Trapping of optical excitation by two types of acceptors in La0.72Pr0.25Nd0.03F3

T. J. Glynn, I. Laulicht, Liren Lou, A. J. Silversmith, W. M. Yen

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We have investigated the process of quenching of fluorescence from the P03 state of Pr3+ in La0.72Pr0.25Nd0.03F3 due to cross relaxation to Pr and Nd ions. The fluorescence decay of the ensemble of Pr ions after pulsed excitation is measured as a function of temperature in the (2-70)-K region. Cross relaxation occurs either directly or through a donor-donor transfer within the inhom-geneous line. Knowledge of the dynamics occurring within the inhomogeneous line derived from previous fluorescence line-narrowing experiments is used to analyze the cross-relaxation process from a microscopic viewpoint according to models for fluorescence decay in the presence of traps. In general the decay is consistent with an electric dipole-dipole transfer mechanism. At 2 K the decay can be well described by a direct transfer to Pr and Nd traps without donor-donor transfer. The temperature dependence of the decay at long times can be described for 35<T<70 K by the hopping model. The agreement with theory is much better if the cross relaxation to Nd ions is assumed to occur mainly via the lowest Stark level of the I924 manifold.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4852-4858
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1984


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