Recently non-uniform distribution of dopants in transparent optical ceramics was observed. It was demonstrated that dopants with low segregation coefficients (K <0:2) with respect to the melt crystal growth are segregated to the grain boundaries when the grains of the ceramics are developed. This communication discusses segregation of host cations that form crystal matrix. Experimental examination of spatial distribution of Gd3+ and Y 3+ host cations in Ce3+-doped (Gd,Y)3Al 5O12 ceramic sample demonstrated that no detectable redistribution of Gd3+ and Y3+ cations in the vicinity of the grain boundaries was detected. These results are in good agreement with comparable segregation behavior of Gd3+ and Y3+ [K(Y 3+) ≈ K(Gd3+)] when the garnet solidification is performed from liquid phase. This observation also confirms qualitative match of segregation in liquid and solid states.
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