Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto Sangyo University, Kamigamo, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8555, Japan
Absorption spectra, luminescence spectra and luminescence decay time are investigated for a borosilicate glass containing low 0.1 wt% Ce3+ and high 15 wt% Tb3+ concentrations, together with the time-resolved luminescence. A broad absorption band due to parity allowed f → d transition is observed for Ce3+. Sharp absorption bands are observed in 3100–1600 nm region which are due to the 7F6 → 7F J (J = 0, 1, 2, 3, 4) transition of Tb3+, while much weak absorption bands due to the spin-forbidden 7F6 → 5D J (J = 2, 3, 4), 5G J (J = 3, 5, 6), 5L J (J = 7, 8, 9, 10), 5H J (J = 4, 5, 6), 5I J (J = 7, 8) and 5F J (J = 2, 4) transitions are observed in visible-UV region. By excitation with 266 nm laser line, two broad UV emission bands due to Ce3+ are observed at 360 and 390 nm besides the intense green emission bands due to the 5D4 → 7F J (J = 6, 5, 4, 3) transition of Tb3+ and weak blue emission bands due to the 5D3 → 7F J (J = 6, 5, 4, 3) transition. The decay time of the UV, blue and green emission is estimated to be 17 ns, 3.8 µs and 2.17 ms, respectively. The rise time of the green emission is about 4 µs after the Ce3+ emission and the Tb3+ blue emission. No rise time is observed for the latter emission.
(Received June 10 2003)
(Revised September 22 2003)
(Accepted December 11 2003)
(Online publication March 10 2004)
* This paper has been presented at “Advanced Research Workshop: Physics of Laser Crystals", 26 August–2 September 2002, Kharkiv-Stary Saltov, Ukraine.