Tb3+-doped alkaline-earth aluminates: Synthesis, characterization and optical properties

Tb3+-doped alkaline-earth aluminates: Synthesis, characterization and optical properties

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

Materials Research Bulletin, Volume 85, p.240-248 (2017)

ISBN:

0025-5408

Abstract:

<p>Un-doped and Tb3+-doped calcium and strontium aluminates (CaAl2O4, CaAl2O4:Tb3+, SrAl2O4, SrAl2O4: Tb3+) were synthesized by a new soft chemical method the precursor route via the thermal decomposition of tartarate compounds. The complex precursors have been characterized by elemental chemical analysis, infrared spectroScopy (IR), luminescence spectroscopy and thermal analysis. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), IR and Raman spectroscopy (RS) were used for the structural and morphological characterization of un-doped and doped alkaline-earth aluminate powders. Photoluminescence (PL) and Thermoluminescence (TL) properties of the aluminates were also investigated. The XRD patterns confirmed the formation of low-temperature structures: hexagonal structure for CaAl2O4 and monoclinic structure for SrAl2O4, with average crystallite size of 64 nm and 46 nm for CaAl2O4 and SrAl2O4, respectively. Microstructural analysis by SEM showed the homogeneous microstructure and fine particle size of the powder obtained by precursor method. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.</p>