Optical properties of phosphorus-related point defects in silica fiber performs

Abstract : We report an experimental study on phosphorus-related point defects in amorphous silica, based on photoluminescence, absorption, and electron spin resonance measurements carried out on P-doped SiO2 fiber preforms. By photoluminescence measurements excited by laser or synchrotron light we detect an emission band peaked at 3.0 eV with a lifetime in the range of ms. The excitation spectrum of the 3.0 eV emission consists of two transitions peaked at 4.8 and 6.4eV, the former giving rise also to a measurable absorption band. We attribute this optical activity to a P-related point defect embedded in SiO2, based on the spatial correlation between the emission intensity and the P doping level. A detailed spectroscopical investigation allows us to propose a scheme of the electronic levels of this P-related defect, in which the 4.8 and 6.4 eV excitation channels arise from transitions from the ground to two-excited singlet states, while the long-lived 3.0 eV emission is associated to a spin-forbidden transition from an excited triplet to the ground state. Finally, electron spin resonance measurements on X-irradiated samples lead us to propose a tentative microscopic model of the defect as a diamagnetic four-coordinated P impurity substitutional to a Si atom.
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G. Origlio, Fabrizio Messina, Marco Cannas, R. Boscaino, Sébastien Girard, et al.. Optical properties of phosphorus-related point defects in silica fiber performs. Physical Review B : Condensed matter and materials physics, American Physical Society, 2009, 80, pp.1-8. ⟨ujm-00431883⟩

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