Effect of heat-treatment on the upconversion of NaYF4:Yb3+, Er3+ nanocrystals containing silver phosphate glass

N. Ojha, M. Bogdan, R. Galatus, L. Petit

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Novel NaYF4:Yb3+, Er3+ nanocrystals containing phosphate glass with composition 83.25NaPO3–9.25NaF-5ZnO-2.5Ag2O (in mol%) was prepared by adding the NaYF4:Yb3+, Er3+ nanocrystals in the glass using the direct doping method. The optical and luminescence properties of this new glass are presented and discussed. The newly developed glass exhibits visible emission under 980 nm pumping with high intensity confirming the presence of the NaYF4:Yb3+, Er3+ nanocrystals in the glass. From the absorption spectrum of the as-prepared glass, it is showed that the as-prepared glasses contains already Ag nanoparticles which are thought to precipitate due to the decomposition of some of the NaYF4:Yb3+, Er3+ nanocrystals occurring during the glass preparation. A heat treatment of the glass was found to lead to the migration of Ag species at the surface of the glass as evidenced using SEM and to a decrease of the intensity of the upconversion mostly due to an increase of the inter defects in the NaYF4:Yb3+, Er3+ nanocrystals due to the heat treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number120243
JournalJournal of Non-Crystalline Solids
Early online dateJun 2020
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2020
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Absorption
  • Luminescence
  • NaYF:Yb, Er nanocrystals
  • Phosphate glass
  • Silver nanoparticles

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry

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