The F2centers in LiF display an efficient broad emission in the red spectral range when excited in their absorption band located around 450 nm and promising results have been obtained in transferring the optical properties to low-dimensional emitting structures, where their density reaches values higher than 1017F2/cm3. The emission decay times measured in the entirely colored LiF crystals irradiated by 3 MeV electrons with increasing doses do not show any variation up to 1017F2/cm3and decrease by 20% of the value approaching 1018F2/cm3. The values at low concentrations practically coincide with the lifetime of the excited level. The comparison among samples irradiated at different temperatures seems to exclude relevant interactions with the F3+centers, while it supports an energy transfer mechanism with the F2+ones. © 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Condensed Matter Physics