Experimental Studies of Optical Energy Transfer in Glasses

  • W. M. Yen
  • J. Ryan
  • J. Hegarty
  • A. C. Wright


We review here experimental results obtained in the study of some rare earth (4f) activated insulating glasses using laser based site selective spectroscopic techniques such as fluorescence line narrowing (FLN). These studies have led to considerable progress in our understanding of the microscopic structure and the nature of certain excitations in the neighborhood of the probe ion. In addition, laser spectroscopy has allowed the investigation of intrinsic properties of optical transitions of ions at specific glass sites. Through these properties the relaxation behavior of individual ions has been determined and has become a problem of considerable current interest. We also present here a synopsis of studies of energy transfer in glasses. These processes arise because of inter-ionic interactions which lead to spatial and spectral diffusion of the energy. We again demonstrate that the advent of new experimental techniques has provided us with new information regarding these processes. We conclude by briefly discussing various prospects in this area of research.


Silicate Glass Radiative Lifetime Energy Diffusion Homogeneous Width Lawrence Livermore Laboratory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. M. Yen
    • 1
  • J. Ryan
  • J. Hegarty
  • A. C. Wright
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of WisconsinMadisonUSA
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsUniversity of ReadingReadingEngland

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