Abrupt and tunable quenching of photoluminescence in ZnO

Joy Dorene McNamara, N. M. Albarakati, M. A. Reshchikov

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Abstract

The abrupt and tunable quenching of photoluminescence (PL) in bulk ZnO samples is reported, a phenomenon which has been previously observed only in GaN and a few phosphorescent materials. ZnO samples grown by the hydrothermal method contain Li defects responsible for the orange luminescence (OL) band with a maximum at 2.0 eV. The Li Zn acceptor is well studied, but there is some disagreement in the literature on the value of its ionization energy. Here we show that the ionization energy of the Li Zn acceptor responsible for the OL band is 0.65±0.10 eV. The thermal emission of holes from the Li Zn acceptor to the valence band and their subsequent capture by unknown nonradiative centers causes the abrupt quenching of PL, the temperature of which is tunable by excitation intensity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-306
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Luminescence
Volume178
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

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Keywords

  • Li acceptor
  • Photoluminescence
  • Thermal quenching
  • ZnO

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  • Biophysics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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McNamara, J. D., Albarakati, N. M., & Reshchikov, M. A. (2016). Abrupt and tunable quenching of photoluminescence in ZnO. Journal of Luminescence, 178, 301-306. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jlumin.2016.06.013

Abrupt and tunable quenching of photoluminescence in ZnO. / McNamara, Joy Dorene; Albarakati, N. M.; Reshchikov, M. A.

In: Journal of Luminescence, Vol. 178, 01.10.2016, p. 301-306.

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McNamara, Joy Dorene ; Albarakati, N. M. ; Reshchikov, M. A. / Abrupt and tunable quenching of photoluminescence in ZnO. In: Journal of Luminescence. 2016 ; Vol. 178. pp. 301-306.
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