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Opt Lett. 2007 Apr 15;32(8):991-3.

Evidence for visible quantum cutting via energy transfer in SrAl12O19:Pr,Cr.

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Key Laboratory of Excited State Processes, Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun, China.


Evidence for visible quantum cutting involving the emission of two visible photons for each vacuum-ultraviolet (VUV) photon absorbed is demonstrated in SrAl(12)O(19):Pr,Cr using synchrotron radiation as one of the excitation sources. Upon VUV excitation of the 4f5d states of Pr(3+), quantum cutting could occur by a two-step energy transfer from Pr(3+) to Cr(3+) by cross relaxation and sequential transfer of the remaining excitation energy. A theoretical visible quantum efficiency of 147% is estimated in SrAl(12)O(19):2% Pr,5% Cr, suggesting the possibility of a VUV phosphor with visible quantum efficiency higher than 100% based on Pr(3+)-Cr(3+) pair in oxide materials.

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