Spectroscopic characterization of Praseodymium doped Gallium Nitride powder prepared by a Na flux method

E. Brown, U. Hömmerich, T. Yamada, H. Yamane, J. M. Zavada

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The photoluminescence (PL) properties of Pr3+ doped GaN powders prepared by a Na flux method were investigated. Under above- and below-gap excitation, GaN:Pr powders exhibited intense red emission lines centered at ∼650 nm corresponding to the intra-4f transition 3P0 3F2 of Pr3+. In addition, weak infrared PL bands were observed from lower excited states of Pr3+ at ∼960, ∼1300, and ∼1500-1700 nm. A temperature dependent study of the red emission showed that the integrated PL intensity decreased by a factor of two under above-gap excitation for the temperature range 10-300 K. No significant thermal quenching of the red Pr3+ PL was observed under below-gap excitation. Time-resolved emission studies revealed that the decay transient of the red PL was characterized by a fast non-exponential decay followed by a slower decaying exponential component. The non-exponential decay can be attributed to cross-relaxation processes among Pr3+ ions, whereas the exponential component suggests the existence of isolated Pr3+ centers not affected by emission quenching through cross-relaxations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)628-631
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Dec 4


  • Light absorption and reflection
  • Luminescence
  • Semiconductors


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