Tailoring the luminescence properties of Y2O3:Sm3+ nanophosphors by 6 MeV electron beam irradiation

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

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Sm3+ (3 mol%) ions doped Y2O3 nanophosphors were synthesized by green synthesis route using Aloe Vera gel as fuel. The final product was irradiated by 6 MeV electron beam (E-beam) to different fluences in the range (2–10 × 1013 e cm−2) and well characterized. Powder X-ray Diffractogram (PXRD) results revealed the loss of crystalline nature due to lattice disorder created during irradiation. Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopic results showed absorption peaks around 688–843 cm−1 (Y-O bond), 1076 and 1398 cm−1 (C-O bond), 1505–1765 cm−1 and 3498 cm−1 (O-H bond). Scanning Electron Microscopic (SEM) images showed flake like morphological features. The Photoluminescence (PL) emission spectrum recorded at 407 nm excitation showed magnetic and electric dipole transitions at ∼569–575 (4G5/2 → 6H5/2), ∼607–623 (4G5/2 → 6H7/2) and ∼655–668 nm (4G5/2 → 6H9/2) respectively. Thermoluminescence (TL) glow curve consists of three peaks in E-beam irradiated nanophosphors at 158, 243 and 352 °C due to creation of more number of trapping and luminescent centers. The E-beam irradiated Y2O3:Sm3+ nanophosphors showed strong PL emission with color co-ordinate values lying in the orange-red region. Therefore, this material can be potentially used as a red component in WLEDs (White LEDs).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-28
Number of pages10
JournalRadiation Measurements
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiation
  • Instrumentation


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