Optical Materials (2011)

Stability improvement of moisture sensitive CaS:Eu2+ micro-particles by coating with sol-gel
Nursen Avci, Philippe F. Smet, Iolanda Cimieri, Dirk Poelman
Optical Materials 33 (2011) 1032-1035

Abstract
Here we report on the usage of alumina coating for the protection of moisture sensitive CaS:Eu2+ micro-particles. Alumina sol was prepared using a water-free sol-gel technique and single crystal CaS:Eu2+ luminescent micro-particles were synthesized via solvothermal way. After deposition of the particles on a substrate, they were coated with an alumina layer and heat treated at 500oC for 30 minutes. In addition to in-situ measurements of accelerated ageing of the luminescent particles, photoluminescence (PL) spectra of coated and uncoated particles were compared. Coated particles showed a broad band PL emission with a maximum at 650 nm identical to that of uncoated particles. Coating with an alumina layer drastically increased the resistivity of the luminescent material against moisture.

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