Photoluminescence studies of green emitting BaB8O13: Bi3+ phosphors prepared by solution combustion method

M. A. Lephoto, K. G. Tshabalala, S. J. Motloung, G. H. Mhlongo, O. M. Ntwaeaborwa

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Undoped and bismuth (Bi3+)-doped barium octaborate (BaB8O13) powder phosphors were synthesized by solution combustion method. X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, UV–visible and photoluminescence spectroscopy were used to characterize the phosphors. X-ray diffraction patterns confirmed the formation of orthorhombic phase of BaB8O13. Scanning electron microscopy images showed agglomeration of particles with irregular shapes. The infrared stretching frequencies detected in the spectral wavelength range of 650–1600 cm−1 also confirmed the formation of the BaB8O13 host while the photoluminescence and the energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy data confirmed the incorporation of Bi3+ ions in the BaB8O13 host lattice. The broad photoluminescence emission due to 1S03P1 transitions of Bi3+ ions was observed at 548 nm in the green region of the visible spectrum after exciting the powder phosphors at a wavelength of 271 nm using a monochromatized xenon lamp. The highest photoluminescence intensity was observed from BaB8O13: 0.11Bi3+ with the CIE coordinates of x = 0.3267 and y = 0.6004, suggesting that this phosphor can be used as a source of green light in light emitting devices of different types.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-102
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Luminescence
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Chromaticity color coordinates
  • Combustion method
  • Nanophosphors
  • Photoluminescence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • General Chemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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