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Pressure-induced Co2+ photoluminescence quenching in MgAl2O4

Abstract: This work investigates the electronic structure and photoluminescence (PL) of Co2+-doped MgAl2O4 and their pressure dependence by time-resolved spectroscopy. The variations of the visible absorption band and its associated emission at 663 nm (? = 130 ns at ambient conditions) with pressure/temperature can be explained on the basis of a configurational energy model. It provides an interpretation for both the electronic structure and the excited-state phenomena yielding photoluminescence emission and the subsequent quenching. We show that there is an excited-state crossover (ESCO) [4T1(P) ? 2 E(G)] at ambient pressure, which is responsible for the evolution of the emission spectrum from a broadband emission between 300 K and 100 K to a narrow-line emission at lower temperatures. Contrary to expectations from the Tanabe-Sugano diagram, instead of enhancing ESCO phenomena, pressure reduces PL and even suppresses it (PL quenching) above 6 GPa. We explain such variations in terms of pressure-induced nonradiative relaxation to lower excited states: 2 E(G) ? 4T1(F). The variation of PL intensity and its associated lifetime with pressure supports the proposed interpretation.

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 Autoría: Nataf L., Rodríguez F., Valiente R.,

 Fuente: Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (2012) Vol. 86, Iss. 12, article number 125123

Editorial: American Physical Society

 Fecha de publicación: 17/09/2012

Nº de páginas: 8

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.86.125123

ISSN: 1098-0121,1550-235X,2469-9950,2469-9969

Proyecto español: MAT2011-28868-C02-01

Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.86.125123