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Color-tunable up-conversion emission in Y2O3:Yb3+, Er3+ nanoparticles prepared by polymer complex solution method

Vesna M Lojpur1, Phillip S Ahrenkiel2 and Miroslav D Dramićanin1*

Author Affiliations

1 Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences, University of Belgrade, P.O. Box 522, Belgrade, 11001, Serbia

2 South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Rapid City, SD, 57701, USA

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2013, 8:131  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-8-131

Published: 22 March 2013


Powders of Y2O3 co-doped with Yb3+ and Er3+ composed of well-crystallized nanoparticles (30 to 50 nm in diameter) with no adsorbed ligand species on their surface are prepared by polymer complex solution method. These powders exhibit up-conversion emission upon 978-nm excitation with a color that can be tuned from green to red by changing the Yb3+/Er3+ concentration ratio. The mechanism underlying up-conversion color changes is presented along with material structural and optical properties.

42.70.-a, 78.55.Hx, 78.60.-b