Structural Study of the Eu3+ Environments in Fluorozirconate Glasses: Role of the Temperature-Induced and the Pressure-Induced Phase Transition Processes in the Development of a Rare Earth's Local Structure Model Articles uri icon

publication date

  • April 2009


  • 15


  • 130

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-9606

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1089-7690


  • The correlation between the optical properties of the Eu3+ ions and their local structures in fluorozirconate glasses and glass-ceramics have been analyzed by means of steady-state and time-resolved site-selective laser spectroscopies. Changes in the crystal-field interaction, ranging from weak to medium strength values, are observed monitoring the luminescence and the lifetime of the Eu3+ ions in different local environments in the glass. As key roles in this study, the Eu3+ luminescence in the thermally-induced crystallization of the glass and the pressure-induced amorphization of the crystalline phase of the glass-ceramic experimentally states the existence of a parent local structure for the Eu3+ ions in the glass, identified as the EuZrF7 crystalline phase. Starting from the ab initio single overlap model, crystal-field calculations have been performed in the glass and the glass-ceramic. From the site-selective measurements, the crystal-field parameters sets are obtained, giving a suitable simulation of the 7FJ (J = 0&-6) Stark energy level diagram for the Eu3+ ions in the different environments present in the fluorozirconate glass. A simple geometrical model based on a continuous distortion of the parent structure is proposed for the distribution of local environments of the Eu3+ ions in the fluorozirconate glass.