Fu, Hualin; Gao, Guo; He, Rong; Cui, Daxiang

    2013-12-01

    Water-soluble upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) were prepared by a one-pot procedure in a two-phase reacting system. Four kinds of surfactants were tested in the synthesis process as capping agent to tune size and morphology of nanocrystals. Nanoparticles (approximately 70 nm) and rods (400 nm and 2.5 μm) were synthesized, respectively. Then, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy analysis confirmed the successful linking between UCNP surface and surfactant. Ionic liquids (ILs) and surfactants participated in synthesis process together, competing with each other to cap on UCNPs. ILs still led the competition of capping, while surfactants worked as cooperative assistants to develop functional surface. Further characterizations such as high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction indicated the changes in crystallization and phase transformation under the influence of surfactants. In addition, the growth mechanism of nanocrystals and upconversion fluorescence luminance was also investigated in detail. At last, the cytotoxicity of UCNPs was evaluated, which highly suggest that these surface-functionalized UCNPs are promising candidates for biomedical engineering.

  15. Crystal field disorder effects in the optical spectra of Nd{sup 3+} and Yb{sup 3+}-doped calcium lithium niobium gallium garnets laser crystals and ceramics

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    Lupei, V.; Lupei, A.; Gheorghe, C.; Gheorghe, L.; Achim, A.; Ikesue, A.

    2012-09-15

    The optical spectroscopic properties of RE{sup 3+} (Nd, 1 at. % or Yb, 1 to 10 at. %)-doped calcium-lithium-niobium-gallium garnet (CLNGG) single crystals and ceramics in the 10 K-300 K range are analyzed. In these compositionally disordered materials, RE{sup 3+} substitute Ca{sup 2+} in dodecahedral sites and the charge compensation is accomplished by adjusting the proportion of Li{sup +}, Nb{sup 5+}, and Ga{sup 3+} to the doping concentration. The crystals and ceramics show similar optical spectra, with broad and structured (especially at low temperatures) bands whose shape depends on temperature and doping concentration. At 10 K, the Nd{sup 3+4}I{sub 9/2}{yields}{sup 4}F{sub 3/2,5/2} and Yb{sup 3+2}F{sub 7/2}{yields}{sup 2}F{sub 5/2} absorption bands, which show prospect for diode laser pumping, can be decomposed in several lines that can be attributed to centers with large differences in the crystal field. The positions of these components are the same, but the relative intensity depends on the doping concentration and two main centers dominate the spectra. Non-selective excitation evidences broad emission bands, of prospect for short-pulse laser emission, whereas the selective excitation reveals the particular emission spectra of the various centers. The modeling reveals that the nonequivalent centers correspond to RE{sup 3+} ions with different cationic combinations in the nearest octahedral and tetrahedral coordination spheres, and the most abundant two centers have 4Nb and, respectively, 3Nb1Li in the nearest octahedral sphere. At 300 K, the spectral resolution is lost. It is then inferred that the observed optical bands are envelopes of the spectra of various structural centers, whose resolution is determined by the relative contribution of the temperature-dependent homogeneous broadening and the effects of crystal field disordering (multicenter structure, inhomogeneous broadening). The relevance of spectroscopic properties for selection of pumping

  16. Intermediate valence to heavy fermion through a quantum phase transition in Yb3(Rh1-xTx)4Ge13 (T = Co, Ir) single crystals

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    Rai, Binod; Morosan, Emilia

    Single crystals of Yb3(Rh1-x Tx)4Ge13 (T = Co, Ir) have been grown using the self-flux method. Powder X-ray diffraction data on these compounds are consistent with the cubic structure with space group Pm 3 n . Intermediate valence behavior is observed in Yb3(Rh1-x Tx)4Ge13 upon T = Co doping, while T = Ir doping drives the system into a heavy fermion state. Antiferromagnetic order is observed in the Ir-doped samples Yb3(Rh1-x Tx)4Ge13 for 0.5 < x <= 1 with TN = 0.96 K for Yb3Ir4Ge13. With decreasing x, the magnetic order is suppressed towards a quantum critical point around xc = 0.5, accompanied by non-Fermi liquid behavior evidenced by logarithmic divergence of the specific heat and linear temperature dependence of the resistivity. The Fermi liquid behavior is recovered with the application of large magnetic fields. Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation EPiQS initiative through Grant GBMF4417 and Welch Foundation.

  17. Preparation and photoluminescence properties of RE:Na{sub 3}La{sub 9}O{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 8} (RE=Er, Yb) crystals

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    Liu Zuoliang; Zhang, Guochun; Zhang Jianxiu; Bai Xiaoyan; Fu Peizhen; Wu Yicheng

    2010-06-15

    Using Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3}-H{sub 3}BO{sub 3}-NaF as fluxes, transparent RE:Na{sub 3}La{sub 9}O{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 8} (abbr. RE:NLBO, RE=Er, Yb) crystals have been grown by the top seed solution growth (TSSG) method. The X-ray powder diffraction analysis shows that the RE:NLBO crystals have the same structure with NLBO. The element contents were determined by molar to be 0.64% Er{sup 3+} in Er:NLBO, 2.70% Yb{sup 3+} in Yb:NLBO, respectively. The polarized absorption spectra of RE:NLBO have been measured at room temperature and show that both Er:NLBO and Yb:NLBO have a strong absorption bands near 980 nm with wide FWHM (Full Wave at Half Maximum) (21 nm for Er:NLBO and 25 nm for Yb:NLBO). Fluorescence spectra have been recorded. Yb:NLBO has the emission peaks at 985 nm, 1028 nm and 1079 nm and the emission peak of Er:NLBO is at 1536 nm. Spectral parameters have been calculated by the Judd-Ofelt theory for Er:NLBO and the reciprocity method for Yb:NLBO, respectively. The calculated values show that Er:NLBO is a candidate of 1.55 {mu}m laser crystals and Yb:NLBO is a candidate for self-frequency doubling crystal. - Graphical abstract: Fluorescence spectra show the emission peaks at 985, 1028 and 1079 nm of Yb:NLBO and at 1536 nm of Er:NLBO.

  18. Thermal contact resistance measurement at the interface between Yb:YAG crystal and WCu cooler at 80 K and 300 K

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    Battaglia, J.-L.; Gavory, B.; Courjaud, A.

    2016-11-01

    The thermal resistance at the interface between a Yb:YAG crystal and WCu cooler has been measured at 80 K and 300 K using a hot disk technique. Furthermore, the technique allows retrieving the thermal conductivity for both materials at the two investigated temperature. Those results lead to envisage the implementation of the hot disk technique as an efficient non-destructive and in-situ technique to evaluate the quality of the interface between the crystal and the cooler during the assembling process as well as a during the use of the laser along its lifetime.

  19. Population inversion of 1G4 excited state of Tm3+ investigated by means of numerical solutions of the rate equations system in Yb:Tm:Nd:LiYF4 crystal

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    Librantz, André Felipe Henriques; Gomes, Laércio; Courrol, Lilia Coronato; Ranieri, Izilda Marcia; Baldochi, Sonia Lícia

    2009-06-01

    In this work we present the spectroscopic properties of LiYF4 (YLF) single crystals activated with thulium and codoped with ytterbium and neodymium ions. The most important processes that lead to the thulium upconversion emissions in the blue region were identified. A time-resolved luminescence spectroscopy technique was employed to measure the luminescence decays and to determine the most important mechanisms involved in the upconversion process that populates G14(Tm3+) excited state. Analysis of the energy transfer processes dynamics using selective pulsed laser excitations in Yb:Tm:Nd, Tm:Nd, and Tm:Yb YLF crystals shows that the energy transfer from Nd3+ to Yb3+ ions is the mechanism responsible for the enhancement in the blue upconversion efficiency in the Yb:Tm:Nd:YLF when compared with the Yb:Tm system. A study of the energy transfer processes in YLF:Yb:Tm:Nd crystal showed that the G14 excited level is mainly populated by a sequence of two nonradiative energy transfers that start well after the Nd3+ and Tm3+ excitations at 797 nm according to Nd3+(F43/2)→Yb3+(F27/2), followed by Yb3+(F25/2)→Tm(H34)→Tm3+(G14) . Results of numerical simulation of the rate equations system showed that a population inversion for 481.4 nm laser emission line is attained for a pumping rate threshold of 26 s-1, which is equivalent to an intensity of 880 W cm-2 for a continuous laser pumping at 797 nm. On the other hand, a population inversion was not observed for the case of 960 nm (Yb3+) pumping.

  20. The influence of crystal structure on ion-irradiation tolerance in the Sm(x)Yb(2-x)TiO5 series

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    Aughterson, R. D.; Lumpkin, G. R.; de los Reyes, M.; Gault, B.; Baldo, P.; Ryan, E.; Whittle, K. R.; Smith, K. L.; Cairney, J. M.

    2016-04-01

    his ion-irradiation study covers the four major crystal structure types in the Ln(2)TiO(5) series (Ln = lanthanide), namely orthorhombic Pnma, hexagonal P63/mmc, cubic (pyrochlore-like) Fd-3m and cubic (fluorite-like) Fm-3m. This is the first systematic examination of the complete Ln(2)TiO(5) crystal system and the first reported examination of the hexagonal structure. A series of samples, based on the stoichiometry Sm(x)Yb(2-x)TiO5 (where x = 2, 1.4, 1, 0.6, and 0) have been irradiated using 1 MeV Kr2+ ions and characterised in-situ using a transmission electron microscope. Two quantities are used to define ion-irradiation tolerance: critical dose of amorphisation (D-c), which is the irradiating ion dose required for a crystalline to amorphous transition, and the critical temperature (T-c), above which the sample cannot be rendered amorphous by ion irradiation. The structure type plus elements of bonding are correlated to ion-irradiation tolerance. The cubic phases, Yb2TiO5 and Sm0.6Yb1.4TiO5, were found to be the most radiation tolerant, with Tc values of 479 and 697 K respectively. The improved radiation tolerance with a change in symmetry to cubic is consistent with previous studies of similar compounds.

  1. Optical characteristics of Er3+ ion in Er/Yb:LiNbO3 crystal: Comparison with the dissimilar effect of anti-photorefractive ions Zn2+, In3+ and Zr4+

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    Qian, Yannan; Wang, Rui; Wang, Biao; Xu, Chao; Xu, Wei; Xing, Lili; Xu, Yanling

    2013-11-01

    The different influences of Zn2+, In3+ and Zr4+ ions on the optical characteristics of Er3+ ion in Er/Yb:LiNbO3 crystals were discussed. An enhanced 1.54 μm emission was observed for Zr/Er/Yb:LiNbO3 crystal, but the Zn2+ tri-doping resulted in a decreased one, and the intensity of 1.54 μm emission remained about same in In/Er/Yb:LiNbO3 crystal. The populations of the green emitting 4S3/2/2H11/2 states were achieved through the three-, two- and two-phonon processes in Zn/Er/Yb:LiNbO3, In/Er/Yb:LiNbO3 and Zr/Er/Yb:LiNbO3 crystals, respectively. Zn2+ and In3+ ions affected the optical characteristics of Er3+ ion via modifying the Er3+ ion occupancy in Er/Yb:LiNbO3 crystal. The formation of ErLi2+-ErNb2- ion pairs caused by the Zn2+ and In3+ ions could increase the rate of cross relaxation process. The OH- absorption spectra showed that the incorporation of Zr4+ ions increased OH- content, which increased the probability of the nonradiative relaxation process of 4I11/2→4I13/2 (Er) in Zr/Er/Yb:LiNbO3 crystal. The J-O intensity parameters Ωt (t=2, 4 and 6), the radiative lifetime (τrad) and fluorescence branching ratio (β) in Zr/Er/Yb:LiNbO3 crystal were predicted by Judd-Ofelt theory. Füchtbauer-Ladenburg and McCumber methods were carried out to calculate the emission cross-sections at 1.54 μm emission. The gain cross-section, estimated as a function of the population inversion ratio, allowed us to evaluate a potential laser performance of Zr/Er/Yb:LiNbO3 crystal.

  2. Crystal growth of rare-earth orthovanadate (RVO 4) by the floating-zone method

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    Oka, Kunihiko; Unoki, Hiromi; Shibata, Hajime; Eisaki, Hiroshi

    2006-01-01

    Single crystals of rare-earth orthovanadate, RVO 4 where R=Y, La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb and Lu, with the cross-sectional size of about 7×7 mm 2 and 20-50 mm length have been successfully grown by the floating-zone method. Fluorescence properties at room temperature and dielectric and elastic properties along the c-axis of some grown crystals have been reported.

  3. Physical optimization of production by deuteron irradiation of high specific activity (177g)Lu suitable for radioimmunotherapy.

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    Manenti, Simone; Bonardi, Mauro L; Gini, Luigi; Groppi, Flavia

    2014-01-01

    Deuteron-induced nuclear reactions for generation of no-carrier-added (NCA) Lu isotopes were investigated using the stacked-foil activation technique on natural Yb targets at energies up to Ed=18.18MeV. The decay curve of ¹⁷⁷Yb, the growth curve of the cumulative (direct and indirect) and the direct production of (177g)Lu were determined. The analysis of these curves conducts to the evidence that the predominant route for the production of (177g)Lu is the indirect reaction ¹⁷⁶Yb(d,p)¹⁷⁷Yb, which decays to (177g)Lu. In the spectra acquired one year from the EOB the γ lines of (177m)Lu are not evident. A comparison between the calculated activity of (177g)Lu produced with a cyclotron and with a nuclear reactor is given.

  4. Metal-to-metal charge transfer between dopant and host ions: Photoconductivity of Yb-doped CaF{sub 2} and SrF{sub 2} crystals

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    Barandiarán, Zoila Seijo, Luis

    2015-10-14

    Dopant-to-host electron transfer is calculated using ab initio wavefunction-based embedded cluster methods for Yb/Ca pairs in CaF{sub 2} and Yb/Sr pairs in SrF{sub 2} crystals to investigate the mechanism of photoconductivity. The results show that, in these crystals, dopant-to-host electron transfer is a two-photon process mediated by the 4f{sup N−1}5d excited states of Y b{sup 2+}: these are reached by the first photon excitation; then, they absorb the second photon, which provokes the Y b{sup 2+} + Ca{sup 2+} (Sr{sup 2+}) → Y b{sup 3+} + Ca{sup +} (Sr{sup +}) electron phototransfer. This mechanism applies to all the observed Y b{sup 2+} 4f–5d absorption bands with the exception of the first one: Electron transfer cannot occur at the first band wavelengths in CaF{sub 2}:Y b{sup 2+} because the Y b{sup 3+}–Ca{sup +} states are not reached by the two-photon absorption. In contrast, Yb-to-host electron transfer is possible in SrF{sub 2}:Y b{sup 2+} at the wavelengths of the first 4f–5d absorption band, but the mechanism is different from that described above: first, the two-photon excitation process occurs within the Y b{sup 2+} active center, then, non-radiative Yb-to-Sr electron transfer can occur. All of these features allow to interpret consistently available photoconductivity experiments in these materials, including the modulation of the photoconductivity by the absorption spectrum, the differences in photoconductivity thresholds observed in both hosts, and the peculiar photosensitivity observed in the SrF{sub 2} host, associated with the lowest 4f–5d band.

  5. Metal-to-metal charge transfer between dopant and host ions: Photoconductivity of Yb-doped CaF2 and SrF2 crystals

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    Barandiarán, Zoila; Seijo, Luis

    2015-10-01

    Dopant-to-host electron transfer is calculated using ab initio wavefunction-based embedded cluster methods for Yb/Ca pairs in CaF2 and Yb/Sr pairs in SrF2 crystals to investigate the mechanism of photoconductivity. The results show that, in these crystals, dopant-to-host electron transfer is a two-photon process mediated by the 4fN-15d excited states of Y b2+: these are reached by the first photon excitation; then, they absorb the second photon, which provokes the Y b2+ + Ca2+ (Sr2+) → Y b3+ + Ca+ (Sr+) electron phototransfer. This mechanism applies to all the observed Y b2+ 4f-5d absorption bands with the exception of the first one: Electron transfer cannot occur at the first band wavelengths in CaF2:Y b2+ because the Y b3+-Ca+ states are not reached by the two-photon absorption. In contrast, Yb-to-host electron transfer is possible in SrF2:Y b2+ at the wavelengths of the first 4f-5d absorption band, but the mechanism is different from that described above: first, the two-photon excitation process occurs within the Y b2+ active center, then, non-radiative Yb-to-Sr electron transfer can occur. All of these features allow to interpret consistently available photoconductivity experiments in these materials, including the modulation of the photoconductivity by the absorption spectrum, the differences in photoconductivity thresholds observed in both hosts, and the peculiar photosensitivity observed in the SrF2 host, associated with the lowest 4f-5d band.

  6. Metal-to-metal charge transfer between dopant and host ions: Photoconductivity of Yb-doped CaF2 and SrF2 crystals.

    PubMed

    Barandiarán, Zoila; Seijo, Luis

    2015-10-14

    Dopant-to-host electron transfer is calculated using ab initio wavefunction-based embedded cluster methods for Yb/Ca pairs in CaF2 and Yb/Sr pairs in SrF2 crystals to investigate the mechanism of photoconductivity. The results show that, in these crystals, dopant-to-host electron transfer is a two-photon process mediated by the 4f(N-1)5d excited states of Y b(2+): these are reached by the first photon excitation; then, they absorb the second photon, which provokes the Y b(2+) + Ca(2+) (Sr(2+)) → Y b(3+) + Ca(+) (Sr(+)) electron phototransfer. This mechanism applies to all the observed Y b(2+) 4f-5d absorption bands with the exception of the first one: Electron transfer cannot occur at the first band wavelengths in CaF2:Y b(2+) because the Y b(3+)-Ca(+) states are not reached by the two-photon absorption. In contrast, Yb-to-host electron transfer is possible in SrF2:Y b(2+) at the wavelengths of the first 4f-5d absorption band, but the mechanism is different from that described above: first, the two-photon excitation process occurs within the Y b(2+) active center, then, non-radiative Yb-to-Sr electron transfer can occur. All of these features allow to interpret consistently available photoconductivity experiments in these materials, including the modulation of the photoconductivity by the absorption spectrum, the differences in photoconductivity thresholds observed in both hosts, and the peculiar photosensitivity observed in the SrF2 host, associated with the lowest 4f-5d band.

  7. Polarized spectroscopic properties of Er3+:Gd2SiO5 crystal and evaluation of Er3+:Yb3+:Gd2SiO5 crystal as a 1.55 μm laser medium

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    Wang, H.; Huang, J. H.; Gong, X. H.; Chen, Y. J.; Lin, Y. F.; Luo, Z. D.; Huang, Y. D.

    2016-10-01

    An Er3+-doped Gd2SiO5 single crystal with high optical quality has been grown by the Czochralski method. Polarized absorption and fluorescence spectra and fluorescence lifetime of the crystal were measured at room temperature. Intensity parameters, spontaneous emission probabilities, fluorescence branching ratios, and radiative lifetimes were estimated on the basis of the Judd-Ofelt theory. Besides, potentiality of 1.55 μm laser emission in an Er3+-Yb3+ co-doped Gd2SiO5 crystal was evaluated.

  8. Effects of Mg-codoping on luminescence and scintillation properties of Ce doped Lu3(Ga,Al)5O12 single crystals

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    Yamaguchi, Hiroaki; Kamada, Kei; Pejchal, Jan; Kurosawa, Shunsuke; Shoji, Yasuhiro; Yokota, Yuui; Ohashi, Yuji; Yoshikawa, Akira

    2017-03-01

    Effects of Mg co-doping on scintillation properties of Ce:Lu3(Ga,Al)5O12 (LGAG) were investigated. Mg 200 ppm co-doped Ce:LGAG single crystals were prepared by micro pulling down method. Absorption and radioluminescence spectra were measured together with several other scintillation characteristics, namely the scintillation decay and light yield to reveal the effect of Mg co-doping. Ce4+ charge transfer absorption was observed below 340 nm in Mg,Ce:LGAG which is in good agreement with previous reports for other garnet-based crystals. The scintillation decay time showed the tendency to be accelerated and the light yield was enhanced by Mg co-doping.

  9. Crystal structures of orthorhombic, hexagonal, and cubic compounds of the Sm{sub (x)}Yb{sub (2−x)}TiO{sub 5} series

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    Aughterson, Robert D.; Lumpkin, Gregory R.; Reyes, Massey de los; Sharma, Neeraj; Ling, Christopher D.; Gault, Baptiste; Smith, Katherine L.; Avdeev, Maxim; Cairney, Julie M.

    2014-05-01

    A series of single phase compounds with nominal stoichiometry Sm{sub (x)}Yb{sub (2−x)}TiO{sub 5} (x=2, 1.4, 1, 0.6, and 0) have been successfully fabricated to generate a range of crystal structures covering the most common polymorphs previously discovered in the Ln{sub 2}TiO{sub 5} series (Ln=lanthanides and yttrium). Four of the five samples have not been previously fabricated in bulk, single phase form so their crystal structures are refined and detailed using powder synchrotron and single crystal x-ray diffraction, neutron diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. Based on the phase information from diffraction data, there are four crystal structure types in this series; orthorhombic Pnma, hexagonal P6{sub 3}/mmc, cubic (pyrochlore-like) Fd-3m and cubic (fluorite-like) Fm-3m. The cubic materials show modulated structures with variation between long and short range ordering and the variety of diffraction techniques were used to describe these complex crystal structure types. - Graphical abstract: A high resolution image of the compound Sm{sub 0.6}Yb{sub 1.4}TiO{sub 5} showing contrast from lattice fringes and the corresponding fast Fourier transform (FFT) of the HREM image with pyrochlore related diffraction spots marked “P” and fluorite marked “F”. The crystal is oriented down the [1 1 0] zone axis based on the Fd-3m structure. The ideal crystal structure (no vacancies) of the cubic, pyrochlore-like (Sm{sub 0.6}Yb{sub 1.4}TiO{sub 5}). - Highlights: • First fabrication of bulk single-phase material with stoichiometry Sm{sub 2}TiO{sub 5}. • Systematic study of crystal structure types within Ln{sub 2}TiO{sub 5} series (Ln=lanthanides). • A novel technique using IFFT of HREM images to study cubic structures.

  10. Comparative studies for Cr4+:YAG crystal and AlGaInAs semiconductor used as a saturable absorber in Q-switched Yb-doped fiber lasers.

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    Huang, J Y; Zhuang, W Z; Huang, W C; Su, K W; Hu, C; Huang, K F; Chen, Y F

    2009-11-09

    We demonstrate comparative studies for Cr(4+):YAG crystal and AlGaInAs quantum-well (QW) used as a saturable absorbers in passively Q-switched Yb-doped fiber lasers. Both saturable absorbers were designed to be possessed of nearly the same initial transmission. Under a pump power of 24 W, the average output powers were up to 14.4 W and 13.8 W obtained with the AlGaInAs QWs and with the Cr(4+):YAG crystal, respectively. The maximum pulse energies obtained with the Cr(4+):YAG crystal and with the AlGaInAs QWs were found to be 0.35 mJ and 0.45 mJ, respectively.

  11. Rare-Earths Centers (Sm{sup 3+}, Eu{sup 3+}, Yb{sup 3+}) in MeF{sub 2}(Me = Ca, Sr, Ba, Cd) Crystals

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    Nikiforov, A. E.; Chernyshev, V. A.; Volodin, V. P.; Avram, N. M.; Avram, C. N.; Vaida, M.

    2010-08-04

    Rare-earth elements RE{sup 3+}(RE = Sm, Eu, Yb) form impurity centers in fluorite-like crystals MeF{sub 2}(Me = Ca, Sr, Ba, Cd). The crystal structure of cubic, trigonal and tetragonal centers in MeF{sub 2} has been investigated in the framework of shell model and pair potential approximation. The crystal field parameters were calculated with the exchange charges model, using the optimized geometry of the doped host matrix. With these parameters we have been calculated the optical spectra and spin-Hamiltonian (g-factors) of RE{sup 3+} in MeF{sub 2}, for some combination of R{sup 3+} and MeF{sup 2}. The obtained results were discussed and comparison with experimental data was made. A good agreement confirms the method and model of calculations.

  12. 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.

  13. Highly Efficient LiYF4:Yb(3+), Er(3+) Upconversion Single Crystal under Solar Cell Spectrum Excitation and Photovoltaic Application.

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    Chen, Xu; Xu, Wen; Song, Hongwei; Chen, Cong; Xia, Haiping; Zhu, Yongsheng; Zhou, Donglei; Cui, Shaobo; Dai, Qilin; Zhang, Jiazhong

    2016-04-13

    Luminescent upconversion is a promising way to harvest near-infrared (NIR) sunlight and transforms it into visible light that can be directly absorbed by active materials of solar cells and improve their power conversion efficiency (PCE). However, it is still a great challenge to effectively improve the PCE of solar cells with the assistance of upconversion. In this work, we demonstrate the application of the transparent LiYF4:Yb(3+), Er(3+) single crystal as an independent luminescent upconverter to improve the PCE of perovskite solar cells. The LiYF4:Yb(3+), Er(3+) single crystal is prepared by an improved Bridgman method, and its internal quantum efficiency approached to 5.72% under 6.2 W cm(-2) 980 nm excitation. The power-dependent upconversion luminescence indicated that under the excitation of simulated sunlight the (4)F(9/2)-(4)I(15/2) red emission originally results from the cooperation of a 1540 nm photon and a 980 nm photon. Furthermore, when the single crystal is placed in front of the perovskite solar cells, the PCE is enhanced by 7.9% under the irradiation of simulated sunlight by 7-8 solar constants. This work implies the upconverter not only can serve as proof of principle for improving PCE of solar cells but also is helpful to practical application.

  14. Growth and spectral properties of a promising laser crystal Yb3+/Er3+:Ca9La(VO4)7

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    Li, Ming; Sun, Shijia; Zhang, Lizhen; Yuan, Feifei; Huang, Yisheng; Lin, Zhoubin

    2016-10-01

    A new crystal of Er3+/Yb3+:Ca9La(VO4)7 was grown successfully by the Czochralski method. Its spectral properties were investigated in detail. The crystal has a strong absorption band near 980 nm with a full-width at half-maximum of 33 nm, which means that it is very suitable for InGaAs laser diode pumping. Based on the Judd-Ofelt theory, the intensity parameters and radiative lifetime were obtained. The fluorescence lifetime of the 4I13/2 level of the Er3+ ion is 4.28 ms. The emission cross sections of the Er3+ ion at 1533 nm calculated by the Füchtbauer-Ladenburg method are 0.86 × 10-20 cm2 and 1.08 × 10-20 cm2 for σ- and π- polarization, respectively. The results indicate that Er3+/Yb3+:Ca9La(VO4)7 crystal is a potential 1.5-1.6 μm laser material.

  15. Structural and spectral studies of Yb:NaGd(WO4)2 crystals irradiated by 6.0 MeV O ions

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    Jia, Chuan-Lei; Li, Song; Song, Xiao-Xiao

    2017-03-01

    Yb:NaGd(WO4)2 single crystals are implanted with 6.0 MeV O ions at room temperature. The effects of ion irradiation on the structure and spectral properties are demonstrated by employing X-ray diffraction techniques, high resolution X-ray diffraction techniques and photoluminescence (PL) measurement. The corresponding results show that the sample can retain good crystallinity by irradiation at relative low fluences of 1.6 × 1014 ions/cm2, whilst both the PL intensity and the line bandwidth can be effectively improved.

  16. Chloride derivatives of lanthanoid(III) ortho-oxidotungstates(VI) with the formula LnCl[WO4] (Ln=Gd-Lu): Syntheses, crystal structures and spectroscopic properties

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    Schustereit, Tanja; Schleid, Thomas; Höppe, Henning A.; Kazmierczak, Karolina; Hartenbach, Ingo

    2015-03-01

    The lanthanoid(III) chloride ortho-oxidotungstates(VI) with the formula LnCl[WO4] crystallize monoclinically in space group C2/m (a=1019-1032, b=721-733, c=682-689 pm and β=107-108°, Z=4) for Ln=Gd-Er and triclinically in space group P1¯ (a=593-596, b=719-721, c=684-686 pm, α=93-94, β≈103 and γ≈122°, Z=2) for Ln=Tm-Lu. The monoclinic structure contains crystallographically unique Ln3+ cations, which are surrounded by two Cl- and six O2- anions forming distorted trigonal dodecahedra. Their fusion via common edges leads to anionic layers ∞ 2 {[ LnCl2/2eO4/2eO2/1t ] 6 - }. The polyhedra around the Ln3+ cations in the triclinic crystal structure are also built up by two Cl-, but only five O2- anions to form distorted monocapped trigonal prisms. Their linkage through edges constitutes anionic strands ∞ 1 {[ LnCl2/2eO2/2eO3/1t ] 6 - } along [100]. The complex anionic entities of both LnCl[WO4] arrangements become interconnected by W6+ cations to complete the structures by generating discrete [WO4]2- tetrahedra. Since the title compounds emerge as pure phases according to X-ray powder diffractometry, spectroscopic measurements such as single crystal Raman as well as diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) were performed. Furthermore, GdCl[WO4] and LuCl[WO4] are suitable host materials for doping with Eu3+, which leads to materials with a red luminescence upon excitation with UV light for both structures. Moreover, TbCl[WO4] exhibits a Tb3+-typical yellow-green bulk luminescence upon UV excitation, which could be analyzed by luminescence spectroscopy.

  17. Energy transfer rates and population inversion investigation of 1G4 and 1D2 excited states of Tm3+ in Yb:Tm:Nd:KY3F10 crystals

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    Marconi da Silva, Horácio; Linhares, M. D.; Henriques Librantz, André Philipe; Gomes, Laércio; Coronato Courrol, Lilia; Baldochi, Sonia Lícia; Ranieri, Izilda Marcia

    2011-04-01

    In this work we present the spectroscopic properties of KY3F10 (KY3F) single crystals activated with thulium and co-doped with ytterbium and neodymium ions. The most important processes that lead to the thulium up-conversion emissions in the blue and ultraviolet regions were identified. A time-resolved luminescence spectroscopy technique was employed to measure the luminescence decays and to determine the most important mechanisms involved in the up-conversion process that populates 1G4 and 1D2 (Tm3+) excited states. Analysis of the energy-transfer processes dynamics using selective pulsed-laser excitations in Yb:Tm:Nd, Tm:Nd, and Tm:Yb KY3F crystals show that the energy transfer from Nd3+ to Yb3+ ions is the mechanism responsible for the enhancement of the blue up-conversion efficiency in the Yb:Tm:Nd:KY3F when compared with the Yb:Tm system. A study of the energy transfer processes in Yb:Tm:Nd:KY3F crystal showed that the 1G4 excited level is mainly populated by a sequence of two nonradiative energy transfers that starts well after the Nd3+ and Tm3+ excitation at 797 nm according to: Nd3+ (4F3/2) → Yb3+ (2F7/2) followed by Yb3+ (2F5/2) → Tm (3H4) → Tm3+ (1G4). Results of numerical simulation of the rate equations system showed that a population inversion for 483.1 nm laser emission line is attained for a pumping rate threshold of 98 s-1, which is equivalent to an intensity of 3.3 KW cm-2 for a continuous laser pumping at 797 nm for Yb(30 mol%):Tm(0.5 mol%):Nd(1 mol%):KY3F. Nevertheless, best Yb3+ concentration for the laser emission near 483.1 nm was estimated to be within 40 and 50 mol%. On the other hand, a population inversion was not observed for the case of 960 nm (Yb3+) pumping.

  18. The crystal structure and luminescence of Ce3+, Tb3+ and Eu3+ in KBaLn3+(BO3)2 [Ln3+ = Sc, Y, Lu, Gd

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    Camardello, S. J.; Her, J. H.; Toscano, P. J.; Srivastava, A. M.

    2015-11-01

    The structure of KBaLn3+(BO3)2 [Ln3+ = Sc, Lu, Gd] was solved by Rietveld refinement of the powder X-ray diffraction data. The materials crystallize with the mineral Buetschliite [K2Ca(CO3)2] structure. The lattice parameters of KBaLn3+(BO3)2 [Ln3+ = Sc, Lu, Gd] increased with increasing ionic radius of the Ln3+ cation. In this structure, the Ln3+ cations are octahedrally coordinated. The phase formation region is dependent on the ionic radii of the Ln3+ cation. The optical properties of Ce3+, Tb3+ and Eu3+ and their dependence on the host lattice composition are investigated and discussed. It is noteworthy that the optical properties of these ions are independent of the Ln3+ cation in KBaLn3+(BO3)2. It is concluded that in this family of materials, the crystalline field strength and the covalence at the rare earth site is independent of the host lattice composition.

  19. Investigation of the magnetic properties in double perovskite R2CoMnO6 single crystals (R  =  rare earth: La to Lu).

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    Kim, M K; Moon, J Y; Choi, H Y; Oh, S H; Lee, N; Choi, Y J

    2015-10-28

    We have successfully synthesized the series of the double-perovskite R2CoMnO6 (R  =  rare earth: La to Lu) single crystals and have investigated their magnetic properties. The ferromagnetic order of Co(2+)/Mn(4+) spins emerges mainly along the c axis. Upon decreasing the size of rare earth ion, the magnetic transition temperature decreases linearly from 204 K for La2CoMnO6 to 48 K for Lu2CoMnO6, along with the enhancement of monoclinic distortion. The temperature and magnetic-field dependences of magnetization reveal the various magnetic characteristics such as the metamagnetic transition in R  =  Eu, the isotropic nature of rare earth moment in R  =  Gd, and the reversal of magnetic anisotropy in R  =  Tb and Dy. Our results offer comprehensive information for understanding the roles of mixed-valent magnetic ions and rare earth magnetic moments on the magnetic properties.

  20. Transport and Magnetic Properties of Single-Crystal Lu(Ni_1- xCo_x)_2B_2C (x = 0 - 0.09)

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    Cheon, K. O.; Fisher, I. R.; Kogan, V.; Canfield, P. C.

    1998-03-01

    In fields greater than approximately 1 kG (H_crit), the vortex lattice of LuNi_2B_2C has a four-fold (square) symmetry. Weaker applied fields result in a triangular vortex lattice. Theoretical models of this phase transition involve both the coherence length and the mean free path. Small amounts of cobalt substitution allow for the careful adjustment of both quantities, and provides a practical method for increasing H_crit. Results of resistivity and dc-magnetic susceptibility measurements are presented for single-crystal samples of Lu(Ni_1-xCo_x)_2B_2C (x = 0 - 0.09). Residual resistivities (ρ_0) are a factor of five smaller than values obtained for polycrystalline samples. We find that (ρ_0) increases by 1.5 μΩcm per percent Co. Implications of these results for values of the hex-to-square vortex lattice transition will be discussed. Ames Laboratory is operated for the U.S. Department of Energy by Iowa State University under Contract No. W-7405-Eng-82.

  1. Optical and magneto-optical properties of single crystals of RFe{sub 2} (R = Gd, Tb, Ho, and Lu) and GdCo{sub 2} intermetallic compounds

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    Lee, S.J.

    1999-02-12

    The author has studied the diagonal and off-diagonal optical conductivity of RFe{sub 2}(R = Gd, Tb, Ho, Lu) and GdCo{sub 2} single crystals grown by the flux method. Using spectroscopic ellipsometry the author has measured the dielectric function from 1.5 to 5.5 eV. The magneto-optical Kerr spectrometer at temperatures between 7 and 295 K and applied magnetic fields between 0.5 to 1.6 T. The apparatus and calibration method are described in detail. Using magneto-optical data and optical constants he derives the experimental value of the off-diagonal conductivity components. Theoretical calculations of optical conductivities and magneto-optical parameters were performed using the tight binding-linear muffin tin orbitals method within the local spin density approximation. He applied this TB-LMTO method to LuFe{sub 2}. The theoretical results obtained agree well with the experimental data. The oxidation effects on the diagonal part of the optical conductivity were considered using a three-phase model. The oxidation effects on the magneto-optical parameters were also considered by treating the oxide layer as a nonmagnetic thin transparent layer. These corrections change not only the magnitude but also the shape of the optical conductivity and the magneto-optical parameters.

  2. 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.

  3. Effect of Yb doping on the refractive index and thermo-optic coefficient of YVO4 single crystals.

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    Soharab, M; Bhaumik, Indranil; Bhatt, R; Saxena, A; Karnal, A K; Gupta, P K

    2017-02-20

    Single crystals of YVO4 with different doping concentrations of Yb (1.5, 3.0, 8.0, and 15.0 at. %) and with good crystalline quality (FWHM ∼43-55 arc sec of rocking curve) were grown by the optical floating zone technique. Refractive index measurements were carried out at four wavelengths as a function of temperature. The measurements show that as the doping concentration of Yb is increased, the refractive index varies marginally for ne whereas there is a significant change in the value of no. The thermo-optic coefficient (dn/dT) was found to be positive with a value ∼10-5/°C, which is 1 order higher than that for the undoped YVO4 crystal. The thermo-optic coefficient is higher for ne compared to that of no. Also, a set of relations describing the wavelength dependence of the thermo-optic coefficient were established that are useful for calculating the thermo-optic coefficient at any temperature in the range 30°C-150°C and at any wavelength in the range 532-1551 nm.

  4. Crystal growth and physical properties of europium-based quaternary Chevrel phases (RE 1- xEu xMo 6S 8; RE-Sm, Yb)

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    Schmitt, H.; Pen˜a, O.; Perrin, A.; Padiou, J.; Sergent, M.; Torikachvili, M.; Beille, J.

    1992-02-01

    Rare-earth-based Chevrel phases constitute model systems to study both superconductivity and magnetic order but results may be hindered by the quality of the sample. Materials elaboration is thus essential to separate out extrinsic effects (secondary phases) from those due to the Mo 6S 8 clusters and the rare-earth contribution. Crystal growth, transport and magnetic properties of the quaternary systems (RE, Eu)Mo 6S 8 (RE-Sm, Yb) are presented. Different RE/Eu nominal ratios allowed to cover a large range of concentrations for single crystals. Superconducting transitions are narrow and as high as 9 K for ytterbium-rich samples, while the structural transition of the ternary EuMo 6S 8 ( T s = 110 K) is largely diminished by the partial substitution of Eu by RE.

  5. Crystal Structure of Superconducting 1/1 Cubic Au-Ge-Yb Approximant with Tsai-Type Cluster

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    Deguchi, Kazuhiko; Nakayama, Mika; Matsukawa, Shuya; Imura, Keiichiro; Tanaka, Katsumasa; Ishimasa, Tsutomu; Sato, Noriaki K.

    2015-01-01

    We report the synthesis of a single-phase sample of the superconducting crystalline approximant Au64.0Ge22.0Yb14.0 and present a structure model refined by Rietveld analysis for X-ray diffraction data.

  6. Spectroscopic properties and high-power laser operation of Yb0.14:Y0.77Gd0.09Ca4O(BO3)3 mixed crystal

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    Chen, Xiaowen; Xu, Honghao; Han, Wenjuan; Wang, Lisha; Liu, Junhai; Yu, Haohai; Zhang, Huaijin

    2016-05-01

    We report, for the first time to our knowledge, on the spectroscopic properties and continuous-wave laser performance of Yb0.14:Y0.77Gd0.09Ca4O(BO3)3, a mixed rare earth calcium oxyborate Yb-ion crystal. Under simple end-pumping conditions with a 976-nm diode, efficient CW laser operation was demonstrated at room temperature, producing an output power of 14.1 W at 1084.4 nm with an optical-to-optical efficiency of 48%; while operating around 1045 nm, the laser could generate an output power as high as 23.0 W, with optical-to-optical and slope efficiencies amounting, respectively, to 57% and 70% with respect to incident pump power. The polarized absorption and emission cross sections are also presented. The impressive results demonstrated reveal the great potential of these mixed oxyborates in developing new promising Yb-ion laser crystals.

  7. 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.

  8. Excitation function for deuteron induced nuclear reactions on natural ytterbium for production of high specific activity 177g Lu in no-carrier-added form for metabolic radiotherapy.

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    Manenti, Simone; Groppi, Flavia; Gandini, Andrea; Gini, Luigi; Abbas, Kamel; Holzwarth, Uwe; Simonelli, Federica; Bonardi, Mauro

    2011-01-01

    Deuteron-induced nuclear reactions for generation of no-carrier-added Lu radionuclides were investigated using the stacked-foil activation technique on natural Yb targets at energies up to E(d)=18.18 MeV. Excitation functions of the reactions (nat)Yb(d,xn)(169,170,171,172,173,174g,174m,176m,177g)Lu and (nat)Yb(d,pxn)(169,175,177)Yb have been measured, among them three ((169)Lu, (174m)Lu and (176m)Lu) are reported for the first time. The upper limit of the contamination from the long-lived metastable level (177m)Lu was evaluated too. Thick-target yields for all investigated radionuclides are calculated.

  9. Hydrogen in polar intermetallics: Syntheses and structures of the ternary Ca5Bi3D0.93, Yb5Bi3Hx, and Sm5Bi3H~1 by powder neutron or single crystal X-ray diffraction

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    Leon-Escamilla, E. Alejandro; Dervenagas, Panagiotis; Stasis, Constantine; Corbett, John D.

    2010-01-01

    The syntheses of the title compounds are described in detail. Structural characterizations from refinements of single crystal X-ray diffraction data for Yb{sub 5}Bi{sub 3}H{sub x} and Sm{sub 5}Bi{sub 3}H{sub 1} and of powder neutron diffraction data for Ca{sub 5}Bi{sub 3}D{sub 0.93(3)} are reported. These confirm that all three crystallize with the heavy atom structure type of {beta}-Yb{sub 5}Sb{sub 3}, and the third gives the first proof that the deuterium lies in the center of nominal calcium tetrahedra, isostructural with the Ca{sub 5}Sb{sub 3}F-type structure. These Ca and Yb phases are particularly stable with respect to dissociation to Mn{sub 5}Si{sub 3}-type product plus H{sub 2}. Some contradictions in the literature regarding Yb{sub 5}Sb{sub 3} and Yb{sub 5}Sb{sub 3}H{sub x} phases are considered in terms of adventitious hydrogen impurities that are generated during reactions in fused silica containers at elevated temperatures.

  10. XPS Studies of Yb14MnSb11 and Yb14ZnSb11

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    Holm, A P; Ozawa, T C; Kauzlarich, S M; Morton, S A; Waddill, G D; Pickett, W E; Tobin, J G

    2003-10-02

    Measurements of core and valence electronic states of single crystals of the rare earth transition metal Zintl phases Yb{sub 14}MnSb{sub 11} and Yb{sub 14}ZnSb{sub 11} were performed using the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy station of Beamline 7 at the Advanced Light Source. Sample surfaces of Yb{sub 14}MnSb{sub 11} and Yb{sub 14}ZnSb{sub 11} were measured as received, after Ar{sup +} ion bombardment, and after cleaving in situ. Detailed analysis of the clean Mn and Zn analog sample surfaces reveal a significant contribution of both Yb{sup 3+} and Yb{sup 2+} 4f states in the valence band region for the Zn analog and no contribution of Yb{sup 3+} states to the valence band for the Mn analog. This result is predicted for the Zn analog by Zintl counting rules, and single crystal X-ray diffraction studies presented here also support the mixed valency of Yb for Yb{sub 14}ZnSb{sub 11}. Further detailed analysis of the core and valence band structure of both Yb{sub 14}MnSb{sub 11} and Yb{sub 14}ZnSb{sub 11} will be presented.

