High resolution luminescence spectroscopy and thermoluminescence of different size LaPO4:Eu3+ nanoparticles

Tamara Gavrilovića,  Katrīna Laganovska, Aleksejs Zolotarjovs, Krisjanis Smits, Dragana J. Jovanović, Miroslav D. Dramićanin

Nanoparticles (5nm) and nanorods (2nm×15nm and 4nm×20nm) of monoclinic monazite LaPO4:Eu3+ were prepared by reverse micelle and co-precipitation techniques. Effects of the particle size and surface defects on the intensity of luminescence and the emission spectrum shapes were analyzed by high resolution spectroscopy under laser (266nm) and X-rays excitation. All synthesized LaPO4:Eu3+ samples showed similar spectral features with characteristic Eu3+ ions emission bands: 5D0→7F0 centered at 578.4nm, magnetic-dipole transition 5D0→7F1 at 588–595nm, electric-dipole transition 5D0→7F2 at 611.5–620.5nm, 5D0→7F3 at (648–652nm) and 5D0→7F4 at (684–702.5nm), with the most dominant electric-dipole 5D0→7F2 transition. Additionally, the thermally stimulated luminescence was studied for the most dominant peak at 611.5nm. It was shown that the Eu3+ doping creates traps in all samples. Two prominent and well resolved glow peaks at 58.7K and 172.3K were detected for 5nm nanoparticles, while low-intensity glow-peaks at 212.1K and 212.2K were observed in the X-rays irradiated nanorods. Displayed glows could be attributed to free and bound electrons and holes or to the recombination of electrons of ionized oxygen vacancies with photogenerated holes. To obtain information about the processes and specific defect type it is necessary to carry out additional analysis for all synthesized samples. The glow curves were analyzed and trap parameters were estimated and discussed throughout the paper.

Published in Optical Materials

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