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Bright Red Luminescence and Structural Properties of Eu3+ Ion Doped ZnO by Solution Combustion Technique

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Pure, and Europium ion doped Zinc oxide nanocrystals (ZnO:Eu3+) were synthesized by a solution combustion technique. The X-ray diffraction patterns (XRD) reveals the existence of the Eu2O3 phase. From the results of both, X-ray diffraction and photoluminescence spectra (PL) reveal that Eu3+ ions successfully substitute for Zn2+ ions in the ZnO lattice, moreover, when the amount of doped Europium was varied, this changes are showed in changes in the luminescence intensity. The PL is broad and a set of colors was emitted which originates from ZnO and the intra 4f transitions of Eu3+ ions. The existence of the Zn-O, Eu3+-O and O1s bonding energies were confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) technique. The samples morphology was registered by a scanning electron microscopy (SEM) technique, and reveals that Europium ions are present on the surface of the ZnO nanocrystals.

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López-Romero, S. , Quiroz-Jiménez, M. , García, M. and Aguilar-Castillo, A. (2014) Bright Red Luminescence and Structural Properties of Eu3+ Ion Doped ZnO by Solution Combustion Technique. World Journal of Condensed Matter Physics, 4, 227-234. doi: 10.4236/wjcmp.2014.44024.

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