Location of Charge-Compensating Vacancy in Ionic Crystals Doped with Rare Earth Ions

In Case of Cubic Perovskite KMgF3 Doped with Eu2+ Ions
  • T. Tsuboi
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Optical study on Eu2+ ions in KMgF3 crystal is reviewed. Eu2+ ions are substituted for monovalent K+ ions in KMgF3 crystal, resulting in creation of charge-compensating K+ vacancies. Spectroscopic study and electron paramagnetic resonance study have been undertaken to determine the position of Eu2+ ions and vacancies. Two-photon excitation speclroscopy indicates coexistence of Eu2+ ions with site symmetries of cubic, C3v, C4v and C2v, which are created depending on location of vacancy. It is suggested that, of three positively-charged ions K+, Eu2+ and Mg2+ which attract the negatively charged vacancy, the vacancy has Coulomb interaction with not only Eu2+ but also the same divalent Mg2+, giving rise to frustration to vacancy in selecting the location and resulting in various locations of vacancy. This suggestion is confirmed to be reasonable by comparing with the cases of Eu2+ doped KC1 and Ce3+doped KMgF3.


Crystal Field Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Study Site Symmetry Broad Emission Band Excitation Line 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Tsuboi
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  1. 1.Faculty of EngineeringKyoto Sangyo UniversityKamigamo, Kita-ku, KyotoJapan

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