Due to the good thermal-mechanical and luminescence properties, Yb:YAG ceramics are suitable as thin-disk lasers; however, their efficiency is limited by the presence of Yb2+ ions, which entail parasitic energy transfer from Yb3+ to Yb2+. This article focuses on the Yb2+ formation in Yb:YAG ceramics prepared by solid-state reaction sintering. The samples were prepared by air annealing, the oxidation of the material leads to recharging Yb2+ ion to its trivalent state. The activation energy was determined by Jander to be Ea(D) = 2.7 ± 0.2 eV, which is in good agreement with the activation energy for oxygen diffusion in the YAG lattice. It was concluded that the recharging of Yb2+ ion to its trivalent state in YAG ceramics is limited by the oxygen self-diffusion through the grain volume, and the oxygen vacancy alone and/or together with the presence of antisites can be proposed as Yb2+ charge compensation mechanism in the YAG ceramics, unlike the YbAG single crystals, where tetravalent impurities are responsible for charge compensation.
Dynamics of Yb2+ to Yb3+ ion valence transformations in Yb:YAG ceramics used for high-power lasers / Chaika, M.; Vovk, O.; Mancardi, G.; Tomala, R.; Strek, W.. - In: OPTICAL MATERIALS. - ISSN 0925-3467. - 101(2020), p. 109774.
|Titolo:||Dynamics of Yb2+ to Yb3+ ion valence transformations in Yb:YAG ceramics used for high-power lasers|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2020|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.optmat.2020.109774|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|
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