Recorded color rendering index in single Ce,(Pr,Mn):YAG transparent ceramics for high-power white LEDs/LDs
Transparent ceramic (TC) is an incredibly promising color converter for high-power white LEDs/LDs. However, the preparation process of multiple structured TC with high color rendering index (CRI) is complicated and of technical challenge, and the inability of a single structured TC to achieve a high CRI significantly limits its real application. In this study, high quality single structured Ce,(Pr,Mn):YAG TCs with the "wide peak" and "narrow peak" red light emission were designed and fabricated by the solid-state reaction and vacuum sintering method. Compared with the emission spectra of the Ce:YAG TC, synchronous doping Pr3+ and Mn2+ ions into Ce:YAG TCs resulted in an inhomogeneous broaden of the full width at half maximum (FWHM) from 91.7 nm to 102.2 nm. Impressively, the CRI of the single Ce,(Pr,Mn):YAG TC based high-power white LEDs was as high as 84.8, and the correlated-color temperature (CCT) of the white LEDs/LDs were 5450 K and 3550 K, respectively. Furthermore, when the addition amounts of Pr3+ and Mn2+ were 0.2 at.% and 0.8 at.%, respectively, the prepared Ce,(Pr,Mn):YAG TC displayed a high quantum efficiency (IQE=48.14%) and an excellent color stability (only 5% fluctuation at different driving currents). Therefore, this work not only shows how to overcome the spectrum deficiencies of single structured TCs that restrains the intrinsic CRI improvement, but also provides a reference for the pursuit of a high luminescent property. It significantly reinforces the understanding of CRI problems of TC based high-power lighting, which is crucial for the real application of white LEDs/LDs.