Neodymium-doped gadolinium orthophosphate (GdPO4:Nd3+) luminomagnetic sub-micron-stars were prepared by solvothermal method using metal nitrates and phosphoric acid. Monoclinic star shaped in six lobed sub-micron-stars with 600 nm length is obtained with uniform particle size distribution. After heat-treatment at 800°C for 1 h in air, the stars separate into isolated petal shaped particles and show characteristic emission bands of Nd3+ with the strongest emission at 1064 nm. The emission intensities and fluorescence decay times are dependent on the Nd3+ concentration with the highest emission intensity and longest fluorescence decay time of 311 μs at 1064 nm with 0.5 mol% Nd3+. Under 808 nm excitation with 12 W/cm2 power density a quantum yield of 9% was obtained for the 1.0 mol% Nd3+. The presence of paramagnetic Gd3+ gives magnetic properties to the phosphor with a calculated magnetic moment of 1510 and 107,965 Bohr magneton at 300 and 5 K, respectively.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering
- Metals and Alloys
- Materials Chemistry