Towards Tm2+ in sialon thin films grown by sputtering using the gradient deposition

Giacomo Bosco, Erik Van Der Kolk

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The valence stability parameter (EFf), defined as the difference between the charge transfer energy to the host intrinsic Fermi energy, was used as criterion to analyze the capability of different host materials within the SiAlON class to stabilize divalent thulium. Available data on charge transfer energies and optical bandgap values are reviewed for Si3N4, SiO2, AlN, and Al2O3. In addition, new data on thin films, collected by our gradient sputter deposition and characterization method on silicon and aluminum nitrides (Si0.75xAl1-xN), are reported. These data are sufficient to show that, at least in the nitride subsection of the SiAlON class, divalent thulium is not expected to be stable due to the presence of high EFf values. The use of sub-stoichiometric silicon nitride and oxide is also briefly considered.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication237th ECS Meeting
Subtitle of host publicationNanoscale Luminescent Materials 6
EditorsP. Mascher, F. Rosei, D. J. Lockwood
PublisherThe Institute of Physics Publishing
ISBN (Electronic)9781607688907
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event237th ECS Meeting with the 18th International Meeting on Chemical Sensors, IMCS 2020 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 10 May 202014 May 2020


Conference237th ECS Meeting with the 18th International Meeting on Chemical Sensors, IMCS 2020

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