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Title: Intervalence charge transfer luminescence: The anomalous luminescence of cerium-doped Cs{sub 2}LiLuCl{sub 6} elpasolite

The existence of intervalence charge transfer (IVCT) luminescence is reported. It is shown that the so called anomalous luminescence of Ce-doped elpasolite Cs{sub 2}LiLuCl{sub 6}, which is characterized mainly by a very large Stokes shift and a very large band width, corresponds to an IVCT emission that takes place in Ce{sup 3+}–Ce{sup 4+} pairs, from the 5de{sub g} orbital of Ce{sup 3+} to 4f orbitals of Ce{sup 4+}. Its Stokes shift is the sum of the large reorganization energies of the Ce{sup 4+} and Ce{sup 3+} centers formed after the fixed-nuclei electron transfer and it is equal to the energy of the IVCT absorption commonly found in mixed-valence compounds, which is predicted to exist in this material and to be slightly larger than 10 000 cm{sup −1}. The large band width is the consequence of the large offset between the minima of the Ce{sup 3+}–Ce{sup 4+} and Ce{sup 4+}–Ce{sup 3+} pairs along the electron transfer reaction coordinate. This offset is approximately 2√(3) times the difference of Ce–Cl equilibrium distances in the Ce{sup 3+} and Ce{sup 4+} centers. It is shown that the energies of the peaks and the widths of IVCT absorption and emission bands can be calculated ab initio withmore » reasonable accuracy from diabatic energy surfaces of the ground and excited states and that these can be obtained, in turn, from independent calculations on the donor and acceptor active centers. We obtained the energies of the Ce{sup 3+} and Ce{sup 4+} active centers of Ce-doped Cs{sub 2}LiLuCl{sub 6} by means of state-of-the-art wave-function-theory spin-orbit coupling relativistic calculations on the donor cluster (CeCl{sub 6}Li{sub 6}Cs{sub 8}){sup 11+} and the acceptor cluster (CeCl{sub 6}Li{sub 6}Cs{sub 8}){sup 12+} embedded in a quantum mechanical embedding potential of the host. The calculations provide interpretations of unexplained experimental observations as due to higher energy IVCT absorptions, and allow to reinterpret others. The existence of another IVCT emission of lower energy, at around 14 000-16 000 cm{sup −1} less than the 5dt{sub 2g} emission, is also predicted.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3]
  1. Departamento de Química, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid (Spain)
  2. (Spain)
  3. Instituto Universitario de Ciencia de Materiales Nicolás Cabrera, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid (Spain)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22425426
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Chemical Physics; Journal Volume: 141; Journal Issue: 21; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 74 ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR PHYSICS; ABSORPTION; ACCURACY; CERIUM; CERIUM IONS; DOPED MATERIALS; ELECTRON TRANSFER; EXCITED STATES; L-S COUPLING; LUMINESCENCE; QUANTUM MECHANICS; RELATIVISTIC RANGE; WAVE FUNCTIONS