Gupta, Bipin Kumar and D , Haranath and Saini, Shikha and Singh, V. N. and Shanker, V. (2009) Synthesis and characterization of ultra-fine Y2O3:Eu3+ nanophosphors for luminescent security ink applications. Nanotechnology , 21 (5). 055607-1. ISSN 1361-6528

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We report a simple method for the synthesis of ultra-fine Eu3+-doped yttria (Y2O3) nanophosphors with an average diameter of ~5 nm for development of a transparent colloid that could be used as a luminescent security ink. This has been achieved by suitably substituting Eu3+ ions at the favorable C2 symmetry sites of Y3+ ions and quantum mechanically confining the growth of the nanophosphor using a novel acid-catalyzed sol–gel technique. This is one of the few reports that depict the development of a transparent aqueous-stable Y2O3:Eu3+ colloidal solution for strategic applications related to security codes. High resolution transmission electron microscopy images showed excellent lattice fringes that in turn support the presence of better crystal quality and enhanced photoluminescence (PL) emission from the Y1.9O3Eu0.13+ nanophosphor system. Time resolved emission spectroscopy measurement indicated a PL decay time in the range of a few milliseconds, suitable for making luminescent security ink and other advanced applications in optoelectronic devices and bio-labeling.

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Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to M/s Institute of Physics.
Subjects: Materials Science
Depositing User: Ms Neetu Chandra
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2012 12:16
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