Effects of ionizing radiations on the optical properties of ionic copper-activated sol-gel silica glasses

Abstract : Studying the impact of radiations on doped silica glasses is essential for several technological applications. Herein, bulk silica glasses, activated with various concentrations of luminescent monovalent copper (Cu+), have been prepared using the sol-gel technique. Thereafter, these glasses were subjected to X- or γ−rays irradiation at 1 MGy(SiO2) accumulated dose. The effect of these ionizing radiations on the optical properties of these glasses, as a function of the Cu-doping content, were investigated using optical absorption and photoluminescence spectroscopies. Before any irradiation, the glass with the lowest copper concentration exhibits blue and green luminescence bands under UV excitation, suggesting that Cu+ ions occupy both cubic and tetragonal symmetry sites. However, at higher Cu-doping level, only the green emission band exists. Moreover, we showed that the hydroxyl content decreases with increasing copper doping concentration. Both X and γ radiation exposures induced visible absorption due to HC1 color centers in the highly Cu-doped glasses. In the case of the lower Cu-doped glass, the Cu+ sites with a cubic symmetry are transformed into sites with tetragonal symmetry.
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Nissrine Al Helou, Hicham El Hamzaoui, Bruno Capoen, Youcef Ouerdane, Aziz Boukenter, et al.. Effects of ionizing radiations on the optical properties of ionic copper-activated sol-gel silica glasses. Optical Materials, Elsevier, 2018, 75, pp.116-121. ⟨10.1016/j.optmat.2017.09.049⟩. ⟨ujm-01964820⟩

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