"LaVO4:Eu Phosphor films with enhanced Eu solubility "

T. Higuchi: Y. Hotta, Y. Hikita, S. Maruyama, Y. Hayamizu, H. Akiyama, H. Wadati, D. G. Hawthorn, T. Z. Regier, R. I. R. Blyth, G. A. Sawatzky, and H. Y. Hwang; Appl. Phys. Lett., 02/14/11.

Additional Authors: Y. Hotta, Y. Hikita, S. Maruyama, Y. Hayamizu, H. Akiyama, H. Wadati, D. G. Hawthorn, T. Z. Regier, R. I. R. Blyth, G. A. Sawatzky, and H. Y. Hwang

Abstract:

Eu doped rare-earth orthovanadates are known to be good red phosphor materials. In particular, LaVO4:Eu is a promising candidate due to the low Eu-site point symmetry, and thus high dipole transition probability within Judd–Ofelt theory. However, the low solubility limit (<3 mol %) of Eu in LaVO4 prevents its efficient use as a phosphor. We present optical evidence of enhanced Eu solubility as high as 10 mol % in LaVO4:Eu thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition and postannealing. The photoluminescent intensity exceeded that of YVO4:Eu thin films when excited below the host bandgap, indicating stronger direct emission of Eu in LaVO4.