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High-quality sol-gel thin films: elaboration, studies in waveguiding configuration, and application to sol-gel scintillators
Author(s): Jacques Mugnier; Cecile Le Luyer; Antonieta Garcia Murillo
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Paper Abstract

The sol gel process is a rather simple route for the elaboration of pure or doped well known oxides such as TiO2, ZrO2, ... or less usual oxides such as Lu2O3, Gd2O3... in thin film form. A proof of the high optical quality of the layers is their ability to propagate light even if their application is not in the waveguide field. Moreover waveguiding properties of the layers allow their studies in waveguiding configuration. Among these methods, the most attractive for the sol gel films is the very low frequency waveguide Raman which provides the nanocrystals sizes and phases according to the annealing temperatures as illustrated by ZrO2 sol gel layers studies. For such measurements the thin films must be very carefully elaborated as described in this presentation. As example of application, Gd2O3 sol gel scintillating films are presented, when studied in waveguiding configuration and used in transmission configuration. The sol elaboration is described. The thickness and the refractive index of the films are analysed as a function of the annealing treatment. Results of the europium doped gadolinium oxide layer under X rays excitation are presented which underlined the attention paid on all the steps of the elaboration procedure.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 February 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5250, Advances in Optical Thin Films, (25 February 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.513384
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Jacques Mugnier, Lab. de Physico-Chimie des Materiaux Luminescents, CNRS-Univ. Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (France)
Cecile Le Luyer, Lab. de Physico-Chimie des Materiaux Luminescents, CNRS-Univ. Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (France)
Antonieta Garcia Murillo, Lab. de Physico-Chimie des Materiaux Luminescents, CNRS-Univ. Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5250:
Advances in Optical Thin Films
Claude Amra; Norbert Kaiser; H. Angus Macleod, Editor(s)

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