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  1. Structure and scintillation properties of CsI(Tl) films on Si single crystal substrates

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    Guo, Lina [State Key Laboratory of Electronic Thin Films and Integrated Devices, School of Optoelectronic Information, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 610054 (China); Liu, Shuang, E-mail: shuangliu@uestc.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Electronic Thin Films and Integrated Devices, School of Optoelectronic Information, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 610054 (China); Chen, Dejun; Zhang, Shangjian; Liu, Yong; Zhong, Zhiyong [State Key Laboratory of Electronic Thin Films and Integrated Devices, School of Optoelectronic Information, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 610054 (China); Falco, Charles M. [University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences, AZ 85721 (United States)

    2016-10-30

    Highlights: • We obtained the desired micro-columnar structure of CsI(Tl) films on the orienting Si substrates. • We improved the micro-columnar structure of CsI(Tl) films under the relatively large deposition rate through using the substrate with a pre-deposited CsI nanolayer. • We modeled the interface structures between the CsI(Tl) films with (200) and (310) orientation and Si(111) substrates to explain the preferred orientation of film under the influence of the orienting substrate significantly. • We gained a new spectrum of the CsI(Tl) films peaked at 740 nm wavelength. - Abstract: CsI(Tl) scintillation films fabricated on glass substrates are widely applied for X-ray imaging because their ability to grow in micro-columnar structure and proper emission wavelength matching CCD cameras. But the coupling process between the CsI(Tl) films and Si-based photo detector would cause coupling loss. In this work, CsI(Tl) films were deposited on the orienting Si substrates and the Si substrates covered by the pre-deposited CsI nanolayers. Structure and scintillation properties of films were examined by using scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, photoluminescence and radioluminescent spectrum. The films deposited on the orienting Si substrates show the micro-columnar morphology with perfect single crystalline structure and the photoluminescence spectra with bimodal distribution. The performances of the films prepared on the pre-deposited CsI nanolayer, containing micro-columns structure and the light yield are improved.

  2. Studies of scintillation light nonproportionality of ZnSe(Te), CsI(Tl) and YAP(Ce) crystals using heavy ions

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    Klamra, W; Kapusta, M; Kérek, A; Moszynski, M; Norlin, L O; Novák, D; Possnert, G

    2002-01-01

    The scintillation light yield for ZnSe(Te), CsI(Tl) and YAP(Ce) crystals have been studied with alpha particles, sup 1 sup 2 C and sup 8 sup 1 Br in the energy region 2.8-42.2 MeV. A nonproportional behavior was observed, mostly pronounced for alpha particles on YAP(Ce). The results are understood in terms of delta-rays effect.

  3. Scintillation response of CsI(Tl) and CsI(Na) crystals on X-ray and gamma-quanta low energy excitation

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    Kudin, A M; Vydaj, Y T; Gres, V Y

    2001-01-01

    The dependence on the response (L/E) from energy (E) in the range of 5.9...60 keV has been investigated for CsI(Na) during the aging and for CsI(Tl) crystals with different activator concentrations and light collection conditions. On the contrast to data on increasing of L/E in the range of approx 15 keV (so called the response non-proportionality up to + 245), we have shown that value and sign of non-proportionality are determined by light collection conditions, mainly and scintillation material (luminescence centers concentration) in the minor. The distinct correlation is observed between non-proportionality and energy resolution in the low energy range even where is supposed the non-proportionality contribution is insignificant. The main conclusion is the response non-proportionality is not fundamental property of the scintillator. It (and energy resolution) rise from light collection conditions for the quantum with different penetration depth and scintillation long.

  4. Impact of precursor purity on optical properties and radiation detection of CsI:Tl scintillators

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    Saengkaew, Phannee; Cheewajaroen, Kulthawat; Yenchai, Chadet; Thong-aram, Decho [Chulalongkorn University, Department of Nuclear Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Bangkok (Thailand); Sanorpim, Sakuntam [Chulalongkorn University, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Bangkok (Thailand); Jitpukdee, Manit [Kasetsart University, Department of Applied Radiation and Isotope, Faculty of Science, Bangkok (Thailand); Yordsri, Visittapong; Thanachayanont, Chanchana [Ministry of Science and Technology, National Metal and Materials Technology Center, National Science and Technology Development Agency, Pathumthani (Thailand); Nuntawong, Noppadon [Ministry of Science and Technology, National Electronic and Computer Technology Center, National Science and Technology Development Agency, Pathumthani (Thailand)

