White light emission of rare earth (RE)-free Mn-doped SnO–ZnO–P2O5 glass is demonstrated. Glass transition temperature of the obtained glass is below 440°C, which assures the application to sealant of solid state light emitting devices. The RE-free transparent glass shows white light emission with a high value of quantum efficiency (QE) comparable to conventional crystalline phosphor by excitation of deep UV light. The broad emission of RE-free transparent glass can be continuously tuned by both the amount of activator and the composition of the glass without decrease of the QE value.
2011 The Ceramic Society of Japan