Investigation of Cu-doped Li2B4O7 single crystals by electron paramagnetic resonance and time-resolved optical spectroscopy

G. Corradi, V. Nagirnyi, A. Kotlov, A. Watterich, M. Kirm, K. Polgár, A. Hofstaetter, M. Meyer

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Abstract

A low-temperature study of the thermoluminescent dosimeter material, lithium tetraborate (Li2B4O7) doped by Cu, has been carried out by the methods of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and time-resolved polarization spectroscopy using 4-20 eV synchrotron radiation and 1 μs Xe flash lamp pulses in the region 3-6 eV. The observed EPR spectra of an unpaired hole with strong d-character and characteristic hyperfine splittings can be ascribed to Cu2+ substituted at a Li lattice site and displaced due to relaxation. The results on the Cu+-related luminescence strongly support the conclusion about a low-symmetry position of copper impurity ions in the lithium tetraborate lattice. The temperature dependence of the decay kinetics of the Cu+-related 3.35 eV emission indicates a triplet nature for the relaxed excited state of the Cu+ centres. An off-centre position of the Cu+ ion in the relaxed excited state is suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Article number025216
JournalJournal of Physics Condensed Matter
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 16 2008

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  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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