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Downconversion in YVO4:Yb3+ for sensitization of c-Si solar cells

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Physics, S. G. B. A. U., Amravati 444602, Maharashtra, India
  • 2Department of Physics, S. G. B. A. U., Amravati 444602, Maharashtra, India
  • 3Department of Physics, S. G. B. A. U., Amravati 444602, Maharashtra, India
  • 4Department of Physics, S. G. B. A. U., Amravati 444602, Maharashtra, India

Res.J.chem.sci., Volume 6, Issue (4), Pages 36-40, April,18 (2016)


An efficient Yb3+ doped YVO4 (yttrium vanadate) material was synthesized by co-precipitation method followed by slow evaporation. The phase of phosphor was identified by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. In present article the efficient near-infrared (NIR) downconversion (DC) process through energy transfer (ET) process in YVO4:Yb3+ was studied. It was confirmed that there exist effective co-operative energy transfer (CET) from VO43- ion to two neighboring Yb3+ ion in host matrix YVO4. The photoluminescence (PL) of as-synthesized phosphor shows single sharp emission centered at 988 nm which corresponds to the f-f transitions in Yb3+ ions in YVO4 host lattice under the ultra violet (UV) excitation of 322 nm. The NIR emission of wavelength 988 nm due to Yb3+ was observed at the excitation of VO43- ion, due to the CET from one VO43- ions to two adjacent Yb3+ ions. The YVO4:Yb3+ material can convert each UV photon into two NIR photons through CET and hence it has potential application for enhancing conversion efficiency of solar cells based on silicon materials.


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