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B nzli,J.-C.G. 2013 1st (1) 1-12
Abstract: Fascination for lanthanide optical materials dates back to the discovery of these elements in the 19th century when renowned scientists were using luminescence to test the purity of their recrystallizations. Later, the finding of the highly red-emitting phosphor Y2O3:Eu by G. Urbain set up a landmark which had important consequences for lighting and display technology. Presently lanthanide optical materials are in use in fields as diverse as phosphors for fluorescent lamps, CRT and plasma displays, telecommunications, lasers (including guiding systems for missiles), night vision goggles, security inks, counterfeiting measures, analytical sensors, as well as bioanalyses and bioimaging.