  11. Crystallographic and dielectric properties of flux grown PbB1/2'B1/2″O (B'B″: InNb, InTa, YbNb, YbTa and MgW) single crystals

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    Kania, Antoni

    2008-05-01

    Single crystals of PbIn 1/2Nb 1/2O 3 (PIN), PbIn 1/2Ta 1/2O 3 (PIT), PbYb 1/2Nb 1/2O 3 (PYN), PbYb 1/2Ta 1/2O 3 (PYT) and PbMg 1/2W 1/2O 3 (PMW) have been grown by the flux method. The PbO-based solvents were used. Transparent, light yellow and arrow like shaped PIN and PIT crystals of the perovskite structure were obtained. Small amounts of red and of octahedron habit PIN and PIT crystals of the pyrochlore type were simultaneously grown. In the case of PYN, PYT and PMW only the crystals of the perovskite structure have been grown. The transparent and brown PYN and PYT crystals of octahedron habit were obtained. The transparent, light yellow and of octahedron or truncated octahedron shape PMW crystals were grown. The crystals were characterised by X-ray and dielectric studies. They showed that as-grown PIN crystals are nearly disordered, exhibit the rhombohedral distortion of the pseudo-perovskite unit cell and reveal relaxor behaviour. The partially ordered PIT crystals show monoclinic distortion and undergo antiferroelectric-paraelectric phase transition. The PYN, PYT and PMW single crystals, characterised by chemical order in the B'/B″ ion sublattice, exhibit orthorhombic symmetry and undergo the first-order antiferroelectric-paraelectric phase transitions.

  12. Diode-pumped 88-fs Kerr-lens mode-locked Yb:Y₃Ga₅O₁₂ crystal laser.

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    Zhang, Jinwei; Han, Hainian; Tian, Wenlong; Lv, Liang; Wang, Qing; Wei, Zhiyi

    2013-12-02

    We realized a stable Kerr-lens mode-locked operation in a diode-pumped Yb:Y₃Ga₅O₁₂ laser. Pulses as short as 88 fs at the center wavelength of 1042 nm were obtained at a repetition rate of 159.3 MHz. The maximum output power was 104 mW under the incident pump power of 3.9 W. By comparing the mode-locked characteristics under different output transmissions, we obtained pulses with the highest output power of 330 mW and a duration of 149 fs. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of a Kerr-lens mode-locked Yb:Y₃Ga₅O₁₂ laser.

  13. Generation of visible wavelength by the phase-matching four-wave mixing in an Yb-doped V-shape photonic crystal fiber

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    Li, Lixiao; Yuan, Jinhui; Sang, Xinzhu; Yan, Binbin; Wang, Kuiru; Yu, Chongxiu; Han, Ying; Xia, Changming; Zhou, Guiyao; Wei, Shuai; Wang, Chao; Yang, Jianju; Wang, Shuang; Cheng, Xu; Hou, Lantian

    2015-07-01

    In this paper, an Ytterbium-doped V-shape photonic crystal fiber (Yb-VPCF) with low dispersion and high nonlinearity is designed and fabricated in our laboratory. Through coupling femtosecond pulses into the fundamental mode of Yb-VPCF, the tunable anti-Stokes signals at the visible wavelength are efficiently generated based on the phase-matching four-wave mixing. When the pump wavelength is changed from 810, to 820, and to 830 nm and the input average power is increased from 0.4, to 0.5, and to 0.6 W, respectively, the anti-Stokes signals are generated within the wavelength range of 562-477 nm. The wavelength-tunable range is over 100 nm, and the maximum power ratio of anti-Stokes signal at 477 nm and the residual pump at 830 nm can be up to 23.9:1. The anti-Stokes signals generated can be used as the ultrashort pulse sources for ultrafast optoelectronics and spectroscopy.

  14. A new polymorph of Lu(PO3)3

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    Bejaoui, Anis; Horchani-Naifer, Karima; Férid, Mokhtar

    2008-01-01

    A new polymorph of lutetium polyphosphate, Lu(PO3)3, was found to be isotypic with the trigonal form of Yb(PO3)3. Two of the three Lu atoms occupy special positions (Wyckoff positions 3a and 3b, site symmetry ). The atomic arrangement consists of infinite helical polyphosphate chains running along the c axis, with a repeat period of 12 PO4 tetra­hedra, joined with LuO6 octa­hedra. PMID:21202991

  15. High-power and high-efficiency diode-pumped Nd:LuYAG mixed crystal lasers operating at 939 and 946  nm.

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    Cui, Qin; Lan, Jinglong; Lin, Zhi; Xu, Bin; Xu, Huiying; Cai, Zhiping; Xu, Xiaodong; Zhang, Jian; Xu, Jun

    2016-09-10

    We report on high-performance infrared lasers at 0.94 μm based on quasi-three-level transition of F3/24→I9/24 in Nd:LuYAG mixed crystal, for the first time to our knowledge. The maximum output power was achieved to 5.64 W with slope efficiency of approximately 52.5% at 946 nm. The simultaneous dual-wavelength laser at 939 and 946 nm is also obtained with maximum output power of 3.61 W and slope efficiency of 34.8% by introducing a glass etalon into the cavity. Moreover, a 2.0-W single-wavelength laser at 939 nm can be further attained by suitably tilting the etalon. Using a Cr:YAG saturable absorber, Q-switched laser operation is realized with maximum average output power of 0.68 W and the narrowest pulse width of 8.4 ns, which results in the maximum single pulse energy of approximately 55.3 μJ and the maximum pulse peak power of approximately 6.15 kW. Finally, thermal focal length of the laser crystal is estimated by using a flat-flat laser cavity.

  16. Effects of disorder and isotopic substitution in the specific heat and Raman scattering in LuB{sub 12}

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    Sluchanko, N. E. Azarevich, A. N.; Bogach, A. V.; Vlasov, I. I.; Glushkov, V. V.; Demishev, S. V.; Maksimov, A. A.; Tartakovskii, I. I.; Filatov, E. V.; Flachbart, K.; Gabani, S.; Filippov, V. B.; Shitsevalova, N. Yu.; Moshchalkov, V. V.

    2011-09-15

    Precision measurements of the specific heat and spectral intensity I({omega}) of Raman scattering for Lu{sup N}B{sub 12} single crystal samples with various boron isotopes (N = 10, 11, nat) have been performed at low and intermediate temperatures. A boson peak in the low-frequency part of the I({omega}) spectrum has been observed for the first time for lutetium dodecaboride at liquid nitrogen temperatures. It has been shown that low-temperature anomalies in the specific heat, along with the features of Raman spectra, can be interpreted in terms of the transition to a cageglass state at T* = 50-70 K, which appears when Lu{sup 3+} ions are displaced from the centrosymmetric position in cavities of a rigid covalent boron sublattice towards the randomly located boron vacancies. The concentrations of various two-level systems that correspond to two types of vibrational clusters with correlation lengths of 12-15 and 18-22 A, respectively, have been estimated. The vibrational density of states of LuB{sub 12} has been calculated from Raman spectra in the model of soft atomic potentials. An approach has been proposed to explain the dielectrization of the properties of the YbB{sub 12} compound at T < T*, as well as the features of the formation of magnetic structures in RB{sub 12} antiferromagnets (R = Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm) and the suppression of superconductivity in LuB{sub 12}.

  17. Chemical preparation, crystal structure and characterization of the new sodium ytterbium cyclotriphosphate Na{sub 3}Yb(P{sub 3}O{sub 9}){sub 2}.9H{sub 2}O

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    Chehimi-Moumen, F. . E-mail: fathia.chehimi@fsb.rnu.tn; Ferid, M.

    2007-01-18

    Chemical preparation and crystal structure are reported for a new lanthanide cyclotriphosphate Na{sub 3}Yb(P{sub 3}O{sub 9}){sub 2}.9H{sub 2}O. This salt crystallizes in the trigonal system, space group R3-bar c with the following parameters: a=30.933(2), c=12.8282(5)A. The crystal structure was refined to R{sub 1}=0.0432 using 1782 reflections with I>2 {sigma}(I). In the Na{sub 3}Yb(P{sub 3}O{sub 9}){sub 2}.9H{sub 2}O structure, the phosphoric ring anions, located around the 3-bar axis are interconnected by YbO{sub 8} dodecahedra and NaO{sub 6} and NaO{sub 7} polyhedra to build, around the threefold axis, large channels parallel to the c axis. All the nine water molecules in the present arrangement participate in the coordination spheres of the associated cations. The thermogravimetric analysis shows that the removal of these water molecules occurs in three stages between 305 and 736K. The vibrational study by IR absorption spectroscopy of Na{sub 3}Yb(P{sub 3}O{sub 9}){sub 2}.9H{sub 2}O is also reported.

  18. Single crystal growth and heat capacity measurements of triangular lattice R2Pt6Ga15 (R =rare earth)

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    Matsumoto, Y.; Ueda, T.; Ohara, S.

    2016-02-01

    We have succeeded in synthesizing the single crystal of R2Pt6Ga15 (R=La-Nd, Sm- Lu) with hexagonal Sc0.67Fe2Si5-type structure using Ga self flux method. The crystal structure was confirmed by the powder X-ray method. The unit-cell volume V of R2Pt6Ga15 follows the lanthanide concentration except R = Ce, Eu and Yb, indicating that the valences of R = La, Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd-Tm, and Lu ion are trivalent, whereas those of R = Ce, Eu and Yb ion are deviate from trivalent. We have measured the specific heat C(T) of R2Pt6Ga15. It is found that the magnetic order takes place in R2Pt6Ga15 (R=Pr, Nd, Sm-Tm). Moreover, the multiple phase transitions were observed in R2Pt6Ga15 (R = Nd, Eu, Gd and Ho).

  19. High-power passively Q-switched Yb:YCa4O(BO3)3 laser with a GaAs crystal plate as saturable absorber.

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    Chen, Xiaowen; Han, Wenjuan; Xu, Honghao; Jia, Minghui; Yu, Haohai; Zhang, Huaijin; Liu, Junhai

    2015-04-10

    We report on efficient high-power passively Q-switched operation of a Yb:YCa4O(BO3)3 laser with a GaAs crystal plate acting as the saturable absorber. An average output power of 5.7 W at 1032 nm is generated at a pulse repetition rate of 166.7 kHz when the incident pump power is 26.8 W, with a slope efficiency determined to be 24.5%. The averaged pulse energy achieved is roughly 30 μJ and is increased to about 40 μJ when the output coupling used changes from 30% to 50%, while the shortest pulse width is measured to be 153 ns.

  20. Octave-spanning super-continuum from a silica photonic crystal fiber pumped by a 386 MHz Yb:fiber laser.

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    Farrell, C; Serrels, K A; Lundquist, T R; Vedagarbha, P; Reid, D T

    2012-05-15

    We report octave-spanning super-continuum generation in a silica photonic crystal fiber (PCF) pumped by a compact, efficient, mode-locked all-normal dispersion Yb:fiber laser. The laser achieved 45% optical-to-optical efficiency by using an optimized resonator design, producing chirped 750 fs pulses with a repetition rate of 386 MHz and an average power of 605 mW. The chirped pulses were compressed to 110 fs with a loss of only 4% by using multiple reflections on a pair of Gires-Tournois interferometer mirrors, yielding an average power of up to 580 mW. The corresponding peak power was 13.7 kW and produced a super-continuum spectrum spanning from 696-1392 nm.

  1. Enhanced upconversion emission in crystallization-controllable glass-ceramic fiber containing Yb3+-Er3+ codoped CaF2 nanocrystals

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    Peng, Wencai; Fang, Zaijin; Ma, Zhijun; Qiu, Jianrong

    2016-10-01

    Functional nanocrystal-containing materials have been a hot topic in recent years. However, few researches have focused on functional nanocrystals contained in optical glass fibers. In this research, transparent CaF2 glass-ceramic was prepared by a melt-quenching method. Greatly enhanced upconversion luminescence was observed after heat treatment. By applying a novel method called melt-in-tube, precursor fiber free of crystals was fabricated at the drawing temperature where the clad was softened while the core was melted. Glass-ceramic fiber with fiber core containing Yb3+-Er3+ codoped CaF2 nanocrystals was obtained after heat treatment at a relatively low temperature. Electron probe micro-analyzer measurement shows no obvious element diffusion between the core and clad. Greatly enhanced upconversion emission was detected in the glass-ceramic fiber excited by a 980 nm laser, suggesting the developed glass-ceramic fiber is a promising material for upconversion laser.

  2. Enhanced upconversion emission in crystallization-controllable glass-ceramic fiber containing Yb(3+)-Er(3+) codoped CaF2 nanocrystals.

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    Peng, Wencai; Fang, Zaijin; Ma, Zhijun; Qiu, Jianrong

    2016-10-07

    Functional nanocrystal-containing materials have been a hot topic in recent years. However, few researches have focused on functional nanocrystals contained in optical glass fibers. In this research, transparent CaF2 glass-ceramic was prepared by a melt-quenching method. Greatly enhanced upconversion luminescence was observed after heat treatment. By applying a novel method called melt-in-tube, precursor fiber free of crystals was fabricated at the drawing temperature where the clad was softened while the core was melted. Glass-ceramic fiber with fiber core containing Yb(3+)-Er(3+) codoped CaF2 nanocrystals was obtained after heat treatment at a relatively low temperature. Electron probe micro-analyzer measurement shows no obvious element diffusion between the core and clad. Greatly enhanced upconversion emission was detected in the glass-ceramic fiber excited by a 980 nm laser, suggesting the developed glass-ceramic fiber is a promising material for upconversion laser.

  3. Influence of air annealing temperature and time on the optical properties of Yb:YAG single crystal grown by HDS method

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    Nie, Ying; Liu, Yang; Zhao, Yequan; Zhang, Mingfu

    2015-08-01

    8 at.% Yb:YAG plate single crystal with the dimension of 170 mm × 150 mm × 30 mm was grown in vacuum by Horizontal Directional Solidification method. Aimed at blue-green color centers, annealing treatments of 15 mm × 15 mm × 1 mm samples from 900 °C to 1400 °C for 5 h and at 900 °C from 5 h to 40 h in air were conducted. The absorption spectra, emission spectra, fluorescence lifetime and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy of samples under different annealing conditions were measured at room temperature, respectively. Annealing at above 1000 °C for 5 h or at 900 °C for 40 h made the blue-green color centers disappear and the samples turned to transparent. Absorption coefficients decreased in the 300 nm-800 nm wavelength range, emission intensities increased and emission bands broadened around 486 nm and 1029 nm with increasing temperature up to 1200 °C, then varied inversely. These values decreased or increased monotonically with increasing annealing time at 900 °C. The maximal increases of fluorescence lifetime were 62.3% and 64.7%, respectively. The calculated emission cross section of 1200 °C for 5 h was up to 4.4 × 10-20 cm2. In X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, the concentrations of oxygen vacancies reduced from 1.28% down to absence by annealing. These experiments show that color centers are detrimental to the optical properties of HDS-Yb:YAG laser crystal and optimal annealing treatments should be conducted.

  4. Crystal structure and high temperature transport properties of Yb-filled p-type skutterudites Yb{sub x}Co{sub 2.5}Fe{sub 1.5}Sb{sub 12}

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    Dong, Yongkwan; Puneet, Pooja; Tritt, Terry M.; Nolas, George S.

    2014-01-15

    Partially Yb-filled Fe substituted polycrystalline p-type skutterudites with nominal compositions Yb{sub x}Co{sub 2.5}Fe{sub 1.5}Sb{sub 12}, with varying filler concentrations x, were synthesized by reacting the constituent elements and subsequent solid state annealing, followed by densification by hot-pressing. The compositions and filling fractions were confirmed with a combination of Rietveld refinement and elemental analysis. Their thermoelectric properties were evaluated from 300 to 800 K. The Seebeck coefficients for the specimens increase with increasing temperature and plateau at around 750 K. The thermal conductivity decreases with increasing Yb filling fraction, and bipolar conduction becomes evident and increases at elevated temperatures. A maximum ZT value of 0.8 was obtained at 750 K for Yb{sub 0.47}Co{sub 2.6}Fe{sub 1.4}Sb{sub 12}. The thermoelectric properties and potential for further optimization are discussed in light of our results. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • Yb-filled Fe-substituted p-type CoSb{sub 3} skutterudites, Yb{sub x}Co{sub 2.5}Fe{sub 1.5}Sb{sub 12}, were structurally and physically characterized. • Both filling fraction and Co-to-Fe ratio affect the transport properties. • High ZT was obtained for the composition with ∼50% Yb filling and a slightly lower than nominal Fe content.

  5. Specific radioactivity of neutron induced radioisotopes: assessment methods and application for medically useful 177Lu production as a case.

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    Le, Van So

    2011-01-19

    The conventional reaction yield evaluation for radioisotope production is not sufficient to set up the optimal conditions for producing radionuclide products of the desired radiochemical quality. Alternatively, the specific radioactivity (SA) assessment, dealing with the relationship between the affecting factors and the inherent properties of the target and impurities, offers a way to optimally perform the irradiation for production of the best quality radioisotopes for various applications, especially for targeting radiopharmaceutical preparation. Neutron-capture characteristics, target impurity, side nuclear reactions, target burn-up and post-irradiation processing/cooling time are the main parameters affecting the SA of the radioisotope product. These parameters have been incorporated into the format of mathematical equations for the reaction yield and SA assessment. As a method demonstration, the SA assessment of 177Lu produced based on two different reactions, 176Lu (n,γ)177Lu and 176Yb (n,γ) 177Yb (β- decay) 177Lu, were performed. The irradiation time required for achieving a maximum yield and maximum SA value was evaluated for production based on the 176Lu (n,γ)177Lu reaction. The effect of several factors (such as elemental Lu and isotopic impurities) on the 177Lu SA degradation was evaluated for production based on the 176Yb (n,γ) 177Yb (β- decay) 177Lu reaction. The method of SA assessment of a mixture of several radioactive sources was developed for the radioisotope produced in a reactor from different targets.

  6. Influence of saturation of diode pump radiation absorption in YAG:Yb+3 crystal on parameters of planar waveguide lasers

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    Galushkin, M. G.; Yakunin, V. P.; Dyachkov, R. G.

    2017-01-01

    A method has been devised for calculating the energy parameters of generation of planar YAG:Yb3+ lasers, with regard to saturation of the absorption of pump diode laser radiation with a wavelength λ  =  940 nm. It has been shown that nonlinearity of the pump absorption coefficient can substantially reduce the small-signal gain at the transition with a wavelength λ  =  1030 nm. It has been found that pump saturation influence on the energy efficiency of planar lasers and power amplifiers is considerably weakened in the field of intense laser radiation.

  7. Comparative thermal analysis of Nd- and Yb-doped YAG and KGdW laser crystals under diode- and flashlamp-pumping

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    Loiko, P. A.; Yumashev, K. V.; Kuleshov, N. V.; Pavlyuk, A. A.

    2012-10-01

    Temperature distribution in the Nd- and Yb- doped YAG and KGdW laser crystals under flashlamp- and diode-pumping was characterized by means of finite element analysis. For KGdW, two laser crystal orientations were considered for light propagation along the Np and Ng optical indicatrix axes, taking into account the anisotropy of thermal conductivity coefficient. The influence of the cooling conditions, pump spot size and dopant concentration on the temperature distribution was analyzed. For flashlamp-pumping conditions, the applicability of the quasi-steady-state model is discussed. The main concerns in the thermal management of KGdW laser host is the relatively low thermal conductivity that results in poor cooling and significant absorption coefficients under diode pumping that result in highly non-uniform volumetric heat deposition. "Athermal" Ng-cut KGdW crystal was found to produce higher temperature gradients that the "standard" Np-cut one, that should results in higher internal stresses and higher probability of thermally-induced cracks.

  8. New rare earth metal-rich indides RE14Ni 3In 3 ( RE=Sc, Y, Gd-Tm, Lu)—synthesis and crystal chemistry

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    Lukachuk, Mar'yana; Galadzhun, Yaroslav V.; Zaremba, Roman I.; Dzevenko, Mariya V.; Kalychak, Yaroslav M.; Zaremba, Vasyl I.; Rodewald, Ute Ch.; Pöttgen, Rainer

    2005-09-01

    The rare earth-nickel-indides RE14Ni 3In 3 ( RE=Sc, Y, Gd-Tm, Lu) were synthesized from the elements by arc-melting and subsequent annealing. The compounds were investigated on the basis of X-ray powder and single crystal data: Lu 14Co 2In 3 type, P4 2/ nmc, Z=4, a=888.1(1), c=2134.7(4), wR2=0.0653, 1381 F2 values, 63 variables for Sc 13.89Ni 3.66In 2.45; a=961.2(1), c=2316.2(5), wR2=0.0633, 1741 F2 values, 64 variables for Y 13.84Ni 3.19In 2.97; a=965.3(1), c=2330.5(5), wR2=0.0620, 1765 F2 values, 63 variables for Gd 14Ni 3.29In 2.71; a=956.8(1), c=2298.4(5), wR2=0.0829, 1707 F2 values, 64 variables for Tb 13.82Ni 3.36In 2.82; a=951.7(1), c=2289.0(5), wR2=0.0838, 1794 F2 values, 64 variables for Dy 13.60Ni 3.34In 3.06; a=948.53(7), c=2270.6(1), wR2=0.1137, 1191 F2 values, 64 variables for Ho 13.35Ni 3.17In 3.48; a=943.5(1), c=2269.1(5), wR2=0.0552, 1646 F2 values, 64 variables for Er 13.53Ni 3.14In 3.33; a=938.42(7), c=2250.8(1), wR2=0.1051, 1611 F2 values, 64 variables for Tm 13.47Ni 3.28In 3.25; a=937.3(1), c=2249.6(5), wR2=0.0692, 1604 F2 values, 64 variables for Tm 13.80Ni 3.49In 2.71; and a=933.4(1), c=2263.0(5), wR2=0.0709, 1603 F2 values, 64 variables for Lu 13.94Ni 3.07In 2.99. The RE14Ni 3In 3 indides show significant Ni/In mixing on the 4 c In1 site. Except the gadolinium compound, the RE14Ni 3In 3 intermetallics also reveal RE/In mixing on the 4 c RE1 site, leading to the refined compositions. Due to the high rare earth metal content, the seven crystallographically independent RE sites have between 9 and 10 nearest RE neighbors. The RE14Ni 3In 3 structures can be described as a complex intergrowth of rare earth-based polyhedra. Both nickel sites have a distorted trigonal-prismatic rare earth coordination. An interesting feature is the In2-In2 dumb-bell at an In2-In2 distance of 304 pm (for Gd 14Ni 3.29In 2.71). The crystal chemical peculiarities of the RE14Ni 3In 3 indides are briefly discussed.

  9. Effect of inclining strain on the crystal lattice along an extended series of lanthanide hydroxysulfates Ln(OH)SO4 (Ln = Pr-Yb, except Pm).

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    Zehnder, Ralph A; Wilson, Christopher S; Christy, Hunter T; Harris, Kenneth S; Chauhan, Varun; Schutz, Victor; Sullivan, Matthew; Zeller, Matthias; Fronczek, Frank R; Myers, Jacob A; Dammann, Kyle; Duck, James; Smith, Peter M; Okuma, Antony; Johnson, Kristin; Sovesky, Robert; Stroudt, Cameron; Renn, Robert A

    2011-02-07

    A series of trivalent lanthanide hydroxysulfates, Ln(OH)SO(4), (Ln = Pr through Yb, except radioactive Pm) has been synthesized via hydrothermal methods from Ln(2)(SO(4))(3)·8H(2)O by reaction with aqueous NaOH at 170 °C in Teflon lined Parr steel autoclaves, and were characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction and FT-IR spectroscopy. Two types of arrangements were found in the solid state. The lighter (Ln = Pr-Nd, Sm-Gd) and heavier lanthanide(III) hydroxysulfates (Tb-Yb) are each isostructural. Both structure types exhibit the monoclinic space group P2(1)/n, but the unit cell content is doubled with two crystallographically distinct LnO(8) polyhedra for the heavier lanthanide compounds. The lighter complexes maintain the coordination number 9, forming a three-dimensional extended lattice. The heavier counterparts exhibit the coordination number 8, and arrange as infinite columns of two crystallographically different LnO(8) polyhedra, while extending along the "c" axis. These columns of LnO(8) polyhedra are surrounded and separated by six columns of sulfate ions, also elongating in the "c" direction. The rigid sulfate entities seem to obstruct the closing in of the lighter LnO(9) polyhedra, and show an inclining degree of torsion into the "ac" layers. The crystal lattice of the lighter 4f complexes can sufficiently withstand the tension buildup, caused by the decreasing Ln(3+) radius, up to Gd(OH)SO(4). The energy profile of this structural arrangement then seems to exceed levels at which this structure type is favorable. The lattice arrangement of the heavier Ln-analogues seems to offer a lower energy profile. This appears to be the preferred arrangement for the heavier lanthanide hydroxysulfates, whose crystal lattice exhibits more flexibility, as the coordination sphere of these analogues is less crowded. The IR absorbance frequencies of the hydroxide ligands correlate as a function of the Ln(3+) ionic radius. This corresponds well with the X-ray single

  10. Nanostructured crystals of fluorite phases Sr1 - x R x F2 + x and their ordering: 7. A procedure for cluster modeling of Sr1 - x R x F2 + x Based on the Structure of an Ordered Phase ( R = Lu)

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    Sul'yanova, E. A.; Verin, I. A.; Sobolev, B. P.

    2012-01-01

    Single crystals of the Sr1 - x Lu x F2 + x nonstoichiometric phase ( x = 0.095 and 0.189), which crystallizes in the CaF2 structure type (space group Fm bar 3 m), are studied by X-ray diffraction. A procedure for the cluster modeling of Sr1 - x Lu x F2 + x based on the fine structural features of the Sr4Lu3F17 stoichiometric compound with a fluorite derivative structure (one of the ordered phases in the SrF2-LuF3 system) is proposed. The description of the structure of the Sr1- x Lu x F2+ x solid solutions is based on the octacubic configuration of the { M 14 - n R n F64 + n } defect cluster. Structural data on the displacements of cations and anions in the ordered Sr4Lu3F17 phase (in relation to the undistorted fluorite phase) allow one to identify the distortions of the crystal lattice of the disordered (nonstoichiometric) Sr1- x Lu x F2 + x phase.

  11. Enhanced 2.7 μm mid-infrared emissions of Er3+ via Pr3+ deactivation and Yb3+ sensitization in LiNbO3 crystal.

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    Zhang, Peixiong; Chen, Zhenqiang; Hang, Yin; Li, Zhen; Yin, Hao; Zhu, Siqi; Fu, Shenhe; Li, Anming

    2016-10-31

    The use of Pr3+ codoping for enhancement of the transition of Er3+: 4I11/24I13/2 2.7 μm emissions was investigated in the Er/Yb codoped LiNbO3 crystal for the first time. It is found that the codoped of Pr3+ ion in Er3+, Yb3+ and Pr3+ triply doped LiNbO3 crystal (Er/Yb/Pr: LN) greatly enhances Er3+: 2.7 μm emission under excitation of a common 970 nm laser diode, depopulates the lower laser level of Er3+:4I13/2, and has little influence on the higher laser level of Er3+:4I11/2 at the same time for population inversion. The 2.7 μm emission characteristics and energy transfer were investigated in detail. The energy transition efficiency from lower laser level of Er3+:4I13/2 to Pr3+:3F4 level is as high as 0.42, indicating that the Pr3+ ion is an effective deactivation ion for Er3+ ion in LiNbO3 crystal. These results suggest that Er/Yb/Pr: LiNbO3 crystal may become an attractive host for developing solid state lasers at around 2.7 μm under a conventional 970 nm LD pump.

  12. Up-conversion in sol-gel derived nano-glass-ceramics comprising NaYF 4 nano-crystals doped with Yb 3+, Ho 3+ and Tm 3+

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    Santana-Alonso, A.; Méndez-Ramos, J.; Yanes, A. C.; del-Castillo, J.; Rodríguez, V. D.

    2010-07-01

    NaYF 4 is an excellent host material for rare-earth ions presenting very high efficiencies in up-conversion processes. Thus, nano-glass-ceramics containing NaYF 4 nano-crystals emerge as promising candidates for general lighting appliances and integrated optical devices. Here we report highly transparent sol-gel derived nano-glass-ceramics comprising Yb 3+-Ho 3+ and Yb 3+-Ho 3+-Tm 3+ co-doped NaYF 4 nano-crystals. A structural analysis by means of X-ray diffraction measurements confirmed the formation of NaYF 4 nano-crystals during thermal treatment. Luminescence features have been related to the crystallinity degree of the samples. Violet, blue, green and red up-conversion emissions were obtained under infrared excitation at 980 nm and corresponding mechanisms involved have been analysed. Additionally, the total visible up-conversion emission has been quantified in terms of the standard chromaticity coordinates. In particular, an overall colour emission, very close to the standard equal energy white-light illumination point of the chromaticity diagram, was obtained in the Yb 3+-Ho 3+-Tm 3+ triply-doped samples.

  13. Analysis of excitation mechanisms of Ho3+ upconversion luminescence in Ho3+:LiYbF4 (0.2 at %) crystal via photographs of its longitudinal cross sections and via spectral and kinetic characteristics

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    Kazakov, B. N.; Mikheev, A. V.; Goriev, O. G.; Korableva, S. L.; Semashko, V. V.

    2016-10-01

    The results of a complex analysis of the excitation mechanisms of the up conversion luminescence of Ho3+:LiYbF4 (0.2 at %) crystal are presented. The spatial distribution of the upconversion luminescence intensity is studied by the photographs of longitudinal cross sections at different positions of the laser beam waist with respect to the sample. The surface power density of the pump laser diode radiation (0.755 W, λ = 933 nm) was changed by focusing the beam (similar to Z-scanning). The dependences of the longitudinal luminescence cross sections, as well as of the spectral and kinetic characteristics of Ho3+ and Yb3+ luminescence, on the position of the laser beam waist are determined. It is found that there exist two different mechanisms of the population of the energy levels of Ho3+ ions from which green and red luminescence occur, namely, cooperative sensitization of luminescence and absorption of induced photon groups (JETP Letters, 102 (5), 279 (2015)). It is shown that the contributions of these mechanisms vary both in time and over the crystal volume. All the observed spatial, spectral, and temporal specific features of the upconversion luminescence of Ho3+:LiYbF4 (0.2 at %) crystal are qualitatively explained.

  14. 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.

  15. Highly uniform and monodisperse beta-NaYF(4):Ln(3+) (Ln = Eu, Tb, Yb/Er, and Yb/Tm) hexagonal microprism crystals: hydrothermal synthesis and luminescent properties.

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    Li, Chunxia; Quan, Zewei; Yang, Jun; Yang, Piaoping; Lin, Jun

    2007-08-06

    beta-NaYF4:Ln3+ (Ln = Eu, Tb, Yb/Er, and Yb/Tm) hexagonal microprisms with remarkably uniform morphology and size have been synthesized via a facile hydrothermal route. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), and photoluminescence (PL) spectra as well as kinetic decays were used to characterize the samples. It is found that sodium citrate 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 molar ratio of citrate/RE3+ (RE represents the total amount of Y3+ and the doped rare earth elements such as Eu3+, Tb3+, Yb3+/Er3+, or Yb3+/Tm3+). Under the excitation of 397 nm ultraviolet light, NaYF4:xEu3+ (x = 1.5, 5%) shows the emission lines of Eu3+ corresponding to 5D0-3 --> 7FJ (J = 0-4) transitions from 400 to 700 nm (whole visible spectral region) with different intensity, resulting in yellow and red down-conversion (DC) light emissions, respectively. When doped with 5% Tb3+ ions, the strong DC fluorescence corresponding to 5D4 --> 7FJ (J = 6, 5, 4, 3) transitions with 5D4 --> 7F5 (green emission at 544 nm) being the most prominent group that has been observed. In addition, under 980 nm laser excitation, the Yb3+/Er3+- and Yb3+/Tm3+-codoped beta-NaYF4 samples exhibit bright green and whitish blue up-conversion (UC) luminescence, respectively. The luminescence mechanisms for the doped lanthanide ions were thoroughly analyzed.

  16. Dynamically Tuning the Up-conversion Luminescence of Er3+/Yb3+ Co-doped Sodium Niobate Nano-crystals through Magnetic Field

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    Xiao, Quanlan; Zhang, Yuanhao; Zhang, Han; Dong, Guoping; Han, Junbo; Qiu, Jianrong

    2016-01-01

    In this work, we show here that the up-conversion luminescence of NaNbO3:Er3+/Yb3+ nano-materials can be modulated by magnetic field and a enhancement of up-conversion intensities by a factor of about 2 for Er3+:4S3/2 → 4I15/2 obtained at 30 T and about 5.4 for Er3+:4F9/2 → 4I15/2 obtained at 20 T. The increased up-conversion luminescence are mainly interpreted in terms of the enhanced non-radiation transition from 4I11/2 to 4I13/2 of Er3+ ions and the spin-orbital coupling (that is “mixing” effect) in crystal field by an external magnetic field. Meanwhile, we observed continuously spectra broadening with growing the magnetic field intensity, which is ascribed to the “mixing” effect induced by magnetic field and the difference of g factor of sub-bands. This bi-functional material with controllable optical-magnetic interactions has various potential applications, such as optical detection of magnetic field, etc. PMID:27502356

  17. Dynamically Tuning the Up-conversion Luminescence of Er(3+)/Yb(3+) Co-doped Sodium Niobate Nano-crystals through Magnetic Field.

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    Xiao, Quanlan; Zhang, Yuanhao; Zhang, Han; Dong, Guoping; Han, Junbo; Qiu, Jianrong

    2016-08-09

    In this work, we show here that the up-conversion luminescence of NaNbO3:Er(3+)/Yb(3+) nano-materials can be modulated by magnetic field and a enhancement of up-conversion intensities by a factor of about 2 for Er(3+):(4)S3/2 → (4)I15/2 obtained at 30 T and about 5.4 for Er(3+):(4)F9/2 → (4)I15/2 obtained at 20 T. The increased up-conversion luminescence are mainly interpreted in terms of the enhanced non-radiation transition from (4)I11/2 to (4)I13/2 of Er(3+) ions and the spin-orbital coupling (that is "mixing" effect) in crystal field by an external magnetic field. Meanwhile, we observed continuously spectra broadening with growing the magnetic field intensity, which is ascribed to the "mixing" effect induced by magnetic field and the difference of g factor of sub-bands. This bi-functional material with controllable optical-magnetic interactions has various potential applications, such as optical detection of magnetic field, etc.

  18. 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.

  19. Structure and bonding in Yb4MgGe4: Yb2+/Yb3+ mixed-valency and charge separation.

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    Tobash, Paul H; Bobev, Svilen

    2006-03-22

    Reported are the synthesis and the structural characterization of a new derivative of the RE5Tt4 family (RE = Rare-earth; Tt = Tetrel, = Si, Ge, i.e., group 14 element), Yb5-xMgxGe4 (x approximately 1). Crystal data for Yb4.04(1)Mg0.96(1)Ge4 at 23 degrees C: orthorhombic, space group Pnma (No. 62), Z = 4; a = 7.155(2) A, b = 14.769(5) A, c = 7.688(2) A; V = 812.5(4) A3. This phase is an example of a substitution of lanthanide metal (Yb) with a nonmagnetic element (Mg) within this structure type. Its structure can alternatively be described as an intergrowth of the hypothetical Yb2MgGe2, which features flat infinite [MgGe2]4- layers and the hypothetical YbGe with [Ge2]6- dimers. The flat [MgGe2]4- layers propagate in two dimensions (a and c), and they are offset by a distance of 1/4.a with respect to one another and are interspaced with layers of [Ge2]6- dimers and Yb cations filling the space between them. According to the structural and physical property data, Yb4MgGe4 is a heterogeneous mixed-valent compound, i.e. a system where one of the two symmetry-inequivalent Yb sites has atoms in closed-shell Yb2+ configuration, whereas the Yb3+ cations occupy a different crystallographic site.

  20. Multiband electronic transport in α-Yb1₋xSrx AlB4 [ x = 0, 0.19(3)] single crystals

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    Ryu, Hyejin; Abeykoon, Milinda; Bozin, Emil; ...

    2016-08-19

    Here we report on the evidence for the multiband electronic transport in α- YbAlB4 and α-Yb0.81(2)Sr0.19(3)AlB4. Multiband transport reveals itself below 10 K in both compounds via Hall effect measurements, whereas anisotropic magnetic ground state sets in below 3 K in α-Yb0.81(2)Sr0.19(3)AlB4. Our results show that Sr2+ substitution enhances conductivity, but does not change the quasiparticle mass of bands induced by heavy fermion hybridization.

  1. Frequency mixing crystal

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    Ebbers, Christopher A.; Davis, Laura E.; Webb, Mark

    1992-01-01

    In a laser system for converting infrared laser light waves to visible light comprising a source of infrared laser light waves and means of harmoic generation associated therewith for production of light waves at integral multiples of the frequency of the original wave, the improvement of said means of harmonic generation comprising a crystal having the chemical formula X.sub.2 Y(NO.sub.3).sub.5 .multidot.2 nZ.sub.2 o wherein X is selected from the group consisting of Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs, and Tl; Y is selected from the group consisting of Sc, Y, La, Ce, Nd, Pr, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu, Al, Ga, and In; Z is selected from the group consisting of H and D; and n ranges from 0 to 4.

  2. Raman Investigations of Rare Earth Arsenate Single Crystals

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    Barros, G; Santos, C. C.; Ayala, A. P.; Guedes, I.; Boatner, Lynn A; Loong, C. K.

    2010-01-01

    Polarized Raman Spectroscopy was used to investigate the room-temperature phonon characteristics of a series of rare-earth arsenate (REAsO4, RE = Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Tm, Yb, and Lu) single crystals. The Raman data were interpreted in a systematic manner based on the known tetragonal zircon structure of these compounds, and assignments and correlations were made for the observed bands. We found that the wavenumber of the internal modes of the AsO4 tetrahedron increased with increasing atomic number, and for three out of four lattice wavenumbers observed, this tendency was not nearly so marked as in the case of the internal mode wavenumber.

  3. Nonlinear optical crystal optimized for Ytterbium laser host wavelengths

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    Ebbers, Christopher A.; Schaffers, Kathleen I.

    2007-02-20

    A material for harmonic generation has been made by substitutional changes to the crystal LaCa.sub.4 (BO.sub.3).sub.3 also known as LaCOB in the form Re1.sub.xRe2.sub.yRe3.sub.zCa.sub.4(BO.sub.3).sub.3O where Re1 and Re2, (rare earth ion 1 and rare earth ion 2) are selected from the group consisting of Sc, Yttrium, La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, and Lu; Re3 is Lanthanum; and x+y+z=1.

  4. Nonlinear optical crystal optimized for ytterbium laser host wavelengths

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    Ebbers, Christopher A.; Schaffers, Kathleen I.

    2007-08-21

    A material for harmonic generation has been made by substitutional changes to the crystal LaCa.sub.4(BO.sub.3).sub.3 also known as LaCOB in the form Re1.sub.xRe2.sub.yRe3.sub.zCa.sub.4(B0.sub.3).sub.3O where Re1 and Re2, (rare earth ion 1 and rare earth ion 2) are selected from the group consisting of Sc, Yttrium, La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, and Lu; Re3 is Lanthanum; and x+y+z=1.

  5. Nonlinear optical crystal optimized for Ytterbium laser host wavelengths

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    Ebbers, Christopher A.; Schaffers, Kathleen I.

    2008-05-27

    A material for harmonic generation has been made by substitutional changes to the crystal LaCa.sub.4 (BO.sub.3).sub.3 also known as LaCOB in the form Re1.sub.xRe2.sub.yRe3.sub.zCa.sub.4(B0.sub.3).sub.3O where Re1 and Re2, (rare earth ion 1 and rare earth ion 2) are selected from the group consisting of Sc, Yttrium, La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Th, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, and Lu; Re3 is Lanthanum; and x+y+z=1.

  6. Comparative performance of passively Q-switched diode-pumped Yb:GGG, Yb:YAG, and Yb-doped tungstates lasers using Cr 4+ -doped garnets

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    Kalisky, Y.; Kalisky, O.; Rachum, U.; Boulon, G.; Brenier, A.

    2006-02-01

    We investigated the CW free-running and repetitive modulation in the kHz frequency domain of a passively Q-switched, diode-pumped Yb:YAG, Yb:GGG and Yb:KYW lasers, by using Cr 4+:YAG as a saturable absorber. The results presented here are focused towards the design of a passively Q-switched Yb doped garnets or Yb doped tungstates microlaser. The free-running performance of Yb:YAG, Yb:GGG, Yb:KGW and Yb:KYW were characterized, and experimental parameters such as gain and loss were evaluated. We carried out a fit between our experimental results and an existing numerical model, which relates the experimental and the physical parameters of the ytterbium diode-pumped system to the minimal threshold pumping power. The best performance among the laser crystals was obtained for Yb:YAG laser. A maximum peak power of ~4.5-kW, at an average output power of 1.32-W, were extracted with of ~25 % extraction efficiency.

  7. Experimental study of supercontinuum generation in an amplifier based on an Yb3+ doped nonlinear photonic crystal fiber

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    Baselt, Tobias; Taudt, Christopher; Nelsen, Bryan; Lasagni, Andrés. Fabián.; Hartmann, Peter

    2016-03-01

    The use of supercontinuum light sources in different optical measurement methods, like microscopy or optical coherence tomography, has increased significantly compared to classical wideband light sources. The development of various optical measurement techniques benefits from the high brightness and bandwidth, as well as the spatial coherence of these sources. For some applications, only a portion of the broad spectral range can be used. Therefore, an increase of the spectral power density in limited spectral regions would provide a clear advantage over spectral filtering. This study describes a method to increase the spectral power density of supercontinuum sources by amplifying the excitation wavelength inside a nonlinear photonic crystal fiber (PCF). An ytterbium doped photonic crystal fiber was manufactured by a sol-gel process and used in a fiber amplifier setup as the nonlinear fiber medium. In order to characterize the fiber's optimum operational characteristics, group-velocity dispersion (GVD) measurements were performed on the fiber during the amplification process. For this purpose, a notch-pass mirror was used to launch the radiation of a stabilized laser diode at 976 nm into the fiber sample for pumping. The performance of the fiber was compared with a conventional PCF. Finally, the system as a whole was characterized in reference to common solid state-laser-based photonic supercontinuum light sources. An improvement of the power density up to 7.2 times was observed between 1100 nm to 1380 nm wavelengths.

  8. Lasing in a Tm:Ho:Yb{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} crystal pumped into the {sup 3}H{sub 6} – {sup 3}F{sub 4} transition

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

    2016-03-31

    A growth technology has been developed, and a Tm:Ho:Yb{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} 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 {sup 3}H{sub 6} – {sup 3}F{sub 4} transition of the Tm{sup 3+} 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. (lasers)

  9. Field-dependent Collective ESR Mode in YbRh2Si2

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    Petrovic, C.; Holanda, L.M.; Duque, J.G.S.; Bittar, E.M.; Adriano, C.; Pagliuso, P.G.; Rettori, C.; Hub, R.W.; Maquilon, S.; Fisk, Z.; Huber, D.L.; Oseroff, S.B.

