Eur. Phys. J. Appl. Phys.
Volume 45, Number 1, January 2009
|Number of page(s)||10|
|Published online||14 January 2009|
Irradiation effects in oxide glasses doped with transition and rare-earth elements
CEA/DSM/DRECAM, Laboratoire des Solides Irradiés, UMR 7642,
CNRS-CEA-École Polytechnique, École Polytechnique, 91128 Palaiseau Cedex,
2 CEA/DEN/DTCD/SECM, Laboratoire d'études du Comportement à Long Terme, CEA Valrho-Marcoule, BP 171, 30207 Bagnols-sur-Cèze Cedex, France
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 7 October 2008
Published online: 14 January 2009
The effect of β-irradiation on silicate and aluminoborosilicate glasses doped with transition metals (TM) and rare earth (RE) elements has been studied using Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR), Raman and luminescence spectroscopy. Irradiation leads to the reduction of both Cr and Mn ions in both types of glass matrix. It is shown that even small amounts of TM dopants completely block defect production, as occurs under irradiation in non-doped glasses. As well, TM doping results in the disappearance of structural changes in the glass (densification, polymerization increase and Na migration) for doses of ~ 109 Gy. Unlike TM-doped matrices, incorporation of RE ions into aluminoborosilicate glass blocks neither defect production nor structural changes in glass matrices during irradiation. Simultaneously, we observe a reduction of RE ions, most clearly demonstrated for Ce4+ ions in aluminoborosilicate glasses. We propose that the relative stability of the different charge states of the RE ions is linked to the efficiency of the reduction process, and therefore to the evolution of the glass structure during irradiation.
PACS: 71.23.Cq – Amorphous semiconductors, metallic glasses, glasses / 76.30.Kg – Rare-earth ions and impurities / 78.55.Qr – Amorphous materials; glasses and other disordered solids
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