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Crystal Structure and Optical Properties of Lu3Al5O12:Ce3+ Obtained by a Colloidal Chemical Synthesis Method

We have used a colloidal chemical method to synthesize ultradisperse powders of lutetium aluminum garnet activated by Ce3+ ions. We used optical spectroscopy, x-ray and neutron diffraction to study their spectral luminescence and structural properties as a function of the activator concentration and the heat treatment conditions for the precursor. We have observed a change in a number of structural parameters of these powders, due to the particular details of their synthesis, which leads to distortion of the crystallographic environment of the Ce3+ ions and a change in the intensity of their luminescence. We show that among the studied powders, the highest integrated luminescence intensity is observed for an activator concentration of 1.0 at.%, and its maximum is achieved with heat treatment in the range 1200–1300°C.

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Translated from Zhurnal Prikladnoi Spektroskopii, Vol. 81, No. 6, pp. 958–965, November–December, 2014.

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Samoylenko, S.A., Tret’yak, E.V., Shevchenko, G.P. et al. Crystal Structure and Optical Properties of Lu3Al5O12:Ce3+ Obtained by a Colloidal Chemical Synthesis Method. J Appl Spectrosc 81, 1048–1055 (2015).

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  • lutetium aluminum garnet
  • luminescence
  • neutron diffraction
  • coprecipitation method