Silver nanoparticles enhanced multichannel transition luminescence of Pr3+ in heavy metal germanium tellurite glasses

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  • Y. Y. Du
  • B. J. Chen
  • Z. Q. Wang
  • X. Zhao
  • H. Lin

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-207
Journal / PublicationOptics Communications
Online published28 Aug 2014
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


Enhanced luminescence of Pr3+ was observed in heavy metal germanium tellurite (NZPGT) glasses containing silver nanoparticles. Long-time annealing at 300 °C yield spherical and well-dispersed Ag nanoparticles with ∼4 nm diameter as evidenced by transmission electron microscope (TEM). Multichannel transition luminescence intensity of Pr3+ in Ag nanoparticles embedded glasses grows by ∼36% in comparison with the glasses without silver doping, which provides a new approach to improve energy conversion efficiency of GaAsAl solar cells. Hypersensitive probe Eu3+ reveals that electric field around rare-earth ions is remarkably enhanced due to the presence of Ag nanoparticles in the glass matrix, resulting in the luminescence intensification of Pr3+ in NZPGT glasses embedded with Ag nanoparticles.

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  • Luminescence enhancement, Plasmon field, Pr3+ ions, Silver nanoparticles, Solar cell, Tellurite glasses