Giselly S. Bianchi, Vitor S. Zanuto, Francine B. G. Astrath, Luis C. Malacarne, Idelmar A. A. Terra, Tomaz Catunda, Luiz A. O. Nunes, Carlos Jacinto, Luis H. C. Andrade, Sandro M. Lima, Mauro L. Baesso e Nelson G. Castelli Astrath

OPTICS LETTERS – Volume: 32; Issue: 22; Pages: 4667-4670; DOI: 10.1364/OL.38.004667

Resonant excited state absorption (ESA) and relaxation processes in Tb3+-doped aluminosilicate glasses are quantitatively evaluated. A model describing the excitation steps and upconversion emission is developed and applied to interpret the results from laser-induced surface deformation using thermal mirror spectroscopy. The fluorescence quantum efficiency of level D54 was found to be close to unity and concentration independent while, for the level D53, it decreases with Tb3+ concentration. Emission spectroscopy measurements supported these results. ESA cross sections are found to be more than three orders of magnitude higher than the ground state absorption cross section.