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Journal of Solid State Physics
Volume 2014, Article ID 389543, 8 pages
Research Article

Optical and FT Infrared Absorption Spectra of 3d Transition Metal Ions Doped in NaF-CaF2-B2O3 Glass and Effects of Gamma Irradiation

1Glass Research Department, National Research Center, Dokki, Giza 12311, Egypt
2Spectroscopy Department, National Research Center, Dokki, Giza 12311, Egypt

Received 14 August 2014; Revised 12 November 2014; Accepted 12 November 2014; Published 2 December 2014

Academic Editor: Veer P. S. Awana

Copyright © 2014 F. H. A. Elbatal 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.


Combined optical and FTIR spectroscopy has been employed to investigate the undoped NaF-CaF2-B2O3 glass together with samples containing 0.2% dopant of 3d TM ions before and after gamma irradiation. The optical spectrum of the undoped glass reveals strong UV absorption with two peaks which are related to unavoidable trace iron impurity within the raw materials. Upon gamma irradiation, an induced visible broad band centered at 500 nm is resolved and is related to B-O hole center or nonbridging oxygen hole center. TMs-doped samples exhibit characteristic absorption due to each respective TM ion but with faint colors. Gamma irradiation of TMs-doped samples reveals the same induced visible band at 500–510 nm in most samples except CuO and Cr2O3-doped glasses. Infrared absorption spectra reveal characteristic vibrational bands due to triangular and tetrahedral borate groups. The introduction of NaF and CaF2 modifies the borate network forming BO3F tetrahedra. The introduction of 3d TMs as dopants did not make any obvious changes in the FTIR spectra due to their low content (0.2%). Gamma irradiation causes only minor variations in the intensities of the characteristic IR borate bands while the bands at about 1640 cm−1 and 3450 cm−1 reveal distinct growth in most samples.