Far-infrared properties of resonant modes and tunnelling states in rare-earth-doped calcium fluoride

Title:
Far-infrared properties of resonant modes and tunnelling states in rare-earth-doped calcium fluoride
Authors:
FitzGerald, Stephen; Sievers, A. J.; Campbell, J. A.
Abstract:
The low-temperature observation of a broad distribution of two-level systems in chemically disordered fluorite mixed crystals has heightened interest in the spectroscopic properties of the corresponding lightly doped crystals. The low-temperature far-ir absorption of calcium fluoride crystals doped with Y3+, La3+ or Lu3+ in the range less than 1 mol% shows three completely different types of defect-induced spectra and the temperature and concentration dependence are found to vary widely. In addition, the far-ir properties of CaF2 doped with Y3+ or Lu3+ can be dramatically altered by heat treatment, indicating that clustering plays an important role. By comparing the spectroscopic signatures with those previously observed for other defect systems, the lowest-lying excitations for these doped CaF2 crystals have been assigned as follows: tunnelling transitions in two different elastic configurations for Y3+, a variety of ground state tunnelling transitions for the La3+ doping and an anharmonic resonant mode for the Lu3+ doped system. The surprising result is that a broad distribution of two-level systems is clearly evident in two of the three systems and the optical activity of this distribution appears to be controlled by the optical activity of the dominant defect dynamics.
Citation:
FitzGerald, S.A., A.J. Sievers, and J.A. Campbell. 2001. "Far-infrared properties of resonant modes and tunnelling states in rare-earth-doped calcium fluoride." Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 13(10): 2095-2116.
Publisher:
Institute of Physics
DATE ISSUED:
2001-03-12
Department:
Physics and Astronomy
Type:
article
PUBLISHED VERSION:
10.1088/0953-8984/13/10/305
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/310295

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dc.contributor.authorFitzGerald, Stephenen_US
dc.contributor.authorSievers, A. J.en_US
dc.contributor.authorCampbell, J. A.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-23T16:29:52Zen
dc.date.available2013-12-23T16:29:52Zen
dc.date.issued2001-03-12en
dc.identifier.citationFitzGerald, S.A., A.J. Sievers, and J.A. Campbell. 2001. "Far-infrared properties of resonant modes and tunnelling states in rare-earth-doped calcium fluoride." Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 13(10): 2095-2116.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0953-8984en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/310295en
dc.description.abstractThe low-temperature observation of a broad distribution of two-level systems in chemically disordered fluorite mixed crystals has heightened interest in the spectroscopic properties of the corresponding lightly doped crystals. The low-temperature far-ir absorption of calcium fluoride crystals doped with Y3+, La3+ or Lu3+ in the range less than 1 mol% shows three completely different types of defect-induced spectra and the temperature and concentration dependence are found to vary widely. In addition, the far-ir properties of CaF2 doped with Y3+ or Lu3+ can be dramatically altered by heat treatment, indicating that clustering plays an important role. By comparing the spectroscopic signatures with those previously observed for other defect systems, the lowest-lying excitations for these doped CaF2 crystals have been assigned as follows: tunnelling transitions in two different elastic configurations for Y3+, a variety of ground state tunnelling transitions for the La3+ doping and an anharmonic resonant mode for the Lu3+ doped system. The surprising result is that a broad distribution of two-level systems is clearly evident in two of the three systems and the optical activity of this distribution appears to be controlled by the optical activity of the dominant defect dynamics.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherInstitute of Physicsen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1088/0953-8984/13/10/305en
dc.subject.departmentPhysics and Astronomyen_US
dc.titleFar-infrared properties of resonant modes and tunnelling states in rare-earth-doped calcium fluorideen_US
dc.typearticleen_US
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Physics: Condensed Matteren_US
dc.subject.keywordCondensed matter: electrical, magnetic and opticalen_US
dc.subject.keywordSurfaces, interfaces and thin filmsen_US
dc.subject.keywordCondensed matter: structural, mechanical and thermalen_US
dc.identifier.volume13en_US
dc.identifier.issue10en_US
dc.identifier.startpage2095en_US
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