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Crystals 2018, 8(2), 55;

Rare-Earth Tantalates and Niobates Single Crystals: Promising Scintillators and Laser Materials

The Key Laboratory of Photonic Devices and Materials, Anhui Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031, China
Science Island Branch of Graduate School, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026, China
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Received: 11 December 2017 / Revised: 26 December 2017 / Accepted: 28 December 2017 / Published: 24 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Crystal Growth for Optoelectronic and Piezoelectric Applications)
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Rare-earth tantalates, with high density and monoclinic structure, and niobates with monoclinic structure have been paid great attention as potential optical materials. In the last decade, we focused on the crystal growth technology of rare-earth tantalates and niobates and studied their luminescence and physical properties. A series of rare-earth tantalates and niobates crystals have been grown by the Czochralski method successfully. In this work, we summarize the research results on the crystal growth, scintillation, and laser properties of them, including the absorption and emission spectra, spectral parameters, energy levels structure, and so on. Most of the tantalates and niobates exhibit excellent luminescent properties, rich physical properties, and good chemical stability, indicating that they are potential outstanding scintillators and laser materials. View Full-Text
Keywords: rare-earth tantalates; rare-earth niobates; scintillator crystals; laser crystals rare-earth tantalates; rare-earth niobates; scintillator crystals; laser crystals

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Dou, R.; Zhang, Q.; Gao, J.; Chen, Y.; Ding, S.; Peng, F.; Liu, W.; Sun, D. Rare-Earth Tantalates and Niobates Single Crystals: Promising Scintillators and Laser Materials. Crystals 2018, 8, 55.

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