Effects of In3+ doping concentration on the structural, morphological and photoluminescence properties of x% In3+:MgAl2O4 nanophosphor prepared via citrate sol-gel method

Setumo Victor Motloung*

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Abstract

A series of nanocrystalline (0 ≤ x ≤ 1.25%) x% In3+:MgAl2O4 (IMAO) phosphor powders have been successfully prepared via citrate sol-gel technique. The x-ray diffraction (XRD) results indicated that the IMAO consists of the cubic phase and average crystallite sizes was found to be 9 nm. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) revealed that the In3+ concentration influences the phosphor morphology. Ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) results showed that the reflectance and absorption of the IMAO depends on the In3+ concentration. The prepared samples exhibited the emission at 395 nm, which is attributed to the defects within the host material. The optimum emission intensity was observed at x = 0.3% In3+. The critical distance (Rc) calculation suggested that the concentration quenching occurs due to the multipole-multipole interaction. The Commission Internationale de l'Elcairage (CIE) diagram revealed that varying the In3+ concentration does not influence the emission colour.

Original languageEnglish
Article number116327
JournalMaterials Research Express
Volume6
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Nov 2019

Keywords

  • CIE coordinates
  • MgAlO
  • critical distance
  • in doped
  • photoluminescence

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