    2009-10-15

    Electron spin resonance (ESR) experiments in YbRh{sub 2}Si{sub 2} Kondo lattice (T{sub K} {approx_equal} 25 K) at different field/frequencies (4.1 {le} v {le} 34.4 GHz) and H{sub {perpendicular}c} revealed: (i) a strong field dependent Yb{sup 3+} spin-lattice relaxation, (ii) a weak field and T-dependent effectiveg-value, (iii) a suppression of the ESR intensity beyond 15% of Lu-doping, and (iv) a strong sample and Lu-doping ({le}15%) dependence of the ESR data. These results suggest that the ESR signal in YbRh{sub 2}Si{sub 2} may be due to a coupled Yb{sup 3+}-conduction electron resonant collective mode with a subtle field-dependent spins dynamic.

  10. Heteroepitaxy of single-crystal LaLuO{sub 3} on GaAs(111)A by atomic layer deposition

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    Liu Yiqun; Heo, Jaeyeong; Gordon, Roy G.; Xu Min; Ye, Peide D.

    2010-10-18

    We demonstrate that LaLuO{sub 3} films can be grown epitaxially on sulfur-passivated GaAs(111)A substrates by atomic layer deposition (ALD). Transmission electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction analyses reveal that the oxide film exhibits a cubic structure with a lattice mismatch of -3.8% relative to GaAs. The epitaxial layer has a high degree of crystalline perfection and is relaxed. Electrical characterizations performed on this structure show interfaces with a low interface state density of {approx}7x10{sup 11} cm{sup -2} eV{sup -1}. The measured dielectric constant is around 30, which is close to its bulk crystalline value. In contrast, ALD LaLuO{sub 3} is polycrystalline on GaAs(100) and amorphous on Si(111).

  11. Analysis of vacuum ultraviolet electronic spectra of Ce3+ and Pr3+ ions in Ca9Lu(PO4)7: crystal-field calculations and simulation of optical spectra.

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    Ma, C-G; Trevisani, M; Piccinelli, F; Ivanovskikh, K V; Bettinelli, M; Brik, M G

    2013-04-24

    The 4f-5d excitation and emission spectra of Ce(3+) and Pr(3+) ions in Ca9Lu(PO4)7 as recently reported (2012 J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 24 385502) were further analyzed and simulated by employing the effective Hamiltonian model for the 4f(N) and 4f(N-1)5d electronic configurations of impurity lanthanide ions and the exchange charge model of crystal-field theory. The multi-site effect on the 4f-5d transition spectra was explicitly discussed from the points of view of the local structure and site occupation ratios of lanthanide ions in Ca9Lu(PO4)7. An excellent agreement between the predicted and measured spectra confirms the validity of the performed calculations. Based on these energy level and intensity calculation results, the radiative lifetimes of the 5d-4f emissions of Ce(3+) and Pr(3+) ions have been modeled to show nearly independent temperature trends. Comparison with the measured lifetimes suggests the nonradiative relaxation process in this host is probably related to the intrinsic defect states. In addition to the studies of the 4f-5d transitions, a general theoretical scheme to calculate the lowest 4f-6s transition energy of the Ce(3+) ion was proposed for the first time on the basis of the ligand polarization model. The predicted 6s energy position of the Ce(3+) ion in Ca9Lu(PO4)7 is solid evidence corroborating our previous spectroscopic assignment.

  12. Intense near-infrared emission from ZnO-LiYbO(2) hybrid phosphors through efficient energy transfer from ZnO to Yb(3+).

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    Ye, Song; Jiang, Nan; He, Feng; Liu, Xiaofeng; Zhu, Bin; Teng, Yu; Qiu, Jian Rong

    2010-01-18

    The ZnO-LiYbO(2) hybrid phosphors were sintered by the solid-state reaction method, in which the intense near-infrared emission around 1000 nm due to Yb(3+ 2)F(5/2)-->(2)F(7/2) transition was obtained due to the efficient energy transfer from ZnO to Yb(3+) ions. The growth of the LiYbO(2) crystal and the formation of the diffusion layer between LiYbO(2) and ZnO were confirmed by XRD, SEM and EDX studies. The high efficient energy transfer is benefited from the inter-diffusion of Li(+), Yb(3+) and Zn(2+) in the diffusion region. The spectroscopy results clearly indicated that the ZnO-LiYbO(2) hybrid phosphors can harvest the energy from near-UV photons in a broad wavelength region and effectively convert them into Yb(3+) near-infrared emission.

  13. Structural and Crystal Chemical Properties of Alkali Rare-earth Double Phosphates

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    Farmer, James Matthew; Boatner, Lynn A.; Chakoumakos, Bryan C.; ...

    2016-01-01

    When appropriately activated, alkali rare-earth double phosphates of the form: M3RE(PO4)2 (where M denotes an alkali metal and RE represents either a rare-earth element or Y or Sc) are of interest for use as inorganic scintillators for radiation detection at relatively long optical emission wavelengths. These compounds exhibit layered crystal structures whose symmetry properties depend on the relative sizes of the rare-earth and alkali-metal cations. Single-crystal X-ray and powder neutron diffraction methods were used here to refine the structures of the series of rare-earth double phosphate compounds: K3RE(PO4)2 with RE = Lu, Er, Ho, Dy, Gd, Nd, Ce, plus Ymore » and Sc - as well as the compounds: A3Lu(PO4)2, with A = Rb, and Cs. The double phosphate K3Lu(PO4)2 was reported and structurally refined previously. This material had a hexagonal unit cell at room temperature with the Lu ion six-fold coordinated with oxygen atoms of the surrounding phosphate groups. Additionally two lower-temperature phases were observed for K3Lu(PO4)2. The first phase transition to a monoclinic P21/m phase occurred at ~230 K, and the Lu ion retained its six-fold coordination. The second K3Lu(PO4)2 phase transition occurred at ~130 K. The P21/m space group symmetry was retained, however, one of the phosphate groups rotated to increase the oxygen coordination number of Lu from six to seven. This structure then became isostructural with the room-temperature form of the compound K3Yb(PO4)2 reported here that also exhibits an additional high-temperature phase which occurs at T = 120 °C with a transformation to hexagonal P-3 space group symmetry and a Yb-ion coordination number reduction from seven to six. This latter result was confirmed using EXAFS. The single-crystal growth methods structural systematics, and thermal expansion properties of the present series of alkali rare-earth double phosphates, as determined by X-ray and neutron diffraction methods, are treated here.« less

  14. Structural and Crystal Chemical Properties of Alkali Rare-earth Double Phosphates

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    Farmer, James Matthew; Boatner, Lynn A.; Chakoumakos, Bryan C.; Rawn, Claudia J.; Richardson, Jim

    2016-01-01

    When appropriately activated, alkali rare-earth double phosphates of the form: M3RE(PO4)2 (where M denotes an alkali metal and RE represents either a rare-earth element or Y or Sc) are of interest for use as inorganic scintillators for radiation detection at relatively long optical emission wavelengths. These compounds exhibit layered crystal structures whose symmetry properties depend on the relative sizes of the rare-earth and alkali-metal cations. Single-crystal X-ray and powder neutron diffraction methods were used here to refine the structures of the series of rare-earth double phosphate compounds: K3RE(PO4)2 with RE = Lu, Er, Ho, Dy, Gd, Nd, Ce, plus Y and Sc - as well as the compounds: A3Lu(PO4)2, with A = Rb, and Cs. The double phosphate K3Lu(PO4)2 was reported and structurally refined previously. This material had a hexagonal unit cell at room temperature with the Lu ion six-fold coordinated with oxygen atoms of the surrounding phosphate groups. Additionally two lower-temperature phases were observed for K3Lu(PO4)2. The first phase transition to a monoclinic P21/m phase occurred at ~230 K, and the Lu ion retained its six-fold coordination. The second K3Lu(PO4)2 phase transition occurred at ~130 K. The P21/m space group symmetry was retained, however, one of the phosphate groups rotated to increase the oxygen coordination number of Lu from six to seven. This structure then became isostructural with the room-temperature form of the compound K3Yb(PO4)2 reported here that also exhibits an additional high-temperature phase which occurs at T = 120 °C with a transformation to hexagonal P-3 space group symmetry and a Yb-ion coordination number reduction from seven to six. This latter result was confirmed using EXAFS. The single-crystal

  15. Diode-pumped Kerr-lens mode-locked Yb:LYSO laser with 61fs pulse duration.

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    Tian, Wenlong; Wang, Zhaohua; Wei, Long; Peng, Yingnan; Zhang, Jinwei; Zhu, Zheng; Zhu, Jiangfeng; Han, Hainian; Jia, Yulei; Zheng, Lihe; Xu, Jun; Wei, Zhiyi

    2014-08-11

    A stable diode pumped Kerr-lens mode-locked (KLM) Yb:LuYSiO5 (Yb:LYSO) laser of generating 61 fs pulses at a central wavelength of 1055.4 nm is experimentally demonstrated. This is, to the best of our knowledge, the first demonstration of femtosecond KLM operation in Yb:LYSO laser, and it is believed that 61 fs is the shortest pulse duration ever produced from an Yb-doped orthosilicate laser. The average output power of the mode-locked laser is 40 mW and the repetition rate is 113 MHz.

  16. Structure and properties of Pb(Lu{sub 1/2}Nb{sub 1/2})O{sub 3}–0.2PbTiO{sub 3} relaxor ferroelectric crystal

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    Liu, Ying; Yang, Xiaoming; Lai, Fachun; Huang, Zhigao; Li, Xiuzhi; Wang, Zujian; He, Chao; Lin, Ju; Long, Xifa

    2015-07-15

    Graphical abstract: The relaxor state of the crystal was demonstrated by the dielectric behavior. - Highlights: • PLN–0.2PT ferroelectric crystal was obtained by the TSSG technique. • The super-lattice reflections were identified by XRD and TEM results. • The PLN–0.2PT crystal is a typical relaxor ferroelectric. - Abstract: Ferroelectric crystal Pb(Lu{sub 1/2}Nb{sub 1/2})O{sub 3}–0.2PbTiO{sub 3} (PLN–0.2PT) was successfully obtained by a top-seed solution growth technique. At room temperature the symmetry was orthorhomic according to X-ray diffraction (XRD). The super-lattice reflections were identified by XRD and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The micro-domain structure was detected by TEM. The temperature dependence of the dielectric constant (ϵ′) shows a typical relaxor behavior. The temperature dependence of coercive electric field and remnant polarizations were investigated, which also shows the relaxor feature.

  17. An investigation of structural parameters and magnetic and optical properties of EuLn{sub 2}Q{sub 4} (Ln=Tb-Lu, Q=S, Se)

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    Jin Gengbang; Choi, Eun Sang; Guertin, Robert P.; Albrecht-Schmitt, Thomas E.

    2008-01-15

    EuLn{sub 2}Q{sub 4} (Ln=Tb-Lu; Q=S, Se) has been synthesized using Sb{sub 2}Q{sub 3} (Q=S, Se) fluxes at 1000 deg. C. These compounds crystallize in a CaFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}-type three-dimensional channel structure that is built from edge-shared double rutile chains of [LnQ{sub 6}] octahedra running down the b-axis. Each double chain is connected at the vertices to four other double chains to form open channels where bicapped trigonal prismatic Eu{sup 2+} ions reside. All of these compounds show antiferromagnetic ordering with Neel temperatures, T{sub N}{approx}3-4 K. The optical band gaps for EuTb{sub 2}Se{sub 4}, EuDy{sub 2}Se{sub 4}, EuHo{sub 2}Se{sub 4}, EuEr{sub 2}Se{sub 4}, EuTm{sub 2}Se{sub 4}, EuYb{sub 2}Se{sub 4} EuLu{sub 2}Se{sub 4}, and EuYb{sub 2}S{sub 4} are found to be 2.0, 1.8, 1.8, 1.7, 1.8, 1.3, 1.7, and 1.6 eV, respectively. - Graphical abstract: A view of the three-dimensional channel structure of EuYb{sub 2}S{sub 4} down the b-axis.

  18. Impurity-trapped excitons and electron traps in CaF2:Yb2+ and SrF2:Yb2+ probed by transient photoluminescence enhancement

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    Senanayake, P. S.; Wells, J. P. R.; Reid, M. F.; Berden, G.; Meijerink, A.; Reeves, R. J.

    2013-01-01

    CaF$_2$:Yb$^{2+}$ and SrF$_2$:Yb$^{2+}$ crystals have been investigated by a two-color UV + IR transient photoluminescence enhancement technique. The enhancement gives information about both changes in internal energy levels of the excitons and liberation of electrons from traps in the crystals.

  19. Continuous-wave and Q-switched laser performance of Nd:Lu0.99La0.01VO4 mixed crystals at 1.06 μm

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    Huang, Guoxi; Zhao, Bin; Yu, Yongqin; Du, Chenlin; Guo, Yayin; Ruan, Shuangchen; Chen, Jianzhong

    2012-11-01

    We report continuous-wave (CW) and actively Q-switched laser performance achieved with an uncoated mixed laser crystal Nd:Lu0.99La0.01VO4 at 1065.655 nm end-pumped by a laser-diode-array. The maximum CW output power of 6.26 W was obtained with the optical conversion efficiency of 31.3%. For the Q-switching operation, a maximum average output power of 6.06 W was obtained at the pulse repetition frequency (PRF) of 90 kHz, yielding an optical conversion efficiency of 30.3%. The highest pulse energy and highest peak power obtained were 954 μJ and 63.8 kW at the PRF of 5 kHz, respectively.

  20. Radiolysis of LaF3 crystals with rare-earth impurities

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    Radzhabov, E. A.

    2016-10-01

    The absorption spectra of LaF3 crystals, both pure and doped with rare-earth fluorides (YF3, CeF3, NdF3, PrF3, SmF3, EuF3, GdF3, TbF3, DyF3, HoF3, ErF3, TmF3, YbF3, and LuF3) have been investigated. All these impurities can be separated into two groups with respect to the shape of the absorption spectra of irradiated crystals. The spectra of the crystals doped with Nd, Sm, Tm, and Yb exhibit, along with 200-nm hole band F 3 - , weak bands due to RE2+-anion vacancy centers. The spectra of LaF3 crystals with Y, Ce, Pr, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, and Lu impurities exhibit, along with the hole-center bands (F 3 - at 200 nm and VkA at 320 nm), bands of comparable intensity, which can be attributed to RE3+- F centers. This conclusion is confirmed by preliminary quantum-chemical calculations and the estimation of the levels location in the energy-band diagram.

  1. Single crystal synthesis and magnetism of the BaLn2O4 family (Ln = lanthanide)

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    Besara, Tiglet; Lundberg, Matthew S.; Sun, Jifeng; ...

    2014-05-27

    The series of compounds in the BaLn2O4 family (Ln = La–Lu, Y) has been synthesized for the first time in single crystalline form, using a molten metal flux. The series crystallizes in the CaV2O4 structure type with primitive orthorhombic symmetry (space group Pnma, #62), and a complete structural study of atomic positions, bonds, angles, and distortions across the lanthanide series is presented. With the exception of the Y, La, Eu, and Lu members, magnetic susceptibility measurements were performed between 2 K and 300 K. BaCe2O4 and BaYb2O4 display large crystal fields effects and suppression of magnetic ordering. As a result,more » all compounds show signs of magnetic frustration due to the trigonal arrangements of the trivalent lanthanide cations in the structure.« less

  2. Sub-10 nm lanthanide doped BaLuF{sub 5} nanocrystals: Shape controllable synthesis, tunable multicolor emission and enhanced near-infrared upconversion luminescence

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    Rao, Ling; Lu, Wei; Wang, Haibo; Yi, Zhigao; Zeng, Songjun; Li, Zheng

    2015-04-15

    Highlights: • Sub-10 nm cubic phase BaLuF{sub 5} nanocrystals were synthesized by a hydrothermal method for the first time. • Tunable multicolor from yellow to yellow-green was achieved by controlling Gd{sup 3+} content in BaLuF{sub 5}:Yb/Er system. • Intense near-infrared upconversion luminescence in BaLuF{sub 5}:Gd/Yb/Tm nanocrystal. • The enhancement near-infrared luminescence can be realized by adjusting the content of Gd{sup 3+} in BaLuF{sub 5}:Gd/Yb/Tm system. - Abstract: In this study, sub-10 nm BaLuF{sub 5} nanocrystals with cubic phase structure were synthesized by a solvothermal method using oleic acid as the stabilizing agent. The as-prepared BaLuF{sub 5} nanocrystals were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and analyzed by the upconversion (UC) spectra. The TEM results reveal that these samples present high uniformity. Compared with Gd-free samples, the size of BaLuF{sub 5}:Yb/Er doped with 10% Gd{sup 3+} decreased to 5.6 nm. In addition, BaLuF{sub 5}:Yb/Tm/Gd upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) presented efficient near-infrared (NIR)-NIR UC luminescence. Therefore, it is expected that these ultra-small BaLuF{sub 5} nanocrystals with well-controlled shape, size, and UC emission have potential applications in biomedical imaging fields.

  3. Structure induced Yb valence changes in the solid solution Yb(x)Ca(1-x)C2.

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    Link, Pascal; Glatzel, Pieter; Kvashnina, Kristina; Trots, Dmytro M; Smith, Ronald I; Ruschewitz, Uwe

    2013-06-17

    The solid solution Yb(x)Ca(1-x)C2 (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) was synthesized by reaction of the elements at 1323 K. The crystal structures within this solid solution, as elucidated from synchrotron powder diffraction data, depend on x and exhibit some interesting features that point to a structure dependent valence state of Yb. Compounds with x ≥ 0.75 crystallize in the tetragonal CaC2 type structure (I4/mmm, Z = 2) and obey Vegard's law; for x ≤ 0.75 the monoclinic ThC2 type structure (C2/c, Z = 4) is found, which coexists with the monoclinic CaC2-III type structure (C2/m, Z = 4) for x ≤ 0.25. The monoclinic modifications show a strong deviation from Vegard's law. Their unit cell volumes are remarkably larger than expected for a typical Vegard system. HERFD-XANES spectroscopic investigations reveal that different Yb valence states are responsible for the observed volume anomalies. While all tetragonal compounds contain mixed-valent Yb with ∼75% Yb(3+) (similar to pure YbC2), all monoclinic modifications contain exclusively Yb(2+). Therefore, Yb(x)Ca(1-x)C2 is a very rare example of a Yb containing compound showing a strong structure dependence of the Yb valence state. Moreover, temperature dependent synchrotron powder diffraction, neutron TOF powder diffraction, and HERFD-XANES spectroscopy experiments reveal significant Yb valence changes in some compounds of the Yb(x)Ca(1-x)C2 series that are induced by temperature dependent phase transitions. Transitions from the tetragonal CaC2 type structure to the monoclinic ThC2 or the cubic CaC2-IV type structure (Fm3m, Z = 4) are accompanied by drastic changes of the mean Yb valence from ∼2.70 to 2.0 in compounds with x = 0.75 and x = 0.91. Finally, the determination of lattice strain arising inside the modifications with ordered dumbbells (ThC2 and CaC2 type structures) by DSC measurements corroborated our results concerning the close relationship between crystal structure and Yb valence in the solid solution Yb(x)Ca(1-x

  4. Hydrogen in polar intermetallics: Syntheses and structures of the ternary Ca{sub 5}Bi{sub 3}D{sub 0.93}, Yb{sub 5}Bi{sub 3}H{sub x}, and Sm{sub 5}Bi{sub 3}H{sub a}pprox{sub 1} by powder neutron or single crystal X-ray diffraction

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    Alejandro Leon-Escamilla, E.; Dervenagas, Panagiotis; Stassis, Constantine; Corbett, John D.

    2010-01-15

    The syntheses of the title compounds are described in detail. Structural characterizations from refinements of single crystal X-ray diffraction data for Yb{sub 5}Bi{sub 3}H{sub x} and Sm{sub 5}Bi{sub 3}H{sub a}pprox{sub 1} and of powder neutron diffraction data for Ca{sub 5}Bi{sub 3}D{sub 0.93(3)} are reported. These confirm that all three crystallize with the heavy atom structure type of beta-Yb{sub 5}Sb{sub 3}, and the third gives the first proof that the deuterium lies in the center of nominal calcium tetrahedra, isostructural with the Ca{sub 5}Sb{sub 3}F-type structure. These Ca and Yb phases are particularly stable with respect to dissociation to Mn{sub 5}Si{sub 3}-type product plus H{sub 2}. Some contradictions in the literature regarding Yb{sub 5}Sb{sub 3} and Yb{sub 5}Sb{sub 3}H{sub x} phases are considered in terms of adventitious hydrogen impurities that are generated during reactions in fused silica containers at elevated temperatures. - Graphical abstract: The structure of Ca{sub 5}Bi{sub 3}H{sub 0.93} occurs in the novel Ca{sub 5}Sb{sub 3}F structure type with D centered in the shaded calcium tetrahedra.

  5. High-efficiency Watt-level picosecond pulse generation based on Yb:Gd3AlxGa5-xO12 crystal

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    Li, Yanbin; Jia, Zhitai; Lou, Fei; Zhang, Baitao; He, Jingliang; Tao, Xutang

    2015-07-01

    A diode-pumped passively mode-locked Yb3+:Gd3Al0.5Ga4.5O12 (Yb:GAGG) laser has been investigated by using a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) for the first time. Pulses with duration of 1.6 ps were produced at the central wavelength of 1027.8 nm. At the absorbed pump power of 8.4 W, the maximum average output power of 1.02 W was obtained with the repetition rate of 45 MHz. The corresponding single pulse energy and the peak power were calculated to be 22.7 nJ and 14.2 kW, respectively.

  6. Eleven new compounds in the RE-Cd-Ge systems (RE=Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd-Yb; Y): Crystal chemistry of the RE{sub 2}CdGe{sub 2} series

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    Guo Shengping; Meyers, John J.; Tobash, Paul H.; Bobev, Svilen

    2012-08-15

    A large new family of rare-earth metal-cadmium-germanides RE{sub 2}CdGe{sub 2} (RE=Y, Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd-Yb) has been synthesized and structurally characterized. All eleven structures have been established from single-crystal X-ray diffraction data and have been found to belong to the tetragonal Mo{sub 2}FeB{sub 2} structure type (ordered ternary variant of the U{sub 3}Si{sub 2} structure type-space group P4/mbm (No. 127), Z=2; Pearson symbol tP10). The structural variations among the three series of isostructural RE{sub 2}MgGe{sub 2}, RE{sub 2}InGe{sub 2}, and RE{sub 2}CdGe{sub 2} compounds are discussed, as well as the crystal chemistry changes as a function of the decreasing size of the rare-earth metals (lattice constants a=7.176(2)-7.4589(12) A and c=4.1273(14)-4.4356(13) A). The experimental results have been complemented by tight-binding linear muffin-tin orbital (TB-LMTO) electronic structure calculations. - Graphical abstract: More than 300 compounds have been reported to crystallize with the tetragonal U{sub 3}Si{sub 2} structure type, or the Mo{sub 2}FeB{sub 2} structure type, which is its ordered ternary variant. Among them, there are several large RE{sub 2}CdX{sub 2} classes, where the X-elements are typically late transition metals such as Cu, Ni, Au, Pd, Pt, and Rh. The new RE{sub 2}CdGe{sub 2} phases (RE=Y, Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd-Yb) increase the diversity and represent the first cadmium germanides. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer RE{sub 2}CdGe{sub 2} (RE=Y, Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd-Yb) are new ternary germanides. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Their structures can be recognized as a 1:1 intergrowth of CsCl- and AlB{sub 2}-like slabs. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The Ge atoms are covalently bound into Ge{sub 2} dumbbells. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Almost all RE{sub 2}CdGe{sub 2} phases are the first structurally characterized phases in the respective ternary RE-Cd-Ge systems.

  7. (BMI)3LnCl6 crystals as models for the coordination environment of LnCl3 (Ln = Sm, Eu, Dy, Er, Yb) in 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ionic-liquid solution.

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    Han, Yulun; Lin, Cuikun; Meng, Qingguo; Dai, Fengrong; Sykes, Andrew G; Berry, Mary T; May, P Stanley

    2014-06-02

    A series of (BMI)3LnCl6 (Ln = Sm, Eu, Dy, Er, Yb) crystals was prepared from solutions of LnCl3 dissolved in the ionic liquid, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (BMICl). Crystals with Ln = 5% Sm + 95% Gd and with Ln = 5% Dy + 95% Gd were also grown to assess the importance of cross-relaxation in the Sm and Dy samples. The crystals are isostructural, with monoclinic space group P21/c and four formula units per unit cell. The first coordination sphere of Ln(3+) consists of six Cl(-) anions forming a slightly distorted octahedral LnCl6(3-) center. The second coordination sphere is composed of nine BMI(+) cations. The emission spectra and luminescence lifetimes of both (BMI)3LnCl6 crystals and LnCl3 in BMICl solution were measured. The spectroscopic similarities suggest that crystalline (BMI)3LnCl6 provides a good model of the Ln(3+) coordination environment in BMICl solution.

  8. Electric polarization observed in single crystals of multiferroic Lu2MnCoO6

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    Chikara, Shalinee; Singleton, John; Bowlan, John M.; Yarotski, Dmitry Anatolievitch; Lee, N.; Choi, H. Y.; Choi, Y. J.; Zapf, Vivien S.

    2016-05-17

    We report electric polarization and magnetization measurements in single crystals of double perovskite Lu2MnCoO6 using pulsed magnetic fields and optical second harmonic generation in dc magnetic fields. We observe well-resolved magnetic field-induced changes in the electric polarization in single crystals and thereby resolve the question about whether multiferroic behavior is intrinsic to these materials or is an extrinsic feature of polycrystals. We find electric polarization along the crystalline b axis, that is suppressed by applying a magnetic fields along the c axis, and advance a model for the origin of magnetoelectric coupling. We furthermore map the phase diagram using both capacitance and electric polarization to identify regions of ordering and regions of magnetoelectric hysteresis. This compound is a rare example of coupled hysteretic behavior in the magnetic and electric properties. Furthermore, the ferromagneticlike magnetic hysteresis loop that couples to hysteretic electric polarization can be attributed not to ordinary ferromagnetic domains, but to the rich physics of magnetic frustration of Ising-like spins in the axial next-nearest-neighbor interaction model.

  9. Neutron-scattering studies of Yb-bearing silicate glasses

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    Ellison, A.J.G.; Loong, C.K.; Wagner, J.

    1993-09-01

    The static and dynamic magnetic response of the Yb{sup 3+} ions in 2Na{sub 2}O{center_dot}Yb{sub 2}O{sub 3}{center_dot}6SiO{sub 2} glass and the isochemical crystalline silicate Na{sub 3}YbSi{sub 3}O{sub 9} has been studied by neutron diffraction, inelastic magnetic-scattering, and magnetic susceptibility measurements. The rare earth sites in the glass have an average coordination number of 5.6 {plus_minus} 0.5 and give a mean rare earth-oxygen bond length of 2.23 {Angstrom}; average Si-O and O-O coordination numbers and bond distances are comparable to those in vitreous SiO{sub 2}. The magnetic excitation spectrum of the Na{sub 3}YbSi{sub 3}O{sub 9} material was analyzed by a crystal-field model using a method of descending symmetry. The magnetic susceptibility and the excitation spectrum of the Yb glasses can be described by a distribution of ligand-field effects on the Yb{sup 3+} ions that are similar to the nominal crystal field in crystalline Na{sub 3}YbSi{sub 3}O{sub 9}.

  10. Synthesis, crystal structure and properties of Mg3B36Si9C and related rare earth compounds RE3-xB36Si9C (RE=Y, Gd-Lu)

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    Ludwig, Thilo; Pediaditakis, Alexis; Sagawe, Vanessa; Hillebrecht, Harald

    2013-08-01

    We report on the synthesis and characterisation of Mg3B36Si9C. Black single crystals of hexagonal shape were yielded from the elements at 1600 °C in h-BN crucibles welded in Ta ampoules. The crystal structure (space group R3barm, a=10.0793(13) Å, c=16.372(3) Å, 660 refl., 51 param., R1(F)=0.019; wR2(F2)=0.051) is characterized by a Kagome-net of B12 icosahedra, ethane like Si8-units and disordered SiC-dumbbells. Vibrational spectra show typical features of boron-rich borides and Zintl phases. Mg3B36Si9C is stable against HF/HNO3 and conc. NaOH. The micro-hardness is 17.0 GPa (Vickers) and 14.5 GPa (Knoop), respectively. According to simple electron counting rules Mg3B36Si9C is an electron precise compound. Band structure calculations reveal a band gap of 1.0 eV in agreement to the black colour. Interatomic distances obtained from the refinement of X-ray data are biased and falsified by the disorder of the SiC-dumbbell. The most evident structural parameters were obtained by relaxation calculation. Composition and carbon content were confirmed by WDX measurements. The small but significant carbon content is necessary by structural reasons and frequently caused by contaminations. The rare earth compounds RE3-xB36Si9C (RE=Y, Dy-Lu) are isotypic. Single crystals were grown from a silicon melt and their structures refined. The partial occupation of the RE-sites fits to the requirements of an electron-precise composition. According to the displacement parameters a relaxation should be applied to obtain correct structural parameters.

  11. Crystal structure, morphotropic phase transition and luminescence in the new cyclosilicates Sr{sub 3}R{sub 2}(Si{sub 3}O{sub 9}){sub 2}, R=Y, Eu-Lu

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    Tyutyunnik, Alexander P.; Leonidov, Ivan I.; Surat, Ludmila L.; Berger, Ivan F.; Zubkov, Vladimir G.

    2013-01-15

    A new series of promising luminescent materials, cyclosilicates Sr{sub 3}R{sub 2}(Si{sub 3}O{sub 9}){sub 2}, R=Y, Eu-Lu, has been synthesized via a solid-state reaction. X-ray and neutron powder diffraction studies show that these oxides crystallize in the monoclinic crystal system (S.G. C2/c, Z=4) and have a morphotropic phase transition between Er and Tm compounds followed by a step-like change of the unit cell constants. Isolated [Si{sub 3}O{sub 9}] rings located in layers are basic building units and stack with Sr/R layers along the [1 0 1{sup Macron }] direction. The rare earth atoms are distributed among three independent Sr/R sites coordinated by 8, 7 and 6 oxygen atoms, and the Sr-R populations change from mixed to 0.5/0.5 over site (1) and full occupation of sites (2) and (3) by Sr and R, respectively, at the transition. Changes of the conformation and mutual arrangement of [Si{sub 3}O{sub 9}] rings, as well as exchange of oxygen atoms from the first and the second coordination sphere of two Sr/R sites also feature the phase transition. Luminescence in Sr{sub 3}Y{sub 2}(Si{sub 3}O{sub 9}){sub 2}:Eu{sup 3+} under ultraviolet (UV) excitation has been discussed. - Graphical abstract: The change of the [Si{sub 3}O{sub 9}] ring conformation in Sr{sub 3}R{sub 2}(Si{sub 3}O{sub 9}){sub 2}, R=Eu, Er, Tm and Lu. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A new group of cyclosilicates Sr{sub 3}R{sub 2}(Si{sub 3}O{sub 9}){sub 2}, R=Y, Eu-Lu, was first synthesized. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Isolated [Si{sub 3}O{sub 9}] rings located in layers are basic building units and stack with Sr/R layers along the [1 0 1{sup Macron }] direction. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The rare earth atoms are distributed among three independent Sr/R sites coordinated by 6, 7 and 8 oxygen ligands. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A step-like change of the unit cell parameters is observed in the Sr{sub 3}R{sub 2}(Si{sub 3}O{sub 9}){sub 2} structure for R=Er{yields}Tm. Black

  12. Production of {sup 177}Lu, a potential radionuclide for diagnostic and therapeutic applications

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    Khandaker, Mayeen Uddin; Kassim, Hasan Abu; Haba, Hiromitsu

    2015-04-24

    {sup 177g}Lu (T{sub 1/2}=6.647d; E{sub β{sup −max}}=498.3KeV, I{sub β{sup −total}}=100%; E{sub γ} = 112.9498 keV, I{sub γ} = 6.17%; E{sub γ} = 208.3662 keV, I {sub γ} = 10.36%) is widely used in many clinical procedures due to its excellent decay characteristics. Production cross-sections of the {sup nat}Yb(d,x){sup 177g}Lu reactions have been measured from a 24-MeV deuteron energy down to the threshold by using a stacked-foil activation technique combined with high resolution γ-ray spectrometry. An overall good agreement is found with some of the earlier measurements, whereas a partial agreement is obtained with the theoretical data extracted from the TENDL-2013 library. Physical thick target yield for the {sup 177g}Lu radionuclide was deduced using the measured cross-sections. The deduced yield curves indicate that a low energy (<11 MeV) cyclotron and a highly enriched {sup 176}Yb target could be used to obtain {sup 177g}Lu with negligible impurity from {sup 177m}Lu.

  13. Lu-Hf and PbSL geochronology of apatites from Proterozoic terranes: A first look at Lu-Hf isotopic closure in metamorphic apatite

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    Barfod, Gry Hoffmann; Krogstad, Eirik Jens; Frei, Robert; Albarède, Francis

    2005-04-01

    The mineral apatite is characterized by elevated and highly variable Lu/Hf ratios that, in some cases, allow for single-crystal dating by the Lu-Hf isotopic system. Apatites from the Adirondack Lowlands and Otter Lake area in the Grenville Province, and from the Black Hills, South Dakota, yield Lu-Hf ages that are consistently older than their respective Pb step leaching ages. Isotopic closure for the Lu-Hf system, therefore, occurs before U-Pb system closure in this mineral. In the Adirondack Lowlands, where H 2O activity was low, Lu-Hf systematics of cm-sized apatite crystals remained undisturbed during upper amphibolite facies metamorphism (˜700 to 675 °C) at 1170-1130 Ma. The relatively old Lu-Hf ages of 1270 and 1230 Ma observed for these apatites correlate with decreasing crystal size. In contrast, apatite from the fluid-rich Otter Lake area and Black Hills yields unrealistically low apparent Lu-Hf closure temperatures, implying that in these apatites, fluids facilitated late exchange. The Lu-Hf ages for the metamorphic apatites were thus controlled either by the prevailing temperature and grain size, or by fluid activity.

  14. 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.

  15. Phonon Drag and Magnetic Anomalies, of Thermopower, in RB12 (R = Ho, Er, Tm, Lu)

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    Glushkov, V.; Demishev, S.; Ignatov, M.; Khayrullin, E.; Sluchanko, N.; Shitsevalov, N.; Levchenko, A.; Filipov, V.; Flachbart, K.; Siemensmeyer, K.

    2008-01-01

    High precision measurements of the Seebeck coefficient S(T) were carried out on the single crystals of RB12 (R = Ho, Er, Tm, Lu) at temperatures 2-300 K. It was shown that the effects of phonon drag result from vibrations of rare earth ions (ℏ ωE≈10-33 meV) in the rigid framework structure of the B12 clusters and determine the main contribution to thermopower at intermediate temperatures (30-300 K). The correlated behavior of transport parameters favors the appreciable enhancement of spin fluctuations in the sequence of magnetic compounds (HoB12-TmB12) when approaching to the valence instability state in YbB12. The giant increase in S(T) detected in the vicinity of the Néel temperature TN for HoB12, ErB12, and TmB12 seems to result from the density of states renormalization caused by antiferromagnetic ordering.

  16. Eleven new compounds in the RE-Cd-Ge systems (RE=Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd-Yb; Y): Crystal chemistry of the RE2CdGe2 series

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    Guo, Sheng-Ping; Meyers, John J.; Tobash, Paul H.; Bobev, Svilen

    2012-08-01

    A large new family of rare-earth metal-cadmium-germanides RE2CdGe2 (RE=Y, Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd-Yb) has been synthesized and structurally characterized. All eleven structures have been established from single-crystal X-ray diffraction data and have been found to belong to the tetragonal Mo2FeB2 structure type (ordered ternary variant of the U3Si2 structure type—space group P4/mbm (No. 127), Z=2; Pearson symbol tP10). The structural variations among the three series of isostructural RE2MgGe2, RE2InGe2, and RE2CdGe2 compounds are discussed, as well as the crystal chemistry changes as a function of the decreasing size of the rare-earth metals (lattice constants a=7.176(2)-7.4589(12) Å and c=4.1273(14)-4.4356(13) Å). The experimental results have been complemented by tight-binding linear muffin-tin orbital (TB-LMTO) electronic structure calculations.

  17. Crystal Chemistry and Magnetism of Ternary Actinoid Boron Carbides UB 1- xC 1+ x and U 1- xMxB 2C with M = Sc, Lu, and Th

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    Rogl, P.; Rupp, B.; Felner, I.; Fischer, P.

    1993-06-01

    Within the homogeneous range of uranium monocarbide UB 1- xC 1+ x, the crystal structures of stoichiometric UBC and of the carbon-rich solid solution UB 0.78C 1.22, have been refined from single-crystal X-ray counter data. From X-ray analysis crystal symmetry in both cases is consistent with the centro-symmetric space group Cmcm and there are no indications of superstructure formation. In contrast to the fully ordered atom arrangement revealed for stoichiometric UBC ( a = 0.35899(4), b = 1.19781(12), c = 0.33474(3) nm), random occupation by boron and carbon atoms is observed for the boron site in UB 0.78C 1.22 ( a = 0.35752(4), b = 1.18584(3), c = 0.33881(4) nm). For 279(278) reflections (|F 0| > 3σ) the obtained reliability factors R x = ∑|ΔF|/∑| F0| were R x = 0.069 for UBC and R x = 0.050 for UB 0.78C 1.22. Neutron powder diffraction experiments at 9 and 295 K unambiguously revealed full occupancy by the nonmetal atoms in UB 0.78C 1.22 and prove the statistical occupation of B and C atoms in the B-sites. For the orthorhombic symmetry Cmcm, refinement was not better than R1 = 0.044. A model calculation in monoclinic symmetry C12/ m1, however, resulted in a significant reduction of the residual value to R1 = 0.030, releasing spatial constraints on the boron atoms. Thus the boron-boron chain in Cmcm (B-B = 0.1874 nm) is dissolved into boron pairs (B-B = 0.1706 nm) which are loosely bound at a distance of 0.2043 nm. The formation of C-B-B-C groups corresponds to the structure types of ThBC and Th 3B 2C 3. The magnetic behavior has been investigated in the temperature range from 4.2 K to 1000 K for UB 1- xC 1+ x (UBC-type) and U 1- xMxB 2C (ThB 2C-type for the high temperature modification and 1-UB 2C-type for the low temperature modification) with U partially substituted by Th or Sc, Lu. From magnetic susceptibilities, the alloys UB 1- xC 1+ x reveal temperature independent paramagnetism with typical intermediate valence fluctuation behavior ( TSF ˜ 350 K

  18. Effect of reducing Lu3+ content on the fabrication and scintillation properties of non-stoichiometric Lu3-xAl5O12:Ce ceramics

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    Liu, Shuping; Mares, Jiri A.; Babin, Vladimir; Hu, Chen; Kou, Huamin; D'Ambrosio, Carmelo; Pan, Yubai; Nikl, Martin

    2017-01-01

    Lu3-xAl5O12:Ce optical ceramics (Lu3-xAG:Ce, x = 1, 2, 3 and 4 at.%, respectively) with Lu3+ compositions ranging from 1 to 4 at.% below stoichiometry content were fabricated by solid state reaction method and further optimized by an air-annealing process. The effect of Lu3+ deficiency on the optical, luminescence and scintillation properties of such a non-stoichiometric Lu3-xAl5O12:Ce ceramics was investigated. Significant influence in the material densification was found leading to strong changes in the transparency, radioluminescence (RL) and scintillation response of these ceramics. Within the range of 1-4 at.% Lu3+ deficiency, LuAl antisite defects were suppressed effectively and the Lu3-xAG:Ce ceramics displayed an extremely high RL intensity which reaches ∼4 times higher than that of the latest commercial LuAG:Ce single crystals while its transparency deteriorated. The microstructure, presence of foreign phases and charge traps acting in scintillation mechanism were also characterized by means of SEM, back scattered electron imaging and thermoluminescence techniques, respectively.

  19. Efficient Yb³⁺:CaGdAlO₄ bulk and femtosecond-laser-written waveguide lasers.

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    Hasse, Kore; Calmano, Thomas; Deppe, Bastian; Liebald, Christoph; Kränkel, Christian

    2015-08-01

    We report on, to the best of our knowledge, the first fs-laser-written waveguide laser in Yb3+:CaGdAlO4 (Yb:CALGO). With Yb:CALGO crystals grown in our labs, we obtained a slope efficiency of 69% and up to 2.4 W of continuous wave (cw) output power in a waveguide-laser configuration. Moreover, bulk laser experiments with Yb:CALGO were performed, and slope efficiencies up to 73%, optical-to-optical efficiencies of 65%, and maximum cw output powers of 3.3 W were reached. These are the highest efficiencies in the laser configuration with Yb:CALGO.

  20. Growth and luminescent properties of Lu 2SiO 5 and Lu 2SiO 5:Ce single crystalline films

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    Zorenko, Yu.; Nikl, M.; Gorbenko, V.; Savchyn, V.; Voznyak, T.; Kucerkova, R.; Sidletskiy, O.; Grynyov, B.; Fedorov, A.

    2011-04-01

    Single crystalline films (SCF) of Lu 2SiO 5 (LSO) and Lu 2SiO 5:Ce (LSO:Ce) silicates with thickness of 2.5-15 μm were crystallized by liquid phase epitaxy method onto undoped LSO substrates from melt-solution based on PbO-B 2O 3 flux. The scintillation and luminescence properties of LSO:Ce SCF were compared with the properties of LSO:Ce single crystal. The peculiarities of luminescence properties of LSO:Ce SCF in comparison with crystal analog can be due to different distribution of Ce 3+ over the Lu1 and Lu2 positions of LSO host and are further influenced by Pb 2+ flux-originated contamination.

  1. Continuous wave Yb:YCOB cyan lasers with KTP as the sum-frequency converter

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    Lan, Ruijun; Cheng, Hao; Yang, Guang

    2015-12-01

    All-solid-state cyan laser at 500 nm range are reported based on a Yb:YCa4O(BO3)3 (Yb:YCOB) crystal and a type-II phase matched KTiOPO4 (KTP) crystal. The 503 nm cyan laser is obtained by the sum-frequency mixing (SFM) of 974 nm pump wave and 1042 nm fundamental wave. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first cyan laser demonstrated with Yb-doped YCOB crystal. A dual-wavelength laser at 505 and 525 nm is also obtained, which origins from the simultaneous SFM and self-frequency doubling.

  2. LU-HF Age and Isotope Systematics of ALH84001

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    Righter, M.; Lapen, T. J.; Brandon, A. D.; Beard, B. L.; Shafer, J. T.; Peslier, A. H.

