Upconversion and Anti-Stokes Processes With f and d Ions in Solids

GOTR, UMR 7574-CNRS, 1, Place A-Briand, 92195 Meudon Cedex, France.
Chemical Reviews (Impact Factor: 46.57). 02/2004; 104(1):139-73. DOI: 10.1021/cr020357g
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The anti-Stokes emissions or upconversion processes, for which emissions was found to exceed excitation energies by 10-100 kT, were presented. The dissolution of nanoparticles (6-8 nm) of Yb-Er- and Yb-Tm doped LuPO 4 as colloids in chloroform solutions was demonstrated. The Nd 3+-Yb3+ codoped YA nanocrystalline cemramics were also studied. It was observed that in thermoluminescence, where traps were emptied by excitation energies of the order of kT, constituted a field of anti-Stokes emission of its own.

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