Synthesis and properties of cerium aluminosilicophosphate glasses

J. L. Rygel, C. G. Pantano

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Cerium oxide is commonly added to silicate glasses as an optical property modifier. In particular, UV absorption, decoloration via redox coupling, and resistance to radiation-induced darkening are influenced by the addition of this rare-earth oxide. However, the limited solubility and visible color of rare-earth oxides in silicate glasses prevent any further beneficial enhancement of properties which might result from increasing the CeO2 content. In contrast, rare-earth oxides are extremely soluble in phosphate glasses; for example, a binary cerium phosphate glass can incorporate up to 40 mol% CeO2. Moreover, since the UV absorption edge of the phosphate network is blue-shifted compared to the silicate network, the effect of the Ce3+ absorption band tail on yellow coloration can be minimized. In this study, glasses in the cerium aluminosilicophosphate system were synthesized and a variety of physical and optical properties were measured including: density, refractive index, glass transition temperature, hardness, fracture toughness, and the location of the UV absorption edge. At ∼9 mol% CeO2, these cerium aluminosilicophosphate glasses exhibit similar coloration to commercially available silicate glasses which contain ∼0.4 mol% CeO2. Semi-quantitative photoemission analysis of the Ce oxidation states showed insignificant differences in the Ce3+/Ce4+ ratio between the phosphate and silicate glass systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2622-2629
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Non-Crystalline Solids
Issue number52-54
StatePublished - Dec 15 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry


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