Optical properties of Sm-doped ceria nanostructured films grown by electrodeposition at low temperature
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Nanostructured undoped and samarium doped ceria thin nanocolumnar films are electrodeposited onto (FTO) glass substrates at low-temperature (30 degrees C) with a subsequent thermal annealing at 600 degrees C for 1 h. Films are obtained from mixed Sm3+/Ce3+ aqueous nitrate solutions, applying a -0.8 V/(SCE) potential for 1 h. Cubic fluorite type ceria nanostructured films of high crystal quality are synthesized as confirmed by X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. SEM analysis demonstrates that doping with Sm improves the quality of the film with respect to crack formation. The incorporation and activation of the Sm3+ ions in the ceria host as well as the Stark splitting of the manifolds responsible for emission in the red-orange spectral range are investigated by means of photoluminescence spectroscopy. (C) 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Keywords:Ceria / Doping / Electrodeposition / Luminescence
Source:Optical Materials, 2012, 34, 11, 1897-1901