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Strategies to tailor the UV absorption band of Eu3+:La2O3 downshifting nanocrystals
Author(s): M. Méndez; Y. Cesteros; L. F. Marsal; P. Salagre; P. Formentín; J. Pallarès; M. Aguiló; F. Díaz; J. J. Carvajal
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Paper Abstract

The charge transfer state (CTS) band of the Eu3+:La2O3 nanocrystals were studied in detail in order to understand the shift of the maximum of this band. Eu3+:La2O3 nanoparticles present a broad CTS band. However, the maximum is peaking below 300 nm, far below the limit of the solar spectrum arriving to the surface of the Earth and it makes difficult the application of this material as down-shifting in solar cells. In order to shift the CTS band towards blue wavelengths, different synthesis methods such as hydrothermal and sol-gel modified Pechini methods were used to prepare these nanoparticles, and adding additional CTS bands with co-doping ions such as Bi3+ was explored as well. The crystalline structure of Eu3+:La(OH)3, Eu3+:La2O3, Bi3+:Eu3+:La(OH)3 and Bi3+:Eu3+:La2O3 and the cell parameters of Eu3+:La2O3 and Bi3+:Eu3+:La2O3 were analyzed by X-ray powder diffraction technique and their morphology was observed by transmission electron microscopy. Once we obtained the cell parameters refining the XRD patterns by Full-prof software, we were able to calculate the Eu3+-O distance by ATOMS software through the structure previously represented following the Pauling model. The results found suggest that we need to take into account another parameter apart from the Eu3+-O distance to explain the CTS band small shift.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 May 2012
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8438, Photonics for Solar Energy Systems IV, 843804 (2 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.922532
Show Author Affiliations
M. Méndez, Univ. Rovira i Virgili (Spain)
Y. Cesteros, Univ. Rovira i Virgili (Spain)
L. F. Marsal, Univ. Rovira i Virgili (Spain)
P. Salagre, Univ. Rovira i Virgili (Spain)
P. Formentín, Univ. Rovira i Virgili (Spain)
J. Pallarès, Univ. Rovira i Virgili (Spain)
M. Aguiló, Univ. Rovira i Virgili (Spain)
F. Díaz, Univ. Rovira i Virgili (Spain)
J. J. Carvajal, Univ. Rovira i Virgili (Spain)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8438:
Photonics for Solar Energy Systems IV
Ralf Wehrspohn; Andreas Gombert, Editor(s)

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