    2009-01-01

    Allan Hills (ALH) 84001 is an orthopyroxenite that is unique among the Martian meteorites in having the oldest inferred crystallization age (approx..4.5 to 4.0 Gyr) [e.g., 1-6 and references therein 7]. Its ancient origin makes this stone a critical constraint on early history of Mars, in particular the evolution of different planetary crust and mantle reservoirs. However, because there is significant variability in reported crystallization ages, determination of initial isotope compositions is imprecise making assessment of planetary reservoirs difficult. Here we report a new Lu-Hf mineral isochron age, initial Hf-176/Hf-177 isotope composition, and inferred Martian mantle source compositions for ALH84001 that place constraints on longlived source reservoirs for the enriched shergottite suite of Martian meteorites including Shergotty, Zagami, NWA4468, NWA856, RBT04262, LAR06319, and Los Angeles. Sm-Nd isotope analyses are under way for the same mineral aliquots analyzed for Lu-Hf. The Lu-Hf system was utilized because Lu and Hf are both lithophile and refractory and are not easily redistributed during short-lived thermal pulses associated with shock metamorphism. Moreover, chromite has relatively modest Hf concentrations with very low Lu/Hf ratios [9] yielding tight constraints on initial Hf-176/Hf-177 isotope compositions

  3. Crystal and electronic structures of CaAl 2Si 2-type rare-earth copper zinc phosphides RECuZnP 2 ( RE=Pr, Nd, Gd-Tm, Lu)

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    Blanchard, Peter E. R.; Stoyko, Stanislav S.; Cavell, Ronald G.; Mar, Arthur

    2011-01-01

    The quaternary rare-earth phosphides RECuZnP 2 ( RE=Pr, Nd, Gd-Tm, Lu) have been prepared by reaction of the elements at 900 °C, completing this versatile series which forms for nearly all RE metals. They adopt the trigonal CaAl 2Si 2-type structure (Pearson symbol hP5, space group P3¯ m1, Z=1), as confirmed by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis on ErCuZnP 2 and powder X-ray diffraction analysis on the remaining members. The Cu and Zn atoms are assumed to be disordered over the single transition-metal site. Band structure calculations on a hypothetically ordered YCuZnP 2 model suggest a semimetal, with a zero band gap between the valence and conduction bands. This electronic structure is supported by XPS valence band spectra for RECuZnP 2 ( RE=Gd-Er), in which the intensity drops off smoothly at the Fermi edge. The absence of a band gap permits the electron count to deviate from the precise value of 16 e - per formula unit, as demonstrated by the formation of a solid solution in GdCu xZn 2- xP 2 (1.0≤ x≤1.3), while still retaining the CaAl 2Si 2-type structure. Because the Cu 2 p XPS spectra indicate that the Cu atoms are always monovalent, the substitution of Cu for Zn leads to a decrease in electron count and a lowering of the Fermi level in the valence band. The magnetic susceptibility of RECuZnP 2 ( RE=Gd-Er), which obeys the Curie-Weiss law, confirms the presence of trivalent RE atoms.

  4. Impact of stoichiometry of Yb2Ti2O7 on its physical properties

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    Arpino, K. E.; Trump, B. A.; Scheie, A. O.; McQueen, T. M.; Koohpayeh, S. M.

    2017-03-01

    A series of Yb2 +xTi2 -xO7 -δ doped samples demonstrates the effects of off-stoichiometry on Yb2Ti2O7 's structure, properties, and magnetic ground state via x-ray diffraction, specific heat, and magnetization measurements. A stoichiometric single crystal of Yb2Ti2O7 grown by the traveling solvent floating zone technique (solvent = 30 wt % rutile TiO2 and 70 wt % Yb2Ti2O7 ) is characterized and evaluated in light of this series. Our data shows that upon positive x doping, the cubic lattice parameter a increases and the Curie-Weiss temperature θCW decreases. Heat capacity measurements of stoichiometric Yb2Ti2O7 samples exhibit a sharp, first-order peak at T =268 (4) mK that is suppressed in magnitude and temperature in samples doped off ideal stoichiometry. The full entropy recovered per Yb ion is 5.7 J K-1≈R ln2 . Our work establishes the effects of doping on Yb2Ti2O7 's physical properties, which provides further evidence indicating that previous crystals grown by the traditional floating zone method are doped off ideal stoichiometry. Additionally, we present how to grow high-quality colorless single crystals of Yb2Ti2O7 by the traveling solvent floating zone growth method.

  5. Method for fabricating apatite crystals and ceramics

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    Soules, Thomas F.; Schaffers, Kathleen I.; Tassano, Jr., John B.; Hollingsworth, Joel P.

    2013-09-10

    The present invention provides a method of crystallizing Yb:C-FAP [Yb.sup.3+:Ca.sub.5(PO.sub.4).sub.3F], by dissolving the Yb:C-FAP in an acidic solution, following by neutralizing the solution. The present invention also provides a method of forming crystalline Yb:C-FAP by dissolving the component ingredients in an acidic solution, followed by forming a supersaturated solution.

  6. High energy, single-polarized, single-transverse-mode, nanosecond pulses generated by a multi-stage Yb-doped photonic crystal fiber amplifier

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    Shen, Xinglai; Zhang, Haitao; Hao, He; Li, Dan; Li, Qinghua; Yan, Ping; Gong, Mali

    2015-06-01

    We report the construction of a cascaded fiber amplifier where a 40-μm-core-diameter photonic crystal fiber is utilized in the main amplifier stage. Single-transverse-mode, linearly-polarized, 7.5 ns pulses with 1.5 mJ energy, 123 kW peak power and 10 nm spectral bandwidth centered at 1062 nm are generated. To our knowledge, the pulse energy we obtain is the highest from 40-μm-core-diameter photonic crystal fibers, and also the highest for long pulses (>1 ns) with linear polarization and single transverse mode.

  7. The MueLu Tutorial

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    Hu, Jonathan Joseph; Wiesner, Tobias A.; Prokopenko, Andrey; Gee, Michael

    2014-10-01

    The MueLu tutorial is written as a hands-on tutorial for MueLu, the next generation multigrid framework in Trilinos. It covers the whole spectrum from absolute beginners’ topics to expert level. Since the focus of this tutorial is on practical and technical aspects of multigrid methods in general and MueLu in particular, the reader is expected to have a basic understanding of multigrid methods and its general underlying concepts. Please refer to multigrid textbooks (e.g. [1]) for the theoretical background.

  8. Scintillation properties of LuI 3:Ce

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    Glodo, J.; Shah, K. S.; Klugerman, M.; Wong, P.; Higgins, B.; Dorenbos, P.

    2005-01-01

    Lutetium iodide (LuI3) is a new addition to the family of Ce-doped lanthanide trihalide scintillating materials. Crystals of this material show hexagonal structure with density of 5.6 g/cm3 and have been grown by the Bridgman method. Under X-ray excitation this material exhibits broad, cerium based emission that peaks at 475 and 520 nm. The fastest and major component of scintillation time profile of LuI3:Ce emission decays with a 31 ns time constant. The light yield of LuI3:Ce for thin samples (∼0.2 mm) was estimated to be ∼50,000 photons/MeV.

  9. Hexamer clusters in MeF2:Yb3+ (Me = Ca,Sr,Ba)

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    Chernyshev, V. A.; Nikiforov, A. E.; Nazemnikh, A. D.

    2011-10-01

    The electronic structure and g factors of simple impurity centers and hexamer ytterbium clusters in fluorites have been calculated in terms of the exchange charge model. Preliminarily, their local crystal structures have been calculated in the framework of the shell model with the inclusion of lattice distortions near the impurity. Crystal structure and g factors have been calculated of linear cluster Yb-F-Yb-F oriented along a trigonal axis in BaF2.

  10. Mode-locked operation of a diode-pumped femtosecond Yb:SrF2 laser.

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    Druon, F; Papadopoulos, D N; Boudeile, J; Hanna, M; Georges, P; Benayad, A; Camy, P; Doualan, J L; Ménard, V; Moncorgé, R

    2009-08-01

    Femtosecond mode-locked operation is demonstrated for the first time, to our knowledge, with a Yb:SrF(2) crystal. The shortest pulse duration is 143 fs for an average power of 450 mW. The highest average power is 620 mW for a pulse duration of 173 fs. Since Yb:SrF(2) corresponds to the longest-lifetime Yb-doped crystal with which the mode-locking operation has been achieved, a detailed analysis is carried out to characterize the quality of the solitonlike regime.

  11. [K(2)CsYb(PO(4))(2)].

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    Rghioui, Lotfi; el-Ammari, Lahcen; Benarafa, Larbi; Wignacourt, Jean Pierre

    2002-07-01

    The crystal structure of dipotassium caesium ytterbium bis(phosphate) is built up from regular independent PO(4) tetrahedra and YbO(6) octahedra sharing corners and arranged in layers. The structure is, in many respects, similar to that of glaserite.

  12. Growth, structural, thermal, electrical and nonlinear optical properties of Yb3+ doped KTiOPO4

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    Sadhasivam, S.; Perumal, Rajesh Narayana; Ramasamy, P.

    2016-07-01

    The KTiOPO4:Yb (KTP:Yb) crystal has been grown by flux growth at high temperature (~ 1243-1223K). KTP:Yb crystallizes in the orthorhombic crystal system with Pna21 space group. Ytterbium presence was analyzed in the grown crystal by EDAX analysis. The existence of Ti3+ color center has been evaluated using electron paramagnetic spin resonance spectrum. The Raman spectroscopic techniques were used to study the effect of Yb3+ in KTP crystal. Thermal diffusivity, thermal conductivity and specific heat capacity of grown crystal were studied. At low frequency, the dielectric constant decreases sharply in the frequency region of 104 Hz. The electrical conductivity along the [001] is low (9.0435×10-7 S/cm) for 60 kHz at 300 K. The temperature dependent variation of electric conductivity was found for [010] and [001] of KTP:Yb. The effect of Yb3+ doping in second harmonic generation of KTP was studied.

  13. Electronic Configuration of Yb Compounds

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    Temmerman, W.M.; Szotek, Z.; Svane, A.; Strange, P.; Winter, H.; Delin, A.; Johansson, B.; Eriksson, O.; Fast, L.; Wills, J.M.

    1999-11-01

    The total energy differences between divalent and trivalent configurations of Yb ions in a number of Yb compounds are studied. Two different band theoretical methods, which differ in the treatment of the localized f electrons, are used. The results show that in all Yb compounds the valence energy differences are equal to the energy needed to localize an f electron. These valence energy differences correlate with the number of f electrons hybridizing with the conduction bands in the trivalent configuration. For divalent YbS, the pressure induced f -electron delocalization implies an intermediate valency, as also indicated by experiment. {copyright} {ital 1999} {ital The American Physical Society }

  14. Dual nature of 3 d electrons in YbT 2 Zn 20 (T = Co; Fe) evidenced by electron spin resonance

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    Ivanshin, V. A.; Litvinova, T. O.; Gimranova, K.; ...

    2015-03-18

    The electron spin resonance experiments were carried out in the single crystals YbFe2Zn20. The observed spin dynamics is compared with that in YbCo2Zn20 and Yb2Co12P7 as well as with the data of inelastic neutron scattering and electronic band structure calculations. Our results provide direct evidence that 3d electrons are itinerant in YbFe2Zn20 and localized in YbCo2Zn20. Possible connection between spin paramagnetism of dense heavy fermion systems, quantum criticality effects, and ESR spectra is discussed.

  15. Scintillation and luminescence properties of Sm3+-activated Lu2O3-CaO-SiO2-B2O3 (LuCSB) scintillating glasses

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    Kirdsiri, K.; Kaewkhao, J.; Park, J. M.; Ha, D. H.

    2016-09-01

    Lutetium (Lu) is a high atomic number material and readily interacts with X-rays, which makes it a good scintillation material. In this work, Lu-glass scintillators from the series xSm2O3: 25Lu2 O3: 10SiO2: 10CaO: (55- x)B2O3 (LuCSB) were synthesized at 1500 ° C by using a simple melt quenching technique. The influence of the Sm3+ ion on their physical, optical, photo-, X-rayand proton-induced properties has been characterized. The amorphous nature of the samples was confirmed by using X-ray diffraction. The density and the molar volume were found to be increased at higher concentrations of Sm3+. The X-ray- and the proton-induced emission spectra of the Sm3+:LuCSB glasses showed an intense reddish-orange emission around 604 nm (4G5/2 → 6H7/2), which matched the photoluminescence (PL) emission spectrum well. Among the prepared glasses, the 1.0-mol% Sm3+ ion-activated LuCSB glass exhibited the highest value of the characteristic emission parameters. The X-ray-induced luminescence of the LuCSB glass was also compared with that of a commercial bismuth germinate Bi4Ge3O12 (BGO) crystal.

  16. Organization of the human LU gene and molecular basis of the Lu(a)/Lu(b) blood group polymorphism.

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    El Nemer, W; Rahuel, C; Colin, Y; Gane, P; Cartron, J P; Le Van Kim, C

    1997-06-15

    The Lutheran (Lu) blood group antigens and the B-cell adhesion molecule (B-CAM) epithelial cancer antigen are carried by recently cloned integral glycoproteins that belong to the Ig superfamily. We have previously shown that the Lu and B-CAM antigens are encoded by the same gene, LU, and that alternative splicing of the primary transcript most likely accounts for the presence of both antigens on two isoforms that differ by the length of their cytoplasmic tails. In the present report, we isolated the human LU gene by cloning a 20-kb HindIII fragment from Lu(a - b+) genomic DNA. The LU gene is organized into 15 exons distributed over 12.5 kb. Alternative splicing of intron 13 generates the 2.5- and 4.0-kb transcript spliceoforms encoding the long tail and the short tail Lu polypeptides, respectively. Sequencing of the major mRNA species (2.5 kb) amplified from human bone marrow, kidney, placenta, and skeletal muscle did not suggest the presence of tissue-specific Lu glycoprotein isoforms. The same transcription initiation point, located 22 bp upstream from the initiation codon, was characterized in several tissues. In agreement with the wide tissue distribution of the Lu messengers, the GC-rich proximal 5' flanking region of the LU gene does not contain TATA or CAAT boxes, but includes several potential binding sites for the ubiquitous Sp1 transcription factor. In addition, the distal 5' region, encompassing nucleotides -673 to -764, contains clustered binding sequences for the GATA, CACCC, and Ets transcription factors. Analysis of the coding sequences amplified from genomic DNA of Lu(a + b-) or Lu(a - b+) donors showed a single nucleotide change in exon 3 (A229G) that correlates with an Aci I restriction site polymorphism and results in a His77Arg amino-acid substitution. Polymerase chain reaction/restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis indicated that the A229G mutation is associated with the Lu(a)/Lu(b) blood group polymorphism. When expressed in Chinese

  17. Design and characterization of Yb and Nd doped transparent ceramics for high power laser applications: recent advancements

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    Lapucci, A.; Vannini, M.; Ciofini, M.; Pirri, A.; Nikl, M.; Li, J.; Esposito, L.; Biasini, V.; Hostasa, J.; Goto, T.; Boulon, G.; Maksimov, R.; Gizzi, L.; Labate, L.; Toci, G.

    2017-01-01

    We report a review on our recent developments in Yttebium and Neodymium doped laser ceramics, along two main research lines. The first is the design and development of Yb:YAG ceramics with non uniform doping distribution, for the management of thermo-mechanical stresses and for the mitigation of ASE: layered structures have been produced by solid state reactive sintering, using different forming processes (spray drying and cold press of the homogenized powders, tape cast of the slurry); samples have been characterized and compared to FEM analysis. The second is the investigation of Lutetium based ceramics (such as mixed garnets LuYAG and Lu2O3); this interest is mainly motivated by the favorable thermal properties of these hosts under high doping. We recently obtained for the first time high efficiency laser emission from Yb doped LuYAG ceramics. The investigation on sesquioxides has been focused on Nddoped Lu2O3 ceramics, fabricated with the Spark Plasma Sintering method (SPS). We recently achieved the first laser emission above 1 W from Nd doped Lu2O3 ceramics fabricated by SPS.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.; ...

    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).

  20. 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).

  1. Lattice dynamics of LuPO{sub 4}

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    Nipko, J.C. |; Loong, C.-K.; Loewenhaupt, M.; Reichardt, W.; Braden, M.; Boatner, L.A.

    1996-06-01

    Lutetium orthophosphate is an important nonmagnetic host material for rare-earth-activated luminescence applications. We have measured the LuPO{sub 4} phonon density of states and dispersion curves along the [{xi}00],[{xi}{xi}0], and [00{xi}] symmetry directions by neutron spectroscopy using polycrystalline and single-crystal samples. A quantitative analysis of the neutron results was carried out using a lattice-dynamical shell model.

  2. Multiband electronic transport in α-Yb1₋xSrx AlB4 [ x = 0, 0.19(3)] single crystals

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    Ryu, Hyejin; Abeykoon, Milinda; Bozin, Emil; Matsumoto, Yosuke; Nakatsuji, S.; Petrovic, C.

    2016-08-19

    Here we report on the evidence for the multiband electronic transport in α- YbAlB4 and α-Yb0.81(2)Sr0.19(3)AlB4. Multiband transport reveals itself below 10 K in both compounds via Hall effect measurements, whereas anisotropic magnetic ground state sets in below 3 K in α-Yb0.81(2)Sr0.19(3)AlB4. Our results show that Sr2+ substitution enhances conductivity, but does not change the quasiparticle mass of bands induced by heavy fermion hybridization.

  3. Efficient operation of a diode-pumped Yb:NaY(WO(4))(2) laser.

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    Xie, G Q; Tang, D Y; Zhang, H J; Wang, J Y; Qian, L J

    2008-02-04

    An efficient diode-pumped Yb:NaY(WO(4))(2) (Yb:NYW) disordered crystal laser has been experimentally demonstrated for the fist time. The Yb:NYW crystal has a peak absorption cross section of 1.09 x 10(-20) cm(2) at 972 nm and emission cross section of 1.24 x 10(-20) cm(2) at 1010 nm. Under an absorbed pump power of 11.7 W, the Yb:NYW laser generated an average output power as high as 4.1 W, with a slope efficiency of 45%. It was found that the laser always operated in a self-pulsing mode, and the laser spectrum showed random jumps with time. The mechanism of self-pulsing in the laser was also investigated.

  4. Diytterbium(II) lithium indium(III) digermanide, Yb2LiInGe2

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    You, Tae-Soo; Bobev, Svilen

    2010-01-01

    The title compound, Yb2LiInGe2, a new ordered quaternary inter­metallic phase, crystallizes with the ortho­rhom­bic Ca2LiInGe2 type (Pearson code oP24). The crystal structure contains six crystallographically unique sites in the asymmetric unit, all in special positions with site symmetry .m.. The structure is complex and based on [InGe4] tetra­hedra, which share corners in two directions, forming layers parallel to (001). Yb atoms fill square-pyramidal (Yb1) and octa­hedral (Yb2) inter­stices between the [InGe4/2] layers, while the small Li+ atoms fill tetra­hedral sites. PMID:21578989

  5. Anisotropic intermediate valence in Yb2M3Ga9 (M = Rh, Ir)

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    Christianson, A.D.; Lawrence, J.M.; Lobos, A.M.; Aligia, A.A.; Bauer, E.D.; Moreno, N.O.; Booth, C.H.; Goremychkin, E.A.; Sarrao, J.L.; Thompson, J.D.; Batista, C.D.; Trouw, F.R.; Hehlen, M.P.

    2005-04-26

    The intermediate valence compounds Yb{sub 2}M{sub 3}Ga{sub 9} (M = Rh, Ir) exhibit an anisotropic magnetic susceptibility. We report measurements of the temperature dependence of the 4f occupation number, n{sub f}(T), for Yb{sub 2}M{sub 3}Ga{sub 9} as well as the magnetic inelastic neutron scattering spectrum S{sub mag}({Delta}E) at 12 and 300 K for Yb{sub 2}Rh{sub 3}Ga{sub 9}. Both n{sub f}(T) and S{sub mag}({Delta}E) were calculated for the Anderson impurity model with crystal field terms within an approach based on the non-crossing approximation. These results corroborate the importance of crystal field effects in these materials; they also suggest that Anderson lattice effects are important to the physics of Yb{sub 2}M{sub 3}Ga{sub 9}.

  6. Yb:FAP and related materials, laser gain medium comprising same, and laser systems using same

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    Krupke, William F.; Payne, Stephen A.; Chase, Lloyd L.; Smith, Larry K.

    1994-01-01

    An ytterbium doped laser material remarkably superior to all others, including Yb:YAG, comprises Ytterbium doped apatite (Yb:Ca.sub.5 (PO.sub.4).sub.3 F) or Yb:FAP, or ytterbium doped crystals that are structurally related to FAP. The new laser material is used in laser systems pumped by diode pump sources having an output near 0.905 microns or 0.98 microns, such as InGaAs and AlInGaAs, or other narrowband pump sources near 0.905 microns or 0.98 microns. The laser systems are operated in either the conventional or ground state depletion mode.

  7. Intermediate valence behavior of Yb2Ni12P7 studied by using 31P NMR

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    Koyama, T.; Sugiura, K.; Ueda, K.; Mito, T.; Kohara, T.; Satoh, R.; Tsuchiya, K.; Nakano, T.; Takeda, N.

    2013-08-01

    The Yb-based heavy-fermion compound Yb2Ni12P7 with a hexagonal Zr2Fe12P7-type crystal structure was investigated by using the 31P nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) technique. The complicated NMR line changes its shape gradually with decreasing temperature, implying the presence of some Knight shift components. The temperature dependences of the Knight shift and the nuclear spin-lattice relaxation rate 1/ T 1 suggest the delocalization of 4 f electrons.

  8. High-peak-power tunable laser operation of Yb:SrF2.

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    Siebold, Mathias; Hein, Joachim; Kaluza, Malte Christoph; Uecker, Reinhard

    2007-07-01

    Growth, spectroscopic properties, and laser performance of Yb:SrF(2) crystals have been investigated. In spatial multimode operation of a diode-pumped Yb:SrF(2) laser a slope efficiency of 46% was measured. 180W output power with high beam quality at a pulse duration of 1.5ms was achieved by installing a mode cleaning aperture. A maximum average output power of 270mW and a tuning range of 73nm was observed.

  9. Kinetic control of structural and magnetic states in LuBaCo4O7.

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    Avci, S.; Chmaissem, O.; Zheng, H.; Huq, A.; Khalyavin, D.; Stephens, P.; Suchomel, M.; Manuel, P.; Mitchell, J.

    2012-01-01

    The RBaCo{sub 4}O{sub 7} (R = Ca, Y, Tb, Ho, Tm, Yb, Lu) compounds provide a novel topology for studying the competition between triangular geometry and magnetic order. Here, we report the structural and magnetic behavior of the Lu member of this series via neutron and synchrotron x-ray diffraction, magnetization, and resistivity measurements. We determined sequential phase transitions and a strong competition between a stable and a metastable low-temperature state that critically depends on controlled cooling rates and the associated heat removal kinetics. No evidence for long-range ordered magnetism was detected by neutron diffraction at any temperature. However, very slow spin dynamics are evidenced by time-dependent neutron diffraction measurements and can be explained by several competing magnetic phases with incommensurate short-range correlations coexisting in this material.

  10. Fiber-laser pumped actively Q-switched Er:LuYAG laser at 1648 nm

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    Yang, X. F.; Wang, Y.; Zhao, T.; Zhu, H. Y.; Shen, D. Y.

    2016-02-01

    We demonstrated an acousto-optic Q-switched 1648 nm Er:LuYAG laser resonantly pumped by a cladding-pumped Er,Yb fiber laser at 1532 nm. Stable Q-switching operation was obtained with the pulse repetition rate (PRR) varying from 200 Hz to 10 kHz. At PRR of 200 Hz, the laser yielded Q-switched pulses with 3.3 mJ pulse energy and 65 ns pulse duration, corresponding to a peak power of 50.7 kW for 10.4 W of incident pump power.

  11. Disorder-Sensitive Superconductivity and Bonding Network in the Iron-Silicide Superconductor Lu2Fe3Si5

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    Watanabe, Tadataka; Okuyama, Hiroaki; Takase, Kouichi; Takano, Yoshiki; Yoshida, Fumiko; Moriyoshi, Chikako; Kuroiwa, Yoshihiro

    2010-03-01

    Iron silicide superconductor Lu2Fe3Si5 exhibits relatively high Tc = 6.0 K among Fe-based substances. Recent specific heat, penetration depth, and thermal conductivity measurements have provided evidences for the multigap superconductivity. We have studied non-magnetic and magnetic impurity effects on superconductivity in Lu2Fe3Si5 by investigating Tc variations in non-magnetic (Lu1-xScx)2Fe3Si5, (Lu1-xYx)2Fe3Si5 and magnetic (Lu1-xDyx)2Fe3Si5. Small amount of non-magnetic impurities (Sc and Y) on the Lu-site rapidly depresses Tc in accordance with the increase in the residual resistivity. Such a disorder-sensitive superconductivity strongly suggests the sign reversal of the superconducting order parameter. Lu2Fe3Si5 has a complicated crystal structure compared to other multigap superconductors such as MgB2 and iron pnictides. Thus it is important to map out the accurate bonding network in the crystal structure for the better understanding of the electronic structure. We have observed the charge density distribution of Lu2Fe3Si5 by analyzing the synchrotron radiation powder diffraction data using the maximum entropy method/Rietveld method.

  12. Two new layered oxohalides in the system Cu-Yb-Te-O-Cl

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    Zhang, Dong; Johnsson, Mats; Kremer, Reinhard K.

    2010-04-01

    Two complex lanthanide(III) transition metal(II) tellurium(IV) oxyhalides, Cu 3Yb 2(TeO 3) 4Cl 4 and Cu 3Yb 3(TeO 3) 4Cl 6 have been synthesized and the crystal structures were determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Both compounds are layered with only weak connections in between the layers. The layers are made up of [YbO 8], [TeO 3] and [CuO xCl y] polyhedra. In both compounds the strong Lewis acid cations Yb 3+ and Te 4+ only form bonds to oxygen while Cu 2+ form bonds to both oxygen and chlorine. This leads the Cl - ions to be expelled from the bonding volumes of the crystal structures and protrude from the layers. Magnetic susceptibility measurements were performed on a powder sample of Cu 3Yb 2(TeO 3) 4Cl 4. The Curie-Weiss law found at low temperatures indicates a Curie-Weiss temperature of ca. -5(1) K. However, indication for long-range magnetic ordering could not be observed down to 1.87 K. The two new phases are to the best of our knowledge the first containing all three of Cu, Yb and Te.

  13. Consequences of meta-stable (177m)Lu admixture in (177)Lu for patient dosimetry.

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    Konijnenberg, Mark W

    2015-01-01

    Lutetium-177 ((177)Lu) is a rare earth metal in the lanthanides series which decays by beta emission with a half life of 6.647 days to three excited states and the ground state of (177)Hf. When (177)Lu is produced by neutron capture in (176)Lu, inevitably an admixture is formed of the long-lived isomer (177)mLu. As its half-life of 160.4 days is so much longer than that of (177)Lu, concerns are raised on its possible enhancement in radiation dose to the patient treated with (177)Lu-DOTA-octreotate. This report evaluates this possible enhancement of the absorbed dose, based on the published pharmacokinetic profile of (177)Lu-DOTA-octreotate and assuming an admixture of 1 kBq (177)mLu /MBq (177)Lu (0.1%).

  14. Synthesis of metastable rare-earth-iron mixed oxide with the hexagonal crystal structure

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    Nishimura, Tatsuya; Hosokawa, Saburo; Masuda, Yuichi; Wada, Kenji; Inoue, Masashi

    2013-01-01

    Rare-earth-iron mixed oxides with the rare earth/iron ratio=1 have either orthorhombic (o-REFeO3) or hexagonal (h-REFeO3) structure. h-REFeO3 is a metastable phase and the synthesis of h-REFeO3 is usually difficult. In this work, the crystallization process of the precursors obtained by co-precipitation and Pechini methods was investigated in detail to synthesize h-REFeO3. It was found that the crystallization from amorphous to hexagonal phase and the phase transition from hexagonal to orthorhombic phase occurred at a similar temperature range for rare earth elements with small ionic radii (Er-Lu, Y). For both co-precipitation and Pechini methods, single-phase h-REFeO3 was obtained by shortening the heating time during calcination process. The hexagonal-to-orthorhombic phase transition took place by a nucleation growth mechanism and vermicular morphology of the thus-formed orthorhombic phase was observed. The hexagonal YbFeO3 had higher catalytic activity for C3H8 combustion than orthorhombic YbFeO3.

  15. Correlation between magnon and magnetic symmetries of hexagonal RMnO3 (R = Er, Ho, Lu)

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    Nguyen, Thi Minh Hien; Nguyen, Thi Huyen; Chen, Xiang-Bai; Park, Yeonju; Jung, Young Mee; Lee, D.; Noh, T. W.; Cheong, Sang-Wook; Yang, In-Sang

    2016-11-01

    The correlation between the magnon scattering and the magnetic symmetries of hexagonal RMnO3 (R = Er, Ho) thin films and LuMnO3 single crystal was studied through the 2D Correlation Spectroscopy (2D COS) and Perturbation-Correlation Moving Window 2D (PCMW2D) Correlation Spectroscopy which were performed on the temperature-dependent Raman spectra of RMnO3 (R = Er, Ho, Lu). From the Raman spectra, we observed much stronger intensity and more asymmetrical magnon peak in LuMnO3 single crystal than in ErMnO3 and HoMnO3 thin films. While the ratio between magnon and phonon's linewidth of LuMnO3 and HoMnO3 display an anomalous behavior, that ratio of ErMnO3 is almost stable. The result from PCMW2D also supports these results. In addition, our 2D COS analysis showed that there are more overlap peaks in broad four-spin flipping magnon peak in LuMnO3 than that in ErMnO3 and HoMnO3. The differences of hexagonal RMnO3 (R = Er, Ho, Lu) in magnon scattering are very similar to the actual differences of the magnetic symmetries of these compounds. Therefore, we suggest that the magnon scattering of hexagonal RMnO3 is strongly correlated with the magnetic symmetries of these materials.

  16. High-light-output scintillator for photodiode readout: LuI3:Ce3+

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    Birowosuto, M. D.; Dorenbos, P.; van Eijk, C. W. E.; Krämer, K. W.; Güdel, H. U.

    2006-06-01

    In this paper, we investigated the scintillation properties of LuI3:Ce3+. Radioluminescence, light output, energy resolution, and γ-scintillation decay are reported. We find an extremely high light output of 98 000+/-10 000 photons/MeV. LuI3:Ce3+ also gives a very high electron-hole (e-h) pair response when it is coupled with an avalanche photodiode (APD) (92 000+/-9000 e-h pairs/MeV). With an APD, a best energy resolution (full width at half maximum over the peak position) of 3.3%+/-0.3% for 662 keV γ quanta is observed. A combination of an extremely high light output and a good energy resolution makes LuI3:Ce3+ an ideal scintillator for radiation sensor applications. Some drawbacks due to the hygroscopicity and the difficult growth of LuI3:Ce3+ crystals are also discussed.

  17. Growth and luminescent properties of Lu2SiO5 and Lu2SiO5:Ce single crystalline films

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    Zorenko, Yu; Nikl, M.; Gorbenko, V.; Mares, J. A.; Savchyn, V.; Voznyak, T.; Solsky, I.; Grynyov, B.; Sidletskiy, O.; Kurtsev, D.; Beitlerova, A.; Kucerkova, R.

    2010-11-01

    Single crystalline films (SCF) of Lu2SiO5 (LSO) and Lu2SiO5:Ce (LSO:Ce) silicates with thickness of 2.5-21 μm were crystallised by liquid phase epitaxy method onto undoped LSO substrates from melt-solution based on PbO-B2O3 flux. The luminescence and scintillation properties of LSO and LSO:Ce SCFs were compared with the properties of a reference LSO:Ce and LYSO:Ce crystals. The light yield (LY) of LSO and LSO:Ce SCF reaches up 30 % and 145 %, respectively, of that of a reference LSO:Ce crystal under excitation by α-particles of 241Am source (5.5 MeV). We found that the luminescence spectrum of LSO:Ce SCF is red-shifted with respect to the spectrum of a reference LSO:Ce crystal. Differences in luminescence properties of LSO:Ce SCF and single crystal are explained by the different distribution of Ce3+ over the Lu1 and Lu2 positions of LSO host and are also due to Pb2+ contamination in the former.

  18. Conversion coefficient measurements of 176Lu using ICEBall

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    Battaglia, Anthony A.

    We have studied the multipolarites of several transitions in the nucleus 176Lu. The synthesis of 176Lu in stellar environments is through the slow (s-) neutron capture process. The s-process is responsible for the creation of 50% of the heavy elements and 15-20 nuclei in the s-process are s-process branching points. Branching points determine if the synthesis path will beta-decay or neutron capture. The branching point 176 Lu is only produced via the s-process only and has both a long-lived ground state (K = 7--) of 37.6 Gy and a short-lived isomeric state (K = 0--) at 3.6 h. There is no direct decay to both the isomer and ground state due to selection rules. However, an intermediate state was found at 839 keV in the K = 4-- band and another intermediate state in the K = 4+ band at 709 keV which communicate to both the isomer and ground state. The communication to both the isomer and ground state through the intermediate states affects the final abundances of 176Lu in stellar environments which is sensitive to temperature. The experiment was performed at the University of Notre Dame Nuclear Science Laboratory (NSL) using a 176Yb(p,n) reaction at 7.75 MeV. Gamma-gamma and gamma-electron coincidences were measured for conversion coefficients using the Internal Conversion Electron Ball (ICEBall) array and two HPGe detectors (109% relative efficiency of a 3"x 3" NaI detector at 1332 keV). ICEBall was upgraded at the NSL for an improved efficiency from 6%-15% over 4. A total of 40 conversion cofficcients were measured and 35 multipolarities wer assigned. 17 new conversion coefficients were measured and the corresponding multipolarities were assigned. Levels and spin assignments in both the K = 4+ band and K = 4-- band were verified in the intermediate states that are important for establishing a thermal equilibrium in the s-process.

  19. Investigation of nanostructured Lu2O3:Tb

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    Zych, E.; Deren, Przemyslaw J.; Strek, Wieslaw; Meijerink, Andries; Domagala, K.; Mielcarek, W.

    2001-04-01

    Nano structured Lu2O3, both plane and doped with Tb, was prepared utilizing a combustion technique. The best crystallity of the products can be obtained initiating the reaction within 560-700 $DEGC range of temperature. Tb easily enters the nano scaled host lattice both as Tb3+ and Tb4+. The former gives rise to a typical green emission of the ion, while the later introduces a broad-band visible absorption, due to charge transfer transitions. The green emission of Tb3+ from a raw material may be radically increased by after- preparation heat-treatment. Undoped material gives rise to a blue emission, which disappears when Tb content with respect to Lu reaches 0.0001% or higher level.

  20. Search for compounds of the NaBaR(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} family (R = La, Nd, Gd, and Yb) and the new NaBaYb(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} orthoborate

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    Svetlyakova, T. N. Kokh, A. E.; Kononova, N. G.; Fedorov, P. P.; Rashchenko, S. V.; Maillard, A.

    2013-01-15

    A search for compounds of the NaBaR(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} composition (where R = La{sup 3+}, Nd{sup 3+}, Gd{sup 3+}, or Yb{sup 3+}) is performed by solid state synthesis and spontaneous crystallization. A new compound, NaBaYb(BO{sub 3}){sub 2}, is found in this series. It crystallizes in space group R3{sup -} and belongs to the family of sublayer complex orthoborates with isolated BO{sub 3} groups NaBaR(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} (R = Y, Sc, and Yb). Theoretical X-ray powder diffraction patterns of NaBaY(BO{sub 3}){sub 2}, NaBaSc(BO{sub 3}){sub 2}, and NaBaYb(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} are calculated based on single-crystal data.

  1. Structure and phase composition of nanocrystalline Ce{sub 1-x}Lu{sub x}O{sub 2-y}

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    Malecka, Malgorzata A.; Kepinski, Leszek Maczka, Miroslaw

    2008-09-15

    The microstructure and phase stability of nanocrystalline mixed oxide Lu{sub x}Ce{sub 1-x}O{sub 2-y} (x=0-1) are described. Nano-sized (3-4 nm) oxide particles were prepared by the reverse microemulsion method. Morphological and structural changes upon heat treatment in an oxidizing atmosphere were studied by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman and Yb{sup 3+} emission spectroscopy, the latter ion being present as an impurity in the Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3} starting material. Up to 950 deg. C, the samples were single phase, with structure changing smoothly with Lu content from fluorite type (F) to bixbyite type (C). For the samples heated at 1100 deg. C phase separation into coexisting F- and C-type structures was observed for 0.35Lu strongly hinders the crystallite growth of ceria during heat treatment at 800 and 950 deg. C. - Graphical abstract: Phase separation in nanocrystalline Ce{sub 1-x}Lu{sub x}O{sub 2-y} mixed oxide heated in air at 1100 deg. C.

  2. Downshifting by energy transfer in Eu3+/Yb3+ codoped Ba4La6(SiO4)6O glass ceramics

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    Zhang, W. J.; Li, X. B.; Wu, L. J.; Yu, Y. Y.; Wang, X. Z.; Liu, S. Q.; Wang, Z.; Wang, W. C.; Liu, Y.

    2017-03-01

    We report on an efficient near-infrared downshifting in Eu3+/Yb3+ codoped glass ceramics containing Ba4La6(SiO4)6O crystals. The structural and luminescence properties were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), static and dynamic photoemission and excitation spectroscopy. After crystallization, the doping ions are found to be selectively incorporated into the precipitated oxyapatite crystals on La3+ sites, contributing to the remarkably enhanced visible emission of Eu3+ under 394 nm excitation. The Eu3+/Yb3+ codoped glass ceramics additionally exhibits efficient near-infrared luminescence of Yb3+ around 1000 nm upon photon excitation of Eu3+ within the 300-550 nm range. The reduced visible emission and decay time of 5D0 state with Yb3+ codoping further confirm the energy transfer from Eu3+ to Yb3+, which is promoted due to the shortened distance between Eu3+ and Yb3+ within crystals. The maximum energy transfer efficiency is evaluated to be 61%. It is revealed that energy transfer process occurs predominantly through the cross relaxation of Eu3+(5D0) + Yb3+(2F7/2) → Eu3+(7F6) + Yb3+(7F5/2).

  3. A diagonally inverted LU implicit multigrid scheme

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    Yokota, Jeffrey W.; Caughey, David A.; Chima, Rodrick V.

    1988-01-01

    A new Diagonally Inverted LU Implicit scheme is developed within the framework of the multigrid method for the 3-D unsteady Euler equations. The matrix systems that are to be inverted in the LU scheme are treated by local diagonalizing transformations that decouple them into systems of scalar equations. Unlike the Diagonalized ADI method, the time accuracy of the LU scheme is not reduced since the diagonalization procedure does not destroy time conservation. Even more importantly, this diagonalization significantly reduces the computational effort required to solve the LU approximation and therefore transforms it into a more efficient method of numerically solving the 3-D Euler equations.

  4. Nine members of a family of nine-membered cyclic coordination clusters; Fe6Ln3 wheels (Ln = Gd to Lu and Y).

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    Kühne, Irina A; Mereacre, Valeriu; Anson, Christopher E; Powell, Annie K

    2016-01-18

    We report a family of isostructural nonanuclear Fe(III)-Ln(III) cyclic coordination clusters [Fe(III)(6)Ln(III)(3)(μ-OMe)9(vanox)6(benz)6]. (Ln = Tb (1), Dy (2), Ho (3), Er (4), Tm (5), Yb (6), Lu (7), Y (8) and Gd (9)), containing an odd number of metal ions. The planar cyclic coordination cluster cores are built up from three [Fe2Ln] subunits.

  5. 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.

  6. SuperLU users' guide

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    Demmel, James W.; Gilbert, John R.; Li, Xiaoye S.

    1999-11-01

    This document describes a collection of three related ANSI C subroutine libraries for solving sparse linear systems of equations AX = B: Here A is a square, nonsingular, n x n sparse matrix, and X and B are dense n x nrhs matrices, where nrhs is the number of right-hand sides and solution vectors. Matrix A need not be symmetric or definite; indeed, SuperLU is particularly appropriate for matrices with very unsymmetric structure. All three libraries use variations of Gaussian elimination optimized to take advantage both of sparsity and the computer architecture, in particular memory hierarchies (caches) and parallelism.

  7. The electronic structure of Lu

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    Tibbetts, T. A.; Harmon, B. N.

    1982-12-01

    The electronic structure of hcp Lu has been calculated using a linearized augmented plane wave (LAPW) method and the Hedin-Lundqvist local density approximation for exchange and correlation. Although complete self-consistency was hindered by the proximity of the 4f levels to the Fermi energy, the valence bands were converged and the calculation yielded a Fermi surface remarkably similar to that calculated by Keeton and Loucks. Comparison is made with recent de Haas-van Alphen and neutron magnetic form factor experiments.

  8. Syntheses, Structure, Magnetism, and Optical Properties of the Ordered Interlanthanide Copper Chalcogenides Ln{sub 2}YbCuQ{sub 5} (Ln = La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm; Q = S, Se): Evidence for Unusual Magnetic Ordering in Sm{sub 2}YbCuS{sub 5}

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    Jin, Geng Bang; Choi, Eun Sang; Guertin, Robert P.; Booth, Corwin H.; Albrecht-Schmitt, Thomas E.

    2010-11-19

    Ln{sub 2}YbCuQ{sub 5} (Ln = La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm; Q = S, Se) have been prepared by direct reaction of the elements in Sb{sub 2}Q{sub 3} (Q = S, Se) fluxes at 900 °C. All compounds have been characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction methods and they are isotypic. The structure of Ln{sub 2}YbCuQ{sub 5} consists of one-dimensional {sup 1}{sub {infinity}} [YbCuQ{sub 5}]{sup 6-} ribbons extending along the b axis that are connected by larger Ln{sup 3+} ions. Each ribbon is constructed from two single chains of [YbQ{sub 6}] octahedra with one double chain of [CuQ{sub 5}] trigonal bipyramids in the middle. All three chains connect with each other via edge-sharing. There are two crystallographically unique Ln atoms, one octahedral Yb site, and two disordered Cu positions inside of distorted Q{sub 5} trigonal bipyramids. Both Ln atoms are surrounded by eight Q atoms in bicapped trigonal prisms. The magnetic properties of Ln{sub 2}YbCuQ{sub 5} have been characterized using magnetic susceptibility and heat capacity measurements, while their optical properties have been explored using UV-vis-NIR diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. Cesub 2}YbCuSe{sub 5}, La{sub 2}YbCuS{sub 5}, Ce{sub 2}YbCuS{sub 5}, and Pr{sub 2}YbCuS{sub 5} are Curie-Weiss paramagnets. La{sub 2}YbCuSe{sub 5} and Nd{sub 2}YbCuS{sub 5} show evidence for short-range antiferromagnetic ordering at low temperatures. Sm{sub 2}YbCuS{sub 5} shows magnetic ordering at 5.9 K, followed by negative magnetization at low external fields. The band gaps of La{sub 2}YbCuSe{sub 5}, Ce{sub 2}YbCuSe{sub 5}, La{sub 2}YbCuS{sub 5}, Ce{sub 2}YbCuS{sub 5}, Pr{sub 2}YbCuS{sub 5}, Nd{sub 2}YbCuS{sub 5},and Sm{sub 2}YbCuS{sub 5} are 1.15 eV, 1.05 eV, 1.45 eV, 1.37 eV, 1.25 eV, 1.35 eV, and 1.28 eV respectively.

