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Synthesis and Characterization of Luminescence Emission in Blue Emitting Li (Ca1-XEux) PO4 (X=0.005, 0.01, 0.03) Phosphors

Goud AS* and Naranje SM

Ambedkar College, Deekshabhoomi, Nagpur, India

*Corresponding Author:
Goud AS
Ambedkar College, Deekshabhoomi
Nagpur, Mphil, Naglur
Centenary Colony
Telangana, India
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Received Date: October 31, 2016 Accepted Date: December 01, 2016 Published Date:December 09, 2016

Citation: Goud AS, Naranje SM (2016) Synthesis and Characterization of Luminescence Emission in Blue Emitting Li (Ca1-XEux) PO4 (X=0.005, 0.01, 0.03) Phosphors. J Laser Opt Photonics 3: 142. doi: 10.4172/2469-410X.1000142

Copyright: © 2016 Goud AS, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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Over the past decades, the common approach to the production of the white Light Emitting Diodes in the lighting industry has been the use of a blue InGaN Light Emitting Diode together with a color correction’ red emitting phosphor and yellow-emitting phosphor Y3Al5O12: Ce3+. However, white Light Emitting Diodes near the Ultra Violet Light Emitting Diode can be combined with the red, green, and blue phosphors. Their combination is due to their improved binging and less the Ultra Violet Light Emitting Diode’s current droop, as well as a better control of the color temperature and color rendering index through the phosphor blends manipulation (Kang 79). The phosphors mentioned above require very high absorption in the range near-Ultra Violet region (Thakur et al. 42). The strong absorption can be obtained from the dipole-allowed 4f and 5d transitions in the rare earth activated ions, such as the Eu2+ and the Ce3+, in a suitable host (Brown and Shand 73). For this approach, the examined phosphors are Ba2MgSi2O7: Eu2+, β-Si AlON-+: Eu2+ and (Sr, Ba) 2SiO4: Eu2+ for the green emitting component, CaAlSiN3: Ce3+ and Sr3Si05: Eu2+ for the orange/ yellow-emitting component, and (Sr, Ca) 2 Si5N8: Eu2+ for the red-emitting component.


Spectroscopic condition; Electro vibronic; Wavelength; Yellow; Green blue range


Globally phosphate compounds are widely used since they tend to be paramount material in the overall utility and development in the scientific progress. It is as a result of their unwavering characteristics such as, their thermal capabilities, charges stabilities that they display, environmental friendliness, low cost that gets associated with them and their availability in naturally. Solid-state luminescence is getting preferred to gas discharge in various capacities and measurements. Therefore it is of adamant to comprehend the mechanism of the transfer of energy and the behavior of the photoluminescence typically of phosphate and th0e phosphors. This paper gives a review on the synthesis and characterization of luminescence emission in rare earth elements with activated phosphate compound for the lamp industry.

