Abstract

Relaxation processes in Nd are studied. We find that resonance coupling between Nd and other rare earth ions seems to exist. Nd plus Yb in Na<sub>0.5</sub>Gd<sub>0.5</sub>WO<sub>4</sub> results in a coupled system in which the Yb may be caused to fluoresce by pumping the Nd. Radiation trapping is found to play only a minor role.

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