Role of Sm3+ Doping on Structural, Optical and Photoluminescence Properties of ZnO Nanoparticles Synthesized by Sol-gel Auto- combustion Method

Author(s): Eshwara I. Naik, Halehatty S.B. Naik*, Ranganaik Viswanath

Journal Name: Current Nanomaterials

Volume 5 , Issue 3 , 2020

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Background: Various interesting consequences are reported on structural, optical, and photoluminescence properties of Zn1-xSmxO (x=0, 0.01, 0.03 and 0.05) nanoparticles synthesized by sol-gel auto-combustion route.

Objective: This study aimed to examine the effects of Sm3+-doping on structural and photoluminescence properties of ZnO nanoparticles.

Methods: Zn1-xSmxO (x=0, 0.01, 0.03 and 0.05) nanoparticles were synthesized by sol-gel auto combustion method.

Results: XRD patterns confirmed the Sm3+ ion substitution through the undisturbed wurtzite structure of ZnO. The crystallite size was decreased from 24.33 to 18.46 nm with Sm3+ doping. The hexagonal and spherical morphology of nanoparticles was confirmed by TEM analysis. UV-visible studies showed that Sm3+ ion doping improved the visible light absorption capacity of Sm3+ iondoped ZnO nanoparticles. PL spectra of Sm3+ ion-doped ZnO nanoparticles showed an orange-red emission peak corresponding to 4G5/2→6HJ (J=7/2, 9/2 and 11/2) transition of Sm3+ ion. Sm3+ ion-induced PL was proposed with a substantial increase in PL intensity with a blue shift in peak upon Sm3+ content increase.

Conclusion: Absorption peaks associated with doped ZnO nanoparticles were moved to a longer wavelength side compared to ZnO, with bandgap declines when Sm3+ ions concentration was increased. PL studies concluded that ZnO emission properties could be tuned in the red region along with the existence of blue peaks upon Sm3+ ion doping, which also results in enhancing the PL intensity. These latest properties related to Sm3+ ion-doped nanoparticles prepared by a cost-efficient process appear to be interesting in the field of optoelectronic applications, which makes them a prominent candidate in the form of red light-emitting diodes.

Keywords: ZnO, Sm-doped ZnO, sol-gel auto-combustion method, X-ray diffraction, bandgap tunability, photoluminescence.

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