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Control of Luminescence by Tuning of Crystal Symmetry and Local Structure in Mn4+-activated Narrow Band Fluoride Phosphors


Mn4+-doped fluoride phosphors have been widely used in wide-gamut backlighting devices because of their extremely narrow emission band. Solid solutions of Na2(SixGe1−x)F6:Mn4+ and Na2(GeyTi1−y)F6:Mn4+ were successfully synthesized to elucidate the behavior of the zero-phonon line (ZPL) in different structures. The ratio between ZPL and the highest emission intensity υ6 phonon sideband exhibits a strong relationship with luminescent decay rate. First-principles calculations are conducted to model the variation in the structural and electronic properties of the prepared solid solutions as a function of the composition. To compensate for the limitations of the Rietveld refinement, electron paramagnetic resonance and high-resolution steady-state emission spectra are used to confirm the diverse local environment for Mn4+ in the structure. Finally, the spectral luminous efficacy of radiation (LER) is used to reveal the important role of ZPL in practical applications.

Angew. Chem. Int. Edit. 57 , 1797 (2018)