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Understanding thermal quenching of photoluminescence in oxynitride phosphors from first principles

Samuel Poncé1,2*, Yongchao Jia1,2, Matteo Giantomassi1,2, Masayoshi Mikami3, Xavier Gonze1,2

1 Institute of Condensed Matter and Nanosciences, Université catholique de Louvain, Chemin des étoiles 8, bte L07.03.01, B-1348 Louvain-la-neuve, Belgium

2 European Theoretical Spectroscopy Facility

3 MCHC R&D Synergy Center, Inc. 1000, Kamoshida-cho Aoba-ku, Yokohama, 227-8502, Japan

* Corresponding authors emails: samuel.pon@gmail.com
DOI10.24435/materialscloud:sn-np [version v1]

Publication date: Aug 20, 2021

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Samuel Poncé, Yongchao Jia, Matteo Giantomassi, Masayoshi Mikami, Xavier Gonze, Understanding thermal quenching of photoluminescence in oxynitride phosphors from first principles, Materials Cloud Archive 2021.136 (2021), doi: 10.24435/materialscloud:sn-np.


Understanding the physical mechanisms behind thermal effects in phosphors is crucial for white light-emitting device (WLEDs) applications, as thermal quenching of their photoluminescence might render them useless. We analyze from first-principles, before and after absorption/emission of light, two chemically close Eu-doped Ba₃Si₆O₁₂N₂ and Ba₃Si₆O₉N₄ crystals for WLEDs. The first one has an almost constant emission intensity with increasing temperature whereas the other one does not. Our results, in which the Eu-5d levels are obtained inside the band gap thanks to the removal of an electron from the 4f⁷ shell, and the atomic neighborhood properly relaxed in the excited state, attributes the above-mentioned experimental difference to an autoionization model of the thermal quenching, based on the energy difference between Eu 5d and the conduction band minimum. Our depleted-shifted 4f method can identify luminescent centers and therefore allows for effective crystal site engineering of luminescent centers in phosphors from first principles.

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first principles ab initio oxynitride phosphors thermal quenching photoluminescence BSON rare-earth FRS-FNRS CECI

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2021.136 (version v1) [This version] Aug 20, 2021 DOI10.24435/materialscloud:sn-np