Microwave-Employed Sol-Gel Synthesis of Scheelite-Type Microcrystalline AgGd(MoO4)(2):Yb3+/Ho3+ Upconversion Yellow Phosphors and Their Spectroscopic Properties

Lim, Chang Sung; Aleksandrovsky, Aleksandr; Atuchin, Victor; с соавторами. Crystals. https://doi.org/10.3390/cryst10111000

AgGd(MoO4)2:Ho3+/Yb3+ double molybdates with five concentrations of Ho3+ and Yb3+ were synthesized by the microwave employed sol–gel based process (MES), and the crystal structure variation, concentration effects, and spectroscopic characteristics were investigated. The crystal structures of AgGd1−x−yHoxYby(MoO4)2 (x = 0, 0.05; y = 0, 0.35, 0.4, 0.45, 0.5)at room temperature were determined in space group I41/a by Rietveld analysis. Pure AgGd(MoO4)2 has a scheelite-type structure with mixed occupations of (Ag,Gd) sites and cell parameters a = 5.24782 (11) and c = 11.5107 (3) Å, V = 317.002 (17) Å3, Z = 4. In doped samples, the sites are occupied by a mixture of (Ag,Gd,Ho,Yb) ions, which provides a linear cell volume decrease with the doping level increase. Under the excitation at 980 nm, AGM:0.05Ho,yYb phosphors exhibited a yellowish green emission composed of red and green emission bands according to the strong transitions 5F5 → 5I8 and 5S2/5F4 → 5I8 of Ho3+ ions. The evaluated photoluminescence and Raman spectroscopic results were discussed in detail. The upconversion intensity behavior dependent on the Yb/Ho ratio is explained in terms of the optimal number of Yb3+ ions at the characteristic energy transfer distance around the Ho3+ ion.