Abstract

We report the observation of persistent spectral hole burning due to a mechanism that is new to inorganic materials, i.e., light-induced deuteron (or proton) tunneling. Measurements were made on 3H41D2 transitions of SrF2:Pr3+ centers having two D ions as near neighbors. The spectral holes exhibit hyperfine structure dominated by very large (∼100-MHz) pseudoquadrupole splittings in the singlet ground state.

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