25 June 2007 Nanocomposite photonic glasses and confined structures optimizing Er3+-luminescent properties
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The recent developments of optically confined structures and nanocomposite materials activated by rare earth ions have opened new possibilities in the field of both basic and applied physics, in a large area covering Information Communication Technologies, Health and Biology, Structural Engineering, and Environment Monitoring Systems. As far as optical telecommunications are concerned, Er3+-activated glasses have become one of the key materials because of their relevance for the development of optical amplifiers. The short-term goal is to develop appropriate material systems and devices to exploit at the best the luminescence properties of Erbium. Er3+-activated confined structures at different scales thus offer interesting solutions. The last decade has seen a remarkable increase in the experimental efforts to control and enhance emission properties of emitters by tailoring the dielectric surrounding of the source. The aim of this paper is to give a review concerning the advances in glass-based photonic systems, where light confinement or the presence of nanostructured hosts for the rare-earth induces an enhancement and a control of the optical and/or spectroscopic properties.
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C. Armellini, A. Chiappini, A. Chiasera, M. Ferrari, Y. Jestin, M. Mattarelli, L. Minati, M. Montagna, E. Moser, G. Nunzi Conti, S. Pelli, G. C. Righini, G. Speranza, C. Tosello, "Nanocomposite photonic glasses and confined structures optimizing Er3+-luminescent properties", Proc. SPIE 6593, Photonic Materials, Devices, and Applications II, 65930L (25 June 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.723939; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.723939
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