In recent times, materials for inorganic luminescent are highly on the use of the quotation equipment on the studies based on the spectroscopic conduction, acquisition and in applications of the substances. The orthophosphates as a result of their mixed properties and their rarity on earth are known to be a critical class of the host lattices acting as ions of activators as a result of their physical energy thus giving the phosphors their capabilities to be used, and when compared to other elements comparatively, they are more durable. The materials have also been known to induce excitabilities in places with ultraviolet radiations This experimental research on phosphors needs a diversified combination of interdisciplinary strategies and techniques. Phosphate compounds doped with Dy is based on physical and inorganic chemistry, with the luminescence mechanism being interpreted and elucidated dependent of solid state physics. The ability gives them an upper hand in fluorescent lamps that do not use mercury. Consequently, mercury is being reduced in its application since it is hazardous to the environment. They are also employed in cathode-ray tubes, television projections, and the field emission displays. Currently, emphasis and intensive research are getting conducted on different phosphor material to unravel their properties of luminescence together with their display devices and mechanisms [1]. When inorganic compounds get doped with some rare ions, they produce fascinating attributes such as softly emitted colors with quite a good number of activators, incredible chemical stability and promising efficiency in luminescence. Phosphate based compounds are crucial hosts in delivering large crystal field situations that get forced on outflow centers, and also the doped phosphates with ions of rare earth are known to have adamant thermal stability. Phosphors that get incorporated in phosphates have also been studied. When they get activated with EU3+ ions for diodes, they emit white light [2]. When all there is integrated into the mind, the ability of the doped EU material in the solid-state and the stable luminescent characteristic displayed within limited periods or time is what has triggered most scientists to establish the application of the concept specifically in the industry [3]. Ce3+ ground state is split (2F5/2, 2F7/2), these are the only levels possible for 4f configuration. f-f transitions in Ce3+ are in IR region. At RT, they occur as unresolved bands with maximum at about 2200- 2300 cm-1 and half – width 250-300 cm-1. At low temperature, the band splits into some lines, which are due to f-f transitions and electro-vibronic transitions1, 2, 3, 4, 5. The excited states above 2F7/2 level belong to 5d configuration in the form of broad bands. Most commonly observed emission is characteristics of 5d (4f transition. Both absorption and emission have usually a broad band character this experimental research on phosphors needs a diversified combination of interdisciplinary strategies and techniques. Phosphate compounds doped with Dy is based on physical and inorganic chemistry, with the luminescence mechanism being interpreted and elucidated dependent of solid state physics Typically two types of luminescence are; incandescence, which refers to the glowing of light when some material are heated leading to the production of bright light. Secondly, we have luminescence which encompasses a group of phenomena where materials provide light without any substantial heating. There are also 17 rare earth elements of vital importance, which are found unevenly distributed worldwide. Exploitation, understanding, manipulation and utilization of these substances give the basis of this case study experiment.

Experiment and Materials

The desired molar ratios of Eu2 (99.999 percent Alfa Aesar), Ca (NO3)2, 4H2O (99.99 percent Mallinckrodt Chemicals), and LiNo3 (99 percent Alfa Aesar) were dissolved in a solution of dilute nitric acid. (NH4)2HPO4 which is one of the Emanuel Merck Darmstadt chemicals was then added to the mixture as the reagent for the PO43-. Before the addition of the (NH4)2HPO4, the pH for the mixtures was kept at a value less than two to prevent the occurrence of precipitation with the LiNO3 and Ca (NO3)2.4H20 (Gregorkiewicz, 52). The solution was then let to become transparent, after which citric acid (C6H8O7.H2 O, Emanuel Merck Darmstadt Chemicals) was added to act as the chelating agent for the metal ions. Ethylene glycol was also added. Polyethylene glycol weighing at 1.0 grams was added to the aqueous solution as a crosslinking agent and the mixture stirred well to bring about uniformity. It was then placed in a water-bath of 80 degrees Celsius for the purpose of hydrolyzing it into a solution and, consequently, a gel.

The gel was then subjected to heat at 800 degrees Celsius for an hour in the air, so that the organic material and carbon would be successfully removed. Then in a slightly reducing atmosphere, achieved through a mixture of 95 percent N2 and 5 percent H2, the gel was annealed at a temperature of between 800-1150 degrees Celsius. The particle size and morphology measurement was carried out through the field emission scanning electron microscope, while the X-ray diffraction identified the annealed powders’ crystalline phases. The phases’ percentages and peak were determined through the use of the X-Ray Diffractometer analysis program. The spectrum one charge-coupled device detection systems and the Jobin-Yvon Triax 180 monochromator were used in taking the photoluminescence measurements with the excitation source being a 450 W Xe lamp. A 400 nm laser diode excitation source was used in taking the Quantum Efficiency (QE) measurements.

Results and Discussion

All the samples demonstrated the central peak of the LiCaPO4 (Figure 1) at 2θ=32.81 degrees. However, Eu2+ (with x=0.03) higher concentrations distorts the hexagonal structure with Ca3 (PO4)2 and Li3PO4 being the dominant phases showing increased peaks of 31.01 degrees for the Ca3 (PO4)2and 33.89 degrees for Li3PO4. The X-Ray Diffractometer program estimated the amounts of Li3PO4, Ca3 (PO4)2, and LiCaPO4 to be 5 percent, 15 percent, and 80 percent respectively. The peak intensities for Li3PO4 and Ca3 (PO4)2 increased with the increasing temperatures with 800°C being the optimal temperature of annealing.