  9. Luminescent YbVO4 by atomic layer deposition.

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    Getz, Michael; Hansen, Per-Anders; Ahmed, Mohammed A K; Fjellvåg, Helmer; Nilsen, Ola

    2017-02-28

    UV to visible and near-infrared converting thin films of YbVO4 have been deposited by atomic layer deposition, using the precursor combinations Yb(thd)3 (thd = 2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-3,5-heptanedione) and O3, and VO(thd)2 and O3 at a deposition temperature of 240 °C, followed by post deposition annealing at 400-1000 °C. The UV absorption and the visible and near-infrared emission have been investigated in detail. The structure, thickness and composition of the deposited films have been studied by X-ray diffraction, ellipsometry, and X-ray fluorescence, respectively. The optimal pulse ratio of Yb(thd)3 and VO(thd)2 with respect to near-infrared emission was found to be 1 : 3, which also yielded the most crystalline sample after annealing. Crystallization of the films is accelerated when an excess of V2O5 is present, enabling crystallization at temperatures as low as 500 °C, probably through a flux aided process.

  10. Raman and structural characterization of LuAlO{sub 3}

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    Casu, Alberto; Ricci, Pier Carlo

    2011-11-15

    The structural and vibrational properties of lutetium orthoaluminate perovskite (LuAlO{sub 3}) were investigated by means of Raman spectroscopy and EXAFS measurements. The analysis of Raman spectra taken in four different polarized configurations along the principal axes at 20 K and room temperature conditions permits to assign the principal vibrational modes in LuAP single crystals and to confirm the belonging to the D{sub 2h}{sup 16} space group. EXAFS measurements were performed at room temperature in order to obtain local structural informations on the first and next nearest neighbors around lutetium absorptions sites. Unit cell parameters and bond lengths were determined by the analysis of the EXAFS spectroscopy at the L{sub 3} absorption edge of lutetium. The informations thus gathered on this compound can offer a useful addition in the framework of a full structural characterization of LuAlO{sub 3}. - Graphical abstract: Raman active mode in LuAP crystal. Highlights: > Structural characterization of LuAlO{sub 3} is obtained by Raman and EXAFS spectroscopies. > Vibrational modes, temperature-dependent variations studied by Raman spectroscopy. > Cell parameters and local characterization obtained by EXAFS spectroscopy.

  11. Spectral and structural features of Lu1 - x RE x BO3 compounds

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    Shmurak, S. Z.; Kedrov, V. V.; Kiselev, A. P.; Fursova, T. N.; Shmyt'ko, I. M.

    2015-08-01

    The luminescence spectra, luminescence excitation spectra, IR absorption spectra, and crystal structure of orthoborates Lu1 - x RE x BO3 ( RE = Eu, Gd, Tb, Y, Dy) have been investigated. It has been found that the solid solution consisting of a LuBO3 orthoborate, which has two stable structural modifications (calcite and vaterite), and an REBO3 orthoborate, which has one structural modification (vaterite), crystallizes only in the vaterite structure when the concentration of a rare-earth ion substituting for lutetium exceeds 15-20 at %. The investigation of the photoluminescence spectra has demonstrated that, for rare-earth ions Lu3+, Eu3+, Y3+, and Gd3+ in the vaterite modification of Lu1 - x RE x BO3 orthoborates, there are at least two positions that are not equivalent in the symmetry of the local environment. It has been established that the maximum intensity of the luminescence of the vaterite modification of Lu1 - x Tb x BO3 compounds synthesized at 970°C, which is observed at a terbium concentration of 15 at %, is several times higher than the maximum intensity of the luminescence of the calcite modification.

  12. Direct comparison of Yb3+:CaF2 and heavily doped Yb3+:YLF as laser media at room temperature.

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    Pirri, Angela; Alderighi, Daniele; Toci, Guido; Vannini, Matteo; Nikl, Martin; Sato, Hiroki

    2009-09-28

    We report an extensive comparison of the laser performances of diode-pumped Yb(3+):YLF (30% at.) and Yb(3+):CaF(2) (5% at.) crystals, lasing at room-temperature and operating in two different operation mode, i.e. Continuous Wave (CW) and quasi-CW. An in-depth investigation of the crystals behavior by changing the pump power, clearly shows the crystal absorption depends on the lasing conditions. Therefore, we report an unambiguous definition of the slope efficiency calculated taken into account the real measured crystal absorption under laser action. Finally, we present a study of problems related to thermally induced losses which are expected influencing the laser performance.

  13. Optimization of LSO/LuYAP phoswich detector for small animal PET

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    Jung, Jin Ho; Choi, Yong; Chung, Yong Hyun; Devroede, Olivier; Krieguer, Magalie; Bruyndonckx, Peter; Tavernier, Stefaan

    2007-02-01

    LSO/LuYAP phoswich detectors for small animal PET were developed to measure the depth of interaction (DOI), and to improve the spatial resolution at the edge of the field of view (FOV). The aim of this study was to optimize the optical coupling conditions between the crystal and photomultiplier tube (PMT) to maximize the light-collection efficiency, and to develop a method for rejecting scatter events by applying an equal energy window in each crystal layer. The light yields of the phoswich detector were estimated by changing the refractive index of the optical coupling material using a DETECT simulation. The accuracy of the DOI measurement on the phoswich detector, using an optical coupling material with the optimal light yield, were evaluated experimentally and compared with the air condition. The energy window for the photopeak events cannot be applied properly because the light outputs of LSO and LuYAP are different. The LSO/LuYAP photopeaks need to be superposed in order to effectively discriminate the scattered events by applying an equal energy window. The photopeaks of the LSO and LuYAP can be superposed by inserting a reflecting material between the crystals. The optimal coverage ratio of the inserting material was derived from a DETECT simulation, and its performance was investigated. In the simulation result, optimal refractive index of the optical coupling material was 1.7. The average DOI measurement errors of the LSO/LuYAP were 0.6%/3.4% and 4.9%/41.4% in the phoswich detector with and without an optical coupling material, respectively. The photopeaks of the LSO and LuYAP were superposed by covering 75% of the contact surface between the crystals with white Teflon. The DOI measurement errors of the LSO/LuYAP were 0.2%/2.4%. In this study, the optimal condition of the optical coupling material inserted between the crystal and PMT was derived to improve the accuracy of DOI measurement, and a photopeak superposition method of the LSO and LuYAP was

  14. Effects of Sc and Y substitution on the structure and thermoelectric properties of Yb14MnSb11

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    Grebenkemper, Jason H.; Klemenz, Sebastian; Albert, Barbara; Bux, Sabah K.; Kauzlarich, Susan M.

    2016-10-01

    Yb14MnSb11 is the most efficient bulk p-type thermoelectric material for high temperature applications. Materials with Y and Sc substitutions in Yb14MnSb11 were made both in Sn-flux and by ball milling. These small 3+ rare earth (RE) cations were introduced with the goal of providing chemical pressure on the structure. The RE3+ cation is smaller than Yb2+ and also donates one additional electron to this p-type semiconductor. In Yb14-xRExMnSb11 (RE = Sc, Y) the maximum x was about 0.5. X-ray diffraction experiments on the single crystals obtained from Sn-flux showed that Sc preferentially substitutes for Yb(1) and Yb(3), and decreases the size of the unit cell by about 0.3%. Y substitutes on all Yb sites and increases the size of the unit cell by about 0.2%. Samples with Yb14-xRExMnSb11 (x~0.3) were prepared via powder metallurgy and spark plasma sintering for transport and thermal conductivity measurements. Electron microprobe of the Sc-substituted sample showed small regions (≤1 μ m) containing greater amounts of Sc, and X-ray powder diffraction of the ball milled Sc sample could be fitted as phase pure Yb14-xScxMnSb11. Y-substituted samples showed larger regions of excess Y in electron microprobe, and small amounts of Yb4Sb3 in X-ray powder diffraction. The Sc sample has slightly reduced carrier concentration over optimized Yb14MnSb11, while the Y samples have even lower carrier concentrations. These carrier concentrations lead to comparable resistivity to Yb14MnSb11 in the Sc-substituted material, and higher resistivities in the Y-substituted material. All materials had similar Seebeck coefficients that slightly exceed Yb14MnSb11 at high temperatures, with the Sc-substituted sample having the highest despite having a higher carrier concentration. Sc-substituted samples also had a slightly higher thermal conductivity over the Y-substituted samples, which had comparable thermal conductivity to Yb14MnSb11. The zT values of the Sc and Y substituted samples are

  15. Expedition 7 Crew Interview: Ed Lu

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    2003-01-01

    Ed Lu of Expedition Seven is seen during a pre-launch interview. He explains why he became interested in space flight. He states that this is a different type of mission and gives his reaction to the Columbia Space Shuttle tragedy. The handover of Expedition six is explained by Ed Lu. The challenges of this mission are also described by Lu. These challenges include working with a crew member reduction from three to two, and the conservation of clothing and consumables. Ed Lu talks about what it is like to work with commander Yuri Malenchenko in space. Finally, Ed Lu states that he will continue scientific experiments in space on calcium loss in bones.

  16. Diode pumped Yb:CN laser at 1082 nm and intracavity doubling to the green spectral range

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    Liu, B.; Li, Y. L.; Jiang, H. L.

    2011-08-01

    A diode pumped Yb:CaNb2O6 (Yb:CN) laser at 1082 nm with a maximum output of 1.35 W at 13.3 W pump power has been demonstrated. The slope efficiency was 12.4%. Moreover, intracavity second-harmonic generation (SHG) has also been achieved with a maximum green power of 374 mW by using a LiB3O5 (LBO) nonlinear crystal. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report on continuous wave (CW) green generation by intracavity frequency doubling Yb:CN laser.

  17. Effect of concentration of Sm2O3 and Yb2O3 and synthesizing temperature on electrical and crystal structure of (Bi2O3)1-x-y(Sm2O3)x(Yb2O3)y electrolytes fabricated for IT-SOFCs

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    Kayalı, Refik; Özen, Mürivet Kaşıkcı; Bezir, Nalan Çiçek; Evcin, Atilla

    2016-05-01

    For intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs), (Bi2O3)1-x-y(Sm2O3)x(Yb2O3)y ternary systems (x=0.01 and y= 0.11), (x=0.05 and y= 0.07), (x=0.07 and y=0.05), and (x=0.11 and y=0.01) as electrolytes have been fabricated at different temperatures (700, 750, and 800 °C) by solid state ceramic technique (SST). The characterization of the samples has been performed by X-ray powder diffractometer (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), four point-probe method (FPPM), X-ray energy diffraction spectroscopy (EDX), and differential thermal analysis (DTA). XRD measurements have shown that only the samples (Bi2O3)1-x-y(Sm2O3)x(Yb2O3)y (x=0.01, y=0.11 synthesized at 700, 750, and 800 °C) and (x=0.05, y=0.07 synthesized at 800 °C) have stable fluorite type face centered cubic (FCC) δ-phase. SEM images have shown the morphology of the stable samples. The conductivity and the operation temperature region of the samples have been determined from Arrhenius curves obtained from the FPPM measurements data and they vary from 1.83 to 9.95×10-1 S cm-1. Moreover, activation energy of the samples have been calculated by means of Arrhenius curves of the samples and relationships between them and the conductivity of the samples have been investigated in detail. The results obtained from XRD and FPPM measurements were confirmed by the DTA measurements.

  18. Passively Q-Switched Yb:YAG Laser with Cr(4+):YAG as the Saturable Absorber.

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    Dong, J; Deng, P; Liu, Y; Zhang, Y; Xu, J; Chen, W; Xie, X

    2001-08-20

    By using a continuous-wave Ti:sapphire laser as a pumping source, we demonstrated a passively Q-switched Yb:YAG laser at room temperature with Cr(4+):YAG as the saturable absorber. We achieved an average output power of as much as 55 mW at 1.03 mum with a pulse width (FWHM) as short as 350 ns. The initial transmission of the Cr(4+):YAG has an effect on the pulse duration (FWHM) and the repetition rate of the Yb:YAG passively Q-switched laser. The Yb:YAG crystal can be a most promising passively Q-switched laser crystal for compact, efficient, solid-state lasers.

  19. First principle calculation of structure and lattice dynamics of Lu2Si2O7

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    Nazipov, D. V.; Nikiforov, A. E.

    2016-12-01

    Ab initio calculations of crystal structure and Raman spectra has been performed for single crystal of lutetium pyrosilicate Lu2Si2O7. The types of fundamental vibrations, their frequencies and intensities in the Raman spectrum has been obtained for two polarizations. Calculations were made in the framework of density functional theory (DFT) with hybrid functionals. The isotopic substitution was calculated for all inequivalent ions in cell. The results in a good agreement with experimental data.

  20. Growth and luminescent properties of Lu 2SiO 5:Ce and (Lu 1- xGd x) 2SiO 5:Ce single crystalline films

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    Zorenko, Yu.; Gorbenko, V.; Savchyn, V.; Voznyak, T.; Grinyov, B.; Sidletskiy, O.; Kurtsev, D.; Fedorov, A.; Baumer, V.; Nikl, M.; Mares, J. A.; Beitlerova, A.; Prusa, P.; Kucera, M.

    2011-12-01

    Single crystalline films (SCF) of Lu 2SiO 5:Ce (LSO:Ce), (Lu 1- xGd x) 2SiO 5:Ce (LGSO:Ce) and LGSO:Ce,Tb orthosilicates with thickness of 2.5-21 μm were crystallized by liquid phase epitaxy method onto undoped LSO substrates from melt-solution based on PbO-B 2O 3 flux. The concentration of Gd was varied in the range of x=0.2-0.7 formula units (f.u.). In the case of LGSO:Ce SCF growth we do not use any additional doping for reducing the misfit between the SCF and substrate lattices. The luminescence and scintillation properties of LSO:Ce, LGSO:Ce and LGSO:Ce,Tb SCFs were mutually compared and confronted with the performance of reference LSO:Ce and LYSO:Ce crystals. With increasing Gd content the luminescence spectrum of LGSO:Ce SCF is gradually red-shifted with respect to that of LSO:Ce SCF. The LY of (Lu 1- xGd x)SO:Ce SCF becomes lower in comparison with that for LSO:Ce SC at increasing Gd content in the range of x=0.2-0.7 f.u. The peculiarities of luminescence properties of LSO:Ce and LGSO:Ce SCFs in comparison with crystal analogs are explained by the different distribution of Ce 3+ over Lu1 and Lu2 positions of LSO host and by the influence of Pb 2+ contamination coming from the flux used for the film growth.

  1. Scintillation properties of Pr-activated LuAlO 3

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    Drozdowski, Winicjusz; Wojtowicz, Andrzej J.; Wiśniewski, Dariusz; Łukasiewicz, Tadeusz; Kisielewski, Jarosław

    2006-01-01

    Praseodymium activated LuAlO 3 (LuAP) crystals have been grown using the Czochralski method at ITME, Warsaw. In this communication the measurements of radioluminescence (RL), low temperature thermoluminescence (TL), room temperature afterglow (AG), scintillation light yields (LY), and scintillation time profiles (STP), performed on polished 2 × 2 × 10 mm pixels with three Pr concentrations (0.003, 0.04, and 0.08 at.%), are reported. Two sets of samples are compared: (i) "as grown", and (ii) annealed in H 2 atmosphere.

  2. Structural and dielectric properties of the lutetium (Lu) and yttrium (Y) doped nickel ferrite

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    Ugendar, Kodam Markandeyulu, G.

    2014-04-24

    The structural and dielectric characteristics of NiFe{sub 1.925}R{sub 0.075}O{sub 4} (R=Lu,Y) were investigated. The material crystallize in the cubic inverse spinel phase with a very small amount of RFeO{sub 3} (R=Lu,Y) as the additional phase. Frequency variation of the dielectric constant shows the dispersion that can be modeled with a modified Debye's function, which considers the possibility of more than one ion, contributing to the relaxation. Impedance spectroscopic analysis indicates the different relaxation mechanisms, bulk grain and grain-boundary contributions to the electrical conductivity and capacitance of these materials.

  3. Surface and electronic structure of epitaxial PtLuSb (001) thin films

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    Patel, Sahil J.; Kawasaki, Jason K.; Logan, John; Schultz, Brian D.; Adell, J.; Thiagarajan, B.; Mikkelsen, A.; Palmstrøm, Chris J.

    2014-05-19

    The surface and electronic structure of single crystal thin films of PtLuSb (001) grown by molecular beam epitaxy were studied. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS), photoemission spectroscopy, and temperature dependent Hall measurements of PtLuSb thin films are consistent with a zero-gap semiconductor or semi-metal. STS and photoemission measurements show a decrease in density of states approaching the Fermi level for both valence and conduction bands as well as a slight shift of the Fermi level position into the valence band. Temperature dependent Hall measurements also corroborate the Fermi level position by measurement of p-type carriers.

  4. Three-dimensional magnetic correlations in multiferroic LuFe2O4

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    Christianson, Andrew D; Lumsden, Mark D; Angst, Manuel; Yamani, Z.; Tian, Wei; Jin, Rongying; Payzant, E Andrew; Nagler, Stephen E; Sales, Brian C; Mandrus, David

    2008-01-01

    We present single crystal neutron diffraction measurements on multiferroic LuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}. Magnetic reflections are observed below transitions at 240 and 175 K indicating that the magnetic interactions in LuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} are three-dimensional in character. The magnetic structure is refined as a ferrimagnetic spin configuration below the 240 K transition. Below 175 K a significant broadening of the magnetic peaks is observed along with the buildup of a diffuse component to the magnetic scattering.

  5. Growth of LGSO: Ce crystals by the Czochralski method

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    Sidletskiy, O. Ts.; Bondar, V. G. Grynyov, B. V.; Kurtsev, D. A.; Baumer, V. N.; Belikov, K. N.; Shtitelman, Z. V.; Tkachenko, S. A.; Zelenskaya, O. V.; Starzhinsky, N. G.; Tarasov, V. A.

    2009-12-15

    Single crystals of Lu{sub 2x}Gd{sub 2-2x}SiO{sub 5}: Ce (0 < x < 1) compounds with different atomic ratios Lu/(Lu + Gd) have been grown by the Czochralski method. It has been shown that a change in the spatial symmetry from P2{sub 1}/c to C2/c in the course of substitution of lutetium for gadolinium occurs at the ratio Lu/(Lu + Gd) = 0.1. The lattice thus formed with symmetry C2/c in the structure of Lu{sub 2x}Gd{sub 2-2x}SiO{sub 5}: Ce crystals favors the maximum possible incorporation of Ce{sup 3+} ions into the sevenfold-coordinated position with respect to oxygen. This explains the substantial improvement of the scintillation characteristics of the grown crystals.

  6. Gapless quantum excitations from an icelike splayed ferromagnetic ground state in stoichiometric Yb2Ti2O7

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    Gaudet, J.; Ross, K. A.; Kermarrec, E.; Butch, N. P.; Ehlers, G.; Dabkowska, H. A.; Gaulin, B. D.

    2016-02-01

    The ground state of the quantum spin ice candidate magnet Yb2Ti2O7 is known to be sensitive to weak disorder at the ˜1 % level which occurs in single crystals grown from the melt. Powders produced by solid state synthesis tend to be stoichiometric and display large and sharp heat capacity anomalies at relatively high temperatures, TC˜0.26 K. We have carried out neutron elastic and inelastic measurements on well characterized and equilibrated stoichiometric powder samples of Yb2Ti2O7 which show resolution-limited Bragg peaks to appear at low temperatures, but whose onset correlates with temperatures much higher than TC. The corresponding magnetic structure is best described as an icelike splayed ferromagnet. The spin dynamics in Yb2Ti2O7 are shown to be gapless on an energy scale <0.09 meV at all temperatures and organized into a continuum of scattering with vestiges of highly overdamped ferromagnetic spin waves present. These excitations differ greatly from conventional spin waves predicted for Yb2Ti2O7 's mean field ordered state, but appear robust to weak disorder as they are largely consistent with those displayed by nonstoichiometric crushed single crystals and single crystals, as well as by powder samples of Yb2Ti2O7 's sister quantum magnet Yb2Sn2O7 .

  7. Gapless quantum excitations from an icelike splayed ferromagnetic ground state in stoichiometric Yb2Ti2O7

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    Gaudet, J.; Ross, K. A.; Kermarrec, E.; ...

    2016-02-03

    We know the ground state of the quantum spin ice candidate magnet Yb2Ti2O7 to be sensitive to weak disorder at the similar to 1% level which occurs in single crystals grown from the melt. Powders produced by solid state synthesis tend to be stoichiometric and display large and sharp heat capacity anomalies at relatively high temperatures, T-C similar to 0.26 K. We have carried out neutron elastic and inelastic measurements on well characterized and equilibrated stoichiometric powder samples of Yb2Ti2O7 which show resolution-limited Bragg peaks to appear at low temperatures, but whose onset correlates with temperatures much higher than T-C.more » The corresponding magnetic structure is best described as an icelike splayed ferromagnet. In the spin dynamics of Yb2Ti2O7 we see the gapless on an energy scale <0.09 meV at all temperatures and organized into a continuum of scattering with vestiges of highly overdamped ferromagnetic spin waves present. These excitations differ greatly from conventional spin waves predicted for Yb2Ti2O7's mean field ordered state, but appear robust to weak disorder as they are largely consistent with those displayed by nonstoichiometric crushed single crystals and single crystals, as well as by powder samples of Yb2Ti2O7's sister quantum magnet Yb2Ti2O7.« less

  8. Alkaline earth metal fluxes for the growth of single crystal oxides

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    Ramirez, Daniel

    Oxide ceramics are materials with a wide range of properties. Insulators are most common, however semiconductors, strongly correlated electron materials, and even superconductors are all relevant oxide materials. Here we seek to synthesize novel oxide single crystal phases and study their properties using an alkaline earth metal flux technique. The specific flux techniques are new, and we will seek to understand the capabilities of these fluxes as a novel synthesis tool. The use of a barium metal flux to grow single crystal oxides is rather counterintuitive, but is exemplified further with the growth of europium monoxide (Fm3¯m #225, Z = 4). Eu1-xBaxO single crystals (x = 0.01 - 0.25) are grown and studied for their ferromagnetic properties. A new oxide phase Ba2Eu2P2O (P4/mbm #127, Z = 2) has also been synthesized from the same method, and may potentially be studied as a ferromagnetic semiconductor based on preliminary observations. Other examples of single crystal oxide phases grown from barium metal flux includes Ba2TeO (P4/nmm #129, Z = 2), BaLn2O4 (Ln = La - Lu) (Pnma #62, Z = 4), and Ba3Yb2O 5Te (P4/mmm #123 Z = 1). The new crystal phases Ba3Ln2O5Cl 2 (Ln = Sm - Lu, Y) are synthesized using a reactive barium metal flux. Single crystal x-ray diffraction is used to determine their structures with space group (I4/mmm #139, Z = 2) related to the Ruddlesden-Popper structure type. The unit cell dimensions range from a = 4.46(6) A and c = 24.87(6) A for Ba3Gd2O5Cl2 to a = 4.35(6) A and c = 24.57(6) A for Ba3Lu2O 5Cl2 with the dimensions following the expected lanthanide contraction trends. The magnetic properties of these materials are studied and related to their structures. The use of alkaline earth fluxes such as magnesium or calcium based fluxes are also briefly considered for their capabilities to produce novel mixed anion phases. A calcium flux is shown to produce the novel semimetals Ca 4TeOH4 and Ca3Ca1-xEuxTeOH 4 (I4/mmm #139, Z = 2), and highly reducing

  9. Neutron spectroscopic study of crystalline electric field excitations in stoichiometric and lightly stuffed Yb2Ti2O7

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    Gaudet, J.; Maharaj, D. D.; Sala, G.; Kermarrec, E.; Ross, K. A.; Dabkowska, H. A.; Kolesnikov, A. I.; Granroth, G. E.; Gaulin, B. D.

    2015-10-01

    Time-of-flight neutron spectroscopy has been used to determine the crystalline electric field (CEF) Hamiltonian, eigenvalues and eigenvectors appropriate to the J =7 /2 Yb3 + ion in the candidate quantum spin ice pyrochlore magnet Yb2Ti2O7 . The precise ground state (GS) of this exotic, geometrically frustrated magnet is known to be sensitive to weak disorder associated with the growth of single crystals from the melt. Such materials display weak "stuffing," wherein a small proportion, ≈2 % , of the nonmagnetic Ti4 + sites are occupied by excess Yb3 +. We have carried out neutron spectroscopic measurements on a stoichiometric powder sample of Yb2Ti2O7 , as well as a crushed single crystal with weak stuffing and an approximate composition of Yb2 +xTi2 -xO7 +y with x =0.046 . All samples display three CEF transitions out of the GS, and the GS doublet itself is identified as primarily composed of mJ=±1 /2 , as expected. However, stuffing at low temperatures in Yb2 +xTi2 -xO7 +y induces a similar finite CEF lifetime as is induced in stoichiometric Yb2Ti2O7 by elevated temperature. We conclude that an extended strain field exists about each local "stuffed" site, which produces a distribution of random CEF environments in the lightly stuffed Yb2 +xTi2 -xO7 +y , in addition to producing a small fraction of Yb ions in defective environments with grossly different CEF eigenvalues and eigenvectors.

  10. Neutron spectroscopic study of crystalline electric field excitations in stoichiometric and lightly stuffed Yb2Ti2O7

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    Gaudet, J.; Maharaj, D. D.; Sala, G.; ...

    2015-10-27

    Time-of-flight neutron spectroscopy has been used to determine the crystalline electric field Hamiltonian, eigenvalues and eigenvectors appropriate to the J=7/2 Yb3+ ion in the candidate quantum spin ice pyrochlore magnet Yb2Ti2O7. The precise ground state of this exotic, geometrically frustrated magnet is known to be sensitive to weak disorder associated with the growth of single crystals from the melt. Such materials display weak “stuffing,” wherein a small proportion, approximately 2%, of the nonmagnetic Ti4+ sites are occupied by excess Yb3+. We have carried out neutron spectroscopic measurements on a stoichiometric powder sample of Yb2Ti2O7, as well as a crushed singlemore » crystal with weak stuffing and an approximate composition of Yb2+xTi2–xO7+y with x = 0.046. All samples display three crystalline electric field transitions out of the ground state, and the ground state doublet itself is identified as primarily composed of mJ = ±1/2, as expected. However, stuffing at low temperatures in Yb2+xTi2–xO7+y induces a similar finite crystalline electric field lifetime as is induced in stoichiometric Yb2Ti2O7 by elevated temperature. In conclusion, an extended strain field exists about each local “stuffed” site, which produces a distribution of random crystalline electric field environments in the lightly stuffed Yb2+xTi2–xO7+y, in addition to producing a small fraction of Yb ions in defective environments with grossly different crystalline electric field eigenvalues and eigenvectors.« less

  11. Single crystal synthesis and magnetism of the BaLn2O4 family (Ln = lanthanide)

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    Besara, Tiglet; Lundberg, Matthew S.; Sun, Jifeng; Ramirez, Daniel; Dong, Lianyang; Whalen, Jeffrey B.; Vasquez, Rafael; Herrera, Felix; Allen, John R.; Davidson, Michael W.; Siegrist, Theo

    2014-05-27

    The series of compounds in the BaLn2O4 family (Ln = La–Lu, Y) has been synthesized for the first time in single crystalline form, using a molten metal flux. The series crystallizes in the CaV2O4 structure type with primitive orthorhombic symmetry (space group Pnma, #62), and a complete structural study of atomic positions, bonds, angles, and distortions across the lanthanide series is presented. With the exception of the Y, La, Eu, and Lu members, magnetic susceptibility measurements were performed between 2 K and 300 K. BaCe2O4 and BaYb2O4 display large crystal fields effects and suppression of magnetic ordering. As a result, all compounds show signs of magnetic frustration due to the trigonal arrangements of the trivalent lanthanide cations in the structure.

  12. Feasibility study of CaSO4:Tb,Yb as a thermoluminescent dosimeter

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    Junot, Danilo O.; Santos, Max A.; Chagas, Marcos A. P.; Couto dos Santos, Marcos A.; Nunes, Luiz A. O.; Souza, Divanizia N.

    2014-02-01

    A new composite based on CaSO4, using terbium as dopant and ytterbium as co-dopant (CaSO4:Tb,Yb), was developed for employment as a thermoluminescent (TL) dosimeter. The crystals used in this work were grown using a production route based on the Yamashita method (Yamashita et al., 1968). Crystal powder was calcined at 600 °C for 1 h. Pellets were made by adding commercial and colorless glass to improve physical resistance and sintered at 700 °C for 6 h. All samples were irradiated by a beta source (90Sr/90Y) and received doses from 1 Gy to 5 Gy. TL analyses have been performed and characteristics such as sensitivity, reproducibility, linearity, and fading have been studied. The CaSO4:Tb,Yb pellets glow curves presented two peaks, the first at around 115 °C, and the second at around 200 °C. The highest intensity was shown for CaSO4:Tb,Yb with a concentration of 0.1 mol% of Tb and Yb together. In all the samples the TL response was proportional to the absorbed dose. Therefore, the CaSO4:Tb,Yb has potential to be used as a thermoluminescent dosimeter.

  13. X-ray Excitation Triggers Ytterbium Anomalous Emission in CaF2:Yb but Not in SrF2:Yb.

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    Hughes-Currie, Rosa B; Ivanovskikh, Konstantin V; Wells, Jon-Paul R; Reid, Michael F; Gordon, Robert A; Seijo, Luis; Barandiarán, Zoila

    2017-03-16

    Materials that luminesce after excitation with ionizing radiation are extensively applied in physics, medicine, security, and industry. Lanthanide dopants are known to trigger crystal scintillation through their fast d-f emissions; the same is true for other important applications as lasers or phosphors for lighting. However, this ability can be seriously compromised by unwanted anomalous emissions often found with the most common lanthanide activators. We report high-resolution X-ray-excited optical (IR to UV) luminescence spectra of CaF2:Yb and SrF2:Yb samples excited at 8949 eV and 80 K. Ionizing radiation excites the known anomalous emission of ytterbium in the CaF2 host but not in the SrF2 host. Wave function-based ab initio calculations of host-to-dopant electron transfer and Yb(2+)/Yb(3+) intervalence charge transfer explain the difference. The model also explains the lack of anomalous emission in Yb-doped SrF2 excited by VUV radiation.

  14. Effect of Li+ ions co-doping on luminescence, scintillation properties and defects characteristics of LuAG:Ce ceramics

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    Liu, Shuping; Feng, Xiqi; Mares, Jiri A.; Babin, Vladimir; Hu, Chen; Kou, Huamin; D'Ambrosio, Carmelo; Li, Jiang; Pan, Yubai; Nikl, Martin

    2017-02-01

    Monovalent Li+ codoped Lu3Al5O12:Ce (LuAG:Ce) optical ceramics were fabricated by solid state reaction method and further optimized by an air-annealing process. Optical absorption, radioluminescence spectra and scintillation properties such as light yield, scintillation decay times and afterglow were measured and compared with those of the Li+ free LuAG:Ce ceramic and the commercial LuAG:Ce single crystal samples. Positive effect of Li+ codopant consists mainly in the significant increase of scintillation light yield, acceleration of scintillation decay as well as the decrease of afterglow intensity. With 0.3% Li codoping, the obtained LuAG:Ce,Li ceramic displays a light yield of ∼29200 ph/MeV at 10 μs shaping time, higher than that of the LuAG:Ce single crystal and optical ceramic scintillators ever reported. The partial conversion of the stable Ce3+ to Ce4+ centers and the shallow and deep traps effect suppression by the Li+ codoping are discussed.

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

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    Ahn, Kyunghan

    2007-01-01

    The family of R5SixGe4-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, R5SixGe4-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 R5SixGe4-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 R5SixGe4-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 Yb5SixGe4-xand Sm5SixGe4-x pseudobinary systems, which may exhibit mixed valence states. The crystallography, phase relationships, and physical properties of Yb5SixGe4-x alloys with 0 ≤ x ≤ 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 R5SixGe4-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 Gd5Si4-type structure. The magnetic properties of Yb5SixGe4-x materials are nearly composition

  16. Micro-crystallization and spectroscopic properties of Er, Yb:RAl-borates (R=Y, Gd) obtained in RAl3(BO3)4-K2Mo3O10-B2O3-R2O3 and RAl3(BO3)4-B2O3 systems

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    Naprasnikov, D. A.; Maltsev, V. V.; Leonyuk, N. I.; Gorbachenya, K. N.; Kurilchik, S. V.; Kisel, V. E.; Kuleshov, N. V.

    2017-01-01

    The spontaneous YAl3(BO3)4 (YAB) and GdAl3(BO3)4 (GdAB) crystals (of nominal composition and co-doped with Er and Yb) up to 4-5 mm in length were grown from high-temperature solutions using K2Mo3O10 based fluxes in the temperature range of 1120-900 °C. Glass-ceramic composites based on the YAB and GdAB micro-crystals have been prepared by quenching YAB-B2O3 and GdAB-B2O3 melts and characterized by X-ray diffraction and spectroscopic methods. The vitrified melt was shown to contain micro- and nano-crystalline rare-earth borate phases. Their distribution over the composites has been investigated by electron microscopy and three-dimensional X-ray tomography. The absorption spectra of these materials co-doped with erbium and ytterbium as well as luminescence spectrum were demonstrated.

  17. THE LU ISOTOPIC COMPOSITION OF ACHONDRITES: CLOSING THE CASE FOR ACCELERATED DECAY OF {sup 176}LU

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    Wimpenny, Josh; Yin, Qing-zhu; Amelin, Yuri

    2015-10-10

    Studies of Lu–Hf isotope systematics in meteorites have produced apparent “ages” that are older than Pb–Pb ages and older than the estimated age of our solar system. One proposed explanation for this discrepancy is that irradiation by cosmic rays caused excitation of {sup 176}Lu to its short-lived isomer that then underwent rapid decay to {sup 176}Hf. This explanation can account for apparent excesses in {sup 176}Hf that correlate with Lu/Hf ratio. Mass balance requires that samples with measurable excess in {sup 176}Hf should also have measurable deficiencies in {sup 176}Lu on the order of 1‰–3‰. To unambiguously test the accelerated decay hypothesis, we have measured the {sup 176}Lu/{sup 175}Lu ratio in terrestrial materials and achondrites to search for evidence of depletion in {sup 176}Lu. To a precision of 0.1‰ terrestrial standards, cumulate and basaltic eucrites and angrites all have the same {sup 176}Lu/{sup 175}Lu ratio. Barring a subsequent mass-dependent fractionation event, these results suggest that the apparent excesses in {sup 176}Hf are not caused by accelerated decay of {sup 176}Lu, and so another hypothesis is required to explain apparently old Lu–Hf ages.

  18. Synthesis and Photoluminescent Properties of Nanorod Bundle Ln4O(OH)9NO3:Eu(Ln = Y, Lu) Prepared by Hydrothermal Method.

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    Li, Ling; Noh, Hyeon Mi; Liu, Xiaoguang; Moon, Byung Kee; Choi, Byung Chun; Jeong, Jung Hyun

    2015-07-01

    Well-crystallized nanorod bundles Ln4O(OH)9NO3:1%Eu(Ln = Y, Lu) have been successfully prepared by hydrothermal method. The crystalline phase, size and optical properties were characterized using powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission-scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), infrared (IR) spectrograph and photoluminescent (PL) spectra. Site occupations of Eu3+ in crystals Ln4O(OH)9NO3:Eu(Ln = Y, Lu) were discussed based on excitation spectra and the empirical relationship formula between the charge transfer (CT) energy and the environmental factor. The emission spectra exhibited that the strongest emission peaks with an excitation wavelength of 395 nm were at 617 and 626 nm in crystal Lu4O(OH)9NO3:1%Eu and Y4O(OH)9NO3:1%Eu, respectively, both of which come from 5D0-7F2 transition of the Eu3+ ions. The broad excitation peaks at about 254 and 255 nm were found when monitored at 617 and 628 nm in crystal Lu4O(OH)9NO3:1%Eu and Y4O(OH)9NO3:1%Eu, respectively, which were due to O-Eu CT transition. Based on the dielectric theory of complex crystal, the CT bands at about 254 and 255 nm in Ln4O(OH)9NO3:1%Eu(Ln = Y, Lu) were assigned to the transition of O-Eu at Ln3(Ln = Y, Lu) site, from which we can conclude that Eu3+ ions occupied the site of Ln3(Ln = Y, Lu) in crystal Ln4O(OH)9NO3:1%Eu(Ln = Y, Lu). It put forward a new route to investigate site occupation of luminescent center ions in rare earth doped complex inorganic luminescence materials.

  19. Investigation of luminescence from LuAG: Mn4+ for physiological temperature sensing

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    Li, Fei; Cai, Jiajia; Chi, FengFeng; Chen, Yonghu; Duan, Changkui; Yin, Min

    2017-04-01

    Optical thermometry based on luminescent materials has garnered much attention due to its many advantages. But higher sensitivity is still expected in physiological temperature range which is of special significance in medicine and biology. For this purpose, quadrivalent manganese doped lutetium aluminum garnet, Lu3Al5O12: Mn4+, or simply LuAG: Mn4+, has been successfully synthesized by sol-gel method and its temperature dependent luminescence has been investigated in the present work. Compared to the common red emission phosphors Y3Al5O12: Mn4+ (YAG:Mn4+) with same structure, LuAG:Mn4+ has a stronger crystal field strength and a higher thermal-quenching activation energy (ΔE) of 5732 cm-1. Rapid thermal quenching of the Mn4+ luminescence occurred above room temperature around 90 °C for our LuAG:Mn4+ sample. Temperature dependent decay curves of Mn4+ emission from LuAG:Mn4+ revealed that an extraordinary high sensitivity can be achieved from luminescence lifetime measurements covering physiological temperature range with a sensitivity of 3.75% K-1 at 38 °C.

  20. In situ dissolution or deposition of Ytterbium (Yb) metal in microhotplate wells for a miniaturized atomic clock.

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    Manginell, Ronald P; Moorman, Matthew W; Anderson, John M; Burns, George R; Achyuthan, Komandoor E; Wheeler, David R; Schwindt, Peter D D

    2012-10-22

    Current atomic clocks are burdened by size, weight, power and portability limitations to satisfy a broad range of potential applications. One critical need in the fabrication of a miniaturized atomic clock is small, low-power metallic sources. Exploiting the relatively high vapor pressure of ytterbium (Yb) and its dissolution in anhydrous ammonia, we report two independent techniques for depositing Yb inside a well micromachined into a microhotplate. Subsequent in situ evaporation of Yb from the microhotplate well serves as a low-power metallic source suitable for atomic clocks. The deposition and evaporation of Yb were confirmed using a variety of physicochemical techniques including quartz crystal microbalance, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and laser fluorescence. We also describe the fabrication of the microhotplate device, an integral component of our Yb-based miniature atomic clock. The Yb deposition/evaporation on a microhotplate well is thus useful as a low power Yb source during the fabrication of a miniaturized atomic clock, and this technique could be used for other applications requiring a vapor of a metal that has a moderate vapor pressure.

  1. Thermoluminescence responses of the Yb- and Yb-Tb-doped SiO2 optical fibers to 6-MV photons.

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    Sahini, M H; Hossain, I; Wagiran, H; Saeed, M A; Ali, H

    2014-09-01

    Characteristics of the thermoluminescence (TL) responses of Yb- and Yb-Tb-doped optical fibers irradiated with 6MV photons are reported. The concentration of Yb in the Yb-doped optical fiber was 0.26mol%; the concentrations of Yb and Tb in the Yb-Tb-doped optical fiber were 0.62 and 0.2mol%, respectively. The TL dose responses are linear in the dose range 0.5-4Gy. The radiation sensitivity of the Yb-Tb material is almost two orders of magnitude higher than the sensitivity of the material doped with Yb alone.

  2. Yb{sub 5}Ni{sub 4}Sn{sub 10} and Yb{sub 7}Ni{sub 4}Sn{sub 13}: New polar intermetallics with 3D framework structures

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    Lei Xiaowu; Sun Zhongming; Li Longhua; Zhong Guohua; Hu Chunli; Mao Jianggao

    2010-04-15

    The title compounds have been obtained by solid state reactions of the corresponding pure elements at high temperature, and structurally characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies. Yb{sub 5}Ni{sub 4}Sn{sub 10} adopts the Sc{sub 5}Co{sub 4}Si{sub 10} structure type and crystallizes in the tetragonal space group P4/mbm (No. 127) with cell parameters of a=13.785(4) A, c=4.492 (2) A, V=853.7(5) A{sup 3}, and Z=2. Yb{sub 7}Ni{sub 4}Sn{sub 13} is isostructural with Yb{sub 7}Co{sub 4}InGe{sub 12} and crystallizes in the tetragonal space group P4/m (No. 83) with cell parameters of a=11.1429(6) A, c=4.5318(4) A, V=562.69(7) A{sup 3}, and Z=1. Both structures feature three-dimensional (3D) frameworks based on three different types of one-dimensional (1D) channels, which are occupied by the Yb atoms. Electronic structure calculations based on density functional theory (DFT) indicate that both compounds are metallic. These results are in agreement with those from temperature-dependent resistivity and magnetic susceptibility measurements. - Graphical abstract: Two new ytterbium nickel stannides, namely, Yb{sub 5}Ni{sub 4}Sn{sub 10} and Yb{sub 7}Ni{sub 4}Sn{sub 13}, have been synthesized and structurally characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies. Both their structures feature three-dimensional (3D) frameworks based on three different types of one-dimensional (1D) channels, which are situated by all the Yb atoms. Electronic structure calculations based on density functional theory (DFT) indicate that both compounds are metallic, which are in accordance with the results from temperature-dependent resistivity and magnetic susceptibility measurements.

  3. Magnetotransport study of Dirac fermions in YbMnBi2 antiferromagnet

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    Wang, Aifeng; Zaliznyak, I.; Ren, Weijun; Wu, Lijun; Graf, D.; Garlea, V. O.; Warren, J. B.; Bozin, E.; Zhu, Yimei; Petrovic, C.

    2016-10-01

    We report quantum transport and Dirac fermions in YbMnBi2 single crystals. YbMnBi2 is a layered material with anisotropic conductivity and magnetic order below 290 K. Magnetotransport properties, nonzero Berry phase, and small cyclotron mass indicate the presence of Dirac fermions. Angular-dependent magnetoresistance indicates a possible quasi-two-dimensional Fermi surface, whereas the deviation from the nontrivial Berry phase expected for Dirac states suggests the contribution of parabolic bands at the Fermi level or spin-orbit coupling.

  4. Magnetotransport study of Dirac fermions in YbMnBi2 antiferromagnet

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    Wang, Aifeng; Zaliznyak, I.; Ren, Weijun; ...

    2016-10-15

    We report quantum transport and Dirac fermions in YbMnBi2 single crystals. YbMnBi2 is a layered material with anisotropic conductivity and magnetic order below 290 K. Magnetotransport properties, nonzero Berry phase, and small cyclotron mass indicate the presence of Dirac fermions. Lastly, angular-dependent magnetoresistance indicates a possible quasi-two-dimensional Fermi surface, whereas the deviation from the nontrivial Berry phase expected for Dirac states suggests the contribution of parabolic bands at the Fermi level or spin-orbit coupling.

  5. Passively Q-switched diode-pumped Yb:YAG laser using Cr 4+-doped garnets

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    Kalisky, Y.; Labbe, C.; Waichman, K.; Kravchik, L.; Rachum, U.; Deng, P.; Xu, J.; Dong, J.; Chen, W.

