Preparation of SrSi2O2N2:Eu2+ Phosphor by SrSi Alloy Precursor and Its Long-lasting Phosphorescence Properties


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Oxynitride long-lasting phosphorescence (LLP) phosphor SrSi2O2N2:Eu2+ was prepared by a new method using SrSi alloy as a precursor. Its properties were systematically investigated utilizing XRD, photoluminescence, excited-state decay curve, long-lasting phosphorescence, and thermoluminescence spectrum. This phosphor was found to be well-crystallized by calcinations of the Sr1−xEuxSi alloy and the SiO2 mixture at 1400°C for 3 h. After irradiation under the 280 nm UV light, the afterglow emission of Eu2+ (4f65d1 → 4f7) was obviously observed for at least 2 h in the limit of light perception of dark-adapted human eyes (0.32 mcd/m2). Furthermore, the possible mechanism for the LLP of SrSi2O2N2:Eu2+ phosphor is also discussed in this article.