Multi-color fluorescence in rare earth acetylacetonate hydrate doped poly methyl methacrylate

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-116
Journal / PublicationOptics Communications
Publication statusPublished - 2013


Europium and terbium acetylacetonate hydrates were doped into poly methyl methacrylate (PMMA). Efficient purplish-red and green fluorescence was obtained from europium acetylacetonate hydrates (EAH) and terbium acetylacetonate hydrates (TAH) doped PMMA respectively. Judd-Ofelt parameters Ω2 (19.73×10-20 cm2) and Ω4 (2.19×10-20 cm2) indicate a high inversion asymmetric and strong covalent environment in PMMA. The maximum stimulated emission cross-sections for the 5D07FJ (J=1, 2 and 4) transitions in EAH doped PMMA were calculated to be 0.38×10-21, 4.90×10-21 and 0.36×10-21 cm2, respectively. Variable fluorescence color can be efficiently achieved from the cooperation of three fluorescence colors offered by red (Eu3+), green (Tb3+) and blue (ligand) in EAH/TAH codoped PMMA by adjusting the excitation wavelength. These results indicate that PMMA is an effective photoluminescence co-sensitizer and PMMA doped with rare earth acetylacetonate hydrates is a promising candidate for a series of optoelectronic functional devices. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.

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  • Photoluminescence, Poly methyl methacrylate (PMMA), Rare earth acetylacetonate hydrate, Variable fluorescence color