Factors for determining photoluminescence properties of YBO 3:Ce3+ phosphor prepared by hydrothermal method

Hiroko Ogata, Satoru Takeshita, Tetsuhiko Isobe, Tomohiro Sawayama, Seiji Niikura

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YBO3:Ce3+ blue-emitting phosphors were prepared from boric acid and nitrates of yttrium and cerium(III) by hydrothermal method. An excess amount of boric acid, prolonged aging, high temperature, and a high pH value promote the formation of crystalline YBO3. The higher crystallinity results in the higher photoluminescence (PL) intensity corresponding to the 5d-4f transition of Ce3+ under the irradiation of near-UV light. The PL intensity also depends on the pH value of precursor suspension and the nominal Ce3+ concentration, where the sample prepared at pH = 8 and Ce/(Y + Ce) = 0.25-0.5 at% shows the maximum PL intensity. In addition, the hydrothermally prepared sample shows the characteristic photobleaching behavior under the continuous irradiation of near-UV light. These results suggest that the crystallinity of the host YBO 3 crystal and the homogeneity of substituted Ce3+ ions play significant roles in the PL properties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1820-1824
Number of pages5
JournalOptical Materials
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Sep


  • Hydrothermal synthesis
  • Photobleaching behavior
  • Photoluminescence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Computer Science(all)
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Spectroscopy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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