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Anomalous discrete disorder response of high-symmetry impurity centers spectra in garnet solid solutions

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Abstract

The zero-phonon electronic transitions in Cr3+ and Ce3+ impurity ions in a series of Lu3xY3−3xAl5O12 (0 < x < 1) garnet solid solution crystals were studied experimentally. It was observed that in contrast to the case of Ce3+, the modification of zero-phonon R-line (2E–4A2) fluorescence spectra of Cr3+ ions with changing x occurs in a discrete fashion and is not accompanied by strong inhomogeneous broadening, as usually happens in solid solutions. The effect is ascribed to the high C3i symmetry of the Cr3+(Al3+) sites that allows only a limited number of non-equivalent Cr3+ centers in a mixed environment. The energies and radiative lifetimes of the 2E states of locally identical Cr3+ centers inside different mixed garnet matrices were studied and the observed dependences on the Lu content x are discussed in terms of lattice compression and dilation.

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The article was received on 09 Jun 2014, accepted on 29 Aug 2014 and first published on 01 Sep 2014


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C4CP02542C
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2014,16, 22583-22587
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    Anomalous discrete disorder response of high-symmetry impurity centers spectra in garnet solid solutions

    S. Feofilov, A. Kulinkin, K. Ovanesyan, A. Petrosyan and C. Dujardin, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2014, 16, 22583
    DOI: 10.1039/C4CP02542C

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