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  • Editor: David Hagan
  • Vol. 4, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 2014
  • pp: 1140–1150

Green phosphorescence of zinc sulfide optical ceramics

Yiyu Li, Lihua Zhang, Kim Kisslinger, and Yiquan Wu  »View Author Affiliations

Optical Materials Express, Vol. 4, Issue 6, pp. 1140-1150 (2014)

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In the present work, we report a novel luminescent characteristic of the ZnS ceramics. ZnS undoped nanopowders have been synthesized by a wet chemical precipitation method using Na2S as the source of sulfur. Spark plasma sintering (SPS) has been applied to the nanopowders to fabricate dense ZnS ceramics in the pure phase of zinc blende. Photoluminescence (PL) and fluorescence lifetime spectra have been utilized to characterize the luminescent properties of the ZnS ceramics, indicating that these materials exhibit green phosphorescence. In addition, elemental analysis has also been adopted to determine the elemental composition and valency of elements within the ceramic samples. It is concluded that the green phosphorescence results from the presence of elemental sulfur species and Na impurities.

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OCIS Codes
(160.2540) Materials : Fluorescent and luminescent materials
(300.6280) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, fluorescence and luminescence
(350.3850) Other areas of optics : Materials processing

ToC Category:
Fluorescent and Luminescent Materials

Original Manuscript: February 21, 2014
Revised Manuscript: April 6, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: April 12, 2014
Published: May 6, 2014

Yiyu Li, Lihua Zhang, Kim Kisslinger, and Yiquan Wu, "Green phosphorescence of zinc sulfide optical ceramics," Opt. Mater. Express 4, 1140-1150 (2014)

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