Radiative lifetime modification of LaF 3:Nd nanoparticles embedded in 3D silicon photonic crystals

Hailong Ning, Agustin Mihi, Joseph B. Geddes, Masao Miyake, Paul V. Braun

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The photonic density of states (DOS) of a silicon inverse photonic crystal is probed using the radiative emission of LaF 3:Nd nanoparticles. These emitters are embedded as a thin planar defect within the interior of photonic crystals with varying silicon filling fractions. The alignment of the narrow emission of the particles with the high and low photonic DOS regions is achieved. The time-resolved measurements reveal that the radiative lifetime of the embedded Nd 3+ is strongly influenced by the surrounding DOS provided by the silicon inverse opals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)OP153-OP158
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number23
StatePublished - Jun 19 2012


  • nanoparticle emitters
  • photonic crystals
  • photonic density of states
  • rare-earth nanoparticles
  • spontaneous emission

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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