    2002-06-01

    We investigate the repetitive modulation in the kHz frequency domain of a passively Q-switched, diode-pumped Yb:YAG laser, by Cr 4+:YAG, Cr 4+:LuAG, and Cr 4+:GSGG saturable absorbers. The results presented here are focused towards the design of a passively Q-switched Yb:YAG microlaser. The free-running performance of both rod and a disk Yb:YAG is characterized and experimental parameters such as gain and loss are evaluated. These values, together with the value of the stimulated emission cross-section, e.g. σem=3.3×10 -20 cm 2 were found to fit between our experimental results and an existing numerical model which relates the experimental and physical parameters to the minimal threshold pumping power. Q-switched pulses with maximum peak power of ≈10.4 kW, with energy of ≈0.5 mJ/pulse, were extracted with 30% extraction efficiency.

  6. Superhyperfine structure in the EPR spectra and optical spectra of impurity f ions in dielectric crystals: A review

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    Aminov, L. K.; Kurkin, I. N.; Malkin, B. Z.

    2013-07-01

    The results of observation and simulation of the superhyperfine (ligand hyperfine) structure (SHFS) of the electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra of rare-earth and uranium impurity ions in dielectric crystals have been systematized. The resolved SHFS of the EPR spectra of doped cubic crystals (with the fluorite and perovskite structures) has been observed for orientations of a constant magnetic field along the crystallographic axes. Most attention has been paid to tetragonal double fluorides Li RF4 ( R = Y, Lu, Tm), in which the SHFS of the EPR spectra has also been found for intermediate orientations of the magnetic field. For the LiYF4: Nd3+ single crystal, the splitting of optical spectral lines due to the interaction of Nd3+ ions with nuclear magnetic moments of the nearest neighbor fluorine ions has been observed for the first time. The Van Vleck paramagnet LiTmF4: U3+ is characterized by the SHFS with clearly distinguishable components due to the interaction of uranium ions both with nuclei of the fluorine ions and with enhanced magnetic moments of the thulium nuclei. The SHFS envelopes of the EPR spectra of Yb3+, Ce3+, Nd3+, and U3+ ions in LiYF4 and LiLuF4 crystals are well reproduced by numerical calculations based on the microscopic model using only three fitting parameters: the width of transitions between the electron-nuclear sublevels of the complex containing the paramagnetic ion and nuclei of the ligands and two constants of covalent bonding of the f electrons with 2 s and 2 p electrons of the nearest neighbor fluorine ions.

  7. Laser ablation production of Ba, Ca, Dy, Er, La, Lu, and Yb ions

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    Olmschenk, S.; Becker, P.

    2017-04-01

    We use a pulsed nitrogen laser to produce atomic ions by laser ablation, measuring the relative ion yield for several elements, including some that have only recently been proposed for use in cold trapped ion experiments. For barium, we monitor the ion yield as a function of the number of applied ablation pulses for different substrates. We also investigate the ion production as a function of the pulse energy, and the efficiency of loading an ion trap as a function of radiofrequency voltage.

  8. New tetragonal derivatives of cubic NaZn{sub 13}-type structure: RNi{sub 6}Si{sub 6} compounds, crystal structure and magnetic ordering (R=Y, La, Ce, Sm, Gd–Yb)

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    Pani, M.; Manfrinetti, P.; Provino, A.; Yuan, Fang; Mozharivskyj, Y.; Morozkin, A.V.; Knotko, A.V.; Garshev, A.V.; Yapaskurt, V.O.; Isnard, O.

    2014-02-15

    Novel RNi{sub 6}Si{sub 6} compounds adopt the new CeNi{sub 6}Si{sub 6}-type structure for R=La–Ce (tP52, space group P4/nbm N 125-1) and new YNi{sub 6}Si{sub 6}-type structure for R=Y, Sm, Gd–Yb (tP52, space group P4{sup ¯}b2N 117) that are tetragonal derivative of NaZn{sub 13}-type structure, like LaCo{sub 9}Si{sub 4}-type. The CeNi{sub 6}Si{sub 6}, GdNi{sub 6}Si{sub 6}, TbNi{sub 6}Si{sub 6}, DyNi{sub 6}Si{sub 6} and HoNi{sub 6}Si{sub 6} compounds are Curie–Weiss paramagnets down to ∼30 K, and do not order magnetically down to 5 K. However, the inverse paramagnetic susceptibility of LaNi{sub 6}Si{sub 6} does not follow Curie–Weiss law. The DyNi{sub 6}Si{sub 6} shows ferromagnetic-like saturation behaviour at 5 K in applied fields of 50 kOe, giving rise to a magnetic moment value of 6.5 μ{sub B}/f.u. in 50 kOe. The powder neutron diffraction study in zero applied filed indicates square modulated the c-collinear antiferromagnetic ordering of TbNi{sub 6}Si{sub 6} with K=[±1/4, ±1/4, 0] wave vector below ∼10 K. - Graphical abstract: Novel (La, Ce)Ni{sub 6}Si{sub 6} compounds adopt the new CeNi{sub 6}Si{sub 6}-type structure and (Y, Sm, Gd–Yb) adopt the new YNi{sub 6}Si{sub 6}-type structure that are tetragonal derivative of NaZn{sub 13}-type structure, like LaCo{sub 9}Si{sub 4}-type. The CeNi{sub 6}Si{sub 6}, GdNi{sub 6}Si{sub 6}, TbNi{sub 6}Si{sub 6}, DyNi{sub 6}Si{sub 6} and HoNi{sub 6}Si{sub 6} compounds are Curie–Weiss paramagnets down to ∼30 K, and do not order magnetically down to 4.2 K. The powder neutron diffraction study in zero applied filed indicates square modulated the c-collinear antiferromagnetic ordering of TbNi{sub 6}Si{sub 6} with K=[±1/4, ±1/4, 0] wave vector below ∼10 K. Display Omitted - Highlights: • The new (La, Ce)Ni{sub 6}Si{sub 6} compounds adopt the new CeNi{sub 6}Si{sub 6}-type structure. • The new (Y, Sm, Gd–Yb)Ni{sub 6}Si{sub 6} compounds adopt the new YNi{sub 6}Si{sub 6}-type structure. • TbNi{sub 6}Si

  9. Dual nature of 3 d electrons in YbT 2 Zn 20 (T = Co; Fe) evidenced by electron spin resonance

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    Ivanshin, V. A.; Litvinova, T. O.; Gimranova, K.; Sukhanov, A. A.; Jia, S.; Bud'ko, S. L.; Canfield, P. C.

    2015-03-18

    The electron spin resonance experiments were carried out in the single crystals YbFe2Zn20. The observed spin dynamics is compared with that in YbCo2Zn20 and Yb2Co12P7 as well as with the data of inelastic neutron scattering and electronic band structure calculations. Our results provide direct evidence that 3d electrons are itinerant in YbFe2Zn20 and localized in YbCo2Zn20. Possible connection between spin paramagnetism of dense heavy fermion systems, quantum criticality effects, and ESR spectra is discussed.

  10. Isotope effect in charge transport of LuB{sub 12}

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

    2010-08-15

    The galvanomagnetic properties of single-crystal samples with various isotopic boron compositions have been investigated for the first time for the normal state of superconductor LuB{sub 12} (Tc {approx} 0.44 K). Precision measurements of the resistivity, Hall coefficient, and magnetic susceptibility have been performed over a wide temperature range of 2-300 K in magnetic fields up to 80 kOe. A change of the charge transport regime in this nonmagnetic compound with metallic conduction is shown to occur near T* {approx} 50-70 K. As a result, a sharp peak with significantly different amplitudes for Lu{sup 10}B{sub 12} and Lu{sup 11}B{sub 12} is recorded in the temperature dependences of the Hall coefficient R{sub H}(T) near T*. A significant (about 10%) difference (in absolute value) of the Hall coefficients R{sub H} for the Lu{sup 10}B{sub 12} and Lu{sup 11}B{sub 12} compounds at helium and intermediate temperatures has been found and the patterns of behavior of the dependence R{sub H}(H) for T < T* in an external magnetic field H {<=} 80 kOe for Lu{sup 10}B{sub 12} and Lu{sup 11}B{sub 12} are shown to differ significantly. Analysis of the Curie-Weiss contribution to the magnetic susceptibility {chi}(T) leads to the conclusion about the formation of magnetic moments {mu}{sub eff} {approx} (0.13-0.19){mu}{sub B} in each unit cell of the fcc structure of LuB{sub 12} compounds with various isotopic compositions. The possibility of the realization of an electronic topological 2.5-order transition near T* and the influence of correlation effects in the 5d-band on the formation of a spin polarization near the rare-earth ions in LuB{sub 12} is discussed.

  11. Yb:FAP and related materials, laser gain medium comprising same, and laser systems using same

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    Krupke, W.F.; Payne, S.A.; Chase, L.L.; Smith, L.K.

    1994-01-18

    An ytterbium doped laser material remarkably superior to all others, including Yb:YAG, comprises ytterbium doped apatite (Yb:Ca[sub 5](PO[sub 4])[sub 3]F) or Yb:FAP, or ytterbium doped crystals that are structurally related to FAP. The new laser material is used in laser systems pumped by diode pump sources having an output near 0.905 microns or 0.98 microns, such as InGaAs and AlInGaAs, or other narrowband pump sources near 0.905 microns or 0.98 microns. The laser systems are operated in either the conventional or ground state depletion mode. 9 figures.

  12. Power scaling potential of Yb:NGW in thin disk laser configuration

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    Peters, R.; Kränkel, C.; Petermann, K.; Huber, G.

    2008-04-01

    We report on efficient laser operation of Yb:NaGd(WO4)2 (Yb:NGW) in thin disk laser configuration. Using doping concentrations of 10.7 at. % and 15.3 at. % and disk thicknesses between 0.1 mm and 0.4 mm the optimum crystal parameters have been determined. A 0.1 mm thick, 10.7 at. % Yb:NGW disk pumped at 975 nm delivered 18.2 W of output power at 43.6 W of incident pump power with a slope efficiency of 51% and a resulting optical-to-optical efficiency of 42%. Using a 2 mm thick birefringent filter, continuous tuning from 997 nm to 1075 nm has been achieved.

  13. Comparison of different fiber amplifiers in Yb-doped fiber femtosecond optical frequency combs

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    Liu, H.; Cao, S.; Lin, B.; Fang, Z.

    2016-12-01

    Recently, Yb-doped fiber femtosecond optical frequency combs (Yb-FOFCs) have obtained high repetition rates and high power outputs, and the wavelengths can cover the visible region by using a photonic crystal fiber to broaden the spectrum. In this paper, f0 (carrier-envelope offset frequency) with a signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of 40 dB is generated in an Yb-FOFC by adopting a scheme which includes the three processes of amplifying, broadening the spectrum and detecting f0, and optimizing the system parameters. The effects of two types of amplifiers which employ direct optical pulse amplification and self-similar amplification, respectively, on the output parameters of the amplifiers, minimal output power of the octave spectrum meeting f0 detection requirements, and the SNR of f0 are compared and analyzed in detail.

  14. Structure and dynamics of the Lu2Si2O7 lattice: Ab initio calculation

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    Nazipov, D. V.; Nikiforov, A. E.

    2017-01-01

    The ab initio calculations have been carried out for the crystal structure and Raman spectrum of a single crystal of lutetium pyrosilicate Lu2Si2O7. The types of fundamental vibrations and their frequencies and intensities in the Raman spectrum for two polarizations of the crystal have been determined. The calculations have been performed within the framework of the density functional theory (DFT) using the hybrid functionals. The ions involved in the vibrations have been identified using the method of isotopic substitution. The results of the calculations are in good agreement with the experiment.

  15. Vibronics in optical spectra of Yb3+ and Ce3+ in YAG and Y2O3 ceramics

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    Lupei, A.; Lupei, V.; Hau, S.

    2017-01-01

    The optical spectra of Yb3+ in YAG and Y2O3 and Ce3+: YAG show complex structure with contributions of vibronic satellites that extend beyond the spectral range delineated by the pure electronic transitions. The rather strong vibronic satellites are connected to the enhanced electron-phonon interaction of the RE3+ ions at the ends of 4fn series. Thus, tentatively we suggest that some of reported satellites in infrared absorption of Ce3+ in YAG crystals could be vibronics. The optical spectra of our Yb-doped YAG and Y2O3 ceramics are similar to those reported for single crystals. The vibronic lines intensities comparable with other lines of Yb makes separation of the zero-phonon lines from vibronics very difficult, particularly for Y2O3 which has two cationic sites. Measurements of optical spectra of Yb- and (Nd,Yb)-doped ceramics under direct excitation in Yb3+ or via energy transfer from Nd3+ and comparison with the phonon spectra enables such separation and identification of Stark level structures. The particularly large intensities of the vibronic lines in vicinity of the zero-phonon lines can be connected to near-resonant effects between the phonon energies and the Stark splitting of manifolds, that are also responsible for the broadening of electronic lines corresponding to transitions to high energy levels of 2F5/2,7/2 manifolds (even at 10 K by phonon emission). This analysis indicates that the observed one-micron spectra of Yb-doped YAG and Y2O3 ceramics belong exclusively to Yb3+.

  16. Efficient high-harmonic generation from a stable and compact ultrafast Yb-fiber laser producing 100 μJ, 350 fs pulses based on bendable photonic crystal fiber

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    Feehan, James S.; Price, Jonathan H. V.; Butcher, Thomas J.; Brocklesby, William S.; Frey, Jeremy G.; Richardson, David J.

    2017-01-01

    The development of an Yb3+-fiber-based chirped-pulse amplification system and the performance in the generation of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) radiation by high-harmonic generation is reported. The fiber laser produced 100 μJ, 350 fs output pulses with diffraction-limited beam quality at a repetition rate of 16.7 kHz. The system used commercial single-mode, polarization maintaining fiber technology. This included a 40 μm core, easily packaged, bendable final amplifier fiber in order to enable a compact system, to reduce cost, and provide reliable and environmentally stable long-term performance. The system enabled the generation of 0.4 μW of EUV at wavelengths between 27 and 80 nm with a peak at 45 nm using xenon gas. The EUV flux of 1011 photons per second for a driving field power of 1.67 W represents state-of-the-art generation efficiency for single-fiber amplifier CPA systems, corresponding to a maximum calculated energy conversion efficiency of 2.4 × 10-7 from the infrared to the EUV. The potential for high average power operation at increased repetition rates and further suggested technical improvements are discussed. Future applications could include coherent diffractive imaging in the EUV, and high-harmonic spectroscopy.

  17. Orthogonally polarized dual-wavelength Nd:LuVO4 laser at 1086 nm and 1089 nm.

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    Huang, Y P; Cho, C Y; Huang, Y J; Chen, Y F

    2012-02-27

    A comparison between the fluorescence spectra of the Nd-doped vanadate crystals (Nd:YVO4, Nd:GdVO4, Nd:LuVO4) for the 4F3/2 → 4I11/2 transition is studied. We numerically analyze the condition of gain-to-loss balance via an uncoated intracavity etalon to achieve the dual-wavelength operation. We further experimentally demonstrate the orthogonally polarized dual-wavelength laser with a single Nd:LuVO4 crystal. The simultaneous dual-wavelength Nd:LuVO4 laser at 1085.7 nm in σ polarization and 1088.5 nm in π polarization is realized. At an incident pump power of 12 W, the average output power obtained at 1085.7 nm and 1088.5 nm is 0.4 W and 1.7 W, respectively.

  18. Magnetic structure of Yb2Pt2Pb: Ising moments on the Shastry-Sutherland lattice

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    Miiller, W.; Zaliznyak, I.; Wu, L. S.; ...

    2016-03-22

    Neutron diffraction measurements were carried out on single crystals and powders of Yb2Pt2Pb, where Yb moments form two interpenetrating planar sublattices of orthogonal dimers, a geometry known as Shastry-Sutherland lattice, and are stacked along the c axis in a ladder geometry. Yb2Pt2Pb orders antiferromagnetically at TN=2.07K, and the magnetic structure determined from these measurements features the interleaving of two orthogonal sublattices into a 5×5×1 magnetic supercell that is based on stripes with moments perpendicular to the dimer bonds, which are along (110) and (–110). Magnetic fields applied along (110) or (–110) suppress the antiferromagnetic peaks from an individual sublattice, butmore » leave the orthogonal sublattice unaffected, evidence for the Ising character of the Yb moments in Yb2Pt2Pb that is supported by point charge calculations. Furthermore, specific heat, magnetic susceptibility, and electrical resistivity measurements concur with neutron elastic scattering results that the longitudinal critical fluctuations are gapped with ΔE≃0.07meV.« less

  19. Microstructure and Thermal Properties of Atmospheric Plasma-Sprayed Yb2Si2O7 Coating

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    Zhong, Xin; Niu, Yaran; Huang, Liping; Li, Hong; Zheng, Xuebin; Ding, Chuanxian; Sun, Jinliang

    2017-01-01

    In the present work, Yb2Si2O7 powder was synthesized by solid-state reaction using Yb2O3 and SiO2 powders as starting materials. Atmospheric plasma spray technique was applied to fabricate Yb2Si2O7 coating. The phase composition and microstructure of the coating were characterized. The density, open porosity and Vickers hardness of the coating were investigated. Its thermal stability was evaluated by thermogravimetry and differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA). The thermal diffusivity and thermal conductivity of the coating were measured. The results showed that the as-sprayed coating was mainly composed of crystalline Yb2Si2O7 with amorphous phase. The coating had a dense structure containing defects, such as pores, interfaces and microcracks. The TG-DTA results showed that there was almost no mass change from room temperature to 1200 °C, while a sharp exothermic peak appeared at around 1038 °C in DTA curve, which indicated that the amorphous phase crystallized. The thermal conductivity of the coating decreased with rise in temperature up to 600 °C and then followed by an increase at higher temperatures. The minimum value of the thermal conductivity of the Yb2Si2O7 coating was about 0.68 W/(m K).

  20. Epitaxial growth and structure of (La{sub 1-x}Lu{sub x}){sub 2}O{sub 3} alloys on Si(111)

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    Watahiki, T.; Grosse, F.; Braun, W.; Kaganer, V. M.; Proessdorf, A.; Trampert, A.; Riechert, H.

    2010-07-19

    LaLuO{sub 3} layers are epitaxially grown on Si(111) by molecular beam epitaxy using high temperature effusion sources. Samples are prepared by simultaneous as well as alternating growth of La{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Grazing incidence x-ray diffraction indicates that the resulting crystal structure of the alloys is cubic. Simultaneous and alternating growth with a monolayer period lead to the same distribution of La and Lu with no preferential ordering. In all cases the lattice mismatch to Si is less than 0.6%. The experimental results are analyzed by studying the energetics of hexagonal, bixbyite, and perovskite (La{sub 1-x}Lu{sub x}){sub 2}O{sub 3} crystal structures employing density functional theory.

  1. Sm-Nd and Lu-Hf isotope composition of chondritic components

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    Bouvier, A.; Vervoort, J. D.; Patchett, P. J.; Gopel, C.

    2009-12-01

    The 146Sm-142Nd, 147Sm-143Nd and 176Lu-176Hf radiogenic isotopic systems are widely used as chronometers and tracers of planetary evolution. These involve refractory lithophile elements and thus it is assumed that the average Sm-Nd and Lu-Hf composition of bulk terrestrial planets should be the same as that of chondrites (CHUR). We previously revised the CHUR compositions with 0.1960 ±0.0004 for 147Sm/144Nd and with 0.0336 ±0.0001 for 176Lu/177Hf using unequilibrated ordinary (OC) and carbonaceous (CC) chondrites [1], and proposed these should apply to the bulk silicate Earth (BSE). Recent studies suggest that BSE may have a super-chondritic Sm/Nd (~5%) and Lu/Hf (~10%) composition and could explain the Nd and Hf isotopic systematics of Earth and planetary materials [2, 3]. Here, we present additional Sm-Nd and Lu-Hf compositions of chondrites and chondritic components to evaluate potential isotopic heterogeneities present in the protoplanetary disk. Isotopic analyses were carried out by Neptune MC-ICPMS at ASU. Analytical details are in [1, 4]. We extend our study to homogenized whole-rock (WR) powders of 4 equilibrated OC to investigate the scale of Lu-Hf isotopic heterogeneities as consequences of thermal metamorphism on the OC parent bodies (PB) [1]. Their 147Sm/144Nd and 176Lu/177Hf vary from 0.1954 to 0.1969, and 0.0298 to 0.0341 respectively indicating that open metasomatism associated with crystallization of phosphate [1] occurred at least at the cm scale on the OCPB. We also present the first Lu-Hf and coupled Sm-Nd isotopic data of 6 single or pooled chondrules, and 2 calcium aluminum-rich inclusions (CAIs) from 5 type 3 OC & CC. The 147Sm/144Nd and 176Lu/177Hf ranges are 0.1956-0.1969, and 0.0331-0.0341 respectively for chondrules, and 0.1947-0.2147, and 0.0392-0.0501 respectively for CAIs. The chondrules are within the range of our earlier Sm/Nd and Lu/Hf CHUR-BSE estimates but the CAIs have significantly higher values, especially for Lu/Hf. Thus

  2. Comparative study of intrinsic luminescence in undoped transparent ceramic and single crystal garnet scintillators

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    Fujimoto, Yutaka; Yanagida, Takayuki; Yagi, Hideki; Yanagidani, Takagimi; Chani, Valery

    2014-10-01

    Scintillation properties associated with intrinsic lattice defects of undoped Y3A5O12 (YAG) and Lu3A5O12 (LuAG) transparent ceramics and single crystals are compared. The ceramics excited with X-ray demonstrated relatively low emission intensity when compared with that of the single crystals. Decay times of the ceramics and the single crystals were similar. These parameters were approximately 430 ns (YAG ceramic), 460 ns (YAG single crystal), 30 ns and 1090 ns (LuAG ceramic), and 25 ns and 970 ns (LuAG single crystal). According to the pulse height spectra recorded under 137Cs gamma-ray irradiation, the scintillation light yield of the both ceramics were about 2950 ± 290 ph/MeV. However, the single crystals had greater kight yield of about about 14,300 ± 1430 ph/MeV for YAG and 8350 ± 830 ph/MeV for LuAG.

  3. 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.

  4. Cubic Yb3+-activated Y6MoO12 micro-powder - optical material operating in NIR region

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    Bieza, M.; Guzik, M.; Tomaszewicz, E.; Guyot, Y.; Boulon, G.

    2017-01-01

    We present Yb3+-doped Y6MoO12 solid solutions as a very promising NIR emitting phosphor with some hope to obtain them in the nearest future in the form of transparent ceramics due to their cubic structure. The samples are crystallizing in the cubic system with the space group Fm-3m. To perform a full structural and spectroscopic analysis on the well crystallized samples they were obtained in the uniform micro-crystal forms. The ternary Y6MoO12 and Yb3+-doped Y6MoO12 solid solutions containing a large concentration range of activator (0.1, 1, 3, 5, 10, 20 mol%) have been prepared by a high-temperature solid-state reaction method using the Yb2O3/Y2O3/MoO3 mixtures annealed in the air in the temperature range of 550-1550 °C for 6 h. As-obtained samples were systematically characterized by the X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), UV-Vis-NIR reflectance. Furthermore, to check the thermal stability of these molybdates the thermogravimetric analysis have been performed. Finally, the luminescent properties of Yb3+ ions activated Y6MoO12 microcrystals were investigated by using the high resolution absorption and emission techniques including the site selective spectroscopy at room and low temperatures. Basing on the absorption and emission spectra the Yb3+ electronic energy levels diagram has been proposed for the main site. The concentration quenching mechanism of Yb3+ ion in this host lattice was also discussed. Obtained results have demonstrated that Yb3+-doped Y6MoO12 microcrystals exhibited good luminescent properties and possess many advantages compared to other compounds based on molybdates and might have potential applications in the laser technology.

  5. Magnetic Hyperfine Fields in Lu_2V_2O_7: A Model Approach

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    Agzamova, Polina; Nikiforov, Anatoliy; Nazipov, Dmitriy

    2016-12-01

    We report a theoretical approach to the investigation of the magnetic hyperfine interaction on the ^{51}V nucleus in Lu_2V_2O_7 with the view of understanding the orbital ordering pattern in this compound. First, we have evaluated the vanadium 3d^1-level splitting (Δ ) under the crystal field with the D _{3d}-symmetry using the point charges approximation. Second, we have calculated the exchange interaction constant ( J) using the ab initio approach. It is shown that the crystal field energy is much stronger than the exchange interaction one and hence the orbital liquid state cannot occur in Lu_2V_2O_7. Finally we have analyzed the magnetic hyperfine field affecting the vanadium nucleus leaning upon these results.

  6. 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)].

  7. On the structural origin of the single-ion magnetic anisotropy in LuFeO 3

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    Cao, Shi; Zhang, Xiaozhe; Paudel, Tula R.; Sinha, Kishan; Wang, Xiao; Jiang, Xuanyuan; Wang, Wenbin; Brutsche, Stuart; Wang, Jian; Ryan, Philip J.; Kim, Jong-Woo; Cheng, Xuemei; Tsymbal, Evgeny Y.; Dowben, Peter A.; Xu, Xiaoshan

    2016-03-16

    The electronic structure for the conduction bands of both hexagonal and orthorhombic LuFeO3 thin films have been measured using x-ray absorption spectroscopy at oxygen K (O K) edge. Dramatic differences in both the spectral features and the linear dichroism are observed. These differences in the spectra can be explained using the differences in crystal field splitting of the metal (Fe and Lu) electronic states and the differences in O 2p-Fe 3d and O 2p-Lu 5d hybridizations. While the oxidation states have not changed, the spectra are sensitive to the changes in the local environments of the Fe3+ and Lu3+ sites in the hexagonal and orthorhombic structures. Using the crystal-field splitting and the hybridizations that are extracted from the measured electronic structures and the structural distortion information, we derived the occupancies of the spin minority states in Fe3+, which are non-zero and uneven. The single ion anisotropy on Fe3+ sites is found to originate from these uneven occupancies of the spin minority states via spin–orbit coupling in LuFeO3.

  8. Structural, microstructural and vibrational analyses of the monoclinic tungstate BiLuWO{sub 6}

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    Ait Ahsaine, H.; Taoufyq, A.; Patout, L.; Ezahri, M.; Benlhachemi, A.; Bakiz, B.; Villain, S.; Guinneton, F.; Gavarri, J.-R.

    2014-10-15

    The bismuth lutetium tungstate phase BiLuWO{sub 6} has been prepared using a solid state route with stoichiometric mixtures of oxide precursors. The obtained polycrystalline phase has been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and Raman spectroscopy. In the first step, the crystal structure has been refined using Rietveld method: the crystal cell was resolved using monoclinic system (parameters a, b, c, β) with space group A2/m. SEM images showed the presence of large crystallites with a constant local nominal composition (BiLuW). TEM analyses showed that the actual local structure could be better represented by a superlattice (a, 2b, c, β) associated with space groups P2 or P2/m. The Raman spectroscopy showed the presence of vibrational bands similar to those observed in the compounds BiREWO{sub 6} with RE=Y, Gd, Nd. However, these vibrational bands were characterized by large full width at half maximum, probably resulting from the long range Bi/Lu disorder and local WO{sub 6} octahedron distortions in the structure. - Graphical abstract: The average structure of BiLuWO{sub 6} determined from X-ray diffraction data can be represented by A2/m space group. Experimental Electron Diffraction patterns along the [0vw] zone axes of the monoclinic structure and associated simulated patterns show the existence of a monoclinic superstructure with space group P2 or P2/m. - Highlights: • A new monoclinic BiLuWO{sub 6} phase has been elaborated from solid-state reaction. • The space group of the monoclinic disordered average structure should be A2/m. • Transmission electron microscopy leads to a superlattice with P2/m space group. • Raman spectroscopy suggests existence of local disorder.

  9. Muon Spin Relaxation Evidence for the U(1) Quantum Spin-Liquid Ground State in the Triangular Antiferromagnet YbMgGaO_{4}.

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    Li, Yuesheng; Adroja, Devashibhai; Biswas, Pabitra K; Baker, Peter J; Zhang, Qian; Liu, Juanjuan; Tsirlin, Alexander A; Gegenwart, Philipp; Zhang, Qingming

    2016-08-26

    Muon spin relaxation (μSR) experiments on single crystals of the structurally perfect triangular antiferromagnet YbMgGaO_{4} indicate the absence of both static long-range magnetic order and spin freezing down to 0.048 K in a zero field. Below 0.4 K, the μ^{+} spin relaxation rates, which are proportional to the dynamic correlation function of the Yb^{3+} spins, exhibit temperature-independent plateaus. All these μSR results unequivocally support the formation of a gapless U(1) quantum spin liquid ground state in the triangular antiferromagnet YbMgGaO_{4}.

  10. Proton and Gamma Radiation Effects in Undoped, Single-doped and co-doped YLiF4 and LuLiF4

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    Lee, Hyung; Bai, Yingxin; Yu, Kirong; Singh, U.

    2009-01-01

    Proton and gamma radiation effects in various YLiF4 and LuLiF4 crystals have been investigated. The radiation induced color centers compared with six different kinds of crystal samples in ranges up to 200 krads and 200 MeV. The radiation induced absorption coefficients are strongly dependent on polarization and concentration of rare-earth ions.

  11. Yb2Pt2Pb: Magnetic frustration in the Shastry-Sutherland lattice

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    Kim, M. S.; Bennett, M. C.; Aronson, M. C.

    2008-04-23

    Here, we have synthesized single crystals of Yb2Pt2Pb, which crystallize in the layered U2Pt2Sn-type structure, where planes of Yb ions lie on a triangular network. Here, we report the results of magnetization, specific heat, and electrical resistivity experiments. The lattice constants and high temperature magnetic susceptibility indicate that the Yb ions are trivalent, while the Schottky peaks in the specific heat show that the ground state is a well isolated doublet. A significant magnetic anisotropy is observed, with the ratio of susceptibilities perpendicular and parallel to the magnetic planes differing by as much as a factor of 30 at themore » lowest temperatures. Antiferromagnetic order occurs at a Néel temperature TN = 2.07 K. Evidence of short range magnetic fluctuations is found in the magnetic susceptibility and electrical resistivity, which have broad peaks above TN, and in the slow development of the magnetic entropy at TN. Our experiments indicate that Yb2Pt2Pb is a quasi-two-dimensional and localized moment system, where strong magnetic frustration may arise from the geometry of the underlying Shastry-Sutherland lattice.« less

  12. Synthesis, crystal and electronic structures, and physical properties of the novel compounds LaR4Mo36O52 (R = Dy, Er, Yb, and Y) containing infinite chains of trans-edge-shared Mo6 octahedra and Mo2 pairs and rectangular Mo4 clusters with triple Mo-Mo bonds.

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    Barrier, N; Fontaine, B; Pierrefixe, S; Gautier, R; Gougeon, P

    2009-04-20

    The novel quaternary reduced molybdenum oxides LaR(4)Mo(36)O(52) (R = Dy, Er, Yb, and Y) have been synthesized with solid-state reactions at 1400 degrees C for 48 h in sealed molybdenum crucibles. The crystal structure was determined on a single crystal of LaEr(4)Mo(36)O(52) by X-ray diffraction. LaEr(4)Mo(36)O(52) crystallizes in the tetragonal space group I4 with two formula units per cell and the following lattice parameters: a = 19.8348(2) and c = 5.6594(1) A. The Mo network is dominated by infinite chains of trans-edge-shared Mo(6) octahedra, which coexist with Mo(2) pairs and rectangular Mo(4) clusters. The Mo-Mo distances within the infinite chains range from 2.5967(7) to 2.8529(8) A and from 2.239(3) to 2.667(2) A in the Mo(2) pairs and rectangular Mo(4) clusters, respectively. The Mo-O distances are comprised between 1.993(7) and 2.149(7) A, as usually observed in these types of compound. The La(3+) and Er(3+) ions are in a square-prismatic [LaO(8)] and a tricapped trigonal-prismatic [ErO(9)] environment of oxygen atoms, respectively. The La-O distances range from 2.555(6) to 2.719(6) A and the Er-O ones from 2.260(6) to 2.469(5) A. Theoretical calculations allow the determination of the optimal electron count of both motifs in the title compound. Weak interactions occur between neighboring dimetallic and tetrametallic clusters and between trans-edge-sharing infinite chains and dimers and tetramers. The presence of rectangular clusters is favored on the basis of theoretical considerations. Single-crystal resistivity measurements show that LaEr(4)Mo(36)O(52) is metallic between 4.2 and 300 K, in agreement with the band structure calculations. Magnetic susceptibility measurements indicate that the oxidation state of the magnetic rare earths is +3, and there is an absence of localized moments on the Mo network.

  13. Pressure-induced magnetic transition exceeding 30 K in the Yb-based heavy-fermion β -YbAlB4

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    Tomita, Takahiro; Kuga, Kentaro; Uwatoko, Yoshiya; Nakatsuji, Satoru

    2016-12-01

    Measurements of the electric resistivity ρ (T ) under pressure up to 8 GPa were performed on high-quality single crystals of the Yb-based heavy-fermion system β -YbAlB4 in the temperature range 2 Yb-based heavy-fermion compounds. The power-law exponent α in ρ =ρ0+A Tα below TM gradually changes from 3/2 to 5/2 with increasing pressure from 2 to 8 GPa. In contrast, the resistivity exhibits a T -linear behavior in the temperature range 2 ≤T ≤20 K and is insensitive to pressure below Pc. In this pressure regime, the magnetization is also nearly independent of pressure and shows no anomaly above 2 K. Our results indicate that a quantum critical point for β -YbAlB4 is also located near Pc in addition to the strange metal region near the ambient pressure.

  14. The luminescence of the Sb 3+ ion in Ln(PO 3) 3 ( Ln = Sc, Lu, Y, Gd, La)

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    Oomen, E. W. J. L.; Peeters, R. C. M.; Smit, W. M. A.; Blasse, G.

    1988-03-01

    The efficient luminescence of the 5 s2 ion Sb 3+ in Ln(PO 3) 3 ( Ln = Sc, Lu, Y, Gd, La) is reported. The compounds Ln(PO 3) 3 ( Ln = Sc, Lu, Y, Gd) adopt the Yb(PO 3) 3 structure in which four slightly different octahedral sites are available for the trivalent cation, while La(PO 3) 3 has the Nd(PO 3) 3 structure in which only one position with eight coordination is available for the cation. The emission and excitation spectra of Ln(PO 3) 3Sb 3+ ( Ln = Sc, Lu, Gd) show broad bands, caused by the strongly overlapping bands of the four Sb 3+ centers. The spectra and decay time measurements show that the differences in luminescence characteristics between the four Sb 3+ centers become more apparent with decreasing radius of the host lattice cation. The luminescence properties of Y(PO 3) 3Sb 3+ are rather complex and lead to the conclusion that the relaxed excited state of some of the Sb 3+ centers is distorted by a Jahn-Teller effect. The luminescence of La(PO 3) 3Sb 3+ originates from one Sb 3+ center and can be described by usual models

  15. High-power directly diode-pumped femtosecond Yb:KGW lasers with optimized parameters

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    Kim, G. H.; Yang, J.; Kulik, A. V.; Sall, E. G.; Chizhov, S. A.; Yashin, V. E.; Kang, U.

    2014-02-01

    We report a diode-pumped Yb:KGW laser that is capable of operating as a Q-switched oscillator or as a regenerative amplifier with average power of more than 20 W. The laser is based on a dual-crystal configuration where the pump thermal load is distributed over relatively long two crystals. It permits a sufficiently large number of passes with low passive losses and maximizes the energy extraction efficiency. The amplification bandwidth was extended by spectral combining of two Yb:KGW crystals with spectrally shifted gain maxima, that allows to mitigate spectral gain narrowing and provides pulse length down to 200 fs after compression in a stretcher-compressor module. The output power saturated with increasing pump power and output beam quality was defined by aberration of thermal lenses. Optimization of laser cavity allows us to compensate thermal lens partially and provide output beams with quality M2<1.2. Efficient frequency doubling and tripling of high-power femtosecond Yb:KGW laser is demonstrated in a nonlinear BBO crystal. Second or third harmonic generation with respective conversion efficiency of 55% or 24% was achieved in a single-pass configuration.

  16. Energy Levels and Intensity Parameters of Ho3(+) Ions in Y3Al5O12 and Lu3Al5O12

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    Walsh, Brian M.; Grew, Gary W.; Barnes, Norman P.

    2006-01-01

    The energy levels of the trivalent lanthanide Ho(sup 3+) in Y3Al5O12 (YAG) and Lu3Al5O12 (LuAG) have been measured. The Stark split levels for the first nine Ho manifolds in these materials have been measured, and the results have been fit to a free ion plus crystal field Hamiltonian to generate a theoretical set of energy levels. Crystal field parameters were varied to determine the best fit between experimental and theoretical energy levels. The energy levels of Ho:LuAG are seen to be very similar to those in Ho:YAG. However, subtle changes resulting from replacing Y(sup 3+) with Lu(sup 3+) in the garnet crystal Y3Al5O12 result in different transition wavelengths in LuAG. This has implications for Ho (sup 5)I7yields (sup 5)I8 lasers operating at approximately 2.1 micrometers. Although the energy levels have been measured previously in Ho:YAG, they have not been measured in Ho:LuAG. A comparison of the energy levels in Ho:YAG measured here show some discrepancies with previous measurements. The consistency of the energy level placement between Ho:LuAG and Ho:YAG indicate that the earlier studies may have some errors in the assignments. Finally, a Judd-Ofelt analysis is performed on Ho:YAG and Ho:LuAG to determine the intensity parameters, and thus, the transition probabilities and branching ratios of the first eight excited manifolds.

  17. Lu-Hf and Sm-Nd Isotopic Studies of Shergottites and Nakhlites: Implications for Martian Mantle Sources

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    Debaille, V.; Yin, Q.-Z.; Brandon, A. D.; Jacobsen, B.; Treiman, A. H.

    2007-01-01

    We present a new Lu-Hf and Sm-Nd isotope systematics study of four enriched shergottites (Zagami, Shergotty, NWA856 and Los Angeles), and three nakhlites (Nakhla, MIL03346 and Yamato 000593) in order to further understand processes occurring during the early differentiation of Mars and the crystallization of its magma ocean. Two fractions of the terrestrial petrological analogue of nakhlites, the Archaean Theo's flow (Ontario, Canada) were also measured. The coupling of Nd and Hf isotopes provide direct insights on the mineralogy of the melt sources. In contrast to Sm/Nd, Lu/Hf ratios can be very large in minerals such as garnet. Selective partial melting of garnet bearing mantle sources can therefore lead to characteristic Lu/Hf signatures that can be recognized with Hf-176/Hf-177Hf ratios.

  18. Power scaling of a picosecond vortex laser based on a stressed Yb-doped fiber amplifier.

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    Koyama, Mio; Hirose, Tetsuya; Okida, Masahito; Miyamoto, Katsuhiko; Omatsu, Takashige

    2011-01-17

    Power scaling of a picosecond vortex laser based on a stressed Yb-doped fiber amplifier is analyzed. An output power of 25 W was obtained for 53 W of pumping, with a peak power of 37 kW. Frequency doubling of the vortex output was demonstrated using a nonlinear PPSLT crystal. A second-harmonic output power of up to 1.5 W was measured at a fundamental power of 11.2 W.

  19. Performance of a diode-end-pumped Yb:YAG laser

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    Bibeau, C.; Beach, R.; Ebbers, C.; Emanuel, M.

    1997-05-05

    Using an end-pumped technology developed at LLNL we have demonstrated a Yb:YAG laser capable of delivering up to 434 W of CW power and 280 W of Q-switched power. In addition, we have frequency doubled the output to 515 nm using a dual crystal scheme to produce 76 W at 10 kHz in a 30 ns pulse length.

  20. Test beam results of a high granularity LuAG fibre calorimeter prototype

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    Benaglia, A.; Lucchini, M.; Pauwels, K.; Tully, C.; Medvedeva, T.; Heering, A.; Dujardin, C.; Kononets, V.; Lebbou, K.; Aubry, N.; Faraj, S.; Ferro, G.; Lecoq, P.; Auffray, E.

    2016-05-01

    The progresses in the micropulling-down technique allow heavy scintillating crystals to be grown directly into a fibre geometry of variable shape, length and diameter. Examples of materials that can be grown with this technique are Lutetium Aluminum Garnets (LuAG, Lu3Al5O12) and Yttrium Aluminum Garnets (YAG, Y3Al5O12). Thanks to the flexibility of this approach, combined with the high density and good radiation hardness of the materials, such a technology represents a powerful tool for the development of future calorimeters. As an important proof of concept of the application of crystal fibres in future experiments, a small calorimeter prototype was built and tested on beam. A grooved brass absorber (dimensions 26cm×7cm×16cm) was instrumented with 64 LuAG fibres, 56 of which were doped with Cerium, while the remaining 8 were undoped. Each fibre was readout individually using 8 eightfold Silicon Photomultiplier arrays, thus providing a highly granular description of the shower development inside the module as well as good tracking capabilities. The module was tested at the Fermilab Test Beam Facility using electrons and pions in the 2-16 GeV energy range. The module performance as well as fibre characterization results from this beam test are presented.

  1. 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

  2. Cryogenic Yb:YAG picosecond laser with high average power visible and ultraviolet harmonic generation

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    Brown, D. C.; Kowalewski, K.; Envid, V.; Zembek, J.; Canale, B.; Kolis, J. W.; McMillen, C. D.; Geisber, H.

    2012-06-01

    Cryogenic Yb:YAG lasers operating at 1029 nm have been demonstrated at Snake Creek Lasers with high average power CW and ultrafast output powers, and provide near diffraction-limited output beams that are ideal for applications in harmonic generation. We describe experiments that have produced high average power green output power at 515 nm as well as preliminary experiments producing UV output power at 257.25 nm. Frequency doubling experiments used a 20 mm long non-critically phase-matched LBO crystal mounted in a constant temperature oven. A mode-locked Yb fiber laser operating at 50 MHz was used to drive a two Yb:YAG cryogenic amplifier system, producing hundreds of watts of average power output with a FWHM pulsewidth of 12 ps. Doubling efficiencies of > 50 % have been observed. For frequency quadrupling, we have used hydrothermally grown KTTP crystals grown at Clemson University and Advanced Photonic Crystals. KBBF offers unprecedented UV transmission down to 155 nm, and was used in a Type I phasematching configuration. The properties of KBBF will be discussed, as well as the experimental results observed and conversion efficiency.

  3. Fabrication, microstructure and luminescence properties of Cr3+ doped Lu3A15O12 red scintillator ceramics

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    Shi, Yun; Zhao, Yu; Liu, Qiang; Cao, Maoqing; Ma, Peng; Chen, Haohong; Liu, Qian; Li, Jiang

    2017-04-01

    Cr3+ doped Lu3A15O12 transparent ceramics were developed as a new red scintillator ceramics. These ceramics were fabricated by a solid state reaction method under vacuum sintering at temperature range of 1550 °C-1890 °C for 10 h. The doping effect of different Cr3+ concentration (0, 0.1, 0.3 and 0.5 at. %) and air annealing effect were investigated as well. The transparent ceramics (70% @1 mm in visible light range) with dense microstructure were obtained when sintered at 1890 °C for 10 h, the average grain size of 0.3 at.% Cr:LuAG was calculated to be 7 μm. Photo-luminescence spectra revealed that there are two typical excitation bands at around 450 nm and 600 nm which were ascribed to the d-d transitions of Cr3+. 0.3 at. % Cr:LuAG exhibited the optimum photoluminescence intensity and fast decay. Radio-luminescence under X-ray excitation indicated a characteristic Cr3+ emission peaking at 687 nm and 706 nm respectively. The Lu3+Al antisite defects related emission at around 300 nm was observed to decrease with the doping of Cr3+. The steady luminescence efficiency (XEL spectrum integral) is around 20 times of the commercial BGO crystals, more important, the broad and continuous red emission between 600 nm and 800 nm demonstrated Cr:LuAG ceramics a prospective application as new red scintillators.

