Upconversion fluorescence and its thermometric sensitivity of Er3+:Yb3+ co-doped SrF2 powders prepared by combustion synthesis
Upconversion fluorescence of co-doped Er3+:Yb3+:SrF2 powders prepared by combustion synthesis was investigated under near-infrared ( λ = 980 nm) continuous wave laser excitation. Surface morphology of the samples and structures of the Er3+:Yb3+:SrF2 powders were studied with scanning electronic microscopy, energy dispersive x-ray, and x-ray powder diffraction. The spectrum of the fluorescence contains bands centered at ~410, ~522, ~545 and ~660 nm, corresponding respectively to transitions from upper levels 2H9/2, 2H11/2, 4S3/2 and 4F9/2 to the ground state 4I15/2, which can be identified as 4 f-4 f transitions from Er3+ excited states. In addition, the fluorescence is found sensitive to the temperature, which suggests that an optical temperature sensor would be feasible. The maximum sensitivity of the proposed sensor was found 0.00396 K-1.