Understanding the behavior of combinatorially developed luminescent materials requires detailed characterization methods that have been lacking thus far. We developed a device for directly surveying the luminescent properties of thin-film libraries created through combinatorial gradient sputter deposition. Step-scan recorded excitation-, emission- and luminescence decay spectra of a thin-film library were resolved and combined with EDX measurements on the same film, relating composition to luminescent properties. This technique was applied to a single-substrate gradient thin-film library of NaBr0.73I0.27 to NaBr0.09I0.91, doped with 6.5% to 16.5% Eu2+. This gradient film closely followed Vegard's law, with emission fluently shifting from 428 to 439 nm. In comparison, pure NaBr:Eu2+ showed emission at 428 nm and NaI:Eu2+ at 441 nm. Luminescence decay measurements demonstrated a great degree of concentration quenching in the gradient film. From these measurements we could conclude that an optimized phosphor would most efficiently luminesce when close to NaI:Eu2+. This gradient film confirmed that the method presented in this work allows to both study and optimize luminescent behavior in a broad range of host- and dopant systems.
- combinatorial screening
- inorganic phosphors
- sputter deposition
Data from Figures in the paper: Method for the Detailed Characterization of Cosputtered Inorganic Luminescent Material Libraries
Merkx, E. P. J. (. (Creator) & van der Kolk, E. (Creator), TU Delft - 4TU.ResearchData, 2020