Visible luminescence peculiar to sintered silica nanoparticles: Spectral and decay properties

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We report that the sintering at 1000 °C of silica nanoparticles an average diameter of 14 nm ) produces a transparent sample that exhibits a bright visible emission under UV excitation. The use of time resolved luminescence spectroscopy and a tunable laser source allows us to single out three contributions centered at 1.96 eV, 2.41 eV and 3.43 eV. The excitation spectra of these emissions evidence bell shaped bands consistent with transitions between localized defects’ states. For each emission we study the intensity and the lifetime in the temperature range from 300 K down to10K, thus evidencing the competition between radiative and non-radiative processes in the optical cycle of luminescent centers. The comparison with the luminescence properties of silica, both nanoparticles and bulk, points out that the observed emissions are peculiar to the sintered silica network.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-129
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Luminescence
Publication statusPublished - 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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