Toward control of point defects in lithium fluoride thin layers

R.M. Montereali, F. Bonfigli, T. Marolo, V. Mussi, E. Nichelatti

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Point defect formation and stabilization properties, as well as their peculiar spectroscopic characteristics, locally modify the optical properties of insulating materials. Thin layers containing high concentrations of colour centres, hosted in a LiF single crystal and/or a polycrystalline matrix, offer the opportunity to develop innovative light-emitting photonic devices. Control of all the critical parameters should be required on spatial dimension comparable with the optical wavelengths. Recent developments in laser technologies, electron and particles beam methods, and novel photon sources, have opened a wide range of opportunities. An overview of the most significant advances in this field is provided, with particular emphasis on colour-centre LiF-based innovative miniaturised light sources, optical amplifiers and lasers. © 2007 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)864 - 869
Number of pages6
JournalPhysica Status Solidi (C) Current Topics in Solid State Physics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics

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