Point defects in lithium fluoride films for micro-radiography, X-ray microscopy and photonic applications

F. Bonfigli, A.Ya. Faenov, F. Flora, T. Marolo, R.M. Montereali, E. Nichelatti, T.A. Pikuz, L. Reale, G. Baldacchini

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Point defects in lithium fluoride (LiF) have recently attracted renewed attention due the exciting results obtained in the realisation of miniaturised optical devices. Among light-emitting materials, LiF is of particular interest because it is almost not hygroscopic and can host, even at room temperature, stable color centers (CCs) that emit light in the visible and in the near infrared spectral range under optical excitation. The increasing demand for low-dimensionality photonic devices imposes the use of advanced irradiation methods for producing luminescent structures with high spatial resolution. An innovative irradiation technique to produce luminescent CCs in LiF crystals and films by using an extreme ultra-violet and soft X-ray laser-plasma source will be presented. This technique is capable to induce colored patterns with submicrometric spatial resolution on large areas in a short exposure time as compared with other irradiation methods. Luminescent regular arrays produced by this irradiation technique will be shown. Recently, the idea of using a LiF film as image detector for X-ray microscopy and micro-radiography based on optically-stimulated luminescence from CCs has been developed. © 2005 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)250 - 255
Number of pages6
JournalPhysica Status Solidi (A) Applications and Materials Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2005
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Bonfigli, F., Faenov, A. Y., Flora, F., Marolo, T., Montereali, R. M., Nichelatti, E., ... Baldacchini, G. (2005). Point defects in lithium fluoride films for micro-radiography, X-ray microscopy and photonic applications. Physica Status Solidi (A) Applications and Materials Science, 202(2), 250 - 255. https://doi.org/10.1002/pssa.200460236