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Hecht, Cora; Stadler, Florian; Schmidt, Peter J.; Schmedt auf der Günne, Jörn; Baumann, Verena; Schnick, Wolfgang (2009): SrAlSi4N7:Eu2+. A Nitridoalumosilicate Phosphor for Warm White Light (pc)LEDs with Edge-Sharing Tetrahedra. In: Chemistry of materials, Vol. 21, No. 8: pp. 1595-1601




The new nitridoalumosilicate phosphor SrAlSi4N7:Eu2+ has been synthesized under nitrogen atmosphere at temperatures up to 1630°C in a radio-frequency furnace starting from Sr metal, α-Si3N4, AlN, and additional Eu metal. The crystal structure of the host compound SrAlSi4N7 has been solved and refined on the basis of single-crystal and powder X-ray diffraction data. In the solid, there is a network structure of corner-sharing SiN4 tetrahedra incorporating infinite chains of all edge-sharing AlN4 tetrahedra running along [001] (SrAlSi4N7: Pna21 (No. 33), Z = 8, a = 11.742(2) Å, b = 21.391(4) Å, c = 4.966(1) Å, V = 12.472(4) Å3, 2739 reflections, 236 refined parameters, R1 = 0.0366). The Eu2+-doped compound SrAlSi4N7:Eu2+ shows typical broadband emission originating from dipole-allowed 4f6(7FJ)5d1 → 4f7 (8S7/2) transitions in the orange-red spectral region (λmax = 632 nm for 2% Eu doping level, 450 nm excitation) with a spectral width of FWHM = 2955 (± 75) cm−1 and a Stokes shift ΔS = 4823 (± 100) cm−1. The luminescence properties make the phosphor an attractive candidate material as red component in trichromatic warm white light LEDs with excellent color rendition properties.