Size-dependent luminescence in Y2Si2O7 nanoparticles doped with Ce3+ ions

Marciniak, L.; Hreniak, D.; Dobrowolska, A.; Zych, E.
June 2010
Applied Physics A: Materials Science & Processing;Jun2010, Vol. 99 Issue 4, p871
Academic Journal
Powders and thin films of nanocrystalline yttrium disilicate (Y2Si2O7) doped with Ce3+ have been prepared by a sol–gel method. Structure and morphology of the synthesised samples have been determined and spectroscopic properties compared. The triclinic α-Y2Si2O7 form (space group P 1-) for the powders annealed between 1000°C and 1200°C has been found. A total conversion into a thortveitite-type monoclinic β-Y2Si2O7 polymorph after annealing of powder samples at 1400°C (space group C2/m) has been observed. In the case of films even at 1300°C the basically pure triclinic α-Y2Si2O7 phase was observed with luminescent spectroscopy. The influence of grain size, controlled by thermal treatment, on the structure and luminescence properties of the fabricated materials are presented and discussed.


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