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Optical and structural behavior of the ZrO2 doped with Er3+, Pr3+ and Y3+

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Fábio Simões de Vicente
Total Authors: 1
Document type: Master's Dissertation
Press: São Carlos.
Institution: Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Instituto de Física de São Carlos (IFSC/BT)
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Examining board members:
Maximo Siu Li; Tomaz Catunda; Celso Valentim Santilli
Advisor: Maximo Siu Li

The aim of this work is the production and characterization of Rare Earth Stabilized Zirconia (RESZ) and Rare Earth Yttria Stabilized Zirconia (RE-YSZ) thin films. Thin films were produced by Electron Beam Gun (EB-PVD) in a non commercial evaporation system developed in our laboratory, where we have efficiently produced good Zirconia thin films up to 7.0 pm in thickness. Doped Zirconia pellets and single crystal fibers were investigated in a parallel study with the thin films and the luminescent and structural behavior of these materials have been analyzed. The pellets were produced by pressing and sintering the mixed oxides powders and it was used as evaporation source for thin film production in the electron beam gun, and intense luminescence was observed in these samples when excited by Laser. The single crystal fibers were obtained by Laser Heated Pedestal Growth (LKPG) method, using ceramic extruded rods that were fused by C02 Laser. As few information on Rare Earth Doped Zirconia thin films were reported, we have focused our attention on the structural characterization through electron microscopy and X-Ray diffraction as also luminescence. (AU)