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Photon frequency boosting materials

  1. Jul 12, 2012 #1
    I've been reading about fluorescence and I understand how the band-gap accounts for reemission of photons at a longer wavelength.

    However, can a material store a photon, and then given an external energy source reemit at a shorter wavelength?

    I'm imagining an electrified "glass" that could absorb IR and reemit it in the visible spectrum. Granted, it likely wouldn't be in the same direction, but is it even possible for a material to do this?

    I've read about Two-photon absorption which seems like a viable process, albeit at a greatly diminished intensity.

    What do y'all think?
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  3. Jul 13, 2012 #2

    Simon Bridge

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    Welcome to PF;
    One can certainly imagine an atom excited by multiple photons to a high energy level and then losing all that energy in one go. There are quite a lot of other things that can happen too. Why would it not just de-energize in two steps as well?

    But look up "anti-Stokes shift".
  4. Jul 13, 2012 #3


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    Two-photon_excitation_microscopy [Broken] uses this, and frequency doubling is quite common in scientific experiments. I don't know how efficient those methods are.
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