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Sensors 2018, 18(2), 668; https://doi.org/10.3390/s18020668

Mn4+-Doped Magnesium Titanate—A Promising Phosphor for Self-Referenced Optical Temperature Sensing

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Institute of Applied Mathematics and Physics, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Winterthur 8401, Switzerland
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Institute of Analytical Chemistry and Food Chemistry, Graz University of Technology, Stremayrgasse 9, 8010 Graz, Austria
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Received: 17 January 2018 / Revised: 18 February 2018 / Accepted: 22 February 2018 / Published: 24 February 2018
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Abstract

Phosphors based on magnesium titanate activated with Mn 4 + ions are of great interest because, when excited with blue light, they display a strong red-emitting luminescence. They are characterized by a luminescence decay which is strongly temperature dependent in the range from −50 C to 150 C, making these materials very promising for temperature sensing in the biochemical field. In this work, the optical and thermal properties of the luminescence of Mg 2 TiO 4 are investigated for different Mn 4 + doping concentrations. The potential of this material for temperature sensing is demonstrated by fabricating a fiber optic temperature microsensor and by comparing its performance against a standard resistance thermometer. The response of the fiber optic sensor is exceptionally fast, with a response time below 1 s in the liquid phase and below 1.1 s in the gas phase. View Full-Text
Keywords: phosphor; optical sensor; temperature sensor; manganese, luminescence phosphor; optical sensor; temperature sensor; manganese, luminescence
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Venturini, F.; Baumgartner, M.; Borisov, S.M. Mn4+-Doped Magnesium Titanate—A Promising Phosphor for Self-Referenced Optical Temperature Sensing. Sensors 2018, 18, 668.

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