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Electroluminescence of cubic boron nitride single crystal flakes with color-zoning
Author(s): Xiuhuan Liu; Shuang Wang; Zhanguo Chen; Gang Jia; Tianliang Bian; Lixin Hou; Qi Wang; Nian Liu
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Paper Abstract

The current-voltage (I-V) characteristics and phenomena of electroluminescence of cubic boron nitride (cBN) single crystal flakes with color-zoning under extremely non-uniform electric fields (ENUEFs) induced by needle-plate electrodes were observed. When a cBN flake with sizes of 0.3×0.3×0.1 mm3 was tightly fixed between the tungsten needle and brass plate electrodes in the atmosphere, the I-V relationship exhibited nonlinearity, and peculiar phenomena of electroluminescence with bright blue-violet light appeared at the bias voltage in a range of 700-1200 V. The current-controlled differential negative resistance was synchronously observed. The electroluminescent phenomena were somewhat different for cases of the needle electrode respectively contacting to the amber and transparent zones. The electroluminescent radiations of cBN flakes biased at voltages with a range of 600-1550 V were also investigated in vacuum. In a vacuum chamber, the green emitting phosphor spread around the cBN flake might be excited by the vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) emission from the cBN crystal, and the green fluorescence was observed by naked eyes. The VUV radiation spectrum with a peak wavelength of 149 nm was measured. In the atmosphere, the blue-violet light emission may be the gas discharge resulted from the air ionization induced by the VUV emission from the cBN crystal under the ENUEF, and the ENUEF subsequently keeps the air discharging. The VUV emission from the cBN crystal under the ENUEF can be caused by the original interband transition and the subsequent intraband transfer for electrons, and the final electron-hole direct recombination.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 April 2015
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9522, Selected Papers from Conferences of the Photoelectronic Technology Committee of the Chinese Society of Astronautics 2014, Part II, 952221 (13 April 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2180321
Show Author Affiliations
Xiuhuan Liu, Jilin Univ. (China)
Shuang Wang, Jilin Univ. (China)
Zhanguo Chen, Jilin Univ. (China)
Gang Jia, Jilin Univ. (China)
Tianliang Bian, Jilin Univ. (China)
Lixin Hou, Jilin Agricultural Univ. (China)
Qi Wang, Jilin Univ. (China)
Nian Liu, Jilin Univ. (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9522:
Selected Papers from Conferences of the Photoelectronic Technology Committee of the Chinese Society of Astronautics 2014, Part II
Xiangwan Du; Jennifer Liu; Dianyuan Fan; Jialing Le; Yueguang Lv; Jianquan Yao; Weimin Bao; Lijun Wang, Editor(s)

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