Photoluminescence and gamma-ray irradiation of SrAl2O4:Eu2+and Y2O3:Eu3+ phosphors

Chaofeng Zhu, Yunxia Yang, Guorong Chen, S. Baccaro, A. Cecilia, M. Falconieri

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Y2O3:Eu3+phosphor is a very attractive material for use as a red phosphor in many fields. SrAl2O4:Eu2+belongs to long lasting phosphor (LLP) and it is a useful bluish-green luminescence material, which can also be a promising candidate as a simple and easy-to-use radiation detection element for visual display of two dimensional radiation distributions. In the present study, both these two kinds of phosphors were synthesized using high temperature solid state reactions. In our work, the influence of gamma-ray irradiation on the properties of these two kinds of phosphors was studied by comparing photoluminescence, brightness and the decay curve of unirradiated and gamma-ray-irradiated samples. Conclusions from the present work can be briefly summarized as follows. In irradiated samples, the brightness is decreased without sensible change in the wavelength distribution of the luminescence spectrum and in the decay kinetic upon gamma exposure. Moreover, the emission due to Eu3+→Eu2+conversion in Y2O3:Eu3+phosphors was not observed in our sample after irradiation to high exposure. Also the brightness of SrAl2O4:Eu2+phosphor turned out to decrease after the exposition to ionizing radiation while the luminescence wavelength distribution remained unchanged. The reason for the effect of gamma-ray irradiation on the properties of phosphors is also discussed in the paper. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1721 - 1724
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2007
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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