A structured emission/excitation pattern, proper of isolated defects, arises in a vacuum from silica nanoparticles. The luminescence, centered around 3.0–3.5 eV, is characterised by a vibronic progression due to the phonon coupling with two localised modes of frequency ∼1370 cm−1 and ∼360 cm−1, and decays in about 300 ns at 10 K. On increasing the temperature, the intensity and the lifetime decrease due to the activation of a non-radiative rate from the excited state. Concurrently, the temperature dependence of the lineshape evidencesth e low coupling with non-localised modes of the matrix (Huang–Rhys factor S ~ 0.2) and the poor influence of the inhomogeneous broadening. These findings outline an uncommonbehaviour in the field of the optical properties of defects in amorphous solids, evidencing that the silica surface can allocate luminescent defects almost disentangled from the basal network.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||JOURNAL OF PHYSICS. CONDENSED MATTER|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- General Materials Science
- Condensed Matter Physics