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Photoluminescence of Mn2+ Centers in Chalcohalide Glasses

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  • Qiqi Yan,

    1. Key Laboratory for Ultrafine Materials of Ministry of Education, School of Materials Science and Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237, China
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  • Yinyao Liu,

    1. Key Laboratory for Ultrafine Materials of Ministry of Education, School of Materials Science and Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237, China
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  • Guorong Chen,

    Corresponding author
    1. Key Laboratory for Ultrafine Materials of Ministry of Education, School of Materials Science and Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237, China
      †Authors to whom correspondence should be addressed. e-mails: grchen@ecust.edu.cn and lothar.wondraczek@ww.uni-erlangen.de
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  • Ning Da,

    1. Department of Materials Science, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Erlangen 91058, Germany
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  • Lothar Wondraczek

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Materials Science, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Erlangen 91058, Germany
      †Authors to whom correspondence should be addressed. e-mails: grchen@ecust.edu.cn and lothar.wondraczek@ww.uni-erlangen.de
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  • J. Heo—contributing editor

  • This work was financially supported by the Shanghai Leading Academic Discipline Project (Project No. B502) and National Natural Science Foundation of China, No. NSFC 51072052, as well as from the German Excellence Initiative within the cluster “Engineering of Advanced Materials—Hierarchical Structure Formation for Functional Devices” are gratefully acknowledged.

†Authors to whom correspondence should be addressed. e-mails: grchen@ecust.edu.cn and lothar.wondraczek@ww.uni-erlangen.de

Abstract

We report on photoluminescence from Mn2+-doped chalcohalide glasses of the GeS2–Ga2S3–CsCl system. Upon blue excitation at 447 nm, a broad emission band occurs in the green spectral range from 500 to 600 nm, indicating the presence of tetrahedrally coordinated Mn2+ species. When the Mn2+-concentration is increased up to 2 mol%, an increasingly intense secondary emission band evolves at about 610–660 nm. Meanwhile, the intensity of the green band decreases gradually and shifts toward the red, resulting a very flatten luminescence from 500 to 750 nm, which provides a promising white light emitting source. As for the origin of this unique luminescence behavior of Mn2+, it is proposed that the ligand coordination number of Mn2+ in the present chalcohalide glasses experiences a partial change from tetrahedral to octahedral coordination.

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