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1.3 PHYSICAL SCIENCES, Optics, Electrical and electronic engineering


We report, for the first time to our knowledge, an ultrabroadband mid-infrared (MIR) emission in the range of 1800–2800 nm at room temperature from a Cr2+-doped chalcogenide glass ceramic embedded with pure hexagonal (wurtzite) β-ZnS nanorods and study the emission-dependent properties on the doping concentration of Cr2+. A new family of chalcogenide glasses based on (100 − x) Ge1.5As2S6.5 – x ZnSe (in mol.%) was prepared by melt-quenching method. The Cr2+: β-ZnS nanorods of ˜150 nm in diameter and ˜1 μm in length were grown in the Cr2+-doped glass after thermal annealing. The compositional variations of glass structures and optical properties were studied. The crystalline phase, morphology of the thermally grown nanorods, and the microscopic elemental distributions were characterized using advanced nanoscale transmission electron microscopy analyses.



National Key R&D Program of China; National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC); Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities; Harbin Engineering University; Natural Science Foundation of Heilongjiang Province of China