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γ-ray induced GeODC(II) centers in germanium doped α-quartz crystal

Abstract : Main luminescence of α-quartz crystal doped with germanium results from the luminescence of a self-trapped exciton (STE) near germanium. In as grown Ge-doped α-quartz crystal, the luminescence associated with the twofold coordinated Ge center (GeODC) in amorphous silica glass doped with germanium, was never observed. In this work, we performed experiments to investigate if a GeODC like luminescence could appear after a γ-irradiation of a Ge-doped α-quartz crystal. The answer is positive: under excitation with pulsed light of an ArF laser (193 nm): a new luminescence with two bands -- a blue one associated to a time constant of about 100 μs appears and another one with faster decay of ~1.5 ns appears in the ultraviolet part of the spectrum under the same excitation. This last emission has similar characteristics as the GeODC luminescence of silica glass. However, clear differences exist between the radiation-induced center associated with this luminescence and the GeODC. The excitation with a KrF laser does not provide emission with a decay time constant of about 100 μs but provides blue luminescence with a faster decay of about 4 μs. The pulses of the ArF laser also excite this component of decay for the blue band. We attribute this emission to various types of γ-ray created centers in radiation damaged areas of the Ge-doped crystal. Under excitation with an F2 excimer laser (157 nm), the luminescence of STE near Ge remains in the irradiated sample.
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A.N. Trukhin, A. Boukenter, Y. Ouerdane, S. Girard. γ-ray induced GeODC(II) centers in germanium doped α-quartz crystal. Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, Elsevier, 2011, 357 (16-17), pp.3288-3291. ⟨10.1016/j.jnoncrysol.2011.04.011⟩. ⟨ujm-00604680⟩



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