Deep UV laser induced fluorescence in fluoride thin films

Research paper by J. Heber, C. Mühlig, W. Triebel, N. Danz, R. Thielsch, N. Kaiser

Indexed on: 01 Jan '03Published on: 01 Jan '03Published in: Applied Physics A


Fluorescence experiments have been performed to study the interaction of 193-nm laser radiation with dielectric thin films of LaF3, AlF3, and MgF2. Spectral- and time-resolved measurements reveal the presence of cerium in LaF3 and the influence of hydrocarbons in MgF2 and LaF3. Virtually no fluorescence response is observable in the case of AlF3. Supplementary measurements on multilayer stacks confirm the contribution of hydrocarbon and cerium emission in high-reflective UV mirrors upon ArF excimer laser irradiation. Energy density dependent measurements indicate a linear absorption process as the origin of UV laser induced fluorescence in LaF3. Luminescence calculations are applied as a helpful tool in order to account for interference effects that are inherently to be found in the multilayer emission spectra.