We have explored the development of multifunctionalities viz, optical nonlinearity, high dielectric constant and ferromagnetic behavior in a nanostructured silica based glass of 14.0Na2O, 26.0BaO, 26.0TiO2, 16.0B2O3, 17.0SiO2, 1.0NiO (mol%) composition. A heat treatment at 863 K for 4 h led to nonlinear refractive index and absorption coefficients at wavelength 800 nm of 0.11 × 10-19 m2/W and 1.15 × 10-3 cm/GW, respectively. A heat treatment at 1073 K for 2 h followed by 1113 K for 3 h increased the dielectric constant from 11 to 50, apparently due to the formation of nanocrystals of BaTiO3 within the glass medium. Glass samples reduced at 923 K for 1 h exhibited ferromagnetic behavior due to the presence of nickel nanoparticles.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Ceramics and Composites
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Materials Chemistry