Controlling of structural ordering and rigidity of β-SiAlON:Eu through chemical cosubstitution to approach narrow-band-emission for light-emitting diodes application

Xuejie Zhang, Mu-Huai Fang, Yi-Ting Tsai, Agata Lazarowska, Sebastian Mahlik, Tadeusz Lesniewski, Marek Grinberg, Wei Kong Pang, Fengjuan Pan, Chaolun Liang, Wuzong Zhou, Jing Wang, Jyh-Fu Lee, Bing-Ming Cheng, Tsu-Lien Hung, Yang-Yuan Chen, Ru-Shi Liu

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Abstract

Narrow-band green-emitting phosphor β-SiAlON:Eu has been widely used in advanced wide-gamut backlighting de- vices. However, the origins for unusual sharp lines in photoluminescence emission at room temperature and tunable narrow-band- emission tailored by reducing Al-O in β-SiAlON:Eu are still unclear. Here, the presence of sharp-line fine structure in the emission spectra of β-SiAlON:Eu is mainly due to purely electronic transitions (zero phonon lines) and their vibronic repetitions resulted from the multi-microenvironment around Eu2+ ions that has been revealed by relative emission intensity of sharp line depends on excitation wavelength and monotonously increasing decay time. The specific features of the Eu2+ occupying interstitial sites indicate that the effect of crystal field strength can be neglected. Therefore the enhanced rigidity and higher ordering structure of β-SiAlON:Eu with decreasing the substitution of Si–N by Al–O become the main factors in decreasing electron–lattice coupling and reducing inhomo- geneous broadening, favouring the blue-shift and narrow of the emission band, the enhanced thermal stability, as well as the charge state of Eu2+. Our results provide new insights for explaining the reason for narrow-band-emission in β-SiAlON:Eu, which will deliver an impetus for the exploration of phosphors with narrow band and ordering structure.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6781-6792
JournalChemistry of Materials
Volume29
Issue number16
Early online date22 Jul 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Aug 2017

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