Ultrahigh-sensitive optical temperature sensing based on ferroelectric Pr3+-doped (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3

Wei Tang, Shaochen Wang, Zhenglin Li, Ye Sun, Limei Zheng, Rui Zhang, Bin Yang, Wenwu Cao, Miao Yu

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

70 Scopus citations


Optical temperature sensing based on the variation of the fluorescence intensity ratio of rare-earth materials has become appealing due to the multiple superiorities over the electrical temperature sensing. However, confined by the largest energy separation of two thermally linked levels of rare-earth ions, the highest sensitivity of such temperature sensing is essentially smaller than 2878/T2, as reported previously from diverse systems. In this work, we demonstrate that ultrahigh-sensitive temperature sensing can be achieved from Pr3+-doped (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 based on the intensity ratio of the 1D2-3H4 emission to the 3P0-3H4 emission. The ratio can be increased as high as 18-fold when temperature rises from room temperature to 456 K, nicely fitting a thermally linked-levels-like equation and showing an ultrahigh sensitivity of 7997/T2. The striking change of the ratio is attributed to the interaction between the two emission levels and the intervalence charge transfer state. This work may have provided a distinct route in the field of optical temperature sensing utilizing rare-earth-doped materials. In addition, the resultant product also possesses excellent photoluminescence and ferroelectric properties, showing promising potentials in multifunctional devices for practical applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number061902
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - Feb 8 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


Dive into the research topics of 'Ultrahigh-sensitive optical temperature sensing based on ferroelectric Pr3+-doped (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this