Thermally stimulated luminescence excitation spectroscopy as a technique to measure the photoionization energy of Sr(SCN)[subscript 2]:Eu[superscript 2][superscript +]
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Sr(SCN)2:Eu2+(Strontium Thiocyanates doped with Europium 2+) shows strong luminescence quenching at relatively low temperatures. It has been suggested that this quenching is due to the thermal promotion of the excited electrons into the conduction band, followed by nonradiative relaxation back to the ground state. In this thesis we report on experiments to conflrm the quenching mechanism in Sr(SCN)2:Eu2+. Because the sample is highly hygroscopic and has to be kept sealed in a quartz vial under an argon atmosphere, the experimental determination of the ionization onset is challenging. We are using thermally stimulated lumines- cence (TSL) as a non-contact technique to probe the onset between the impurity ground state relative to the host conduction band. We conflrm that the quenching in Sr(SCN)2:Eu2+is due to photo-ionization.