    2016-08-15

    Cesium iodide doped with thallium (CsI:Tl) crystals was grown to develop the gamma-ray detectors by using low-cost raw materials. Effect of impurities on optical properties and radiation detection performance was investigated. By a modified homemade Bridgman-Stockbarger technique, CsI:Tl samples were grown in two levels of CsI and TlI reactant materials, i.e., having as a very high purity of 99.999 % and a high purity of 99.9 %. XRD measurements indicate CsI:Tl crystals having a good quality with a dominant (110) plane. Having a cubic structure, a lattice constant of CsI crystals of 0.4574 nm and a crystallite size of 43.539 nm were obtained. From the lower-purity raw materials, calcite was found in an orange crystal with a lattice constant of 0.4560 nm and a crystallite size of 43.089 nm. By PL measurements, the optical properties of the CsI:Tl crystals were analyzed. ∝540-nm-wavelength PL peak was observed from the colorless high-purity crystal, and ∝600-nm-wavelength PL peak was observed from the orange crystal. The brighter PL emission was obtained from the orange crystals suggesting impurities. CsI:Tl surface morphology by SEM exhibited a smooth surface with some parallel crystal facets. For electrical properties of high-quality CsI:Tl crystals, the electrical resistances were 230 ± 16 MΩ in cross-sectional direction and 714 ± 136 MΩ in vertical direction with respect to more homogeneous crystal quality in cross-sectional direction than that in vertical direction. TEM measurement was applied to evaluate the microstructure of colorless CsI:Tl crystal with different patterns of a cubic structure. Both CsI:Tl crystals show good efficiencies and good resolutions. Maintaining the same electronic conditions and amplifications, the colorless CsI:Tl scintillators represented a higher detection efficiency at 122 keV of Co-57 of 78.4 % and the energy resolution of 23.3 % compared to the detection efficiency of 75.9 % and the energy resolution of 34.6 % of the

  5. CsI(Tl) infrared scintillation light yield and spectrum

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    Belogurov, S; Carugno, Giovanni; Conti, E; Iannuzzi, D; Meneguzzo, Anna Teresa

    2000-01-01

    Infrared emission from CsI(Tl) excited by approx 70 keV electrons was detected with an InGaAs PIN photodiode. Some parameters of infrared scintillation were studied. The emission spectrum is located between 1.55 and 1.70 mu m with a maximum at 1.60 mu m. The light yield of infrared scintillation is (4.9+-0.3)x10 sup 3 photons/MeV. Infrared scintillation caused by 3 MeV alpha-particles is detected as well.

  6. Temperature dependence of CsI(Tl) gamma-ray excited scintillation characteristics

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    Valentine, John David [Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States)

    1993-01-01

    Gamma-ray excited emission spectrum, absolute scintillation yield, rise and decay time constants, and thermoluminescence emissions of CsI(Tl) were measured at -100 to +50 C, for crystals from 4 different vendors. The thermoluminescence glow curves were the only property that varied significantly from crystal to crystal; room temperature operation in current mode could be susceptible to temperature fluctuations. The CsI(Tl) emission spectrum has emission bands peaking around 400 and 560 nm; the former band disappears between -50 and -75 C. The RT absolute scintillation yield was calculated to be 65,500{plus_minus}4,100 photons/MeV. The two primary decay time constants increases about exponentially with inverse temperature. An ultra-fast decay component was confirmed. Applications are discussed.

  7. Development of surgical gamma probes with TlBr semiconductors and CsI(Tl) scintillators crystals; Desenvolvimento de sondas cirurgicas radioguiadas com semicondutores de TlBr e com cristais cintiladores de CsI (Tl)

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    Costa, Fabio Eduardo da

    2006-07-01

    Radio guided surgery, using probes with radiation detectors, has been prominence in the medical area in the last decade. This technique consists in injecting a radioactive substance to concentrate in tumour and assist the localization during the surgical procedure. The radio guided surgeries allowing the identification of lymph node has revolutioned the behavior of tumour in initial stadium when are being spread by lymphatic way. The conditions imposed to the surgery due the proximity between some lymph nodes, demands of the probes, a small diameters and capacity of individual identification of these lymph nodes radiolabelled by a specific tracer. The international market supplies these probes with CdTe semiconductors and scintillators, but there is some time lack a promptly technical assistance in the Brazilian market. This work developed probes with national technology, using CsI(Tl) scintillators crystals and, in substitution to CdTe crystals semiconductors, the TlBr crystal, that is a new semiconductor detector in a world-wide development, with advantages in relation to the CdTe. Both crystals have been grown in IPEN. All the necessary electronics, specially, the preamplifier, that was also a restrictive factor for development of these types of probe in the country, have been developed with components found in the national market. Systematic measures of spatial resolution, spatial selectivity, maximum sensitivity and quality of the shielding have been carried the probes development. The results have shown that the probes, one with the CsI(Tl) crystal and another with TlBr semiconductor presented the requested performance in the international literature for radio guided probes. (author)

  8. Radiation Hardness of 30 cm Long CsI(Tl) Crystals

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    Longo, Savino

    2016-01-01

    Measurements of the degradation in performance of 30 cm long CsI(Tl) scintillation crystals exposed to 1 MeV photon doses of 2, 10, 35, 100 and 1000 Gy are presented. The light yield, light yield longitudinal non-uniformity, scintillation decay times, energy resolution and timing resolution of a set of spare crystals from the BABAR and Belle experiments are studied as a function of these doses. In addition, a model that describes the plateau observed in the light output loss as a function of dose in terms of increase in concentrations of absorption centres with irradiation is presented.

