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Color tuning via energy transfer in Sr3In(PO4)3:Ce3+/Tb3+/Mn2+ phosphors

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Sr3In(PO4)3 (SIP):Ce3+/Tb3+/Mn2+ phosphors have been prepared via a solid state reaction process. Under UV excitation, there are three energy transfer (ET) pairs in the SIP host, i.e., Ce3+ → Tb3+, Ce3+ → Mn2+, and Tb3+ → Mn2+. Both of the ETs from Ce3+ to Tb3+ and from Ce3+ to Mn2+ in the SIP host have been demonstrated to be resonant type via a dipole–quadrupole mechanism, and the critical distance (RC) calculated by the quenching concentration method and spectral overlap method, respectively, were investigated. By the ET of Ce3+ → Tb3+, Ce3+ → Mn2+, and Tb3+ → Mn2+ the emitting colors of the studied samples could be adjusted from blue to green, from blue to orange-red, and from green to green-yellow, respectively. More importantly, under low-voltage electron beam excitation, the CL spectra of the SIP:Ce3+, Mn2+ samples cover the whole visible light region, resulting in a white light emission. Additionally, the CL properties of SIP:Ce3+/Tb3+/Mn2+ phosphors have been investigated in detail. The results reveal that the as-prepared phosphors have good CL intensity and CIE coordinate stability under electron beam bombardment. Compared with the commercial green phosphor ZnO:Zn, SIP:7% Ce3+, the 10% Tb3+ sample has a higher CL brightness. In conclusion, tunable light with high quantum yield (68%) has been obtained in SIP:Ce3+/Tb3+/Mn2+ phosphors by utilizing the principle of energy transfer and properly selecting the activator contents under UV and electron beam excitation.

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The article was received on 17 Apr 2012, accepted on 14 May 2012 and first published on 16 May 2012

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2JM32392C
Citation: J. Mater. Chem., 2012,22, 14262-14271
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    Color tuning via energy transfer in Sr3In(PO4)3:Ce3+/Tb3+/Mn2+ phosphors

    D. Geng, G. Li, M. Shang, D. Yang, Y. Zhang, Z. Cheng and J. Lin, J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22, 14262
    DOI: 10.1039/C2JM32392C

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