Cathodoluminescence degradation of Si O2: Ce,Tb powder phosphors prepared by a sol-gel process

O. M. Ntwaeaborwa, H. C. Swart, R. E. Kroon, J. R. Botha, P. H. Holloway

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Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), cathodoluminescence (CL) spectroscopy, and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were used to study the CL intensity degradation of Si O2: Cb,Tb powder phosphors prepared by a sol-gel process. The AES and the CL data were collected simultaneously when the powders were bombarded for 10 h with a beam of electrons of current density of 54 mA cm2, accelerated by 2 kV in a vacuum chamber containing either 1× 10-8 or 1× 10-7 Torr O2. A decrease of CL intensity was simultaneous with desorption of oxygen (O) from the surface, i.e., there is a correlation between the degradation of CL intensity and desorption of O. The AES and the XPS data suggest that a nonluminescent oxygen-deficient layer of Si Ox (x<2) that could decrease the CL intensity was formed on the surface. Mechanisms by which oxygen desorption leads to a reduction of the CL intensity are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1152-1155
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Vacuum Science and Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces and Films
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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