FRONT COVER Luminescent Materials and Applications Adrian Kitai SPINE Kitai Luminescent Materials and Applications BACK COVER Luminescent Materials and Applications Series Editors: Dr. Peter Capper, SELEX Sensors and Airborne Systems Infrared Ltd, Southampton, UK Professor Safa Kasap, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada Professor Arthur Willoughby, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK Editor: Adrian Kitai, Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Engineering Physics, McMaster University, Canada Luminescence, for example, as fluorescence, bioluminescence, and phosphorescence, can result from chemical changes, electrical energy, subatomic motions, reactions in crystals, or stimulation of an atomic system. This subject continues to have a major technological role for humankind in the form of applications such as organic and inorganic light emitters for flat panel and flexible displays such as plasma displays, LCD displays, and OLED displays. This book describes a wide range of materials and applications that are of current interest including organic light emitting materials and devices, inorganic light emitting diode materials and devices, down-conversion materials, nanomaterials, and powder and thin-film electroluminescent phosphor materials and devices. In addition, both the physics and the materials aspects of the field of solid-state luminescence are presented. Thus, the book may be used as a reference to gain an understanding of various types and mechanisms of luminescence and of the implementation of luminescence into practical devices. The book is aimed at postgraduate students (physicists, electrical engineers, chemical engineers, materials scientists, and engineers) and researchers in industry, for example, at lighting and display companies and academia involved in studying conduction in solids and electronic materials. It will also provide an excellent starting point for all scientists interested in luminescent materials. Finally it is hoped that this book will not only educate, but also stimulate further progress in this rapidly evolving field.