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A Phosphosilicate Compound, NaCa3PSiO8: Structure Solution and Luminescence Properties

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posted on 01.12.2017, 14:48 by Sanjith Unithrattil, Paulraj Arunkumar, Yoon Hwa Kim, Ha Jun Kim, Ngoc Hung Vu, Jaeyeong Heo, Woon Jin Chung, Won Bin Im
NaCa3PSiO8 was synthesized in a microwave-assisted solid-state reaction. The crystal structure of the synthesized compound was solved using a least-squares method, followed by simulated annealing. The compound was crystallized in the orthorhombic space group Pna21, belonging to Laue class mmm. The structure consisted of two layers of cation planes, each of which contained three cation channels. The cation channels in each of the layers ran antiparallel to that of the adjacent layer. All the major cations together constituted four distinct crystallographic sites. The Rietveld refinement of the powder X-ray diffraction data, followed by the maximum-entropy method analysis, confirmed the obtained structure solutions. The electronic band structure of the compound was analyzed through density function theory calculations. Luminescence properties of the compound, upon activating with Eu2+ ions, were analyzed through photoluminescence measurements and decay profile analysis. The compound was found to exhibit green luminescence centered at ∼502 nm, with a typical broadband emission due to the transition from the crystal-field split 4f65d to 4f7 levels.