Blue-shift of Eu²⁺ emission in (Ba,Sr)₃Lu(PO₄)₃:Eu²⁺ eulytite solid-solution phosphors resulting from release of neighbouring-cation-induced stress

Dalton Trans. 2014 Nov 28;43(44):16800-4. doi: 10.1039/c4dt02319f.


A series of iso-structural eulytite-type (Ba,Sr)3Lu(PO4)3:Eu(2+) solid-solution phosphors with different Sr/Ba ratios were synthesized by a solid-state reaction. Crystal structures of (Ba,Sr)3Lu(PO4)3:Eu(2+) were resolved by the Rietveld method, which shows an eulytite-type cubic Bi4(SiO4)3 structure with cations disordered in a single C3 site while the oxygen atoms were distributed over two partially occupied sites. The emission peaks of Ba((3-x))Sr(x)Lu(PO4)3:Eu(2+) (0 ≤ x ≤ 3) phosphors were blue-shifted, from 506 to 479 nm, with increasing Sr/Ba ratio upon the same excitation wavelength of 365 nm, and such interesting luminescence behaviours can also be found in other eulytite-type (Ba,Sr)3Ln(PO4)3:Eu(2+) (Ln = Y, Gd) solid-solution phosphors. The blue-shift of the Eu(2+) emission with increasing Sr/Ba ratio was ascribed to the variation of the crystal field strength that the 5d orbital of Eu(2+) ion experiences, and a new model based on the Eu-O bond length and released neighboring-cation stress in disordered Ba(2+)/Sr(2+)/Ln(3+) sites is proposed.