Structural, morphological and up-converting luminescence characteristics of nanocrystalline Y2O3:Yb/Er powders obtained via spray pyrolysis
Rabanal, Maria Eugenia
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Sub-micronic, spherical Y2O3:Yb/Er particles comprising clustered nano-units (70 nm) were prepared via ultrasonic spray pyrolysis from pure nitrate precursor solutions with different Yb/Er dopant ratios. The particles were additionally thermally treated at 1100 °C for 12, 24 and 48 h. The structural and morphological characteristics of particles were studied by X-ray powder diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray analysis and specific surface area (BET) and were further correlated with their advanced optical properties. For the recorded up-conversion emissions, originating from the following Er3+ transitions: [2H9/2→4I15/2] in blue (407–420 nm); [2H11/2, 4S3/2→4I15/2] green: 510–590 nm; and [4F9/2→4I15/2] in red (640–720 nm) spectral region, the corresponding lifetimes were acquired in the wide temperature range (10–300 K). The most intense green up-conversion emission with the long decay of 550 ms is re...corded for Y1.97Yb0.02Er0.01O3 particles thermally treated at 1100 °C for 24 h.