  9. Nondestructive method for quantifying thallium dopant concentrations in CsI:Tl crystals.

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    Miller, Stuart R; Ovechkina, Elena E; Bennett, Paul; Brecher, Charles

    2013-12-01

    We report a quantitative method for using X-ray fluorescence (XRF) to nondestructively measure the true content of Tl dopant in CsI:Tl scintillator crystals. The instrument is the handheld LeadTracer™, originally developed at RMD Instruments for measuring Pb concentration in electronic components. We describe both the measurement technique and specific findings on how changes in crystal size and growth parameters affect Tl concentration. This method is also applicable to numerous other activator ions important to scintillators, such as Ce(3+) and Eu(2+). © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Radiation hardness of 30 cm long CsI(Tl) crystals

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    Longo, S.; Roney, J. M.

    2016-08-01

    Measurements of the degradation in performance of 30 cm long CsI(Tl) scintillation crystals exposed to 1 MeV photon doses of 2, 10, 35, 100 and 1000 Gy are presented. The light yield, light yield longitudinal non-uniformity, scintillation decay times, energy resolution and timing resolution of a set of spare crystals from the BABAR and Belle experiments are studied as a function of these doses. In addition, a model that describes the plateau observed in the light output loss as a function of dose in terms of increase in concentrations of absorption centres with irradiation is presented.

  11. PIXE characterization of CsI(Tl) scintillators used for particle detection in nuclear reactions

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    Grassi, N.; Casini, G.; Frosini, M.; Tobia, G.; Marchi, T.

    2008-05-01

    Particle-Induced X-ray Emission has been used to measure Thallium concentration in several CsI(Tl) scintillators from different manufacturers, in order to check their nominal declared values and correlate their behaviour with actual Tl concentration. Indeed, both Tl doping level and its uniformity affect light emission of these detectors, which are largely employed in nuclear physics experiments. In some of the examined crystals Tl concentration values from PIXE measurements came out to be quite different from those declared. This allowed us to explain apparent anomalies in the trend of their α/γ-induced light yield ratio versus Tl content. In some cases, the presence of unexpected contaminants was also pointed out.

  12. PIXE characterization of CsI(Tl) scintillators used for particle detection in nuclear reactions

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    Grassi, N. [Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare-Sezione di Firenze, Via G. Sansone 1, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Firenze) (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica dell' Universita di Firenze, Via G. Sansone 1, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Firenze) (Italy)], E-mail: grassi@fi.infn.it; Casini, G. [Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare-Sezione di Firenze, Via G. Sansone 1, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Firenze) (Italy); Frosini, M. [Dipartimento di Fisica dell' Universita di Firenze, Via G. Sansone 1, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Firenze) (Italy); Tobia, G. [Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare-Sezione di Firenze, Via G. Sansone 1, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Firenze) (Italy); Marchi, T. [Dipartimento di Fisica dell' Universita di Bologna, Via Irnerio 46, 40126 Bologna (Italy)

    2008-05-15

    Particle-Induced X-ray Emission has been used to measure Thallium concentration in several CsI(Tl) scintillators from different manufacturers, in order to check their nominal declared values and correlate their behaviour with actual Tl concentration. Indeed, both Tl doping level and its uniformity affect light emission of these detectors, which are largely employed in nuclear physics experiments. In some of the examined crystals Tl concentration values from PIXE measurements came out to be quite different from those declared. This allowed us to explain apparent anomalies in the trend of their {alpha}/{gamma}-induced light yield ratio versus Tl content. In some cases, the presence of unexpected contaminants was also pointed out.

  13. CsI(Tl) scintillators as gamma-ray detectors for the identification of hidden explosives

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    Fioretto, E; Innocenti, F D; Viesti, G; Cinausero, M; Coco, I; Fabris, D; Filippini, V; Lunardon, M; Nebbia, G; Prete, G; Pesente, S; Sajo-Bohus, L; Chukhaev, E; Melnikov, A I

    2001-01-01

    We report on the performances of CsI(Tl) crystals as gamma-ray detectors, compared with standard NaI(Tl). Energy resolution from E subgamma=122 keV up to E subgamma=7.6 MeV and light output yield of different CsI(Tl) crystals and read-out configurations (photomultiplier tubes, photodiodes and avalanche photodiodes) have been measured.

  14. A theoretical study of CsI:Tl columnar scintillator image quality parameters by analytical modeling

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    Kalyvas, N., E-mail: nkalyvas@teiath.gr; Valais, I.; Michail, C.; Fountos, G.; Kandarakis, I.; Cavouras, D.

