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Title: Hexagonal boron nitride luminescence dependent on vacuum level and surrounding gases

Highlights: • 400 nm Luminescence of hBN powder is sensitive to surrounding vacuum or oxygen gas. • Decrease of hBN powder grain size improves its oxygen sensing properties. • hBN powder is proposed as prospective material for oxygen gas sensors. - Abstract: Gas sensing properties of hBN powder bulk and nanosize were studied. It was demonstrated that for hBN powders with grain sizes of 70 nm, 1 μm and 5 μm the native defect-induced luminescence observed at 400 nm under 265 nm light excitation and room temperature is sensitive to oxygen gas reducing luminescence intensity. The highest value of luminescence intensity is reached when sample is in vacuum. Results obtained allow conclusion that the hBN powder is prospective for sensing of oxygen gas. Some material properties such as dependence of luminescence intensity on vacuum level and pumping time, ratio of luminescence intensity when sample is in vacuum and gas, its dependence on material grain size were studied.
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OSTI Identifier:
22475981
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Materials Research Bulletin; Journal Volume: 70; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2015 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; BORON NITRIDES; DEFECTS; ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; EXCITATION; GASES; GRAIN SIZE; HEXAGONAL LATTICES; LUMINESCENCE; NANOSTRUCTURES; POWDERS; SURFACE PROPERTIES; TEMPERATURE RANGE 0273-0400 K; VISIBLE RADIATION; X-RAY DIFFRACTION