Fully phosphor-converted LEDs (FpcLeds) with saturated emission have been realized in the green and amber spectral
region. With the Lumiramic™ phosphor technology it is possible to achieve high package efficiency with minimum
transmission of blue light from the primary LED source. This is done by keeping the scattering properties of the
phosphor layer low while the phosphor thickness is chosen to fully convert all blue LED emission. It is shown that this
can be done not only for optically isotropic Lumiramic materials like garnets, but also for oxonitridosilicate materials
like the green emitting Europium doped SrSi<sub>2</sub>O<sub>2</sub>N<sub>2</sub>, crystallizing in a triclinic lattice with three optical axes. The
scattering power of the Lumiramic can be decreased to acceptable levels by increasing the size of the crystallites in the
densely sintered ceramics. Light propagation is found to be described well with Mie scattering of mono-sized SrSi<sub>2</sub>O<sub>2</sub>N<sub>2</sub>
spheres with refraction index differing by 0.07 to the refractive index of a SrSi<sub>2</sub>O<sub>2</sub>N<sub>2</sub> matrix material. Using this
technology, the green-yellow gap of visible light emitting LEDs can be bridged and color tunable lamps with the
efficiency and flux of today's white phosphor-converted LEDs become feasible.
In our contribution we discuss structure-luminescence property relations of MSi<sub>2</sub>O<sub>2</sub>N<sub>2</sub>:Eu (M = Ba, Sr, Ca) phosphors to explain the differences in excitability, emission band position and width. The differences in Eu<sup>2+</sup> site coordination, number and size of sites lead to a shift of emission from M = Ba over M = Sr to M = Ca from cyan to yellow
accompanied by an increased Stokes shift. Because of its favourable emission properties with a peak at ~ 538 nm
SrSi<sub>2</sub>O<sub>2</sub>N<sub>2</sub>:Eu was selected and optimized as down-conversion material for green pcLEDs. pcLEDs built with
LUXEON<sup>R</sup> thin-film flip chip (TFFC) LEDs show stable color points under a wide range of drive conditions (I ≤ 1A, T ≤ 150°C) as a consequence of the very high conversion efficiency of optimized SrSi<sub>2</sub>O<sub>2</sub>N<sub>2</sub>:Eu color converters. Although cutbacks in color purity have to be made because of the broad band phosphor emission spectrum, efficacies of the discussed green pcLEDs are significantly higher compared to direct green emitting InGaN LEDs.
A new phosphor technology for phosphor converted light-emitting diodes (pcLEDs) is presented. A polycrystalline
ceramic plate (Lumiramic<sup>TM</sup>) of Ce (III) doped yttrium gadolinium aluminum garnet (Y,GdAG:Ce) is combined with a
blue LED to produce white light in the range of 5000 K correlated color temperature. Scattering and light extraction
means of the Lumiramic ceramic color converter plates enable production of reliable and efficient white pcLEDs.
Measurement of the optical properties of the Lumiramic plates before the final LED assembly allows pick and place
packaging with exact targeting of the desired white color point of the LED. Combination with a red phosphor powder
layer, coated onto the Lumiramic plate, results in high quality white pcLEDs with any color temperature required for the
general lighting market.
We have studied structure-property relations of Eu(II) doped nitridosilicates M<sub>2</sub>Si<sub>5</sub>N<sub>8</sub> and MSi<sub>7</sub>N<sub>10</sub> (M = Sr, Ba). For
both systems that are described as being efficient LED phosphors, we show that a detailed examination of the local
activator environment in combination with net positive charge calculations for Eu with the EHTB-MO method allows a
qualitative prediction of the luminescence properties of nitridosilicate LED phosphors. The non-linear shift of the amber
to red emission of solid solutions Ba<sub>2-x</sub>Sr<sub>x</sub>Si<sub>5</sub>N<sub>8</sub>:Eu is explained by a non-statistical distribution of Eu over the available
lattice sites. The Stokes shift differences between the two available Eu sites are significantly larger for Ba<sub>2</sub>Si<sub>5</sub>N<sub>8</sub>:Eu than
for Sr<sub>2</sub>Si<sub>5</sub>N<sub>8</sub>:Eu. In contradiction to literature data, BaSi<sub>7</sub>N<sub>10</sub>:Eu shows emission in the cyan spectral region and a large
Stokes shift, in accordance with the host lattice geometry and the electronic structure calculations that were carried out.
SiAlON formation as an additional design tool to tune nitridosilicate phosphor emission properties is demonstrated for
Sr<sub>2</sub>Si<sub>5</sub><sub>-x</sub>Al<sub>x</sub>O<sub>x</sub>N<sub>8-x</sub>:Eu. (Al,O) incorporation leads to anisotropic changes of lattice constants and a red shift and
broadening of the Eu emission.
Phosphor-converted Light Emitting Diodes (pc-LEDs) to generate white light from blue or UV emitting diodes can be made using Eu<sup>2+</sup> doped nitridosilicates - M2Si5N8- and/or oxo nitridosilicates - MSi2O2N2 with M=alkaline earth. Luminescence properties of some out of this new class of color converters have been investigated. As expected from strong absorption the decay times of the internally excited Eu<sup>2+</sup> is short (around 1 microsec) and depends on the cation sharing the unit cell. Time resolved spectroscopy illustrates the behavior even more clearly. Laboratory pcLEDs using 2 of the nitride phosphors show excellent drive and temperature stability of all color properties as expected.