    2015-04-11

    Medical X-ray digital imaging systems such as mammography, radiography and computed tomography (CT), are composed from efficient radiation detectors, which can transform the X-rays to electron signal. Scintillators are materials that emit light when excited by X-rays and incorporated in X-ray medical imaging detectors. Columnar scintillator, like CsI:T1 is very often used for X-ray detection due to its higher performance. The columnar form limits the lateral spread of the optical photons to the scintillator output, thus it demonstrates superior spatial resolution compared to granular scintillators. The aim of this work is to provide an analytical model for calculating the MTF, the DQE and the emission efficiency of a columnar scintillator. The model parameters were validated against published Monte Carlo data. The model was able to predict the overall performance of CsI:Tl scintillators and suggested an optimum thickness of 300 μm for radiography applications. - Highlights: • An analytical model for calculating MTF, DQE and Detector Optical Gain (DOG) of columnar phosphors was developed. • The model was fitted to published efficiency and MTF Monte Carlo data. • A good fit was observed for 300 µm columnar CsI:Tl thickness. • The performance of the 300 µm column thickness CsI:Tl was better in terms of MTF and DOG for radiographic applications.

  15. Alpha-gamma pulse shape discrimination in CsI:Tl, CsI:Na and BaF sub 2 scintillators

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    Dinca, L E; Haas, J; Bom, V R; Eijk, C W E

    2002-01-01

    Some scintillating materials offer the possibility of measuring well separated alpha and gamma scintillation response using a single crystal. Eventually aiming at thermal neutron detection using sup 6 Li or sup 1 sup 0 B admixture, pulse shape discrimination measurements were made on three scintillators: CsI:Tl, CsI:Na and pure BaF sub 2 crystals. A very good alpha/gamma discrimination was obtained using sup 2 sup 2 Na, sup 2 sup 4 sup 1 Am (gamma) and sup 2 sup 4 sup 4 Cm (alpha) radioactive sources.

  16. A comparison of CsI:Tl and GOS in a scintillator-CCD detector for nuclear medicine imaging

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    Bugby, S. L.; Jambi, L. K.; Lees, J. E.

    2016-09-01

    A number of portable gamma cameras for medical imaging use scintillator-CCD based detectors. This paper compares the performance of a scintillator-CCD based portable gamma camera with either a columnar CsI:Tl or a pixelated GOS scintillator installed. The CsI:Tl scintillator has a sensitivity of 40% at 140.5 keV compared to 54% with the GOS scintillator. The intrinsic spatial resolution of the pixelated GOS detector was 1.09 mm, over 4 times poorer than for CsI:Tl. Count rate capability was also found to be significantly lower when the GOS scintillator was used. The uniformity was comparable for both scintillators.

  17. A New Columnar CsI(Tl) Scintillator for iQID detectors.

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    Han, Ling; Miller, Brian W; Barber, H Bradford; Nagarkar, Vivek V; Furenlid, Lars R

    2014-09-12

    A 1650 μm thick columnar CsI(Tl) scintillator for upgrading iQID detectors, which is a high-resolution photon-counting gamma-ray and x-ray detector recently developed at the Center for Gamma-Ray Imaging (CGRI), has been studied in terms of sensitivity, spatial resolution and depth-of-interaction effects. To facilitate these studies, a new frame-parsing algorithm for processing raw event data is also proposed that has more degrees of freedom in data processing and can discriminate against a special kind of noise present in some low-cost intensifiers. The results show that in comparison with a 450 μm-thickness columnar CsI(Tl) scintillator, the 1650 μm thick CsI(Tl) scintillator provides more than twice the sensitivity at the expense of some spatial resolution degradation. The depth-of-interaction study also shows that event size and amplitude vary with scintillator thickness, which can assist in future detector simulations and 3D-interaction-position estimation.

  18. Comparative studies of YAG(Ce) and CsI(Tl) scintillators

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    Bhattacharjee, T; Dey, C C; Chatterjee, M B

    2002-01-01

    The performances of YAG(Ce) and CsI(Tl) scintillators have been compared using photomultiplier tube (PMT) readout for gamma rays and alpha particles. It is found that the energy resolution of YAG(Ce) is inferior to that of CsI(Tl). With Philips XP2971 PMT, we have obtained improved energy and time resolution for YAG(Ce), compared to the same, obtained by earlier workers using XP2020/Q. The best values of energy resolution (FWHM), obtained in the present work, for 662 keV gamma ray, are 6% and 7%, respectively, for CsI(Tl) and YAG(Ce), whereas for 5.48 MeV alpha particles, the observed values are 6% and 8.4%, respectively. The pulse height response of both the scintillators has been found to be reasonably linear up to 1.3 MeV gamma energy. A prompt time resolution of 1.3 ns (FWHM) has been obtained with a BaF sub 2 - YAG(Ce) combination against 511-511 keV photopeak selection, which compares well with that obtained for a BaF sub 2 -CsI(Tl) combination, used by us.

