H. Bouchouichaa, G. Panczera, Jean B. D. de Ligny, Michel Luc  Y. Guyot, Mauro L. Baesso, Luis H. C. Andrade, Sandro M. Lima, R. Ternane.

Journal of Luminescence – Volume 169, Pages 528–533, Issue: Doi:10.1016/j.jlumin.2014.11.054

Eu3+ and Eu2+ co-doped calcium aluminosilicate glass–ceramics have been prepared by devitrification of calcium aluminosilicate glass using heat-treatment. Control of crystallization in the glass–ceramics was studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscopy. The results showed that crystalline phases in glass–ceramic belong to the family of melilite Ca2Mg0.25Al1.5Si1.25O7 as the major phase and anorthite CaAl2Si2O8 as the minor phase. Luminescent properties were investigated by emission; lifetime and the color points were calculated. Emission spectra showed that Eu2+ entered into the crystalline phase in a two steps mechanism: first as Eu3+ which is then reduced to Eu2+. This incorporation in the crystal enhanced Eu2+ emission with increasing time of heat-treatment and therefore crystallization.