Research activities concerned with color centers in alkali halide films started recently. The use of versatile, well-assessed, and low-cost fabrication techniques consisting of physical vapor deposition of Lithium Fluoride (LiF) films combined with direct writing lithographic processes allows the realization of miniaturized structures, like broad-band emitters, channel waveguides, optical microcavities and point-light sources emitting in the visible spectral range. Promising results have been obtained in the generation, amplification and waveguiding of visible light in LiF treated by low energy electron beams, where the efficient formation of stable primary and aggregate color centers also induces a local modification of the refractive index. A brief overview of the investigated optical properties is presented together with a short discussion about their perspectives of applications in optoelectronics.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Nuclear Energy and Engineering
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics
Montereali, R. M. (2002). Miniaturized structures based on color centers in lithium fluoride: Optical properties and applications. Radiation Effects and Defects in Solids, 157(6-12), 545 - 551. https://doi.org/10.1080/10420150215835