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Bright White Light through Up-Conversion of a Single NIR Source from Sol−Gel-Derived Thin Film Made with Ln3+-Doped LaF3 Nanoparticles

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posted on 14.09.2005, 00:00 by Sri Sivakumar, Frank C. J. M van Veggel, Mati Raudsepp
White light was generated from a single silica thin film made with Yb0.75La0.2Eu0.05F3, La0.45Yb0.5Er0.05F3, and La0.75Yb0.2Tm0.05F3 nanoparticles by exciting with a single source near-infrared light (980 nm CW diode laser). Eu3+ and Tm3+ ions are responsible for red and blue emission, respectively. Er3+ ion is responsible for green as well as red emission. The Commission Internationale de l'Eclairage (CIE) coordinates of the resulting light were easily adjusted by controlling the concentration of Ln3+ (Eu3+, Er3+, Tm3+) ions in the nanoparticles as well as the concentration of Ln3+-doped nanoparticles in the sol−gel thin layer.