Optical Properties of Nanocrystalline Monoclinic Y2O3 Stabilized by Grain Size and Plastic Strain Effects via High-Pressure Torsion

Hadi Razavi-Khosroshahi, Kaveh Edalati, Hoda Emami, Etsuo Akiba, Zenji Horita, Masayoshi Fuji

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Yttrium oxide (yttria) with monoclinic structure exhibits unique optical properties; however, the monoclinic phase is thermodynamically stable only at pressures higher than ∼16 GPa. In this study, the effect of grain size and plastic strain on the stability of monoclinic phase is investigated by a high-pressure torsion (HPT) method. A cubic-to-monoclinic phase transition occurs at 6 GPa, which is ∼10 GPa below the theoretical transition pressure. Microstructure analysis shows that monoclinic phase forms in nanograins smaller than ∼22 nm and its fraction increases with plastic strain, while larger grains have a cubic structure. The band gap decreases and the photoluminescence features change from electric dipole to mainly magnetic dipole without significant decrease in the photoluminescence intensity after formation of the monoclinic phase. It is also suggested that monoclinic phase formation is due to the enhancement of effective internal pressure in nanograins.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2576-2580
Number of pages5
JournalInorganic chemistry
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Mar 6 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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