13 April 2015 Electroluminescence of cubic boron nitride single crystal flakes with color-zoning
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Proceedings Volume 9522, Selected Papers from Conferences of the Photoelectronic Technology Committee of the Chinese Society of Astronautics 2014, Part II; 952221 (2015) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2180321
Event: Selected Proceedings of the Photoelectronic Technology Committee Conferences held August-October 2014, 2014, China, China
Abstract
The current-voltage (I-V) characteristics and phenomena of electroluminescence of cubic boron nitride (cBN) single crystal flakes with color-zoning under extremely non-uniform electric fields (ENUEFs) induced by needle-plate electrodes were observed. When a cBN flake with sizes of 0.3×0.3×0.1 mm3 was tightly fixed between the tungsten needle and brass plate electrodes in the atmosphere, the I-V relationship exhibited nonlinearity, and peculiar phenomena of electroluminescence with bright blue-violet light appeared at the bias voltage in a range of 700-1200 V. The current-controlled differential negative resistance was synchronously observed. The electroluminescent phenomena were somewhat different for cases of the needle electrode respectively contacting to the amber and transparent zones. The electroluminescent radiations of cBN flakes biased at voltages with a range of 600-1550 V were also investigated in vacuum. In a vacuum chamber, the green emitting phosphor spread around the cBN flake might be excited by the vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) emission from the cBN crystal, and the green fluorescence was observed by naked eyes. The VUV radiation spectrum with a peak wavelength of 149 nm was measured. In the atmosphere, the blue-violet light emission may be the gas discharge resulted from the air ionization induced by the VUV emission from the cBN crystal under the ENUEF, and the ENUEF subsequently keeps the air discharging. The VUV emission from the cBN crystal under the ENUEF can be caused by the original interband transition and the subsequent intraband transfer for electrons, and the final electron-hole direct recombination.
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Xiuhuan Liu, Xiuhuan Liu, Shuang Wang, Shuang Wang, Zhanguo Chen, Zhanguo Chen, Gang Jia, Gang Jia, Tianliang Bian, Tianliang Bian, Lixin Hou, Lixin Hou, Qi Wang, Qi Wang, Nian Liu, Nian Liu, } "Electroluminescence of cubic boron nitride single crystal flakes with color-zoning", Proc. SPIE 9522, Selected Papers from Conferences of the Photoelectronic Technology Committee of the Chinese Society of Astronautics 2014, Part II, 952221 (13 April 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2180321; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2180321
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