Glass Physics and Chemistry

, Volume 34, Issue 6, pp 709–715 | Cite as

Luminescence of modified nonbridging oxygen hole centers in silica and alkali silicate glasses



This paper reports on the results of the investigation of the cathodoluminescence spectra of silica and alkali silicate glasses upon excitation with a pulsed electron beam (energy, 180 keV; current density, 700 A/cm2; pulse duration, 2 ns). The luminescence band observed in the energy range 2.4–2.6 eV is assigned to modified structural defects of the ≡Si-O·/Me + type. These defects are revealed under high-density electronic excitation and, unlike the known L centers in alkali silicate glasses, are interpreted as a variety of nonbridging oxygen hole centers (defects of the dangling bond type) subjected to a disturbing action of the nearest neighbor alkali metal cations. The cathodoluminescence of similar centers is observed in neutron-irradiated silica glasses with lithium impurities; alkali silicate glasses with Li, Na, and K cations; and glasses in the two-alkali Na-K systems. It is established that the energy of the radiative transition of a modified nonbridging oxygen hole center, namely, ≡Si-O·/Me +, depends on the alkali cation type.


Silica Glass Glass Physic Luminescence Band Pulse Electron Beam Bridge Oxygen Atom 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. F. Zatsepin
    • 1
  • V. B. Guseva
    • 2
  • D. A. Zatsepin
    • 3
  1. 1.Ural State Technical UniversityYekaterinburgRussia
  2. 2.Ural State UniversityYekaterinburgRussia
  3. 3.Institute of Metal Physics, Ural DivisionRussian Academy of SciencesYekaterinburgRussia

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