  19. Timing characteristics of Ce doped Gd{sub 3}Ga{sub 3}Al{sub 2}O{sub 12} single crystals in comparison with CsI(Tl) scintillators

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    Tyagi, M.; Singh, A.K.; Singh, S.G.; Sen, S.; Gadkari, S.C. [Technical Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, 400085 (India); Desai, V.V.; Nayak, B.K. [Nuclear Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, 400085 (India)

    2015-10-15

    Single crystals of Gd{sub 3}Ga{sub 3}Al{sub 2}O{sub 12}:Ce with B codopants were successfully grown using the Czochralski technique. The timing characteristics of the crystal was measured by coupling the crystal to photomultiplier tubes (PMT) or silicon photodiodes [Si(PIN)]. The two prompt γ-rays emitted in a cascade from {sup 60}Co or {sup 22}Na source were detected in coincidence using Gd{sub 3}Ga{sub 3}Al{sub 2}O{sub 12}:Ce,B crystal detectors and a BaF{sub 2} detector. The time resolution of these crystals are observed to be better than that measured for CsI:Tl crystal coupled to PMT or Si(PIN) in an identical measurement setup. (copyright 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  20. Energy calibration of CsI(Tl) scintillator in pulse-shape identification technique

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    Avdeichikov, V; Golubev, P; Jakobsson, B; Colonna, N

    2003-01-01

    A batch of 16 CsI(Tl) scintillator crystals, supplied by the Bicron Company, has been studied with respect to precise energy calibration in pulse-shape identification technique. The light corresponding to pulse integration within the time interval 1.6-4.5 mu s (long gate) and 0.0-4.5 mu s (extra-long gate) exhibits a power law relation, L(E,Z,A)=a1(Z,A)E sup a sup 2 sup ( sup Z sup , sup A sup ) , for sup 1 sup , sup 2 sup , sup 3 H isotopes in the measured energy range 5-150 MeV. For the time interval 0.0-0.60 mu s (short gate), a significant deviation from the power law relation is observed, for energy greater than approx 30 MeV. The character of the a2(p)-a2(d) and a2(p)-a2(t) correlations for protons, deuterons and tritons, reveals 3 types of crystals in the batch. These subbatches differ in the value of the extracted parameter a2 for protons, and in the value of the spread of a2 for deuterons and tritons. This may be explained by the difference in the energy dependence of the fast decay time component an...

  1. CsI:Tl scintillator separated by Si grid partition wall

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    Tabata, Kento; Nishizawa, Junichi; Koike, Akihumi; Aoki, Toru

    2016-09-01

    The spatial resolution of scintillator type imaging detector is not so high because diffusion of luminescence in the scintillator. As a countermeasure, the silicon substrate was processed to make a small grid by MEMS technique for optical separation of scintillator. The silicon grid wall can completely obtain optical-separation for visible light as a result of X-ray scintillation. Moreover, we can get large-size silicon wafers up to diameter of 30cm with high precision semiconductor process. In this paper, the purpose is to fill a scintillator material such as CsI:Tl, inside of the grid substrate. Because the aspect ratio of the grid is large (90μm x 90μm with 800μm depth), it is not easy to fill scintillator inside the grid. Moreover, it is necessary to ensure uniformity, intention of light emission. In this study, the CsI:Tl was filled inside of the grid by resistive heated evaporation method. We evaluated by X-ray luminescence and test chart.

  2. A compact, discrete CsI(Tl) scintillator/Si photodiode gamma camera for breast cancer imaging

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    Gruber, Gregory J. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)

    2000-01-01

    Recent clinical evaluations of scintimammography (radionuclide breast imaging) are promising and suggest that this modality may prove a valuable complement to X-ray mammography and traditional breast cancer detection and diagnosis techniques. Scintimammography, however, typically has difficulty revealing tumors that are less than 1 cm in diameter, are located in the medial part of the breast, or are located in the axillary nodes. These shortcomings may in part be due to the use of large, conventional Anger cameras not optimized for breast imaging. In this thesis I present compact single photon camera technology designed specifically for scintimammography which strives to alleviate some of these limitations by allowing better and closer access to sites of possible breast tumors. Specific applications are outlined. The design is modular, thus a camera of the desired size and geometry can be constructed from an array (or arrays) of individual modules and a parallel hole lead collimator for directional information. Each module consists of: (1) an array of 64 discrete, optically-isolated CsI(Tl) scintillator crystals 3 x 3 x 5 mm3 in size, (2) an array of 64 low-noise Si PIN photodiodes matched 1-to-1 to the scintillator crystals, (3) an application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) that amplifies the 64 photodiode signals and selects the signal with the largest amplitude, and (4) connectors and hardware for interfacing the module with a motherboard, thereby allowing straightforward computer control of all individual modules within a camera.

