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Lanthanide-doped fluoride core/multishell nanoparticles for broadband upconversion of infrared light
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2015 (English)In: Advanced Optical Materials, ISSN 2195-1071, Vol. 3, no 4, 575-582 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The authors introduce a novel multilayer core/shell design to broadly upconvert infrared (IR) light at many discrete wavelengths into visible or near-IR (NIR) emissions. It utilizes hexagonal-phase core/multishell NaYF<inf>4</inf>:10%Er3+@NaYF<inf>4</inf>@NaYF<inf>4</inf>:10%Ho3+@NaYF<inf>4</inf>@NaYF<inf>4</inf>:1%Tm3+@NaYF<inf>4</inf> nanoparticles, where the active core as well as each active shell upconvert a distinct set of IR wavelength. The inert NaYF<inf>4</inf> layers in between these upconverting domains efficiently suppress the detrimental cross-relaxation processes between different types of lanthanide ions, thus yielding about two times more efficient upconversion photoluminescence than the counterpart NaYF<inf>4</inf>:10%Er3+@NaYF<inf>4</inf>:10%Ho3+ @NaYF<inf>4</inf>:1%Tm3+@NaYF<inf>4</inf> without the inert NaYF<inf>4</inf> layers, and about one order of magnitude higher than the core/shell NaYF<inf>4</inf>:10%Er3+, 10%Ho3+, 1%Tm3+@NaYF<inf>4</inf> nanoparticles without spatially isolating the Er3+, Ho3+, and Tm3+ ions. These core/multishell nanoparticles can be excited at ≈1120-1190 nm (due to Ho3+), ≈1190-1260 nm (due to Tm3+), and ≈1450-1580 nm (due to Er3+), collectively covering a broad spectral range of about 270 nm in the IR range that can be very useful for IR photosensitization of solar cells.

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2015. Vol. 3, no 4, 575-582 p.
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Core/shell, Cross-relaxation, Lanthanide elements, Nanoparticles, Solar materials, Upconversion
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Materials Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-167002DOI: 10.1002/adom.201400404ISI: 000353404400012ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84928192209OAI: diva2:813425

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