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An Efficient Energy Transfer in Tb3+-Yb3+ pair co-doped Y2O3 Phosphors

Author Affiliations

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

Res.J.chem.sci., Volume 6, Issue (6), Pages 6-10, June,18 (2016)


The phosphor Y2O3 (yttrium oxide) co-doped with Tb3+-Yb3+ ion pair had been prepared via co-precipitation route. Proper phase of material was established with X-ray diffraction (XRD) test. Also photoluminescence (PL) study was done with aid of fluorescence spectrophotometers Hitachi F7000 and FLS980 (Edinburgh photonics). In the present work the efficient energy transfer (ET) from Tb3+ ion to Yb3+ ion leading to near infra red emission (NIR) was studied in Y2O3 phosphor. The PL of as-synthesized phosphor shows single sharp emissions at 982 nm and 996 nm corresponding to f-f transitions of Yb3+ activator ions in Y2O3 phosphor at ultra-violet (UV) excitation wavelength of 306 nm. The dominating near IR photons emission at 982 nm from Yb3+ ion obtained when Tb3+ ion excited. Because of the ET from one Tb3+ sensitizer to neighboring Yb3+ activators suppressing emissions from Tb3+ ions. The Y2O3:Tb3+-Yb3+ phosphor can convert each UV photon into NIR photons where solar response of crystalline silicon (c-Si) solar cell is optimum. This makes the as-prepared phosphor as prime candidate for potential application in photovoltaic technology.


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