  4. UPCONVERSION LUMINESCENCE ENHANCEMENT OF NaYF4:Yb3+, Er3+ NANOPARTICLES ON INVERSE OPAL SURFACE

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

    2014-01-01

    LaPO4 inverse opal photonic crystals with different photonic band gaps were fabricated by template-assisted method. The Yb3+/Er3+ co-doped NaYF4 nanoparticles were deposited on the surfaces of the inverse opals, and their up-conversion emission properties were investigated. The upconversion emissions of Yb3+/Er3+ co-doped NaYF4 nanoparticles on the inverse opal surfaces have been enhanced when the upconversion emission bands of the nanoparticles are in the range of photonic band gaps of the inverse opals, which is attributed to an efficient and selective reflection of photonic band gaps.

  5. Structural and optical properties of nano-sized K3Nd(PO4)2:Yb3+ orthophosphate.

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    Mizer, D; Macalik, L; Tomaszewski, P E; Lisiecki, R; Godlewska, P; Matraszek, A; Szczygieł, I; Zawadzki, M; Hanuza, J

    2009-09-01

    Nanocrystals of tripotassium neodymium bis-phosphate(V) doped with ytterbium ions, K3Nd(PO4)2: Yb3+, were synthesized by Pechini method. The obtained grains, having an average size of about 40 nm, were characterised by X-ray, electron microscopic, electron absorption, luminescence and IR studies. Moreover, fluorescence decay studies were carried out at room temperature. The energy transfer from the Nd3+ to Yb3+ was described and discussed. The results were compared to those of the K3Nd(PO4)2 bulk crystal.

  6. Theory of the electron spin resonance in the heavy fermion metal β-YbAlB4.

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    Ramires, Aline; Coleman, Piers

    2014-03-21

    The heavy fermion metal β-YbAlB4 exhibits a bulk room temperature conduction electron spin resonance (ESR) signal which evolves into an Ising-anisotropic f-electron signal exhibiting hyperfine features at low temperatures. We develop a theory for this phenomenon based on the development of resonant scattering off a periodic array of Kondo centers. We show that the hyperfine structure arises from the scattering off the Yb atoms with nonzero nuclear spin, while the constancy of the ESR intensity is a consequence of the presence of crystal electric field excitations of the order of the hybridization strength.

  7. Layered Yb:YAG ceramics produced by two different methods: processing, characterization, and comparison

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    Hostaša, Jan; Biasini, Valentina; Piancastelli, Andreana; Vannini, Matteo; Toci, Guido

    2016-08-01

    Yb:YAG ceramic solid-state laser gain media have been of growing interest for high-repetition rate and high-power lasers during the last few years. A great advantage of ceramic technology compared with that of single crystals is the flexibility of shaping methods allowing the production of near-net-shape components with a well-defined internal structure. A favorable dopant distribution can enhance laser efficiency by mitigating thermal effects. The presented work reports on Yb:YAG transparent ceramics composed of layers with different Yb doping produced by two different shaping methods: dry pressing of spray-dried powders and tape casting, all sintered under high vacuum. The selected geometry of materials was based on numerical simulations. Optical quality of produced ceramics was characterized and discussed in connection with the microstructure and laser emission results. Output power of nearly 7 W and slope efficiency of 58.1% were obtained in quasi-continuous wave regime from bilayered 0% to 10% Yb:YAG. In the case of multilayered materials, higher scattering losses were observed. The comparison of the two processing methods highlighted that the tape-cast materials provided higher optical uniformity and the diffusion zone between the single layers with different dopant content was about 150 μm compared to about 250 μm in samples produced by pressing of powders.

  8. Growth and characterization of Ce-doped YAG and LuAG fibers

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    Djebli, A.; Boudjada, F.; Pauwels, K.; Kononets, V.; Patton, G.; Benaglia, A.; Lucchini, M.; Moretti, F.; Sidletskiy, O.; Dujardin, C.; Lecoq, P.; Auffray, E.; Lebbou, K.

    2017-03-01

    Undoped and Ce-doped Lu3Al5O12 (LuAG) and Y3Al5O12 (YAG) single crystal fibers were grown by the micro-pulling down technique (μ-PD) with a purpose to fit the design of new dual-readout calorimeter planned to operate in future experiences of high energy physics. Fibers up to 20 cm in length and 1 mm in diameter were grown along [111] direction. Based on the measurements of the attenuation length along the fibers, the growth conditions to improve the fibers quality were selected. Our results showed that the grown fibers have the capability to be used for future detectors.

  9. Ytterbium-doped borate fluoride laser crystals and lasers

    DOEpatents

    Schaffers, Kathleen I.; DeLoach, Laura D.; Payne, Stephen A.; Keszler, Douglas A.

    1997-01-01

    A new class of solid state laser crystals and lasers are formed from Yb-doped borate fluoride host crystals. The general formula for the host crystals is MM'(BO.sub.3)F, where M, M' are monovalent, divalent aria trivalent metal cations. A particular embodiment of the invention is Yb-doped BaCaBO.sub.3 F (Yb:BCBF). BCBF and some of the related derivative crystals are capable of nonlinear frequency conversion, whereby the fundamental of the laser is converted to a longer or shorter wavelength. In this way, these new crystals can simultaneously serve as self-frequency doubling crystals and laser materials within the laser resonator.

  10. Ytterbium-doped borate fluoride laser crystals and lasers

    DOEpatents

    Schaffers, K.I.; DeLoach, L.D.; Payne, S.A.; Keszler, D.A.

    1997-10-14

    A new class of solid state laser crystals and lasers are formed from Yb-doped borate fluoride host crystals. The general formula for the host crystals is MM{prime}(BO{sub 3})F, where M, M{prime} are monovalent, divalent aria trivalent metal cations. A particular embodiment of the invention is Yb-doped BaCaBO{sub 3}F (Yb:BCBF). BCBF and some of the related derivative crystals are capable of nonlinear frequency conversion, whereby the fundamental of the laser is converted to a longer or shorter wavelength. In this way, these new crystals can simultaneously serve as self-frequency doubling crystals and laser materials within the laser resonator. 6 figs.

  11. The Wobbling Mode in ^167Lu

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    Hanan, Amro; Ma, W. C.; Winger, J. A.; Li, Y.; Thompson, J.; Hagemann, G.; Herskind, B.; Sletten, G.; Wilson, J. N.; Jensen, D. R.; Fallon, P.; Ward, D.; Diamond, R. M.; Görgen, A.; Machiavelli, A.; Hübel, H.; Domscheit, J.; Wiedenhöwer, I.

    2002-10-01

    Here we report on the experimental evidence for the wobbling mode in ^167Lu. High spin states in ^167Lu were populated through the ^123Sb(^48Ca,4n) reaction at 203 MeV from the 88 inch Cyclotron at LBNL. Five TSD bands were found in ^167Lu. The two strongest populated, TSD1 and TSD3, bands have been firmly linked to normal deformed (ND) structures. Several transitions connecting TSD2 to TSD1 were identified. From angular distribution and angular correlation analysis, spins and parities for TSD1, TSD2, and TSD3 have been determined. In addition, the mixing and branching ratios for the linking transiti on where experimentally determined to extract the B(E2)_out/B(E2)_in were obtained. These values are much larger than those expected from the signature partner. Furthermore, no three-quasiparticle excitation of the correct spin and parity is expected with similar excitation energies for TSD2 from cranking calculations. This work is supported by US DOE grants DE-FG02-95ER40939 (MSU) and DE-FG02-91ER-40609 (Yale) , the Danish Science Foundation and the German BMBF (contract No. 06 BN 907).

  12. Anisotropic magnetic fluctuations in YbRh2Si2

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    Kambe, S.; Sakai, H.; Tokunaga, Y.; Lapertot, G.; Matsuda, T. D.; Knebel, G.; Flouquet, J.; Walstedt, R. E.

    2015-03-01

    29Si nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) has been measured in a 29Si enriched single crystal sample of YbRh2Si2. The spin-lattice relaxation rate 1/T1 for applied field H || the c-axis is considerably different from that for H ⊥ the c-axis, reflecting the tetragonal symmetry of the compound. At low temperatures, in-plane magnetic fluctuations deduced from these 1/T1 results are found to depend strongly on the direction of H, i.e. the in-plane magnetic fluctuations are suppressed for H ⊥ the c-axis compared to the case for H || the c-axis, indicating that the electronic state is sensitive to the direction of H at low temperatures.

  13. Rare earth doped LiYbF{sub 4} phosphors with controlled morphologies: Hydrothermal synthesis and luminescent properties

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    Huang, Wenjuan; Lu, Chunhua; Jiang, Chenfei; Jin, Junyang; Ding, Mingye; Ni, Yaru; Xu, Zhongzi

    2012-06-15

    Highlights: ► LiYbF{sub 4} microparticles as an excellent upconverting materials. ► High temperature and long time can favor high crystalline LiYbF{sub 4} microparticles. ► The shape of LiYbF{sub 4} microparticles can be tuned by the molar ratio of EDTA to Yb{sup 3+}. ► Bright green emission can be obtained by changing the doping concentration of Er{sup 3+}. -- Abstract: High quality monodisperse LiYbF{sub 4} microparticles with shape of octahedron had been prepared via a facile hydrothermal route. The crystalline phase, size, morphology and luminescence properties were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), photoluminescence (PL) spectra and Commission Internationale de L’Eclairage (CIE 1931) chromaticity coordinates, respectively. The influences of reaction temperature, reaction time and the molar ratio of EDTA to Yb{sup 3+} on the crystal phases and shapes of as-prepared products had been investigated in detail. The upconversion (UC) luminescence properties of LiYb{sub 1−x}F{sub 4}:xEr{sup 3+} (x =0.1, 0.2, 0.5, 1, 2, 5 and 10 mol%) particles with octahedral microstructures were studied under 976 nm excitation. The results showed that the luminescence colors of the corresponding products could be tuned to bright green by changing the doping concentration of Er{sup 3+} ion. The luminescence mechanisms for the doped Er{sup 3+} ion were thoroughly analyzed, showing great potential in applications such as biolabels, displays and other optical technologies.

  14. Multicolor upconversion emission and energy transfer mechanism in Er3+/Tm3+/Yb3+ codoped tellurite glasses

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    Peng, Shengxi; Yang, Fengjing; Wu, Libo; Qi, Yawei; Zheng, Shichao; Yin, Dandan; Wang, Xunsi; Zhou, Yaxun

    2014-11-01

    A novel Er3+, Tm3+ and Yb3+ codoped tellurite glasses with composition of TeO2-Bi2O3-ZnO-Na2O was prepared by conventional melt-quenching technique to realize the multicolor upconversion (UC) emissions. The absorption spectrum, UC emission spectrum, Raman spectrum, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) curves were measured to characterize the prepared glass samples. Under the excitation of 980 nm laser diode (LD), bright multicolor luminescence composed of red, green and/or blue UC emissions corresponding to the transitions 4F9/2→4I15/2, 2H11/2(4S3/2)→4I15/2 of Er3+ and 1G4→3H6 of Tm3+ were observed in the Er3+/Yb3+, Tm3+/Yb3+ and Er3+/Tm3+/Yb3+ codoped glass samples, which were mainly attributed to the successive energy transfers from Yb3+ to Er3+ and Tm3+, respectively. The energy transfer mechanisms from the Yb3+:2F5/2 level to Er3+:4I11/2 and Tm3+:3H5 levels were further investigated by quantitatively calculating the energy transfer micro-parameters and phonon contribution ratios. Meanwhile, the difference (ΔT =Tx -Tg) between the glass crystallization onset temperature (Tx) and the transition temperature (Tg) which increase slightly with rare-earth (RE) doped concentration, was larger than 140 °C for all glass samples. Furthermore, the amorphous nature of glass structure was demonstrated by the measured XRD curves. The excellent thermal stability and multicolor luminescent characteristic indicate that the present investigated Er3+/Tm3+/Yb3+ codoped tellurite glasses could be used in the fields of solid state multicolor displays and other luminescent devices.

  15. 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.

  16. Crystal structure of Sr6Y2Al4O15: XRD refinements and first-principle calculations

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    Wang, Chun-Hai; Guo, Dong-Fang; Li, Zhao-Fei; Wang, Xiao-Ming; Lin, Jian-Hua; Zeng, Zheng-Zhi; Jing, Xi-Ping

    2012-08-01

    The ternary oxide phase Sr6Y2Al4O15 (SYA) was synthesized and the crystal structure was determined by using the X-ray powder diffraction data. Structure of the phase can be considered as an oxygen-deficient perovskite Sr(Y1/3Al2/3)O2.5 and has a monoclinic C2 (S.G. No. 5) unit cell with the unit cell parameters: a=17.597(1) Å, b=5.7408(1) Å, c=7.6860(1) Å, β=90.7659(3)°, Vcell=776.37(1) Å3, Z=2. By bond parameter analysis and first-principle calculations, we confirmed the reasonability of our crystal structure model. According to the calculated band structure, SYA has an indirect band gap ˜4.3 eV and a direct band gap ˜4.4 eV, which is wide to be transparent to UV and visible lights. We also synthesized other rare-earth isomorphs Sr6Ln2Al4O15 (Ln=Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb and Lu) and obtained their cell parameters.

  17. Lattice dynamics of xenotime: The phonon dispersion relations and density of states of LuPO{sub 4}

    SciTech Connect

    Nipko, J.C.; Loong, C.; Loewenhaupt, M.; Braden, M.; Reichardt, W.; Boatner, L.A.

    1997-11-01

    LuPO{sub 4} is the nonmagnetic end member of a series of rare-earth phosphates with a common zircon-type crystal structure. The phonon-dispersion curves of LuPO{sub 4} along the [x,0,0], [x,x,0], and [0,0,x] symmetry directions were measured by neutron triple-axis spectroscopy using single-crystal samples. The phonon density of states was determined by time-of-flight neutron scattering using polycrystalline samples. Phonons involving mainly motions of rare-earth ions were found to be well separated in energy from those of the P and O vibrations. A large gap in the phonon-frequency-distribution function, which divides the O-P-O bending-type motions from the P-O stretches, was observed. All of the experimental results were satisfactorily accounted for by lattice-dynamic shell-model calculations. LuPO{sub 4} is a host material for the incorporation of rare-earth ions to produce activated luminescence. Information regarding the phonon and thermodynamic properties of LuPO{sub 4} is pertinent to extended investigations of additional rare-earth spin-lattice interactions in other zircon-structure rare-earth orthophosphates. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  18. A study of response of a LuYAP:Ce array with innovative assembling for PET

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    Pani, Roberto; Cinti, Maria Nerina; Scafè, Raffaele; Bennati, Paolo; Lo Meo, Sergio; Preziosi, Enrico; Pellegrini, Rosanna; De Vincentis, Giuseppe; Sacco, Donatella; Fabbri, Andrea

    2015-09-01

    We propose the characterization of a first array of 10×10 Lutetium Yttrium Orthoaluminate Perovskite (LuYAP:Ce) crystals, 2 mm×2 mm×10 mm pixel size, with an innovative assembling designed to enhance light output, uniformity and detection efficiency. The innovation consists of the use of 0.015 mm thick dielectric coating as inter-pixel light-insulators, manufactured by Crytur (Czech Republic) intended to improve crystal insulation and then light collection. Respect to the traditional treatment with 0.2 mm of white epoxy, a thinner pixel gap enhances packing fraction up to 98% with a consequent improvement of detection efficiency. Spectroscopic characterization of the array was performed by a Hamamatsu R6231 photomultiplier tube. A pixel-by-pixel scanning with a collimated 99mTc radioisotope (140 keV photon energy) highlighted a deviation in pulse height close to 3.5% respect to the overall mean value. Meanwhile, in term of energy resolution a difference between the response of single pixel and the array of about 10% was measured. Results were also supported and validated by Monte Carlo simulations performed with GEANT4. Although the dielectric coating pixel insulator cannot overcome the inherent limitations of LuYAP crystal due to its self-absorption of light (still present), this study demonstrated that the new coating treatment allows better light collection (nearly close to the expected one) with in addition a very good uniformity between different pixels. These results confirm the high potentiality of this coating for any other crystal array suited for imaging application and new expectations for the use of LuYAP for PET systems.

  19. Bulk Er:YAP and Er:Yb:YAP optical emission studies for eyesafe laser applications

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    Georgiou, Efstratios; Boquillon, Jean-Pierre; Musset, Olivier

    2012-06-01

    Emission and excitation spectra of Er-doped YAP crystals reveal a broad emission band in the eyesafe region with peaks around 1545-nm and 1608-nm and pump-bands suitable for common 800-nm and 970-nm diode lasers, suggesting YAP as a candidate crystalline host for diode-pumped laser in the 1.5-μm eyesafe regime. Erbium-doped YAP-crystal results are comparable with analogous measurements on Er:Yb:YAG, which has already demostrated efficient lasing action in the eyesafe region.

  20. Optical refrigeration breaks the Peltier barrier: cooling Yb:YLF to 155K

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    Seletskiy, Denis V.; Melgaard, Seth D.; Sheik-Bahae, Mansoor; Bigotta, Stefano; DiLieto, Alberto; Tonelli, Mauro; Epstein, Richard I.

    2010-02-01

    We demonstrate first cryogenic operation in a Ytterbium doped YLF crystal by means of an optical refrigeration. We have achieved cooling to 155 Kelvin absolute temperature with heat lift of 90 mW, exceeding performance of multi-stack thermo-electric coolers. This progress was possible by pumping the system near the Stark-manifold resonance of highly pure Yb:YLF crystal and careful thermal management in the cooling experiment. Detailed spectroscopic analysis demonstrated that cooling to 110 Kelvin is currently possible if pumped exactly on that resonance.

  1. Investigation of diode-pump absorption efficiency and thermo-optical effects in a high-power Yb:KGW laser

    SciTech Connect

    Kim, G H; Yang, J H; Lee, B; Sall, E G; Chizhov, S A; Kang, U; Yashin, V E

    2015-03-31

    Diode-pump absorption is experimentally studied in a high-power Yb:KGd(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} (Yb:KGW) laser in the presence and absence of lasing. The maximum absorption efficiency in the cw regime exceeds 77% which is by a factor of 1.4 greater than the maximum absorption efficiency in the absence of lasing. The powers of thermo-optical lenses induced in laser crystals during lasing are measured. A strong dependence of the lens power and aberrations on the orientation of laser crystals relative to the propagation direction and polarisation is confirmed. (lasers)

  2. Characteristics of a diode-pumped Yb:CaF2-SrF2 mode-locked laser using a carbon nanotube absorber

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    Liu, J.; Feng, C.; Su, L. B.; Jiang, D. P.; Zheng, L. H.; Qian, X. B.; Wang, J. Y.; Xu, J.; Wang, Y. G.

    2013-10-01

    Yb:CaF2-SrF2 disordered crystals are successfully grown by the TGT method. By using a double-walled carbon nanotube saturable absorber (DWCNT-SA), the continuous-wave mode-locked (CWML) laser properties of Yb:CaF2-SrF2 crystals are demonstrated under diode pumping for the first time. The mode-locked laser delivers pulses as short as 5 ps at a center wavelength of 1045.5 nm without any dispersion compensation. The oscillator operating at a repetition rate of ˜87 MHz delivers 292 mW average output power.

  3. High-efficiency, high-average-power, CW Yb:YAG zigzag slab master oscillator power amplifier at room temperature.

    PubMed

    Chen, Xiaoming; Xu, Liu; Hu, Hao; Zhou, Tangjian; Sun, Yinhong; Jiang, Hao; Lei, Jun; Lv, Wenqiang; Su, Hua; Shi, Yong; Li, Mi; Wu, Yingchen; Yao, Zhenyu; Zhao, Na; Xu, Xiaoxiao; Gao, Qingsong; Wang, Xiaojun; Tang, Chun

    2016-10-17

    We demonstrate a high-efficiency, high-average-power, CW master oscillator power amplifier based on a conduction-cooled, end-pumped Yb:YAG slab architecture at room temperature (RT). Firstly, the CW amplification property is theoretically analyzed based on the kinetics model for Yb:YAG. To realize high-efficiency laser amplification extraction for RT Yb:YAG, not only intense pump but also a high-power seed laser is of great importance. Experimentally, a composite Yb:YAG crystal slab with three doped and two un-doped segments symmetrically is employed as the gain medium, which is end-pumped by two high-power, 940-nm diode lasers. A high-power, narrow-spectral-width, 1030-nm fiber seed laser then double passes the composite slab to realize efficient power amplification. For 0.8-kW seed input, maximum output power of 3.54 kW is obtained at 6.7 kW of pump power, with the optical conversion efficiency of 41% and the highest slope efficiency of 59%. To the best of our knowledge, this is the highest power and efficiency reported for Yb:YAG lasing at RT except thin-disk lasers.

  4. Broadband downshifting luminescence in Cr³⁺₋Yb³⁺ codoped garnet for efficient photovoltaic generation.

    PubMed

    Ye, Song; Zhou, Jiajia; Wang, Shiting; Hu, Rongxuan; Wang, Deping; Qiu, Jianrong

    2013-02-25

    The Cr³⁺₋Yb³⁺ codoped YAG crystals were synthesized by the solid state reaction method, in which the intense near-infrared emission around 1000 nm originated from Yb³⁺ ²F₅/₂ →²F₇/₂ transition was obtained due to the efficient energy transfer from Cr³⁺ to Yb³⁺. The stable and transient spectral measurements revealed that the phonon assistant energy transfer process is responsible for the energy transfer from Cr³⁺ to Yb³⁺ upon both the excitations of Cr³⁺: ⁴T₁ and ⁴T₂> energy levels. Due to the effective absorption of Cr³⁺ in the visible region in YAG and the efficient energy transfer to Yb³⁺, this material can be developed as spectral convertors to improve silicon solar cell photovoltaic conversion efficiency.

  5. Er{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+}co-doped bismuth molybdate nanosheets upconversion photocatalyst with enhanced photocatalytic activity

    SciTech Connect

    Adhikari, Rajesh; Gyawali, Gobinda; Cho, Sung Hun; Narro-García, R.; Sekino, Tohru; Lee, Soo Wohn

    2014-01-15

    In this paper, we report the microwave hydrothermal synthesis of Er{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} co-doped Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} upconversion photocatalyst. Crystal structure, morphology, elemental composition, optical properties and BET surface area were analyzed in detail. Infrared to visible upconversion luminescence at 532 nm and 546 nm of the co-doped samples was investigated under excitation at 980 nm. The results revealed that the co-doping of Er{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} into Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} exhibited enhanced photocatalytic activity for the decomposition of rhodamine B under simulated solar light irradiation. Enhanced photocatalytic activity can be attributed to the energy transfer between Er{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} and Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} via infrared to visible upconversion from Er{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} ion and higher surface area of the Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} nanosheets. Therefore, this synthetic approach may exhibit a better alternative to fabricate upconversion photocatalyst for integral solar light absorption. - Graphical abstract: Schematic illustration of the upconversion photocatalysis. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Er{sup 3+}/Yb{sup 3+} co-doped Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} upconversion photocatalyst is successfully synthesized. • We obtained the nanosheets having high surface area. • Upconversion of IR to visible light was confirmed. • Upconversion phenomena can be utilized for effective photocatalysis.

  6. Cryogenic Yb: YAG Thin-Disk Laser

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2016-09-09

    by a two-phase liquid nitrogen spray boiler. Interchangeable mounting caps allow the same Yb:YAG media to be switched between the two systems. This...R134A refrigerant system or by a two-phase liquid nitrogen spray boiler. Interchangeable mounting caps allow the same Yb:YAG media to be switched...from 313°K to 77°K. Cooling was via a liquid- nitrogen dewar. 2. EXPERIMENTAL SETUP Figure 1(a) shows a 2-D cross section of the experimental

  7. Ionic liquid-based hydrothermal synthesis of Lu2O3 and Lu2O3:Eu3+ microcrysals

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    Li, Yinyan; Xu, Shiqing

    2016-09-01

    Uniform and well-defined Lu2O3 and Lu2O3:Eu3+ microarchitectures have been successfully synthesized via a green and facile ionic liquid-based hydrothermal method followed by a subsequent calcination process. Novel 3D micro-rodbundles and 1D microrods of Lu2O3 and Lu2O3:Eu3+ were controllably obtained through this method. X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and photoluminescence spectra were used to characterize the micromaterials. The proposed formation mechanisms have been investigated on the basis of a series of SEM studies of the products obtained at different hydrothermal durations. The results indicated that hydrothermal temperature and the ionic liquid-tetrabutylammonium hydroxide were two key factors for the formation as well as the morphology control of the Lu2O3 and Lu2O3:Eu3+ microarchitectures.

  8. Layered Yb:YAG ceramics produced by two different methods: processing, characterization and comparison

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hostaša, Jan; Esposito, Laura; Biasini, Valentina; Piancastelli, Andreana; Vannini, Matteo; Toci, Guido

    2016-03-01

    The use of Yb:YAG ceramic gain media in solid state lasers has been of growing interest for high repetition rate and high power lasers. Probably the most important advantage of ceramic production technology in comparison with that of single crystals is the flexibility of shaping methods that allow the production of near-net-shape components with a welldefined internal structure. In the case of Yb:YAG with dopant distribution designed accordingly to the pumping and cooling geometry the efficiency of the laser device can be enhanced by mitigating thermal lensing effects. The presented work reports on Yb:YAG transparent ceramics composed of layers with different Yb doping produced by two different shaping methods: dry pressing of spray-dried powders and tape casting, all sintered under high vacuum. The selected geometry of materials was based on numerical simulations. Microstructure of the produced materials was characterized by SEM and EDX with a particular attention to the dopant content across the layers. The optical quality of produced ceramics was characterized and discussed in connection with the microstructure and laser emission results. Output power of nearly 7 W and slope efficiency 58.1 % were obtained in QCW regime from bilayered 0-10 %Yb:YAG. In the case of multilayered materials higher scattering losses were observed. The comparison between the two processing methods highlighted that the tape-cast materials provided higher optical uniformity and the diffusion zone between the single layers with different dopant content was about 150 nm compared to about 250 nm in samples produced by pressing of powders.

  9. Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} glass ceramic films: Synthesis, structural and spectroscopic studies

    SciTech Connect

    Carrera Jota, M.L.; García Murillo, A.; Morales Ramírez, A. de J.; Rosa Cruz, E. de la; Kassiba, Abdelhadi

    2014-03-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+}@SiO{sub 2} films were synthesized by sol–gel and by dip-coating technique. • Effects of incorporating PVP on structural properties were studied. • Effects of incorporating silica (SiO{sub 2}) luminescence characteristics were analyzed. • X-ray diffraction results showed that Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+}@SiO{sub 2} crystallizes at 700 °C. • The 611 nm emission for the Lu:Si = 8:1 system presented an improvement. - Abstract: For the first time, transparent and crack free europium-doped lutetia silica sol–gel films were synthesized using the dip-coating technique on silica quartz substrates. In this study, we examined the effects of incorporating polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and silica (SiO{sub 2}) into different precursor solutions for different Lu–Si molar ratios: 4:1, 6:1, 8:1 and 10:1. Different systems, such as Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+}@SiO{sub 2} (using the above Lu:Si molar ratios), were synthesized by sol–gel and by dip-coating technique, employing acetylacetonate lutetium and tetraethylorthosilicate as Lu and Si precursors, in order to produce Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} (5 mol%)@SiO{sub 2} glass–ceramic films. The film microstructure was studied by microRaman spectroscopy (MRS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) for different Lu:Si molar ratios on films annealed at 700 °C. X-ray diffraction results showed that the lutetium oxide cubic phase crystallizes in the silica matrix at 700 °C, and the crystallite size of Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+}@SiO{sub 2} films varies from 5 nm to 17 nm according to the respective Lu:Si molar ratios. Opto-geometrical parameters determined by m-lines spectroscopy using a 632.5 nm He–Ne laser showed that the Eu{sup 3+} doped films heat-treated at 700 °C presented a thickness and density of 1.7 μm (8.8 g cm{sup −3}), 970 nm (9.2 g cm{sup −3}), 1 μm (9.3 g cm{sup −3}) and 1.3 μm (9.25 g cm{sup −3}) for the Lu:Si = 4:1, 6:1, 8:1 and 10

  10. Solvothermal synthesis and upconversion properties of YF3:Ln (Ln = Yb/Er,Yb/Tm,Yb/Ho) nanoparticles.

    PubMed

    He, Fei; Wang, Lin; Niu, Na; Gai, Shili; Wang, Yan; Yang, Piaoping

    2014-05-01

    YF3 nanoparticles with different morphology, dimension, and dispersity have been synthesized through a simple solvothermal method by using n-octanol and n-octylamine as a mixed solvent and lanthanide acetylacetonate as the RE3+ source. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectrum (EDS) and up-conversion (UC) photoluminescence spectra were used to characterize the samples. The results reveal that the morphology and dimension of the as-prepared nanoparticles can be regulated by adjusting n-octanol/ n-octylamine volume ratio in the initial system. Besides, by doping with different rare-earth elements (Yb/Er, Yb/Tm, Yb/Ho), the as-prepared YF3 samples can emit characteristic green, blue, and yellow light under 980 nm laser excitation. Additionally, when being co-doped with the activator ion-pairs Tm/Er and Tm/Ho, the color of the emission light can be further modified by adjusting the Yb3+ ion content.

  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. UV by the fourth harmonic generation of compact side-pumped Yb:YAG laser emission

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    Cole, Brian; McIntosh, Chris; Hays, Alan; Dilazaro, Tom; Goldberg, Lew

    2016-03-01

    We present a compact, side pumped passively Q-switched Yb:YAG laser that was operated in a burst mode with pump durations of 2-4 ms at low duty cycles. Intra-pump pulse Q-switched pulse repetition frequencies varied from 5-20 kHz depending on the transmission of the Cr:YAG saturable absorber, which was varied from 70% to 94%. Pump duration, pulse repetition frequency and output coupler reflectivity were optimized to yield maximum Yb:YAG laser average power and laser efficiency, while providing sufficient peak intensity, typically 0.3-1 MW, to enable efficient forth harmonic generation (FHG). Pulse energies and durations were in ranges of 0.3-1.8 mJ and 1.5-7ns, respectively, dependent on the unbleached transmission of the Cr:YAG saturable absorber. We achieved an optical efficiency of greater than 15% for the Yb:YAG laser. Extra-cavity 515 nm second harmonic generation (SHG) was achieved using a 5mm long KTP crystal. The 515 nm light was then frequency doubled by focusing it into a 7mm long BBO crystal, resulting in a 15% conversion efficiency from 1030nm to 257.5 nm, with an average UV power greater than 100 mW.

  13. The influence of critical current density of Bi-2212 superconductors by defects after Yb-doping

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    Lu, Tianni; Zhang, Cuiping; Guo, Shengwu; Wu, Yifang; Li, Chengshan; Zhou, Lian

    2015-12-01

    Bi2Sr2Ca1-xYbxCu2O8+δ (Bi-2212) single crystals with x = 0.000, 0.005, 0.010 and 0.020 have been prepared by self-flux method. The influences of Yb doping on the formation of the dislocations in the lattice structures, as well as the related current carrying capability are investigated. Due to the SQUID measurement and the Bean model calculation, the maximum critical current density (Jc) is obtained when the Yb doping content is x = 0.010, though the Tc and the carrier concentration are not in the optimal region. Based on the HRTEM analyses of the Ca-O and Cu-O2 layers, the optimal dislocation density in the Cu-O2 layers is deduced according to the number of the dislocations per unit area. Besides, the sizes of the dislocations also prove the effectiveness of Yb substitution on the enhancement of the current carrying capability in Bi-2212 single crystals.

  14. Yb3+ borate laser glasses containing high-valency cations

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    Izumitani, Tetsuro; Hu, Lili; Dai, Shixun; Jiang, Zhonghong

    1999-07-01

    A new kind of Yb3+ borate laser glass containing high valency cations was reported in this work. B2O3-ZnO and B2O3-BaO glasses were chosen as the base glasses of Yb$3+)-BaO glasses were chosen as the base glasses of Yb3+ ions. Yb3+ ion has a large integrated absorption area in the former and longer fluorescent lifetime in the latter. The effect of Al3+, La3+, Ti3+, Zr4+, Nb4+ Ta5+, W6+ high valency cations on the absorption and fluorescent behaviors of Ba2O3-ZnO- RmOn-Yb2O3 and B2O3-BaO-RmOn-Yb2O3 glasses was examined. Some Yb3+ borate laser glasses with high cross section for stimulated emissions, good stability, good stability against devitrification and lower non-linear refractive index were presented.

  15. Yb-doped Gd2O2CO3: Structure, microstructure, thermal and magnetic behaviour

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    Artini, Cristina; Locardi, Federico; Pani, Marcella; Nelli, Ilaria; Caglieris, Federico; Masini, Roberto; Plaisier, Jasper Rikkert; Costa, Giorgio Andrea

    2017-04-01

    persistent luminescence, with the emission taking place at 970 nm in correspondence of the Yb3+2F7/2-2F5/2 transition, detectable up to 144 h after the end of irradiation. The origin of persistent luminescence is still substantially unclear, even if it is well known that excitation energy has to be stored in an intrinsic or extrinsic trap to be then slowly released. Extrinsic traps can derive from the presence of an aliovalent ion within the matrix; this should be the case of Yb-doped Gd2O2CO3, due to the valence instability of Yb, that is believed to be induced by irradiation [19,20]. In this respect, the precise knowledge of the dioxycarbonate crystal structure and its compositional extent, as well as the determination of the Yb location and its surroundings within the crystal structure, are of great importance. Also a microstructural approach can provide useful hints about the environment of the doping ion, even if it can not replace an investigation at the local scale. The synthetic route used for the preparation of hexagonal RE dioxycarbonates plays an important role in the obtainment of monophasic samples. The formation of the product via transformation of form I or Ia is documented for light lanthanides up to Sm [1], while thermal decomposition of Gd oxalate at 600 °C in static CO2 was performed to obtain hexagonal Gd2O2CO3[21]. The latter method is useful also for the synthesis of some mixed oxycarbonates, such as the ones containing Gd/Nd [9], but not Gd/Ce [8]. Carbonatation of RE2O3 is also reported as successful for RE≡La [1], Pr [1], Gd [21] and Nd [22]. The duration of the synthetic process is significantly shortened by adding the eutectic mixture Li2CO3-Na2CO3-K2CO3 to oxides, and by heating the whole mixture [7]. Nanostructured Yb- and Er-doped Gd2O2CO3 were also obtained, by coating with SiO2 the corresponding RE(OH)CO3·H2O nanoparticles [23]. In this work we present a structural, microstructural, thermal and magnetic study of a series of Yb-doped Gd2O2

  16. [Analysis on the ancient clinical application of Taiyuan (LU 9)].

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    Mao, Gai; Jia, Hongling; Zhang, Yongchen

    2015-10-01

    The ancient literature on Taiyuan (LU 9) was collected to summarize the application laws of this acupoint. One thousand TCM ancient works collected in Chinese Medical Dictionary (fourth edition) were retrieved. The literature on the indications of Taiyuan (LU 9), the indications of Taiyuan (LU 9) combined prescriptions, the laws of acupoints combination and the techniques of acupuncture and moxibustion was collected systematically and the database was set up. It is found that there are 333 provisions in compliance with the inclusive standard of Taiyuan (LU 9), 306 provisions for the treatment of disorders and 66 relevant ancient works. There are 119 provisions relevant with the indication of single Taiyuan (LU 9) , 187 provisions for the applications of the combined prescriptions and 143 acupoints for the combined acupoints. Taiyuan (LU 9) and the combined prescriptions are applied to every department in clinic, especially for the disorders of TCM internal medicine department. The combined acupoints are distributed among the fourteen meridians and extra points and had been used totally for 1142 times. Of these points, there are 9 acupoints from the lung meridian of hand-taiyin and 25 acupoints from the bladder meridian of foot-taiyang, with the highest use frequency, 195 times and 141 times respectively, accounting for 17.08% and 12.35% of the total frequency. The common pairs of combination are Taiyuan (LU 9) and Yuji (LU 10), Taiyuan (LU 9) and Lieque (LU 7) and Taiyuan (LU 9) and Taibai (SP 3). The common dose of moxibustion at the acupoint is 3 cones. The depth of insertion is 0.2 cun and the acupuncture time is two breathes.

  17. Synthesis and structure of the heterobimetallic Yb(II) complex of composition L2Yb2LiI3 supported with the β-diketiminato ligand [L=Et2NCH2CH2NC(Me)CHC(Me)NCH2CH2NEt2

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    Nikiforov, Grigori B.; Roesky, Herbert W.; Vidovic, Denis; Magull, Jörg

    2003-08-01

    The heterobimetallic Yb(II) mixed ligand complex L2Yb2LiI31 has been prepared by the reaction of the lithium salt of the ligand L with the ytterbium diiodide. Compound 1 is characterized by single crystal X-ray structural analysis, multinuclear NMR and mass spectrometry. Complex 1 consists of LYbI and LLi units connected with the central Yb(1) atom. The latter is surrounded by the LYbI and LLi moieties in a sandwich like structure including two bridging iodine atoms. The NCCCN unsaturated system of the ligand in each of the units is almost planar and π coordinated to the Yb(1) atom. These two planar units are tilted to each other and the pendant arms of the β-diketiminato ligand in each moiety are bent. The metal atoms are located out of the NCCCN plane of the ligands and the three metal atoms in complex 1 form almost a straight line.

  18. Optical properties and ultrafast optical nonlinearity of Yb3+ doped sodium borate and bismuthate glasses

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    Karthikeyan, B.; Suchand Sandeep, C. S.; Cha, Jaemine; Takebe, Hiromichi; Philip, Reji; Mohan, S.

    2008-05-01

    In this paper, we report the optical and ultrafast nonlinear optical properties of Yb3+ doped sodium borate and bismuthate glasses. The glasses have been prepared through the melt quench technique. Optical absorption measurements show compositional dependent absorption spectrum of Yb3+, which is due to the higher crystal field induced by Bi3+ ions. Local structure of the glasses has been identified by using Fourier transform infrared and Raman studies. From open aperture z-scan measurements done by using 100 fs laser pulses, the ultrafast optical nonlinearity in these materials is calculated at the nonresonant excitation wavelength of 800 nm. The measured three-photon absorption originates from the glass host, with contributions from the nonbridging oxygens and the nonlinear electronic polarization of the Bi3+ ions.

  19. Layered Kondo lattice model for quantum critical beta-YbAlB4.

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    Nevidomskyy, Andriy H; Coleman, P

    2009-02-20

    We analyze the magnetic and electronic properties of the quantum critical heavy fermion superconductor beta-YbAlB4, calculating the Fermi surface and the angular dependence of the extremal orbits relevant to the de Haas-van Alphen measurements. Using a combination of the realistic materials modeling and single-ion crystal field analysis, we are led to propose a layered Kondo lattice model for this system, in which two-dimensional boron layers are Kondo coupled via interlayer Yb moments in a Jz=+/-5/2 state. This model fits the measured single-ion magnetic susceptibility and predicts a substantial change in the electronic anisotropy as the system is pressure tuned through the quantum critical point.

  20. High-energy, diode-pumped, nanosecond Yb:YAG MOPA system.

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    Siebold, M; Hein, J; Wandt, C; Klingebiel, S; Krausz, F; Karsch, S

    2008-03-17

    Diode-pumped nanosecond multi-pass laser amplification to the joule level using an Yb:YAG slab crystal has been demonstrated. A maximum output pulse energy of 2.9 J at an optical-to-optical efficiency of 10% has been achieved. The seed pulses with a pulse duration of 6.4 ns were generated in a Q-switched Yb:YAG laser and amplified up to a pulse energy of 200mJ in a multi-pass booster amplifier. A maximum average output power of 15W at a repetition rate of 10 Hz has been measured. We also present a relay imaging semi-stable cavity for multi-pass amplification and a diode-pumping scheme employing horizontally stacked high-power laser diodes.

  1. First-order magnetic transition in Yb2Ti2O7

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    Lhotel, E.; Giblin, S. R.; Lees, M. R.; Balakrishnan, G.; Chang, L. J.; Yasui, Y.

    2014-06-01

    The very nature of the ground state of the pyrochlore compound Yb2Ti2O7 is much debated, because experimental results demonstrate evidence for either a disordered ground state or a long-range ordered ground state. Indeed, the delicate balance of exchange interactions and anisotropy is believed to lead to competing states, such as a quantum spin liquid state or a ferromagnetic state which may originate from an Anderson-Higgs transition. We present a detailed magnetization study demonstrating a first-order ferromagnetic transition at 245 and 150 mK in a powder and a single-crystal sample, respectively. Its first-order character is preserved up to applied fields of ˜200 Oe. The transition stabilizes a ferromagnetic component and involves slow dynamics in the magnetization. Residual fluctuations are also evidenced, the presence of which might explain some of the discrepancies between previously published data for Yb2Ti2O7.

  2. Fragile antiferromagnetism in the heavy-fermion compound YbBiPt

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    Ueland, Benjamin G.; Kreyssig, Andreas; Prokes, K.; Lynn, J. W.; Harriger, L. W.; Pratt, D. K.; Singh, D. K.; Heitmann, T. W.; Sauerbrei, Samantha; Saunders, Scott M.; Mun, E. D.; Budko, Serguei L.; McQueeney, Robert J.; Canfield, Paul C.; Goldman, Alan I.

    2014-05-08

    We report results from neutron scattering experiments on single crystals of YbBiPt that demonstrate antiferromagnetic order characterized by a propagation vector, τAFM = (121212), and ordered moments that align along the [1 1 1] direction of the cubic unit cell. We describe the scattering in terms of a two-Gaussian peak fit, which consists of a narrower component that appears below TN≈0.4 K and corresponds to a magnetic correlation length of ξn≈ 80 Å, and a broad component that persists up to T*≈ 0.7 K and corresponds to antiferromagnetic correlations extending over ξb≈ 20 Å. Our results illustrate the fragile magnetic order present in YbBiPt and provide a path forward for microscopic investigations of the ground states and fluctuations associated with the purported quantum critical point in this heavy-fermion compound.

  3. High-power, 1-ps, all-Yb:YAG thin-disk regenerative amplifier.

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    Fattahi, Hanieh; Alismail, Ayman; Wang, Haochuan; Brons, Jonathan; Pronin, Oleg; Buberl, Theresa; Vámos, Lénárd; Arisholm, Gunnar; Azzeer, Abdallah M; Krausz, Ferenc

    2016-03-15

    We report a 100 W, 20 mJ, 1-ps, all-Yb:YAG thin-disk regenerative amplifier seeded by a microjoule-level Yb:YAG thin-disk Kerr-lens mode-locked oscillator. The regenerative amplifier is implemented in a chirped pulse amplification system and operates at an ambient temperature in air, delivering ultrastable output pulses at a 5 kHz repetition rate and with a root mean square power noise value of less than 0.5%. Second harmonic generation of the amplifier's output in a 1.5 mm-thick BBO crystal results in more than 70 W at 515 nm, making the system an attractive source for pumping optical parametric chirped pulse amplifiers in the visible and near-infrared spectral ranges.

