Optical spectroscopy and microscopy of radiation-induced light-emitting point defects in lithium fluoride crystals and films

R.M. Montereali, F. Bonfigli, F. Menchini, M.A. Vincenti

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Abstract

Broad-band light-emitting radiation-induced F2 and F3+electronic point defects, which are stable and laser-active at room temperature in lithium fluoride crystals and films, are used in dosimeters, tuneable color-center lasers, broad-band miniaturized light sources and novel radiation imaging detectors. A brief review of their photoemission properties is presented, and their behavior at liquid nitrogen temperatures is discussed. Some experimental data from optical spectroscopy and fluorescence microscopy of these radiation-induced point defects in LiF crystals and thin films are used to obtain information about the coloration curves, the efficiency of point defect formation, the effects of photo-bleaching processes, etc. Control of the local formation, stabilization, and transformation of radiation-induced light-emitting defect centers is crucial for the development of optically active micro-components and nanostructures. Some of the advantages of low temperature measurements for novel confocal laser scanning fluorescence microscopy techniques, widely used for spatial mapping of these point defects through the optical reading of their visible photoluminescence, are highlighted. © 2012 American Institute of Physics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)779 - 785
Number of pages7
JournalLow Temperature Physics
Volume38
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Aug 2012

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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