Applied Physics B

, Volume 107, Issue 2, pp 483–487 | Cite as

Broadband downconversion based near-infrared quantum cutting via cooperative energy transfer in YNbO4:Bi3+, Yb3+ phosphor

Article

Abstract

YNbO4:Bi3+, Yb3+ phosphor was prepared to study the quantum cutting process of converting one ultraviolet photon into two near-infrared photons. An intense near-infrared emission of Yb3+:2F5/22F7/2 around 1 μm was observed under the ultraviolet excitation belonging to the broadband absorption of the [NbO4]3- group and the Bi3+ ion. The photoluminescence spectra and decay lifetime measurements indicate efficient energy transfer from Bi3+ to Yb3+ ions, which is attributed to be of a cooperative energy transfer mechanism. The YNbO4:Bi3+, Yb3+ phosphor with optimized doping concentration may be applicable in improving the efficiency of silicon-based solar cells.

Keywords

Photoluminescence Near-infrared quantum cutting Cooperative energy transfer 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Zhou
    • 1
  • Y. Kou
    • 1
  • X. Wei
    • 1
  • C. Duan
    • 1
  • Y. Chen
    • 1
  • M. Yin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of Science and Technology of ChinaHefeiChina

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