Glass Physics and Chemistry

, Volume 34, Issue 6, pp 709–715

Luminescence of modified nonbridging oxygen hole centers in silica and alkali silicate glasses


DOI: 10.1134/S1087659608060084

Cite this article as:
Zatsepin, A.F., Guseva, V.B. & Zatsepin, D.A. Glass Phys Chem (2008) 34: 709. doi:10.1134/S1087659608060084


This paper reports on the results of the investigation of the cathodoluminescence spectra of silica and alkali silicate glasses upon excitation with a pulsed electron beam (energy, 180 keV; current density, 700 A/cm2; pulse duration, 2 ns). The luminescence band observed in the energy range 2.4–2.6 eV is assigned to modified structural defects of the ≡Si-O·/Me+ type. These defects are revealed under high-density electronic excitation and, unlike the known L centers in alkali silicate glasses, are interpreted as a variety of nonbridging oxygen hole centers (defects of the dangling bond type) subjected to a disturbing action of the nearest neighbor alkali metal cations. The cathodoluminescence of similar centers is observed in neutron-irradiated silica glasses with lithium impurities; alkali silicate glasses with Li, Na, and K cations; and glasses in the two-alkali Na-K systems. It is established that the energy of the radiative transition of a modified nonbridging oxygen hole center, namely, ≡Si-O·/Me+, depends on the alkali cation type.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. F. Zatsepin
    • 1
  • V. B. Guseva
    • 2
  • D. A. Zatsepin
    • 3
  1. 1.Ural State Technical UniversityYekaterinburgRussia
  2. 2.Ural State UniversityYekaterinburgRussia
  3. 3.Institute of Metal Physics, Ural DivisionRussian Academy of SciencesYekaterinburgRussia