Ultrathin Y 2 O 3: Eu 3+ nanodiscs: Spectroscopic investigations and evidence for reduced concentration quenching.

28 August 2018

Abstract

Here, we report the synthesis and spectral properties of ultrathin nanodiscs (NDs) of Y2O3:Eu3+. It was found that the NDs of Y2O3:Eu3+ with a thickness of about 1 nm can be fabricated in a reproducible, facile and self-assembling process, which does not depend on the Eu3+ concentration.

The thickness and morphology of these nanodiscs were determined with small angle X-ray scattering and transmission electron microscopy. We found that the crystal field in these nano-particles deviates from both the cubic and monoclinic characteristics, albeit the shape of the 5D0->7FJ (J=0, 1, 2) transitions shows some similarity with the transitions in the monoclinic material.

The Raman spectra of the non-annealed NDs manifest various vibration modes of the oleic acid molecules, which are used to stabilize the NDs. The annealed NDs show two very weak Raman lines, which may be assigned to vibrational modes of Y2O3 NDs.

The concentration quenching of the Eu3+ luminescence of the NDs before annealing is largely suppressed and might be explained in terms of a reduction of the phonon density of states.

Citation

den Engelsen, D., Fern, G.R., Ireland, T.G., Hudry, D., Abeykoon, M., Nykypanchuk, D., Dickerson, J.H. and Silver, J., 2018. Ultrathin Y 2 O 3: Eu 3+ nanodiscs: Spectroscopic investigations and evidence for reduced concentration quenching. Nanotechnology.

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