Feature issue introduction: persistent and photostimulable phosphors – an established research field with clear challenges ahead

Philippe F. Smet, Bruno Viana, Setsuhisa Tanabe, Mingying Peng, Jorma Hölsä, Wei Chen
2016 Optical Materials Express  
Persistent phosphors have the ability to emit light long after the excitation has ended, typically by using thermal energy to liberate previously trapped charges. Alternatively, also photons can be used for the detrapping, leading to optically stimulated luminescence (OSL). This particular field of phosphor research has seen a strong expansion over the past two decades, with a steady growth of the materials library, an improved structural and luminescence characterization and the development of
more » ... the development of novel applications. Despite this success, clear challenges lie ahead in terms of a deeper understanding of the trapping mechanism and an associated optimization of the energy storage capacity being crucial for many applications. This focus issue "Persistent and Photostimulable Phosphors" within Optical Materials Express features papers presented at the third International Workshop on Persistent and Photostimulable Phosphors (IWPPP 2015) held at the University of Texas at Arlington.
doi:10.1364/ome.6.001414 fatcat:trz7ejjj5bg7bfkvg5p25tpoxa