  3. A compact, discrete CsI(Tl) scintillator/Si photodiode gamma camera for breast cancer imaging

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    Gruber, Gregory J.

    2000-12-01

    Recent clinical evaluations of scintimammography (radionuclide breast imaging) are promising and suggest that this modality may prove a valuable complement to X-ray mammography and traditional breast cancer detection and diagnosis techniques. Scintimammography, however, typically has difficulty revealing tumors that are less than 1 cm in diameter, are located in the medial part of the breast, or are located in the axillary nodes. These shortcomings may in part be due to the use of large, conventional Anger cameras not optimized for breast imaging. In this thesis I present compact single photon camera technology designed specifically for scintimammography which strives to alleviate some of these limitations by allowing better and closer access to sites of possible breast tumors. Specific applications are outlined. The design is modular, thus a camera of the desired size and geometry can be constructed from an array (or arrays) of individual modules and a parallel hole lead collimator for directional information. Each module consists of: (1) an array of 64 discrete, optically-isolated CsI(Tl) scintillator crystals 3 x 3 x 5 mm{sup 3} in size, (2) an array of 64 low-noise Si PIN photodiodes matched 1-to-1 to the scintillator crystals, (3) an application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) that amplifies the 64 photodiode signals and selects the signal with the largest amplitude, and (4) connectors and hardware for interfacing the module with a motherboard, thereby allowing straightforward computer control of all individual modules within a camera.

  4. Measurement of intrinsic radioactive backgrounds from the 137Cs and U/Th chains in CsI(Tl) crystals

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    Liu, Shu-Kui; Yue, Qian; Lin, Shin-Ted; Li, Yuan-Jing; Tang, Chang-Jian; Wong Tsz-King, Henry; Xing, Hao-Yang; Yang, Chao-Wen; Zhao, Wei; Zhu, Jing-Jun

    2015-04-01

    The inorganic CsI(Tl) crystal scintillator is a candidate anti-compton detector for the China Dark matter Experiment. Studying the intrinsic radiopurity of the CsI(Tl) crystal is an issue of major importance. The timing, energy and spatial correlations, as well as the capability of pulse shape discrimination provide powerful methods for the measurement of intrinsic radiopurities. The experimental design, detector performance and event-selection algorithms are described. A total of 359×3 kg-days data from three prototypes of CsI(Tl) crystals were taken at China Jinping Underground Laboratory (CJPL), which offers a good shielding environment. The contamination levels of internal isotopes from 137Cs, 232Th and 238U series, as well as the upper bounds of 235U series are reported. Identification of the whole α peaks from U/Th decay chains and derivation of those corresponding quenching factors are achieved. Supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (11275107, 11175099)

  5. Pulse shape discrimination properties of Gd3Ga3Al2O12:Ce,B single crystal in comparison with CsI:Tl

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    Rawat, S.; Tyagi, Mohit; Netrakanti, P. K.; Kashyap, V. K. S.; Mitra, A.; Singh, A. K.; Desai, D. G.; Kumar, G. Anil; Gadkari, S. C.

    2016-12-01

    Single crystals of Gd3Ga3Al2O12:Ce,B and CsI:Tl were grown by Czochralski and Bridgman techniques, respectively. While both the crystals exhibited similar emission at about 550 nm, their scintillation decay times showed significantly different characteristics. The average scintillation decay time of Gd3Ga3Al2O12:Ce,B crystal was found to be about 284 ns for alpha excitation compared to 108 ns measured for a gamma source. On the other hand in CsI:Tl crystals, the alpha excitation resulted in a lower average decay time of 600 ns compared to 1200 ns with gamma excitation. Their pulse shape discrimination (PSD) for gamma and alpha radiations were studied by coupling the scintillators with photomultiplier tube or SiPM and employing an advanced digitizer as well as a conventional zero-crossing setup. In spite of having a poor α/γ light yield ratio, the PSD figure of merit and the difference of zero-crossing time in Gd3Ga3Al2O12:Ce,B crystals were found to be superior in comparison to CsI:Tl crystals.

  6. Spectrum-dose conversion operator of NaI(Tl) and CsI(Tl) scintillation detectors for air dose rate measurement in contaminated environments.

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    Tsuda, Shuichi; Saito, Kimiaki

