Terbium-doped gadolinium orthovanadate (GdVO4 :Tb(3+) ), orthophosphate monohydrate (GdPO4 ·H2 O:Tb(3+) ) and orthovanadate-phosphate (GdV,PO4 :Tb(3+) ) powder phosphors were synthesized using a solution combustion method. X-Ray diffraction analysis confirmed the formation of crystalline GdVO4 , GdPO4 ·H2 O and GdV,PO4 . Scanning electron microscopy images showed that the powder was composed of an agglomeration of particles of different shapes, ranging from spherical to oval to wire-like structures. The chemical elements present were confirmed by energy dispersive spectroscopy, and the stretching mode frequencies were determined by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. UV-visible spectroscopy spectra showed a strong absorption band with a maximum at 200 nm assigned to the absorption of VO4 (3-) and minor excitation bands assigned to f → f transitions of Tb(3+) . Four characteristic emission peaks were observed at 491, 546, 588 and 623 nm, and are attributed to (5) D4 → (7) Fj (j = 6, 5, 4 and 3). The photoluminescent prominent green emission peak ((5) D4 → (7) F5 ) was centred at 546 nm. The structure and possible mechanism of light emission from GdV1-x Px O4 :% Tb(3+) are discussed.
- combustion synthesis
- orthovanadate phosphates