With the help of group theory analysis of absorption spectra of the transition 3H6 → 3F3 of Tm3+ ion in TmAl3(BO3)4 crystal, measured at several temperatures from 1.8 till 293 K, it has been shown, that the local symmetry of the Tm3+ environment is C3 and it decreases to C1 at a low temperature. Effective selection rules and polarizations of lines at high enough temperatures (when the line-width is larger than the splitting in C3 symmetry) have been obtained.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Physics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics|
|State||Published - 12 Nov 2007|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The work was supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Researches, grant No. 07-02-704.
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