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Title: Optical characterization of nano- and microcrystals of EuPO4 created by one-step synthesis of antimony-germanate-silicate glass modified by P2O5
Authors: Zmojda, Jacek
Kochanowicz, Marcin
Miluski, Piotr
Baranowska, Agata
Pisarski, Wojciech A.
Pisarska, Joanna
Jadach, Renata
Sitarz, Maciej
Dorosz, Dominik
Keywords: Antimony-germanate-silicate glass; EuPO4 nanocrystals; Europium oxide; Glass-ceramics; Luminescence properties; Stark splitting
Issue Date: 2017
Citation: Materials, Vol. 10, iss. 9 (2017), art. no. 1059
Abstract: Technology of active glass-ceramics (GC) is an important part of luminescent materials engineering. The classic method to obtain GC is based on annealing of parent glass in proper temperature and different time periods. Generally, only the bulk materials are investigated as a starting host for further applications. However, the effect of an additional heat-treatment process on emission and structural properties during GC processing is omitted. Here, we focus on the possibility of obtaining transparent glass-ceramic doped with europium ions directly with a melt-quenching method. The influence of phosphate concentration (up to 10 mol %) on the inversion symmetry of local environment of Eu3+ ions in antimony-germanate-silicate (SGS) glass has been investigated. The Stark splitting of luminescence spectra and the local asymmetry ratio estimated by relation of (5D0→7F2)/(5D0→7F1) transitions in fabricated glass confirms higher local symmetry around Eu3+ ions. Based on XRD and SEM/EDX measurements, the EuPO4 nano- and microcrystals with monoclinic geometry were determined. Therefore, in our experiment, we confirmed possibility of one-step approach to fabricate crystalline structures (glass-ceramic) in Eu-doped SGS glass without additional annealing process.
DOI: 10.3390/ma10091059
ISSN: 1996-1944
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