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Luminescence and Energy Transfer Characteristics of Ce3+- and Tb3+-Codoped Nanoporous 12CaO·7Al2O3 Phosphors

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The novel green-emitting phosphors of 12CaO·7Al2O3:Ce3+, Tb3+ (C12A7:Ce3+, Tb3+) were synthesized by a solid-state reaction. Upon the excitation of Ce3+ at 350 nm, the C12A7:Ce3+, Tb3+ phosphor shows intense green emissions located at 543 nm assigning to 5D47F5 transitions of Tb3+ ions, and weak blue emissions centered at 434 nm due to the transitions of Ce3+ 5d–4f. The photoluminescence (PL) intensity of Ce3+ decrease with increasing Tb3+ concentration, indicating the effective energy transfer (ET) occurred from Ce3+ to Tb3+ in C12A7:Ce3+, Tb3+. The ET efficiency between Ce3+ and Tb3+ in the optimum composition reaches to 99%. Based on Dexter's ET theory, we have demonstrated that the efficient ET is a resonant type via dipole–dipole mechanism with an energy transfer critical distance of 4.02 Å. Our results suggested that C12A7:Ce3+, Tb3+ phosphor would be a promising green-emitting phosphor for UV-converting white light-emitting diodes.

Keywords: C12A7; CE3+; ENERGY TRANSFER; GREEN-EMITTING; TB3+

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/jnn.2011.5289

Publication date: November 1, 2011

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