Influence of synthesis route and grain size on structural and spectroscopic properties of cubic Nd3+-doped Y6MoO12 nano and micro-powders as optical materials

Abstract : Rare earth (RE)-doped tungstates and molybdates found many applications in the optical field as laser materials, phosphors or scintillators. Especially, there is a huge challenge to fabricate new RE-doped transparent ceramics from nano-crystalline powders, crystallizing in the cubic structure, for application in optics. However, the knowledge about the structure and spectroscopic properties of these materials crystallizing in the cubic structure is very limited. There is therefore a great need to deepen and complete characterizations of new compositions. We are first interested in the most known Nd3+ laser dopant. Our research is focused on synthesis, investigation of morphology and spectroscopic properties of Nd3+-doped cubic Y6MoO12 molybdate solid solutions with various concentration of Nd3+ optical activator (0.07–10 mol%) in the form of nano-crystalline powders obtained by the combustion method at 600 °C/3 h (grain size 5–10 nm) and annealed at 800 and 1050 °C (grain size 10–20 nm and 35–40 nm, respectively). Obtained samples were compared with micro-powders synthesized by high-temperature solid state reaction at 1550 °C (grain size was 4–5 μm). The detailed XRD analysis of phase transformation with temperature have been performed SEM analysis was performed to confirm the presence of only one phase both for nano and micro-crystalline powders. The powders are homogeneous, porous and if temperature increases, grains tend to agglomerate. Main spectroscopic results are presented in relationship with the average size of grains and the multisite effect of Nd3+ ions, observed by site selective and time-resolved spectroscopies, which, in addition, points out evidence of traces of Nd3+-doped Y2O3.
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M. Sobota, P. Sobota, M. Bieza, M. Guzik, E. Tomaszewicz, et al.. Influence of synthesis route and grain size on structural and spectroscopic properties of cubic Nd3+-doped Y6MoO12 nano and micro-powders as optical materials. Optical Materials, Elsevier, 2019, 90, pp.300-314. ⟨10.1016/j.optmat.2019.02.021⟩. ⟨hal-02364626⟩

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