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Plasma and Fusion Research

Volume 7, 2405043 (2012)

Regular Articles

Ion-Beam Induced Luminescence and Damage of Er2O3
Daiji KATO, Hiroyuki A. SAKAUE, Izumi MURAKAMI, Teruya TANAKA, Takeo MUROGA and Akio SAGARA
Fusion Systems Research Division, Department of Helical Plasma Research, National Institute for Fusion Science, 322-6 Oroshi-cho, Toki, Gifu 509-5292, Japan
(Received 11 December 2011 / Accepted 28 February 2012 / Published 10 May 2012)


Ion-beam induced luminescence of sintered Er2O3 samples irradiated by Ar+ ion-beams was measured in a visible range. In this experiment, three emission bands were observed at 500-520, 540-570, and 640-690nm. The measured luminescence band at 640-690nm is resolved into Lorentzian Stark component having a ∼ 1012 Hz width in frequency. Center wavelengths of the Stark components agree with those of intra-4f transitions of Er3+ (4f11) ions situated at C2 symmetry cation sites in pure Er2O3. However, resonance broadening due to nearby Er3+ in the crystal accounts only 1% of the total width. Depopulation of the crystalline oxide in irradiated regions is inferred from decreasing intensity of the emission band at 640-690nm during continuous irradiation. The emission bands at 500-520 and 540-570nm still remained in heavily damaged samples look similar with those observed with a metallic Er target.


ion-beam induced luminescence, erbium oxide, electric insulating coating, tritium permeation barrier, neutron damage, resonance broadening

DOI: 10.1585/pfr.7.2405043


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This paper may be cited as follows:

Daiji KATO, Hiroyuki A. SAKAUE, Izumi MURAKAMI, Teruya TANAKA, Takeo MUROGA and Akio SAGARA, Plasma Fusion Res. 7, 2405043 (2012).