The effect on transmittance and reflectance in the vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) region by doping alkali fluorides (LiF, NaF and KF) has been investigated in a ternary fluoroaluminate (18BaF2-37CaF2-45AlF3) glass. The absorption edge of the glass obeys the Urbach rule and was shifted monotonically towards higher energies by increasing the concentration of each alkali fluoride. The VUV reflection peak at 11.3 eV was not sensitive to the change of the concentration of dopants. The magnitude of the edge shift was 10-20 times larger than that expected from the additive law on the magnitude of absorption coefficients of the glass and alkali fluorides. An excitonic interaction similar to that observed in mixed crystals of alkali halides is suggested from the monotonic shift toward the absorption edges of the dopants. The weak sensitivity of the reflection peak upon doping supports that the excitonic state lies predominantly around the edge energies.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics