Optical Materials Express (2012)

Persistent luminescence in MSi2O2N2:Eu phosphors
J. Botterman, K. Van den Eeckhout, A. Bos, P. Dorenbos, and P. Smet
Optical Materials Express 2 (2012) 341-349

Abstract
In this work we study the persistent luminescence properties of europium-doped alkaline earth silicon oxynitrides (CaSi2O2N2, SrSi2O2N2 and BaSi2O2N2). All compounds show afterglow emission, with an emission spectrum which is similar to the steady state photoluminescence. The afterglow decay time for BaSi2O2N2:Eu and SrSi2O2N2:Eu is about 50 and 100 minutes respectively, while for CaSi2O2N2:Eu the afterglow intensity is very low. Although the persistent luminescence can be induced by ultraviolet light (250-300 nm) in all three phosphors, only for BaSi2O2N2:Eu low energy radiation (350-500 nm) allows filling of the traps responsible for the afterglow.

Keywords: Persistent luminescence oxynitrides phosphor afterglow europium

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