    2017-01-01

    Spectrum-dose conversion operators, the G(E) functions, for common NaI(Tl) scintillation survey meters and CsI(Tl) detectors are obtained for measurements in a semi-infinite plane of contaminated ground field by photon-emitting radionuclides (ground source). The calculated doses at a height of 100 cm from the ground in (137)Cs-contaminated environments by the Monte Carlo simulation technique are compared with those obtained using the G(E) functions by assuming idealized irradiation geometries such as anterior-posterior or isotropic. The simulation reveals that one could overestimate air dose rates in the environment by a maximum of 20-30% for NaI(Tl) detectors and 40-50% for CsI(Tl) detectors depending on photon energy when using the G(E) functions assuming idealized irradiation geometries for ground source measurements. Measurements obtained after the nuclear accident in Fukushima reveal that the doses calculated using a G(E) function for a unidirectional irradiation geometry are 1.17 times higher than those calculated using a G(E) function for the ground source in the case of a CsI(Tl) scintillation detector, which has a rectangular parallelepiped crystal (13 × 13 × 20 mm(3)). However, if a G(E) function is used assuming irradiation to a surface of the detector, the doses agree with those of the ground source within 2%. These results indicate that in contaminated environments, the commonly used scintillation-based detectors overestimate doses within the acceptable limit. In addition, the degree of overestimation depends on the irradiation direction of each detector assumed for developing the G(E) function. With regard to directional dependence of the detectors, reliable air dose rates in the environment can be obtained using the G(E) function determined in unidirectional irradiation geometry, provided that the irradiation surface of the crystal is determined properly. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Radiation damage of CsI(Tl) scintillators: blocking of energy transfer process of V sub k centers to Tl sup + activators

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    Hamada, M M; Shimizu, S; Kubota, S

    2002-01-01

    This paper reports the emission spectra, light output, transmission and decay curves of CsI(Tl) crystals irradiated with gamma rays at different doses, ranging from 1x10 sup 5 to 5x10 sup 5 Gy. The crystals were coated with black or white tapes. Significant decreases in the emission spectra and light output values were observed for the crystals coated with white tape as the radiation dose increased. The decrease in the degree of the rising part of the decay curve in the irradiated crystals is attributed to the blocking of the energy transfer processes of V sub k lattice disorders, which were produced in irradiated crystals. The scintillation mechanism is affected in the crystal irradiated at 5x10 sup 5 Gy. However for crystals irradiated below 10 sup 5 Gy the mechanism process is not altered, and the decrease in the light output is due to internal transmission loss. It was also observed that the damage for irradiation is not permanent and it obeys a bi-exponential function.

  8. Particle identification using CsI(Tl) crystal with three different methods

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    2008-01-01

    Three pulse-shape-discrimination (PSD) methods are applied to study the particle identification (PID) by using CsI(Tl) crystal, especially for identifying light charged particles. The zero-cross time method, fast and total component method and signal rise time method are used. The experiment, data analysis and results are compared. Good PID for p, α and γ, can be achieved with a CsI(Tl)-photomultiplier assembly.

  9. Investigation into thallium sites and defects in doped scintillation crystals

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    Blacklocks, A.N.; Chadwick, A.V. [Functional Materials Group, School of Physical Sciences, University of Kent (United Kingdom); Jackson, R.A. [Lennard-Jones Laboratories, School of Physical and Geographical Sciences, Keele University (United Kingdom); Hutton, K.B. [Hilger Crystals, Westwood, Margate, Kent (United Kingdom)

    2007-03-15

    Thallium doped caesium iodide, CsI(Tl), and sodium iodide, NaI(Tl) are two of the most efficient scintillators developed and are already widely used for radiation detection and imaging applications. Their use in fast imaging applications however has been hindered by a long lasting high level of afterglow - the percentage of the luminescence pulse remaining a short time after excitation. Very little is known about the point defects in these crystals, such as structure and concentrations, and the first step to understanding the causes of the afterglow is to understand the nature of the defects responsible for the scintillation. In this paper the local structure of the thallium activator ion has been investigated via EXAFS spectroscopy and some basic intrinsic defects calculated using the General Utility Lattice Program (GULP). (copyright 2007 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  10. A systematic study of radiation damage to large crystals of CsI(Tl) for the BaBar detector

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    Hryn' ova, T

    2003-10-28

    We describe a novel apparatus that allows simultaneous exposure of large CsI(Tl) crystals to radiation and precise measurement of the longitudinal changes in light yield of the crystals. We present herein the first results from this device for exposures up to 6 kRad.

  11. Scintillation properties of CsI:In single crystals

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    Gridin, S., E-mail: gridin.sergey@gmail.com [Institute for Scintillation Materials, 61001 Kharkov (Ukraine); Institut Lumière Matière, Lyon, 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Belsky, A. [Institut Lumière Matière, Lyon, 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Moszynski, M.; Syntfeld-Kazuch, A. [National Centre for Nuclear Research, Soltana 7, 05-400 Otwock-Swierk (Poland); Shiran, N.; Gektin, A. [Institute for Scintillation Materials, 61001 Kharkov (Ukraine)

    2014-10-11

    Scintillation properties of CsI:In single crystals have been investigated. Scintillation yield of CsI:In measured with the 24 μs integration time is around 27,000 ph/MeV, reaching the saturation at 0.005 mol% of the activator. However, luminescence yield of CsI:In is close to CsI:Tl scintillation crystals, which is around 60,000 ph/MeV. This difference is explained by the presence of an ultra-long afterglow in CsI:In scintillation pulse. Thermoluminescence studies revealed a stable trap around 240 K that is supposed to be related to millisecond decay components. The best measured energy resolution of (8.5±0.3)% was achieved at 24 μs peaking time for a CsI sample doped with 0.01 mol% of In. Temperature stability of CsI:In radioluminescence intensity was found to be remarkably high. Its X-ray luminescence yield remains stable up to 600 K, whereafter thermal quenching occurs. The latter property gives CsI:In a potential to be used in well logging applications.

