Inorganic Chemistry, Vol.58, No.13, 8379-8387, 2019
Local Structure Modulation Induced Highly Efficient Far-Red Luminescence of La1-xLuxAlO3:Mn4+ for Plant Cultivation
Modulating the local environment around the emitting ions with component screening to increase the quantum yield and thermal stability is an effective and promising strategy for the design of high-performance fluorescence materials. In this work, smaller Lu3+ was introduced into the La3+ site in a Mn4+-activated LaAlO3 phosphor with the expectation of improving the luminescence properties via lattice contraction induced by cation substitution. Finally, a La1-xLuxAlO3:Mn4+ (x = 0-0.04) perovskite phosphor with a high quantum yield of 86.0% and satisfactory thermal stability was achieved, and the emission peak at 729 nm well matches with the strongest absorption peak of the Phytochrome P-FR. The favorable performances could be attributed to the suppressed cell volume and superior lattice rigidity after the substitution of Lu3+. This work not only obtains a highly efficient La1-xLuxAlO3:Mn4+ (x = 0.02) phosphor, which holds great potential for application in plant-cultivation light-emitting diodes, but also provides an applicable strategy for further investigation of far-red-emitting phosphors.