Luminescent rare-earth oxyfluoride materials were prepared by a sol-gel method using trifluoroacetic acid as a fluorine source. Crystalline (La, Eu)OF powders and thin films were obtained by heating gels at typically 600-800°C. Transparent SiO2-LaOF glass-ceramic thin films were also prepared by mixing the trifluoroacetate sols and silica sols, spin-coating on silica glass substrates and heating at temperatures 600-900°C. Eu3+ ions doped in the oxyfluoride materials exhibited a strong red 5D0 → 7F2 emission (611 nm) by a charge-transfer (O2--Eu3+) excitation with ultra-violet radiation (265 nm). It was strongly suggested that the Eu3+ activators were preferentially incorporated into the crystalline LaOF phase in the SiO2-LaOF glass-ceramics.
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- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Ceramics and Composites
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Materials Chemistry