In this work, we present a facile preparation approach of Au nanoparticles embedded LaPO4:Eu3+ inverse opal photonic crystals. In the typical preparation process, the transparent LaPO4:Eu3+ sol including HAuCI4 was infiltrated into the opal templates. After the sintering, the 10‐20 nm Au nanoparticles were formed in the interior of nano‐sized wall of LaPO4:Eu3+ inverse opal and the Au nanoparticles embedded LaPO4:Eu3+ inverse opals were obtained. The luminescence of Au nanoparticles embedded LaPO4:Eu3+ inverse opal was investigated. The emission peaks located at the 593 (5D0→7F1), 618 (5D0→7F2) and 698 nm (5D0→7F4) from Eu3+ ions were observed. The 593, 618 and 698 nm emissions of Au nanoparticles embedded LaPO4:Eu3+ inverse opals were enhanced in contrast to these of LaPO4:Eu3+ inverse opal without the Au nanoparticles, which is from the excitation field enhancement caused by the localized surface plasmon resonance of Au nanoparticles.
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