Processing and properties of luminescent Cr3+ doped transparent alumina ceramics
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Transparent Cr2O3-doped alumina ceramics were prepared by slip casting, followed by pre-sintering in ambient atmosphere and hot isostatic pressing. The effect of dopant concentration on material properties, including microstructure and optical properties was evaluated. Real in-line transmittance in the range of 20–44 % was measured for the ceramics with the mean grain size<520 nm: the transmittance decreased with increasing grain size and Cr content. The excitation spectra consisted of two broad bands with maxima at 404 nm and 558 nm, corresponding to 4A2g4T1g and 4A2g4T2g transitions of Cr3+ ions in octahedral sites of -Al2O3. The intensive deep red narrow emissions under violet/green light excitation, R-lines (2Eg4A2g transition), were observed at 692.5 nm and 693.8 nm, that are very close to ruby single crystal. The highest emission was achieved at the Cr3+ concentration of 0.4 at.%. The luminescence decay curves exhibited single-exponential behaviour with decay times of 3.6 ms.
KeywordsAlumina, Chromium, Dopants/doping, Luminescence, Real in-line transmittance, Transparent ceramics
Document typePeer reviewed
SourceJournal of the European Ceramic Society. 2020, vol. 40, issue 7, p. 2573-2580.