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Eu3+-Doped Y3−xSmxAl5O12 garnet: synthesis and structural investigation

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Sm3+-Doped and Eu3+/Sm3+-co-doped yttrium aluminium garnets (YAG) have been synthesized by an environmentally friendly sol–gel method. The results of X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis of the powders sintered at 1000 °C showed the high purity of the end products with formation of monophasic compounds. The phase composition of the samples was also investigated by FTIR spectroscopy. The microstructural features of the polycrystalline samples were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The local environments of Eu3+ and Sm3+ activator ions in the garnet crystal structure compounds were investigated by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and Raman spectroscopy. The luminescence properties were discussed using the results from photoluminescence (PL) study. The effective concentration of Sm in YAG was estimated and optimum ratio between two activators (Eu3+ and Sm3+) was analysed. The correlation between structural features and luminescence was determined. With a constant amount of samarium in Y2.9Sm0.1Al5O12:Eu garnet the strongest luminescence was determined in the sample with 1% of europium when characteristic excitation for europium was used.

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The article was received on 13 Sep 2017, accepted on 19 Dec 2017 and first published on 20 Dec 2017

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7NJ03468G
Citation: New J. Chem., 2018,42, 2278-2287
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    Eu3+-Doped Y3−xSmxAl5O12 garnet: synthesis and structural investigation

    L. Pavasaryte, A. Katelnikovas, V. Klimavicius, V. Balevicius, A. Momot, M. Van Bael, A. Hardy and A. Kareiva, New J. Chem., 2018, 42, 2278
    DOI: 10.1039/C7NJ03468G

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