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  • Received: May. 7, 2019

    Accepted: Jul. 5, 2019

    Posted: Sep. 12, 2019

    Published Online: Sep. 12, 2019

    The Author Email: Xiaodan Wang (, Xionghui Zeng (

    DOI: 10.3788/COL201917.111602

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    Xiang Li, Xiaodan Wang, Hai Ma, Feifei Chen, Xionghui Zeng. White light emission from Er, Pr co-doped AlN films[J]. Chinese Optics Letters, 2019, 17(11): 111602

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Chinese Optics Letters, Vol. 17, Issue 11, 111602 (2019)

White light emission from Er, Pr co-doped AlN films

Xiang Li1, Xiaodan Wang1,*, Hai Ma1, Feifei Chen1, and Xionghui Zeng2,**

Author Affiliations

  • 1Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Micro and Nano Heat Fluid Flow Technology and Energy Application, School of Mathematics and Physics, Suzhou University of Science and Technology, Suzhou 215009, China
  • 2Suzhou Institute of Nano-Tech and Nano-Bionics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Suzhou 215123, China


In this work, Er-doped aluminum nitride (AlN), Pr-doped AlN, and Er, Pr co-doped AlN thin films were prepared by ion implantation. After annealing, the luminescence properties were investigated by cathodoluminescence. Some new and interesting phenomena were observed. The peak at 480 nm was observed only for Er-doped AlN. However, for Er, Pr co-doped AlN, it disappeared. At the same time, a new peak at 494 nm was observed, although it was not observed for Er-doped AlN or Pr-doped AlN before. Therefore, the energy transfer mechanism between Er3+ and Pr3+ in AlN thin films was investigated in detail. Through optimizing the dose ratio of Er3+ with respect to Pr3+, white light emission with an International Commission on Illumination chromaticity coordinate (0.332, 0.332) was obtained. This work may provide a new strategy for realizing white light emission based on nitride semiconductors.

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