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Bright Green Luminescence from Zirconium Oxide Stabilized with Tb3+ Ions Synthesized by Solution Combustion Technique

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In this research, the structural phase composition and room temperature luminescence properties of terbium doped zirconium oxide powders obtained by solution combustion synthesis method are presented as a function of the terbium content. The doping with terbium ions was performed during the redox combustion process and after annealing at 900°C during 20 hours. With the incorporation of the terbium ions into the zirconium oxide host, the stabilization of the high temperature tetragonal crystalline phase, as determined by x-ray diffraction technique, was obtained. Under ultraviolet radiation a bright green luminescence was observed at room temperature corresponding to the (4f) electron configuration of the Tb3+ ion, namely the electronic transitions 5D4 7Fn with n = 3 - 6. In addition, the undoped ZrO2 material showed green photoluminescence with high intensity.

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López-Romero, S. , García-Hipólito, M. and Aguilar-Castillo, A. (2013) Bright Green Luminescence from Zirconium Oxide Stabilized with Tb3+ Ions Synthesized by Solution Combustion Technique. World Journal of Condensed Matter Physics, 3, 173-179. doi: 10.4236/wjcmp.2013.34028.

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