Special Issue "Phosphors Based on Rare Earth and Transition Metal Ions Doped Crystals"

A special issue of Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. hab. Przemysław Jacek Dereń

Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research, PAS, Okolna 2, 50-422 Wrocław, Poland
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Interests: electronic spectroscopy of rare earth and transition metal ions; upconversion; downconversion; phosphors; WLED; health effects of artificial light

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Dielectric and wide band semiconductors crystals doped with Rare Earth and Transition Metal Ions, due to unique spectroscopic properties, are used as phosphors. The broad use of phosphors started in the 1940s. They were introduced in the form of polycrystals in fluorescent tubes. Indeed, a new era of lighting has begun; thus far, all light sources invented by man mainly generate heat. Construction of the blue LED was another important progress that was achieved. Modern light sources may reduce the cost of lighting to the levels not previously imaginable and new features, thus far not common, are now accessible. By applying phosphors, we are, for the first time, in the position of creating light, which may mimic sunlight. Thus, for the first time, it is possible to drive human circadian rhythms, hormone production, and, consequently, health.

Moreover, based only on phosphors, light sources may be adjusted to specific purposes; for instance, in horticulture, since plants need only a specific part of solar radiation. Phosphors are also important in many other fields, such as medicine, or in the protection of valuables or for anti-counterfeiting measures. The list of phosphors and their application is large; there are long lasting or persistent phosphors, storage phosphors, or phosphors that may improve quantum efficiency of solar cells, both polycrystalline and monocrystalline phosphors are used for X-ray and gamma detection, and, last but not least, exists phosphors high Quantum Efficiency higher than 100%.

We invite investigators to submit papers, which discuss the development of phosphors. The potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Modeling of phosphors.
  • Property characterization and their relationships to external conditions, such as pressure , temperature, etc.
  • Advances in development of phosphors.
  • Reliability and stability of the phosphors including aging, temperature and UV and VUV excitation, etc.
  • Phosphors for improvement of solar cells efficiency.
  • Phosphors for detection of high energy radiation
  • Applications of phosphors and prototype demonstration.

Prof. Dr. hab. Przemysław Jacek Dereń
Guest Editor

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  • phosphors
  • phosphors growth
  • storage phosphors,
  • persistent phosphors
  • upconverting phosphors
  • down shifting phosphors
  • sensor phosphors
  • phosphors used in medicine
  • phosphors for horticulture
  • phosphor aging
  • Antena effect phosphors

Published Papers

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