Energy Transfer Phenomena

  • R. K. Watts
Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSB, volume 8)


The transfer of optical excitation energy between weakly coupled ions in solids is discussed. The most important coupling mechanisms are treated first from a microscopic point of view, and then statistical averages are taken over the volume of the sample to calculate observable quantities such as the yield of sensitizer luminescence and the time development of the sensitizer luminescence following pulse excitation. Three regimes are considered: negligible sensitizer → sensitizer transfer, transfer between sensitizers comparable in probability with sensitizer → activator transfer, and migration of excitation among sensitizers much more rapid than transfer to activators. The discussion is largely applied to rare earth ions.


Energy Transfer Tensor Operator Quadrupole Transition Homogeneous Width Spontaneous Decay Rate 
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  • R. K. Watts
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  1. 1.Texas Instruments Inc.DallasUSA

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