Oxygen defects related luminescence of ZrO2 nanocrystals

Donats Millers 

Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia, 8 Kengaraga, Riga LV-1063, Latvia


The intrinsic or exciton luminescence and intrinsic defects related luminescence is known in a number of oxides. Both kinds of luminescence were observed in the ZrO2 nanocrystals. The large contribution in the nanocrystal luminescence could be from centres (defects) located close to the surface. The luminescence centre surrounding in some cases could be determined from the change of electron transition probability. The probabilities of transitions 5D0 - 7F1 and 5D07F2 of Eu3+ strongly depend on the symmetry of ion position and it is demonstrated the two different positions of this ion in ZrO2 nanocrystals is possible. The introducing of defects in oxygen sub-lattice strongly changes undoped and doped ZrO2 nanocrystals luminescence. The defects led to the significant difference between inter-centre and recombination luminescence. It was shown the differences arises due to suppressed energy/charge transfer from host to the luminescence centres. The main defect introduced is oxygen vacancy, having three possible charge states thus three different luminescence centres might be. Really the larger number of slightly different luminescence centres were detected. Possible origin and models of these centres will be discussed. The luminescence dependence on defects in ZrO2 nanocrystal oxygen sub-lattice indicated the material is promising for luminescent oxygen sensor development. The oxygen exchange between nanocrystal and surrounding gasses via nanocrystal surface occur. The advanced material for new generation of luminescent oxygen sensors could have developed surface for efficient oxygen exchange and transparency high enough for luminescent light output. It is supposed specific ZrO2 nanoceramic having small grain sizes and a net of nanopores through all the material will be appropriate.


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Presentation: Invited at E-MRS Fall Meeting 2007, Acta Materialia Gold Medal Workshop, by Donats Millers
See On-line Journal of E-MRS Fall Meeting 2007

Submitted: 2007-05-14 08:51
Revised:   2009-06-07 00:44