  4. E -type noncollinear magnetic ordering in multiferroic o -LuMnO3

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    Mukherjee, Saumya; Dönni, Andreas; Nakajima, Taro; Mitsuda, Setsuo; Tachibana, Makoto; Kitazawa, Hideaki; Pomjakushin, Vladimir; Keller, Lukas; Niedermayer, Christof; Scaramucci, Andrea; Kenzelmann, Michel

    2017-03-01

    Multiferroic orthorhombic o -LuMnO3 exhibits large ferroelectric polarization induced by an E -type magnetic order. Recently, the E -type magnetic phase in LuMnO3 was proposed to feature magnetic moments tilted away from the collinear ordering. We employed neutron diffraction to determine the symmetry of the magnetic order in o -LuMnO3 . We observed that below TN=39 K, the Mn3 + spins order into an incommensurate amplitude-modulated phase that obeys the Pbnm crystal symmetry and is paraelectric. The incommensurate phase locks into a commensurate phase at TC=35.5 K described by a fully antiferromagnetic and noncollinear E -type order. This noncollinear E -type ordering breaks the spatial inversion symmetry and induces a spontaneous polarization at TC. At T =2 K, an appreciably large electric polarization was observed similar to that of other orthorhombic manganites featuring E -type magnetic order. We also present a Pbnm symmetry-allowed Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction that explains the noncollinear E -type order in the commensurate phase. These results are in qualitative agreement with the type of distortions from collinear E -type antiferromagnetic order found using Monte Carlo simulation for rare-earth manganites [M. Mochizuki et al., Phys. Rev. B 84, 144409 (2011), 10.1103/PhysRevB.84.144409].

  5. LiYbCl4(THF)4

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    Richtera, Lukas; Jancik, Vojtech; Hermanova, Sona; Krpoun, Karel; Thompson-Montero, Kimberly

    2011-01-01

    The title compound, di-μ-chlorido-dichlorido-1κ2 Cl-tetra­kis­(tetra­hydro­furan)-1κ2 O,2κ2 O-lithiumytterbium(III), [LiYbCl4(C4H8O)4], was prepared by the reaction of YbCl3(THF)3 with LiCl in THF (THF is tetra­hydro­furan). The central motif of the structure is a Yb(μ-Cl)2Li ring. The Yb atom is hexa­coordinated to four Cl atoms and two THF mol­ecules oriented in a trans fashion. The Li atom has a tetra­hedral environment and is coordinated to two Cl atoms and two THF mol­ecules. No inter­molecular inter­actions other than van der Waals forces were observed. Two of the THF mol­ecules are disordered over two positions. PMID:21754604

  6. Change in thermoluminescence behaviour of cubic Gd2O3:Yb3+ phosphors with successive increase in Yb3+ ion concentrations

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    Tamrakar, Raunak Kumar; Bisen, D. P.; Upadhyay, Kanchan

    2017-01-01

    Nanocrystalline Yb3+ doped Gd2O3 phosphors were synthesized by solid state reaction method (SSRM), and effect of Yb3+ concentrations (1 mol% to 7 mol%) on thermoluminescence properties were studied. The XRD technique shows the cubic structure of prepared phosphor for different concentrations of Yb3+. No phase change was found due to the dopant concentration. The crystal size was calculated by Scherer's formula, which is found in 20-60 nm range. The same was also confirmed from the field emission gun scanning electron microscopy (FEGSEM) image, which shows the formation of nanospheres having diameter 20-60 nm range. They are found to be quite uniform in shapes and sizes. Functional group analysis was studied by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) techniques and the elemental analysis of prepared phosphor was studied by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopic (EDX) analysis. The samples were irradiated with UV and gamma radiation for the doses varying from 5 to 30 min for UV and 0.5 kGy to 2 kGy for gamma respectively and their thermoluminescence (TL) characteristics have been studied. The effect of heating rate (3-7 °C s-1) and effect of Yb3+ concentration in TL glow curve have been studied. The TL glow curve of nanophosphor shows a peak at around 130 °C for UV and at 247 °C for gamma irradiation respectively. The TL response of the sample irradiated with different gamma doses shows a linear behaviour from 0.5 kGy to 2 kGy and become sublinear behaviour in the range of 5-25 min UV exposure before it saturates with further increase in the dose. Simple glow curve structure, easy method of synthesis and the linear dose response make the nanocrystalline phosphor a good candidate for radiation dosimetry, especially for the estimation of high doses of gamma rays where the nanocrystalline phosphors generally saturated.

  7. High-resolution optical spectroscopy and magnetic properties of Yb3 + in Y2SiO5

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    Welinski, Sacha; Ferrier, Alban; Afzelius, Mikael; Goldner, Philippe

    2016-10-01

    Rare-earth doped crystals are promising systems for quantum information processing. In particular, paramagnetic rare earths could be used to build coherent interfaces with optical and microwave photons. In addition, isotopes with nonzero nuclear spins could provide long-lived states for quantum state storage and processing. Yb3 + is particularly interesting in this respect since it is the only paramagnetic rare earth with a spin-1/2 isotope, which corresponds to the simplest possible level structure. In this paper, we report on the optical and magnetic properties of Yb3 + in the two sites of Y2SiO5 , a commonly used crystal for quantum applications. We measured optical inhomogeneous linewidths, peak absorption coefficients, oscillator strengths, and excited-state lifetimes. The Zeeman tensors were also determined in the ground and excited states, as well as the ground-state hyperfine tensor for the 3+171Yb (I =1/2 ) isotope. These results suggest that Yb3 +:Y2SiO5 is a promising material for applications like solid-state optical and microwave quantum memories.

  8. Efficient diode-pumped nd:LuYAG lasers on 4F3/2 → 4I11/2 transition using a YAG etalon

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    Huang, Xiaoxu; Lan, Jinglong; Lin, Zhi; Wang, Yi; Xu, Bin; Xu, Huiying; Cai, Zhiping; Xu, Xiaodong; Xu, Jun

    2016-12-01

    We report diode-pumped Nd:LuYAG mixed crystal lasers around 1.06 μm. In free running mode, single wavelength laser at 1063.88 nm is obtained with maximum output power of 8.71 W and slope efficiency of 60.4%. The laser result represents the best laser performance of Nd:LuYAG laser so far. Using an undoped YAG thin plate to act as intracavity etalon, four simultaneous dual-wavelength lasers can be yielded, i.e. 1064.12 and 1060.95 nm with maximum output power of 4.32 W and slope efficiency of about 31.6%, 1064.37 and 1072.89 nm with maximum output power of 2.06 W and slope efficiency of about 15.0%, 1063.88 and 1052.41 nm with maximum output power of 1.82 W and slope efficiency of about 14.4%, as well as 1063.88 and 1068.26 nm with maximum output power of 1.51 W and slope efficiency of about 13.1%. These dual-wavelength lasers are all generated for the first time to our knowledge in Nd:LuYAG crystal. The multiple peak structure of the Nd:LuYAG mixed crystal like Nd:YAG single crystal could be a potential laser source for THz wave generation.

  9. Growth, spectroscopy and lasing of the Yb-doped monoclinic Gd2SiO5 in the prospect of hydrogen laser cooling with Lyman-α radiation

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    Cabaret, L.; Robert, J.; Lebbou, K.; Brenier, A.; Cabane, H.

    2016-12-01

    We have grown good optical quality 10% Yb-doped Gd2SiO5 monocrystal by the Czochralski technique. The Yb segregation coefficient was measured to be 0.747. In agreement with the monoclinic symmetry of the host, the Yb fluorescence extrema were found to deviate from the Nm and Ng principal axes and a fourth spectroscopic parameter representing the rotation of the fluorescence distribution was introduced for a full description. Diode pumped laser operation at Brewster incidence was demonstrated to be significantly more efficient if the lasing propagation corresponds to the maximum fluorescence inside the crystal. We obtained a laser emission tunable between 1079 and 1100 nm, showing that our crystal is the best choice for the application to the production of QCW Lyman-α radiation by resonant four-wave-mixing in mercury vapor.

  10. Geometry modulated upconversion photoluminescence of individual NaYF4: Yb3+, Er3+ microcrystals

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    Wang, Bing; Wang, Jiao; Mei, Yongfeng

    2017-02-01

    Upconversion (UC) photoluminescence (PL) properties of individual β-NaYF4: Yb3+, Er3+ microcrystals are investigated on their crystal orientation and size by a confocal micro-photoluminescence (μ-PL) system. The UC PL intensities including red and green bands of individual microcrystals change nearly lineally with their diameter but in different slopes. The ratio of integrated PL intensities between red and green bands (R/G) of individual microcrystals can be modulated by the crystal geometry, which is attributed to the optical propagation path and optical loss coefficient α. PL emission mapping along the crystal surface reveals a typical characteristic of optical waveguide in our UC microcrystals. Importantly, the variation of anisotropy in (100) and (001) crystal plane influences the UC PL spectra in the single microcrystals. Our finding could help the basic understanding of UC luminescence in micro/nanocrystals and hint their optimized fabrication for enhanced light emission.

  11. Diode pumped passively Q-switched Nd:LuAG laser at 1442.6 nm

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    Guan, Chen; Liu, Zhaojun; Cong, Zhenhua; Liu, Yang; Xu, Xiaodong; Xu, Jun; Huang, Qingjie; Rao, Han; Chen, Xia; Zhang, Yanmin; Wu, Qianwen; Bai, Fen; Zhang, Sasa

    2017-02-01

    A diode-end-pumped passively Q-switched Nd:LuAG laser at 1442.6 nm was demonstrated with a V3+:YAG crystal as the saturable absorber. Under continuous-wave (CW) operation, the maximum output power of 1.83 W was obtained with an absorbed pumping power of 11.1 W. The corresponding optical-to-optical conversion efficiency was 16.5%. Under Q-switched operation, the maximum average output power of 424 mW was obtained at the same pumping power. The pulse duration and pulse repetition rate were 72 ns and 17.4 kHz, respectively.

  12. Spectroscopy and modeling of solid state lanthanide lasers: Application to trivalent Tm3+ and Ho3+ in YLiF4 and LuLiF4

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    Walsh, Brian M.; Barnes, Norman P.; Petros, Mulugeta; Yu, Jirong; Singh, Upendra N.

    2004-04-01

    Lanthanide series ions are considered in the context of acquiring spectroscopic parameters and their application to modelling of quasifour-level lasers. Tm:Ho codoped crystals of YLiF4 (YLF) and the isomorphs LuLiF4 (LuLF) and GdLiF4 (GdLF) as 2.0 μm lasers are used for illustration of the experimental and theoretical techniques presented here. While these materials have similar physical properties, they differ in the strength of the crystal field at the site of optically active lanthanide dopant ions such as Tm3+ and Ho3+. This is due in part to the size of the Lu3+, Y3+, and Gd3+ ions, which comprise part of the host lattice, but ionicity plays a role as well. This selection of lanthanide: host materials provides a useful basis on which to assess laser materials with regards to changes in the strength of the crystal field at the dopant ion site. It is demonstrated that Tm:Ho:LuLF has a larger crystal field splitting than Tm:Ho:YLF and Tm:Ho:GdLF, leading to smaller thermal populations in the Ho lower laser level. To assess this effect quantitatively, the energy levels of the first ten manifolds in Ho:LuLF have been determined. Measurement of Ho:XLiF4 (X=Y,Lu,Gd) emission cross sections at 2.0 μm, Tm:XLiF4 pump absorption cross sections around 0.78 μm, manifold to manifold decay times and energy transfer parameters in Tm:Ho:XLiF4 systems are also determined to provide a consistent set of parameters to use in laser modeling. The techniques presented here are applicable to any lanthanide series ion in a crystalline host. A theoretical laser model has been developed that is easily adapted to any lanthanide ion in a crystal host. The model is used to predict diode side-pumped laser performance of Tm:Ho:LuLF and Tm:Ho:YLF using input parameters determined from the spectroscopy presented here. An explanation is presented for the improved performance of Tm:Ho:LuLF over Tm:Ho:YLF by modeling the laser. A demonstration that small changes in lower laser thermal

  13. Plasmon-photon conversion to near-infrared emission from Yb3+: (Au/Ag-nanoparticles) in tungsten-tellurite glasses

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    Rivera, V. A. G.; Ledemi, Yannick; Pereira-da-Silva, Marcelo A.; Messaddeq, Younes; Marega Jr, Euclydes

    2016-01-01

    This manuscript reports on the interaction between 2F5/2→2F7/2 radiative transition from Yb3+ ions and localized surface plasmon resonance (from gold/silver nanoparticles) in a tungsten-tellurite glass. Such an interaction, similar to the down-conversion process, results in the Yb3+ emission in the near-infrared region via resonant and non-resonant energy transfers. We associated such effects with the dynamic coupling described by the variations generated by the Hamiltonian HDC in either the oscillator strength, or the local crystal field, i.e. the line shape changes in the emission band. Here, the Yb3+ ions emission is achieved through plasmon-photon coupling, observable as an enhancement or quenching in the luminescence spectra. Metallic nanoparticles have light-collecting capability in the visible spectrum and can accumulate almost all the photon energy on a nanoscale, which enable the excitation and emission of the Yb3+ ions in the near-infrared region. This plasmon-photon conversion was evaluated from the cavity’s quality factor (Q) and the coupling (g) between the nanoparticles and the Yb3+ ions. We have found samples of low-quality cavities and strong coupling between the nanoparticles and the Yb3+ ions. Our research can be extended towards the understanding of new plasmon-photon converters obtained from interactions between rare-earth ions and localized surface plasmon resonance. PMID:26725938

  14. Growth and characterization of LuAs films and nanostructures

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    Krivoy, E. M.; Nair, H. P.; Crook, A. M.; Rahimi, S.; Maddox, S. J.; Salas, R.; Ferrer, D. A.; Dasika, V. D.; Akinwande, D.; Bank, S. R.

    2012-10-01

    We report the growth and characterization of nearly lattice-matched LuAs/GaAs heterostructures. Electrical conductivity, optical transmission, and reflectivity measurements of epitaxial LuAs films indicate that LuAs is semimetallic, with a room-temperature resistivity of 90 {mu}{Omega} cm. Cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy confirms that LuAs nucleates as self-assembled nanoparticles, which can be overgrown with high-quality GaAs. The growth and material properties are very similar to those of the more established ErAs/GaAs system; however, we observe important differences in the magnitude and wavelength of the peak optical transparency, making LuAs superior for certain device applications, particularly for thick epitaxially embedded Ohmic contacts that are transparent in the near-IR telecommunications window around 1.3 {mu}m.

  15. Neutron Capture Reactions on lu Isotopes at Dance

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    Roig, O.; Meot, V.; Daugas, J.-M.; Morel, P.; Jandel, M.; Vieira, D. J.; Bond, E. M.; Bredeweg, T. A.; Couture, A. J.; Haight, R. C.; Keksis, A. L.; Rundberg, R. S.; Ullmann, J. L.; Wouters, J. M.

    2013-03-01

    The DANCE1 (Detector for Advanced Neutron Capture Experiments) array at LANSCE spallation neutron source in Los Alamos has been used to obtain the neutron radiative capture cross sections for 175Lu and 176Lu with neutron energies from thermal up to 100 keV. Both isotopes are of current interest for the nucleosynthesis s-process.2,3 Three targets were used to perform these measurements. One was natural Lu foil of 31 mg/cm2 and the other two were isotope-enriched targets of 175Lu and 176Lu. Firstly, the cross sections were obtained by normalizing yield to a well-known cross section at the thermal neutron energy. Now, we want to obtain absolute cross sections of radiative capture through a precise neutron flux determination, an accurate target mass measurement and an efficiency determination of the DANCE array.

  16. Location of trivalent lanthanide dopant energy levels in (Lu{sub 0.5}Gd{sub 0.5}){sub 2}O{sub 3}

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    Retot, H.; Viana, B.; Bessiere, A.; Galtayries, A.

    2011-06-15

    The location of Ln{sup 3+} dopant energy levels relative to bands in (Lu{sub 0.5}Gd{sub 0.5}){sub 2}O{sub 3} was studied. A several-steps analysis of XPS measurements on heavy lanthanides sesquioxides Ln{sub 2}O{sub 3} (Ln = Gd, Tb, Dy, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu) and on Sc{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} reference materials were used to locate Ln{sup 3+} dopant ground state relative to the top of the valence band in (Lu{sub 0.5}Gd{sub 0.5}){sub 2}O{sub 3} within an error bar of {+-}0.4 eV. The agreement between XPS data and model was found improved relative to previous studies. When compared to XPS analysis, prediction based on optical absorption shows a slight underestimation attributed to the lack of precision in Ce{sup 4+} charge transfer band measurement.

  17. The structural, transport, and magnetic properties of Yb-filled skutterudites YbyFexCo4-xSb12 synthesized under high pressure

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    Chen, Yuqi; Kawamura, Yukihiro; Hayashi, Junichi; Takeda, Keiki; Sekine, Chihiro

    2016-12-01

    The effects of Fe-substitution on partially Yb filled skutterudites YbyFexCo4-xSb12 are presented from the viewpoint of crystal structure and thermoelectric, magnetic, and transport properties. A series of polycrystalline n-type YbyFexCo4-xSb12 (0.21 ≤ y ≤ 0.47, 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.76) samples were prepared using a high-pressure and high-temperature method. X-ray diffraction data suggest that all the compounds are high-purity skutterudites. For the YbyFexCo4-xSb12 with Yb content higher than 0.29 and Fe content lower than 1, the lattice constant shows a saturated behavior despite the change in the Yb/Fe content. Rietveld refinement based on the synchrotron radiation X-ray data implies that the rectangular Sb4 ring is transformed into square with increasing Yb content and/or Fe substitution content. The Yb valence gradually decreases as the Fe content increases from magnetic susceptibility analysis. According to the specific heat analysis, higher Yb filling benefits the lower Debye temperature while the Fe substitution leads to an increased Debye temperature. The Einstein temperature decreased with increasing Yb filling fraction, but Fe substitution for the Co site does not change the Einstein temperature further. Fe-substitution causes the reduction of total thermal conductivity κ, which mainly originates from the decrease of electron thermal conductivity contribution. The resistivity, Seebeck coefficient, thermal conductivity, and figure of merit (ZT) were effectively tuned due to the optimization of the carrier concentration. At the same carrier concentration, the hall mobility was decreased by Fe substitution. The proper Fe substitution content (0.2 in Yb0.25Fe0.2Co3.8Sb12) can result in a relatively high effective mass.

  18. Lu-Hf and Sm-Nd geochronology of garnet gneisses in the central Appalachians, U.S.: Implications for the timing and duration of Grenville Orogeny

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    Vervoort, Jeff; Ramsey, Molly; Mulcahy, Sean; Aleinikoff, John; Southworth, Scott

    2014-05-01

    The Grenville orogeny is one of the most significant geological events in Earth's history with remnants of this event prominent on virtually every continent. Constraining its timing and duration is important not only for understanding the tectonics of the Grenville itself, but also for understanding supercontinent cycles and other questions of Earth's evolution. In order to provide better constraints on the timing of Grenvillian metamorphism, we analyzed garnet-bearing Mesoproterozoic ortho and paragneisses, collected along a 150 km transect in the northern Blue Ridge Province, using combined Lu-Hf and Sm-Nd geochronology. The orthogneisses have U-Pb zircon crystallization ages of ~1140 and 1100 Ma. The paragneisses have maximum depositional ages ~1050 to 1020 Ma, based on the youngest detrital zircon populations. Zircon overgrowths and monazite ages suggest metamorphic events between ~1050 and 960 Ma. The Lu-Hf and Sm-Nd data for these samples both yield robust garnet ages with large spread of parent/daughter ratios, low age uncertainties, and low MSWD values. Lu-Hf ages define a narrow time span (1043±12 Ma to 1016±4 Ma; wtd. mean, 1024±7 Ma, 2σ). The Sm-Nd ages, determined on the same solutions as Lu-Hf, also define a narrow time range but are systematically younger (974±11 Ma to 932±5 Ma; wtd. mean, 957±10 Ma). The average difference between Lu-Hf and Sm-Nd ages is 67 Ma; the oldest Sm-Nd age is 40 Ma younger than the youngest Lu-Hf age. These large systematic differences in the ages are enigmatic. While Sm-Nd ages younger than Lu-Hf are not uncommon, these differences are typically small. There are, however, potential explanations for these differences. (1) Lu partitions strongly into garnet during growth resulting in high Lu/Hf ratios in the core and yielding ages weighted toward the beginning of growth (e.g., Skora, 2006); no similar partitioning exists in Sm/Nd and these ages reflect mean garnet growth. (2) Lu diffuses much faster than Hf at elevated

  19. Features of the band structure and conduction mechanisms of n-HfNiSn semiconductor heavily Lu-doped

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    Romaka, V. A.; Rogl, P.; Romaka, V. V.; Kaczorowski, D.; Stadnyk, Yu. V.; Korzh, R. O.; Krayovskyy, V. Ya.; Kovbasyuk, T. M.

    2015-03-15

    The crystal and electronic structures, energy, kinetic, and magnetic characteristics of n-HfNiSn semiconductor heavily doped with a Lu acceptor impurity in the ranges T = 80–400 K and N{sub A}{sup Lu} ≈ 1.9 × 10{sup 20}−1.9 × 10{sup 21} cm{sup −3} (x = 0.01–0.10) at H ≤ 10 kG is studied. The nature of the structural-defect generation mechanism leading to changes in the band gap and the degree of semiconductor compensation is determined. Its essence is the simultaneous reduction and elimination of donor-type structural defects due to the displacement of ∼1% of Ni atoms from the Hf (4a) site, the generation of acceptor-type structural defects by substituting Ni atoms with Lu atoms at the 4c site, and the generation of donor-type defects such as vacancies at the Sn (4b) site. The results of calculations of the electronic structure of Hf{sub 1−x}Lu{sub x}NiSn are in agreement with experimental data. The results are discussed within the model of a heavily doped and compensated Shklovskii-Efros semiconductor.

  20. Microwave sol-gel synthesis and upconversion photoluminescence properties of CaGd2(WO4)4:Er3+/Yb3+ phosphors with incommensurately modulated structure

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    Lim, Chang Sung; Aleksandrovsky, Aleksandr; Molokeev, Maxim; Oreshonkov, Aleksandr; Atuchin, Victor

    2015-08-01

    CaGd2-x(WO4)4:Er3+/Yb3+ phosphors with the doping concentrations of Er3+ and Yb3+ (x=Er3++Yb3+, Er3+=0.05, 0.1, 0.2 and Yb3+=0.2, 0.45) have been successfully synthesized by the microwave sol-gel method. The crystal structure of CaGd2-x(WO4)4:Er3+/Yb3+ tungstates have been refined, and upconversion photoluminescence properties have been investigated. The synthesized particles, being formed after the heat-treatment at 900 °C for 16 h, showed a well crystallized morphology. Under the excitation at 980 nm, CaGd2(WO4)4:Er3+/Yb3+ particles exhibited a strong 525-nm and a weak 550-nm emission bands in the green region and a very weak 655-nm emission band in the red region. The Raman spectrum of undoped CaGd2(WO4)4 revealed about 12 narrow lines. The strongest band observed at 903 cm-1 was assigned to the ν1 symmetric stretching vibration of WO4 tetrahedrons. The spectra of the samples doped with Er and Yb obtained under the 514.5 nm excitation were dominated by Er3+ luminescence preventing the recording of these samples Raman spectra. Concentration quenching of the erbium luminescence at 2H11/2→4I15/2 transition is weak in the range of erbium doping level xEr=0.05-0.2, while, for transition 4S3/2→4I15/2, the signs of concentration quenching become pronounced at xEr=0.2.

  1. Inhibited local thermal effect in upconversion luminescence of YVO₄:Yb³⁺, Er³⁺ inverse opals.

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    Zhu, Yongsheng; Xu, Wen; Zhang, Hanzhuang; Xu, Sai; Wang, Yunfeng; Dai, Qinlin; Dong, Biao; Xu, Lin; Song, Hongwei

    2012-12-31

    Upconversion Luminescence (UCL) of YVO₄:Yb³⁺, Er³⁺ inverse opal photonic crystals (IOPCs) was investigated in contrast to the references under the excitation of a 980-nm laser diode. Besides the traditional modification on UCL and dynamics, it is significant to observe that in the IOPCs the temperature quenching and local thermal effect was greatly suppressed.

  2. Properties of a new, efficient, blue-emitting material for applications in upconversion displays: Yb, Tm:KY3F10.

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    Rapaport, Alexandra; Milliez, Janet; SzipOcs, Ferenc; Bass, Michael; Cassanho, Arlete; Jenssen, Hans

    2004-12-10

    The properties of Yb, Tm:KY3F1o, a cubic fluoride crystal, are described that make it attractive as the blue emitter in two-dimensional photonic displays. Its peak excitation wavelength for blue upconversion emission is 974.7 nm, where efficient diode laser pump sources are available. The maximum upconversion efficiency measured thus far is 4.4%.

  3. Low-threshold diode-pumped Yb3+,Na+:CaF2 self-Q-switched laser.

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    Su, Liangbi; Xu, Jun; Xue, Yinghong; Wang, Chingyue; Chai, Lu; Xu, Xiaodong; Zhao, Guangjun

    2005-07-25

    For the first time to our knowledge, the laser performance of Yb3+, Na+-codoped CaF2 single crystals was demonstrated. Self-Q-switched laser operation at 1050nm was observed for 976 nm diode pumping at room temperature. On 5 W of incident power, the repetition rate and width of the self-Q-switched pulses reached 28 kHz and 1.5 micros, respectively. A maximal slope efficiency of 20.3% and minimal threshold absorbed pump power of 30 mW were respectively achieved with different output couplers, showing the promising application of Yb3+, Na+-codoped CaF2 crystals as compact and efficient solid-state lasers.

  4. Zircon U-Pb age, Lu-Hf isotope, mineral chemistry and geochemistry of Sundamalai peralkaline pluton from the Salem Block, southern India: Implications for Cryogenian adakite-like magmatism in an aborted-rift

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    Renjith, M. L.; Santosh, M.; Li, Tang; Satyanarayanan, M.; Korakoppa, M. M.; Tsunogae, T.; Subba Rao, D. V.; Kesav Krishna, A.; Nirmal Charan, S.

    2016-01-01

    The Sundamalai peralkaline pluton is one among the Cryogenian alkaline plutons occurring in the Dharmapuri Rift Zone (DRZ) of the Salem Block in the Southern Granulite Terrane (SGT) of India. Here we present zircon U-Pb age and Lu-Hf isotopic composition, mineral chemistry and geochemistry of the pluton to explore the petrogenesis and geodynamic implications. Systematic modal variation of orthoclase, Na-plagioclase, Ca-amphibole (ferro-edenite and hastingsite) and quartz developed quartz-monzonite and granite litho units in the Sundamalai pluton. Thermometry based on amphibole-plagioclase pair suggests that the pluton was emplaced and solidified at around 4.6 kbar pressure with crystallization of the major phases between 748 and 661 °C. Estimated saturation temperature of zircon (712-698 °C) is also well within this range. However, apatite saturation occurred at higher temperatures between 835 and 870 °C, in contrast with monazite saturation (718-613 °C) that continued up to the late stage of crystallization. Estimated oxygen fugacity values (log fO2: -14 to -17) indicate high oxidation state for the magma that stabilized titanite and magnetite. The magmatic zircons from Sundamalai pluton yielded a weighted mean 206Pb/238U age of 832.6 ± 3.2 Ma. Geochemically, the Sundamalai rocks are high-K to shoshonitic, persodic (Na2O/K2O ratio > 1), silica-saturated (SiO2:65-72 wt.%), and peralkaline in composition (aluminum saturation index, ASI < 1; Alkalinity index, AI < 0). The initial magma was mildly metaluminous which evolved to strongly peralkaline as result of fractional crystallization (plagioclase effect) controlled differentiation between quartz-monzonite and granite. Both rock types have high content of Na2O (5.1-6.3 wt.%), Ba (350-2589 ppm) and Sr (264-1036 ppm); low content of Y (8.7-17 ppm) and Yb (0.96-1.69 ppm); elevated ratios of La/Yb (11-46) and Sr/Y (46-69) and are depleted in Ti, with a positive Sr anomaly suggesting an adakite-like composition and

  5. Polarizing 50micrometers Core Yb-Doped Photonic Bandgap Fiber

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    2015-02-08

    add ref]. Here, we demonstrate a 50µm core Yb- doped polarizing photonic bandgap fiber (PBF) for single-polarization operation 1. REPORT DATE (DD-MM...19-08-2015 Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited. Polarizing 50µm core Yb- doped photonic bandgap fiber The views, opinions and/or...29631 -0946 ABSTRACT Polarizing 50µm core Yb- doped photonic bandgap fiber Report Title Polarizing optical fibers are an important component for building

  6. Diode-pumped regenerative Yb:SrF2 amplifier

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    Ricaud, S.; Georges, P.; Camy, P.; Doualan, J.-L.; Moncorgé, R.; Courjaud, A.; Mottay, E.; Druon, F.

    2012-03-01

    We report what we believe to be the first Yb:SrF2 regenerative femtosecond amplifier. The regenerative amplifier produces 325-fs pulses at 100-Hz repetition rate with an energy before compression of 1.4 mJ. The interest of Yb:SrF2 in such regenerative amplifiers and its complementarity to its well-known isotype Yb:CaF2 is also discussed.

  7. LUPOD: Collocation in POD via LU decomposition

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    Rapún, M.-L.; Terragni, F.; Vega, J. M.

    2017-04-01

    A collocation method is developed for the (truncated) POD of a set of snapshots. In other words, POD computations are performed using only a set of collocation points, whose number is comparable to the number of retained modes, in a similar fashion as in collocation spectral methods. Intending to rely on simple ideas which, moreover, are consistent with the essence of POD, collocation points are computed via the LU decomposition with pivoting of the snapshot matrix. The new method is illustrated in simple applications in which POD is used as a data-processing method. The performance of the method is tested in the computationally efficient construction of reduced order models based on POD plus Galerkin projection for the complex Ginzburg-Landau equation in one and two space dimensions.

  8. LuAlO{sub 3}: A high density, high speed scintillator for gamma detection

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    Moses, W.W.; Derenzo, S.E.; Fyodorov, A.; Korzhik, M.; Gektin, A.; Minkov, B.; Aslanov, V.

    1994-11-01

    We present measurements of the scintillation properties cerium doped lutetium aluminum perovskite, LuAlO{sub 3}:C, new dense ({rho}=8.34 g/cm{sup 3}) inorganic scintillator. This material has a 511 keV interaction length and photoelectric fraction 1.1 cm and 32% respectively, which are well suited to gamma ray detection. In powdered form with 0.5% cerium concentration, the scintillation light output is estimated to be 9,600 photons/MeV of deposited energy, the emission spectrum is a single peak centered at 390 nm, and the fluorescence lifetime is described by the sum of 3 exponential terms, with 60% of the light being emitted with a 11 ns decay time, 26% with a 28 ns decay time, and 13% with a 835 ns decay time. Single crystals contaminated with =10% lutetium aluminum garnet (Lu{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub l2}) have significantly altered scintillation properties. The light output is 26,000 photons/MeV (3.2 times that of BGO), but the decay time increases significantly (1% of the light is emitted with a 10 ns decay time, 15% with a 245 ns decay time, and 85% with a 2010 ns decay time) and the emission spectrum is dominated by a peak centered at 315 nm with a secondary peak centered at 500 rum. The short decay lifetime, high density, and reasonable light output of LuAlO{sub 3}:C (the perovskite phase) suggest that it is useful for applications where high counting rates, good stopping power, good energy resolution, and fast timing are important. However, it is necessary to grow single crystals that are uncontaminated by the garnet phase to realize these properties.

  9. Dense LU Factorization on Multicore Supercomputer Nodes

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    Lifflander, Jonathan; Miller, Phil; Venkataraman, Ramprasad; Arya, Anshu; Jones, Terry R; Kale, Laxmikant V

    2012-01-01

    Dense LU factorization is a prominent benchmark used to rank the performance of supercomputers. Many implementations, including the reference code HPL, use block-cyclic distributions of matrix blocks onto a two-dimensional process grid. The process grid dimensions drive a trade-off between communication and computation and are architecture- and implementation-sensitive. We show how the critical panel factorization steps can be made less communication-bound by overlapping asynchronous collectives for pivot identification and exchange with the computation of rank-k updates. By shifting this trade-off, a modified block-cyclic distribution can beneficially exploit more available parallelism on the critical path, and reduce panel factorization's memory hierarchy contention on now-ubiquitous multi-core architectures. The missed parallelism in traditional block-cyclic distributions arises because active panel factorization, triangular solves, and subsequent broadcasts are spread over single process columns or rows (respectively) of the process grid. Increasing one dimension of the process grid decreases the number of distinct processes in the other dimension. To increase parallelism in both dimensions, periodic 'rotation' is applied to the process grid to recover the row-parallelism lost by a tall process grid. During active panel factorization, rank-1 updates stream through memory with minimal reuse. In a column-major process grid, the performance of this access pattern degrades as too many streaming processors contend for access to memory. A block-cyclic mapping in the more popular row-major order does not encounter this problem, but consequently sacrifices node and network locality in the critical pivoting steps. We introduce 'striding' to vary between the two extremes of row- and column-major process grids. As a test-bed for further mapping experiments, we describe a dense LU implementation that allows a block distribution to be defined as a general function of block

  10. Ternary compounds and isothermal section in Lu-Fe-Ga ternary system at 773 K

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    Liu, Fusheng; Ao, Weiqin; Pan, Laicai; Wang, Qibao; Yan, Jialing; Li, Junqin

    2013-06-01

    The isothermal section of the Lu-Fe-Ga ternary system at 773 K was investigated and constructed based on X-ray powder diffraction analysis. Thirteen binary compounds, Lu2Fe17, Lu6Fe23, LuFe2, LuGa3, LuGa2, Lu3Ga5, LuGa, Lu3Ga2, Lu5Ga3, Fe3Ga, Fe6Ga5, Fe3Ga4, FeGa3, nine ternary solid solutions, T1-LuFe2-1.43Ga0-0.57, T2-LuFe1.34-0.92Ga0.68-1.08, T3-LuFe0.52-0.26Ga1.48-1.74, T5-LuFe2.04-1.72Ga0.96-1.28, T6-Lu6Fe23-21.4Ga0-1.6, T7-Lu2Fe17-14.5Ga0-3.5, T8-Lu2Fe12.9-8.1Ga4.1-8.9, T9-LuFe6.8-5.5Ga5.2-6.5, T10-LuFe5.2-4.5Ga6.8-7.5, and two ternary compounds, T4-LuFe2.35Ga0.65 and T11-Lu2FeGa8 have been confirmed. The structures of the five new ternary compounds or solid solution T2, T3, T4, T5 and T8 are determined by Rietveld refinement method.

  11. Power scaling of cryogenic Yb:LiYF(4) lasers.

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    Zapata, Luis E; Ripin, Daniel J; Fan, Tso Yee

    2010-06-01

    We demonstrate a cryogenically cooled Yb:LiYF(4) (Yb:YLF) laser with 224W linearly polarized output power (pump-power limited) and a slope efficiency of 68%. The beam quality is characterized by an M(2) approximately 1.1 at 60W output and M(2) approximately 2.6 at 180W output. This level of average laser power is approximately 2 orders of magnitude higher than demonstrated previously in cryogenic Yb:YLF. Yb:YLF is attractive for femtosecond pulse generation because of its wide gain bandwidth, and this demonstration shows the potential for high-average-power subpicosecond pulse lasers.

  12. Silicidation of Ni(Yb) Film on Si(001)

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    Luo, Jia; Jiang, Yu-Long; Ru, Guo-Ping; Li, Bing-Zong; Chu, Paul K.

    2008-03-01

    The influence of the addition of Yb to Ni on the silicidation of Ni was investigated. The Ni(Yb) film was deposited on a Si(001) substrate by co-sputtering, and silicidation was performed by rapid thermal annealing (RTA). After silicidation, the sheet resistance of the silicide film was measured by the four-point probe method. X-ray diffraction and micro-Raman spectroscopy were employed to identify the silicide phases, and the redistribution of Yb after RTA was characterized by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry and Auger electron spectroscopy. The influence of the Yb addition on the Schottky barrier height (SBH) of the silicide/Si diode was examined by current voltage measurements. The experimental results reveal that the addition of Yb can suppress the formation of the high-resistivity Ni2Si phase, but the formation of low-resistivity NiSi phase is not affected. Furthermore, after silicidation, most of the Yb atoms accumulate in the surface layer and only a small number of Yb atoms pile up at the silicide/Si(001) interface. It is believed that the accumulation of a small amount of Yb at the silicide/Si(001) interface results in the SBH reduction observed in the Ni(Yb)Si/Si diode.

  13. Synthesis and Characterization of YB4 Ceramics

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    2011-06-24

    capa bility at temperatures above 2000°C1 with adequate mechani cal properties and oxidation resistance. Refractory metal borides based on HfB2 and ZrB2...increase in the oxidation resistance was accomplished by the addition of the Group IV VI transition metal borides , which was the result of phase...metal borides for use as materials for ultra high temper ature (UHT) applications. However, for instance, yttrium tet raboride, YB4, appears promising as

  14. 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).

  15. The nature of the luminescence of compounds with YbFe/sub 2/O/sub 4/ structure

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    Blasse, G.; Dirksen, G.J.; Kimizuka, N.; Mohri, T.

    1986-09-01

    The luminescence properties of the following compounds are reported and discussed: ScZnGaO/sub 4/, InZnGaO/sub 4/ and InMgGaO/sub 4/. These compounds have a YbFe/sub 2/O/sub 4/ layer structure. The luminescence properties depend on the occupation of the layers in the crystal structure by metal ions with d/sup 10/ configuration.

  16. CW and Q-switched performance of a diode end-pumped Yb:YAG laser. Revision 1

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    Bibeau, C.; Beach, R.; Ebbers, C.; Emanuel, M.; Skidmore, J.

    1997-02-19

    Using an end-pumped technology developed at LLNL we have demonstrated a Yb:YAG laser capable of delivering up to 434 W of CW power and 226 W of Q-switched power. In addition, we have frequency doubled the output to 515 nm using a dual crystal scheme to produce 76 W at 10 kHz in a 30 ns pulse length.

  17. Scintillation and luminescent properties of undoped and Ce3+ doped Y2SiO5 and Lu2SiO5 single crystalline films grown by LPE method

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    Zorenko, Yu.; Gorbenko, V.; Savchyn, V.; Voznyak, T.; Gorbenko, V. V.; Nikl, M.; Mares, J. A.; Sidletskiy, O.; Grynyov, B.; Fedorov, A.; Fabisiak, K.; Paprocki, K.

    2012-10-01

    Single crystalline films (SCFs) of undoped and Ce3+ doped Y2SiO5 (YSO) and Lu2SiO5 (LSO) orthosilicates were crystallized for the first time by liquid phase epitaxy method onto undoped YSO substrates from melt-solution based on PbO-B2O3 flux. The scintillation and luminescent properties of YSO:Ce and LSO:Ce SCFs were compared with the properties of bulk single crystal counterparts. We show that the peculiarities of luminescent properties of YSO:Ce and LSO:Ce SCFs in comparison with the crystal analogues are caused by the different distribution of Ce3+ ions over Y1/Lu1 and Y2/Lu2 positions of YSO and LSO host and strong influence of Pb2+ flux-related impurity on luminescent properties of Ce3+ ions.

  18. Photoluminescence and structural characteristics of Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} nanocrystallites in silica matrix

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    Sokolnicki, Jerzy

    2007-08-15

    Two silica ceramics were obtained by mixing nanocrystalline Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} with silica sol using the sol-gel technique. The synthesis procedure for both samples differed in the pH of the sol and time of the sol condensation before substrates were mixed together, which implied their different optical properties. The first one has the same spectroscopic properties as Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} nanocrystallites with an exception of small lowering of the charge transfer (CT) band intensity. This feature is preserved up to about 950 deg. C. Above this temperature, nanocrystallites of Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} react with the silica matrix synthesis pyrosilicate (Lu{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 7}). The Eu{sup 3+} ions occupy only one crystallographic site in the crystal lattice for low concentration of the activator (1%) and two sites for higher concentration (10%). The second sample exhibits different Eu{sup 3+} emission than Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} nanocrystallites and, additionally, a broad band of the matrix originating at the green region of the spectrum. Sintering the sample at higher temperatures leads to disappearance of this broad emission and continuous changes of the Eu{sup 3+} emission because of the progressive conversion of the Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} to pyrosilicate. At 1300 deg. C for both samples, the reaction of synthesis lutetium pyrosilicate is completed. Structural characteristic of the samples is presented and correlate with the decay profile of the Eu{sup 3+} emission. - Graphical abstract: The combination of the solution combustion synthesis and the sol-gel technique allows to obtain a silica ceramic containing nanocrystalline Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+}. The sample treated in temperatures up to 950 deg. C exhibits almost the same optical properties as compared to nanocrystalline Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+}. The material displays effective red emission under X-ray excitation and no afterglow, and is very promising phosphor

  19. Synthesis, Structure, and Physical Properties of YbNi{sub 3}Al{sub 9.23}

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    Tobash, P. H.; Jiang, Y.; Ronning, F.; Booth, C. H.; Thompson, J. D.; Scott, B. L.; Bauer, E. D.

    2010-11-04

    The physical properties of YbNi{sub 3}Al{sub 9.23}, including the crystal structure, magnetization, specific heat, valence, and electrical resistivity, are reported. Single crystal X-ray diffraction reveals that the compound crystallizes with the rhombohedral space group R32 and has unit cell parameters a=7.2443(3) Å and c=27.251(3) Å with some crystallographic disorder on an Al site. The compound orders antiferromagnetically at T{sub N}=3 K despite the presence of strong ferromagnetic correlations, accompanied by a spin flop-like transition to a moment-aligned rate above 0.1 T. X-ray absorption spectroscopy and magnetic susceptibility measurements indicate a localized Yb{sup 3+} electronic configuration, while the Sommerfeld coefficient in the magnetically ordered state was determined to be approximately 135 mJ/mol-K{sup 2}, suggesting moderately heavy fermion behavior. Therefore, these data indicate a balance between competing Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida (RKKY) and Kondo interactions in YbNi{sub 3}Al{sub 9.23} with a somewhat dominant RKKY interaction that leads to a relatively high ordering temperature.

  20. GHz high power Yb-doped picosecond fiber laser and supercontinuum generation.

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    Gao, Jing; Ge, Tingwu; Li, Wuyi; Kuang, Hongshen; Wang, Zhiyong

    2014-12-20

    We demonstrated a 97 W all-fiber picosecond master oscillator power amplifier seeding by an actively harmonic mode-locked Yb-doped fiber laser. The laser seed pulse duration was 7.7 ps at a 1.223 GHz repetition rate with a central wavelength of 1062 nm. In addition, by launching the amplified pulses into a 5 m long photonic crystal fiber, we obtained a 41.8 W supercontinuum covering the wavelength from 600 to 1700 nm with a 10 dB bandwidth of 1040 nm.