Stand-Alone Ceramic Phosphor Composites for Laser-Excited Solid-State White Lighting

Tech ID: 26025 / UC Case 2016-99P-0

Brief Description

A method for generating a stand-alone ceramic phosphor composite for use in solid state white light generating devices that successfully reduces the operating temperature of the phosphor material by 50%, increases lumen output, reduces cost of materials, and decreases preparation time.

Background

Current phosphor encapsulation schemes involve a resin or glass component that caps the maximum operating temperature of the device to avoid thermal instability. Therefore, while organic resins and glasses are appropriate for light emitting diodes that operate at low temperatures, they are not suitable for the higher flux imposed by high power LEDs or laser diodes (LDs). The realization of encapsulation-free phosphor ceramics is required for the next generation of laser-based white lighting due to the temperature limitations of resins.

Description

Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara have created a method for generating a stand-alone ceramic phosphor composite for use in solid state white light generating devices that successfully reduces the operating temperature of the phosphor material by 50%, increases lumen output, reduces cost of materials, and decreases preparation time. The compound consists of a phosphor material and a filler oxide. The phosphor material is a UV and blue absorbing inorganic phosphor that efficiently converts blue light to yellow. The method uses spark plasma sintering (SPS) material preparation that promotes densification in less than 30 minutes, resulting in very dense and robust samples.

Advantages

  • Drastically lower operating temperatures
  • Increased light output
  • Reduced manufacturing costs and time
  • Decreased preparation time

Applications

  • Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)
  • Laser Diodes (LDs)
  • Phosphors

Patent Status

Country Type Number Dated Case
United States Of America Published Application 19-0264100 08/29/2019 2016-99P
 

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Keywords

indfeat, Solid state white light, Phosphor, indadvmat

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