Journal Article Tin-Doped Inorganic Amorphous Films for Use as Transparent Monolithic Phosphors.

Masai, Hirokazu  ,  Miyata, Hiroki  ,  Yamada, Yasuhiro  ,  Okumura, Shun  ,  Yanagida, Takayuki  ,  Kanemitsu, Yoshihiko

52015-06-10 , Nature Publishing Group
Although inorganic crystalline phosphors can exhibit high quantum efficiency, their use in phosphor films has been limited by a reliance on organic binders that have poor durability when exposed to high-power and/or high excitation energy light sources. To address this problem, Sn(2+)-doped transparent phosphate films measuring several micrometers in thickness have been successfully prepared through heat treatment and a subsequent single dip-coating process. The resulting monolithic inorganic amorphous film exhibited an internal quantum efficiency of over 60% and can potentially utilize transmitted light. Analysis of the film's emissivity revealed that its color can be tuned by changing the amount of Mn and Sn added to influence the energy transfer from Sn(2+) to Mn(2+). It is therefore concluded that amorphous films containing such emission centers can provide a novel and viable alternative to conventional amorphous films containing crystalline phosphors in light-emitting devices.

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