A novel narrow-line red emitting Na2Y2B 2O7:Ce3+,Tb3+,Eu3+ phosphor with high efficiency activated by terbium chain for near-UV white LEDs

Dawei Wen, Jianxin Shi

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The application of white LEDs is hindered by the low efficiency of commercial red phosphors. Here, a novel narrow-line red phosphor is produced by a terbium chain in the form of Ce3+-(Tb3+) n-Eu3+ in the Na2Y2B 2O7 host and is characterized with X-ray diffraction, photoluminescence (PL), PL excitation (PLE), and fluorescence lifetime, and the energy transfer (ET) processes between rare-earth ions in the host are discussed. The formation of terbium chain with a quite low content of Tb 3+ in Na2Y2B2O7 is realized by the ET processes of Ce3+-Tb3+ and Tb 3+-Eu3+, and a new concept of saturation distance is put forward as an explanation for the first time. An energy level diagram is proposed to explain the ET processes in the phosphor of Na2Y 2B2O7:Ce3+,Tb3+,Eu 3+. The emitting colour of the phosphor can be tuned from blue to green or yellow and finally to the orange-red region with increasing the content of Tb3+. The quantum efficiency of the phosphor with an optimized ratio of rare-earth ions, Na2Y2B2O 7:0.5% Ce3+,60% Tb3+,0.5% Eu3+, is up to 77% under the excitation of 365 nm, which indicates that the as-synthesized phosphor is applicable to near-UV white LEDs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16621-16629
Number of pages9
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number47
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Dec 21
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry


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