Y6Si3O9N4:Ce3+ phosphor was prepared by a solid-state reaction in reductive atmosphere. X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) analysis confirmed the formation of Y6Si3O9N4:Ce3+. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) observation indicated that the microstructure of the phosphor consisted of irregular fine grains with an average size of about 5 μm. Photoluminescence (PL) measurements showed that the phosphor can be efficiently excited by near ultraviolet (UV) or blue light excitation, and exhibited bright green emission peaked at about 525 nm. Compared with Ce3+-doped Y4Si2O7N2 phosphors, Ce3+-doped Y6Si3O9N4 phosphors showed longer wavelengths of both excitation and emission. The Y6Si3O9N4:Ce3+ is a potential green-emitting phosphor for white LEDs.
Keywords: Phosphors; Luminescence; White LEDs; Y6Si3O9N4:Ce3+