Effect of 6 MeV electrons on luminescence properties of Y2O3:Tb3+ nanophosphors

D. V. Sunitha, H. Nagabhushana, K. Hareesh, V. N. Bhoraskar, S. D. Dhole

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Y2O3:Tb3+ nanophosphors were synthesized by solution combustion technique and irradiated with 6 MeV energetic electrons in the fluence range 2-10×1013 e-cm-2. Powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) patterns confirm cubic phase of Y2O3. The crystallite size was estimated using Scherrer method and was found to be in the order of ~39 nm. SEM micrographs revealed the formation of non-uniform spherical shaped particles for higher electron fluence. Photoluminescence spectra (PL) of pristine and Tb3+ doped Y2O3 were recorded in the fluence range 2-10×1013 e-cm-2. PL intensity was found to increase up to 4×1013 e-cm-2 and thereafter it decreases with further increase in electron fluence. This may be attributed to lattice disorder produced by dense electronic excitation under electron irradiation. The characteristic emission peaks of Tb3+ were observed at ~ 484-490 nm (5D47F6), 548 nm (5D47F5) and 587 nm (5D47F4) at excited wavelength 397 nm. Two TL glow peaks were recorded in both pristine and electron irradiated samples indicate that two types of traps were created. The color co-ordinate values (x, y) were located in the green region of the CIE diagram suggests that electron irradiated Y2O3:Tb3+ phosphor could be used in white LEDs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-126
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Luminescence
Publication statusPublished - 01-09-2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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