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Advances in Condensed Matter Physics
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 5304791, 6 pages
Research Article

Surface Plasmon Resonance Enhanced Spontaneous Upconversion and Stimulated Emissions in Glass Ceramics Containing Ba2LaF7 Nanocrystals

1College of Materials Science and Engineering, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming 650093, China
2University Research Facility in Materials Characterization and Device Fabrication, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Hong Kong
3Key Laboratory of Advanced Materials of Yunnan Province, Kunming 650093, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Xue Yu

Received 19 June 2017; Accepted 10 August 2017; Published 13 September 2017

Academic Editor: Zaiquan Xu

Copyright © 2017 Sai Li et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Glass ceramics containing Yb3+, Er3+ codoped Ba2LaF7 nanocrystals were fabricated via melt quenching method and the subsequent heating treatment. The formation of Ba2LaF7 nanocrystals in the glass ceramics was confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The spontaneous upconversion (UC) emission and the stimulated counterpart as a random lasing action of Er3+, which were related to the characteristic transitions of Er3+ ions, were achieved in the Yb3+, Er3+-doped Ba2LaF7 nanocrystals embedded glass ceramic hybrid. Furthermore, the absorption spectra verified the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) band of Ag, which precipitated from the matrix glasses as Ag nanoparticles (NPs). By incorporating Ag NPs in the glass ceramic hybrid, spontaneous UC emission intensity of Er3+ in visible region was significantly enhanced, while the threshold of the random lasing was decreased from 480 to 350 nJ/cm2.