Figure 1: Unit cell representation of crystal structure LiCaPO4.

The Li(Ca0.99Eu0.01) PO4 excitation spectrum covers the wavelength range from the visible region to the Ultra Violet region with the phosphorous exciting efficiently in the regions between 280 nm to 410 nm (Figure 2). The spectrum consisted of a strong, broad blue band that was centered about the 470 nm and this can be attributed to the Eu2+ allowed 5d to 4f transition (Righini et al. 78) [4]. The intensity of the emission increases with an increase in x showing a maximum at x=0.01, besides recording a decrease at x=0.03 (Figure 3). The decrease is as a result of the presence of impurity phases within the powders (Liu et al. 82).


Figure 2: (a) PL excitation spectra of Li(Ca0.99Eu0.03)PO4, (b) PL excitation spectra ofLi(Ca1-xEUx)PO4 (x=0.005, 0.01, 0.03) under 380 nm excitation, (c) PL excitation spectra ofLi(Ca0.99Eu0.03)PO4 at various annealing temperatures.


Figure 3: XRD patterns of (a) Li(Ca1-xEUx)PO4 (x=0.005, 0.01, 0.03) phosphors and (b) Li(Ca1-xEUx)PO4 (x=0.01) at various post synthetic annealing temperatures.

For the purpose of increasing the crystallinity and the emission intensity of the powders, higher annealing temperatures are required (Figure 4) (Liu et al. 82) [5]. However, the impurity phases form at temperatures beyond the 800 degrees Celsius. In this regard, the powders were re-annealed at the 800 degrees Celsius (Figures 5 and 6). The powders that annealed at the 1150 degrees Celsius are the mixtures of the Li3PO4, Ca3 (PO4)2, and LiCaPO4. However, the products that re-annealed at the 800 degrees Celsius was LiCaPO4 and a minuscule amount of the Li3PO4, Ca3 (PO4)2at about 5 percent. These results suggest that, during the process of re-annealing at 800 degrees Celsius, the impurity phases undergo reactions to form LiCaPO4 [6].


Figure 4: SEM micrographs of Li(Ca0.99Eu0.03)PO4 annealed at (a) 800°C, (b) 1000°C, and (c) 1150°C.


Figure 5: XRD patterns of Li(Ca0.99Eu0.03)PO4 annealed at 1150°C and reannealed at 800°C.


Figure 6: XRD patterns of Li(Ca0.99Eu0.03)PO4annealed at 1150°C and reannealed at 800°C under 380 nm excitation (Liu et al. 82).

The re-annealed powders’ emission intensity proved higher compared to that of the powder annealed at the 1150 degrees Celsius. Additionally, the re-annealed powder’s quantum efficiency increased from 62 percent to 73 percent. The results also demonstrate that the phase purity of the Li (Ca1-xEux) PO4 carries out a vital role in the improvement of its luminescence properties. However, the high values of the quantum efficiency show that the phase Li (Ca1-xEux) PO4 stands a chance as a blue emitter for applications in the white-emitting Ultra Violet Light Emitting Diodes.


The preparation of the single-phase powders of the blue emitting phosphors Li (Ca1-xEux) PO4, for x=0.005, 0.01, and 0.03 was done through the method of sol-gel/Pechini. The method is simpler and faster than the solid state reaction. The impurity phases were discovered at higher temperature of annealing that is greater than 800 degrees Celsius. At these temperatures, the spherical morphology of the substance transforms into irregular shapes. The phosphors are efficiently excited in the near Ultra Violet region and Deep Ultra Violet region (370 nm-410 nm). They also show a strong blue emission band that is centered near the 470 nm. Re-annealing of powders at higher temperatures results in the production of higher emission intensity single phase powder besides an increase in the quantum efficiency. Therefore, a conclusion can be reached that Li (Ca1-xEux) PO4 blue phosphors stand as a potential candidate that can be applied in the lighting industry for the white-emitting Ultra Violet Light Emitting Diodes.


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