Tunable luminescence properties and energy transfer of Ba3NaLa(PO4)3F:Tb3+,Sm3+
phosphors with apatite structure
Tb3+–Sm3+co-doped Ba3NaLa(PO4)3F phosphors with apatite structure have been prepared by a high temperature solid-state reaction, and their luminescence properties have been investigated in detail. As a result of fine-tuning of the emission composition of the Tb3+ and 3+ ions, tunable luminescence properties can be realized by combining the emission of Tb3+ and Sm3+ in a single host lattice under UV light excitation. The emission color of the obtained phosphors can be modulated from green to yellow by controlling the doping content of the Sm3+ ions with the fixed Tb3+ content. These results indicate the series of phosphors can be acted as a good candidate for the application in white light-emitting diodes.