Abstracts 2011

Abstract of Publication No. 602

C. Renero-Lecuna, R. Martín-Rodríguez, R. Valiente, J. González, F. Rodríguez, K. W. Krämer and H. U. Güdel
Origin of the High Upconversion Green Luminescence Efficiency in b-NaYF4:2%Er3+,20%Yb3+
Chem. Mater. 23, 3442-3448 (2011)      Full Text (PDF)      DOI-Link     

Abstract: Site-selective spectroscopy in hexagonal b-NaYF4:Er3+,Yb3+ has revealed different environments for Er3+ ions (multisite formation). The low-temperature 4S3/2 4I15/2 Er3+green emission depends on the excitation wavelength associated with the 4F7/2 Er3+ level. We have studied the effect of hydrostatic pressure on the green, red, and blue Er3+ emission upon NIR excitation at 980 nm, in order to establish the role played by energy resonance conditions and the multiple Er3+ sites due to the disordered structure for the upconversion (UC) process (energy tuning). The variation of photoluminescence spectra and lifetimes as a function of pressure and temperature reveals that the origin of the high green UC efficiency of the b-NaYF4:Er3+,Yb3+ compound is mainly due to the multisite distribution, and the low phonon energy of the host lattice.

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