  12. Mixed crystal organic scintillators

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    Zaitseva, Natalia P; Carman, M Leslie; Glenn, Andrew M; Hamel, Sebastien; Hatarik, Robert; Payne, Stephen A; Stoeffl, Wolfgang

    2014-09-16

    A mixed organic crystal according to one embodiment includes a single mixed crystal having two compounds with different bandgap energies, the organic crystal having a physical property of exhibiting a signal response signature for neutrons from a radioactive source, wherein the signal response signature does not include a significantly-delayed luminescence characteristic of neutrons interacting with the organic crystal relative to a luminescence characteristic of gamma rays interacting with the organic crystal. According to one embodiment, an organic crystal includes bibenzyl and stilbene or a stilbene derivative, the organic crystal having a physical property of exhibiting a signal response signature for neutrons from a radioactive source.

  13. Photonic crystal scintillators and methods of manufacture

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    Torres, Ricardo D.; Sexton, Lindsay T.; Fuentes, Roderick E.; Cortes-Concepcion, Jose

    2015-08-11

    Photonic crystal scintillators and their methods of manufacture are provided. Exemplary methods of manufacture include using a highly-ordered porous anodic alumina membrane as a pattern transfer mask for either the etching of underlying material or for the deposition of additional material onto the surface of a scintillator. Exemplary detectors utilizing such photonic crystal scintillators are also provided.

  14. Photonic Material Selection of Scintillation Crystals Using Monte Carlo Method for X-Ray Detection in Industrial Computed Tomography

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    Peng He

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Currently industrial X-CT system is designed according to characteristics of test objects, and test objects determine industrial X-CT system structure, X-ray detector/sensor property, scanning mode, and so forth. So there are no uniform standards for the geometry size of scintillation crystals of detector. Moreover, scintillation crystals are usually mixed with some highly toxic impurity elements, such as Tl and Cd. Thus, it is indispensable for establishing guidelines of engineering practice to simulate X-ray detection performances of different scintillation crystals. This paper focuses on how to achieve high efficient X-ray detection in industrial X-CT system which used Monte Carlo (MC method to study X-ray energy straggling characteristics, full energy peak efficiency, and conversion efficiency of some scintillation crystals (e.g., CsI(Tl, NaI(Tl, and CdWO4 after X-ray interacted with these scintillation crystals. Our experimental results demonstrate that CsI(Tl scintillation crystal has the advantages of conversion efficiency, spectral matching, manufacturing process, and full energy peak efficiency; it is an ideal choice for high efficient X-ray detection in industrial X-CT system.

  15. Search for solar axions with CsI(Tl) crystal detectors

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    Yoon, Y S; Bhang, H; Choi, J H; Choi, S; Hahn, I S; Jeon, E J; Joo, H W; Kang, W G; Kim, B H; Kim, G B; Kim, H J; Kim, K W; Kim, S C; Kim, S K; Kim, Y D; Kim, Y H; Lee, H S; Lee, J H; Lee, J K; Lee, S J; Leonard, D S; Li, J; Myung, S S; Olsen, S L; So, J H

    2016-01-01

    The results of a search for solar axions from the Korea Invisible Mass Search (KIMS) experiment at the Yangyang Underground Laboratory are presented. Low-energy electron-recoil events would be produced by conversion of solar axions into electrons via the axio-electric effect in CsI(Tl) crystals. Using data from an exposure of 34,596 $\\rm kg \\cdot days$, we set a 90 \\% confidence level upper limit on the axion-electron coupling, $g_{ae}$, of $1.39 \\times 10^{-11}$ for an axion mass less than 1 keV/$\\rm c^2$. This limit is lower than the indirect solar neutrino bound, and fully excludes QCD axions heavier than 0.48 eV/$\\rm c^2$ and 140.9 eV/$\\rm c^2$ for the DFSZ and KSVZ models respectively.

  16. Search for solar axions with CsI(Tl) crystal detectors

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    Yoon, Y. S.; Park, H. K.; Bhang, H.; Choi, J. H.; Choi, S.; Hahn, I. S.; Jeon, E. J.; Joo, H. W.; Kang, W. G.; Kim, B. H.; Kim, G. B.; Kim, H. J.; Kim, K. W.; Kim, S. C.; Kim, S. K.; Kim, Y. D.; Kim, Y. H.; Lee, H. S.; Lee, J. H.; Lee, J. K.; Leonard, D. S.; Li, J.; Myung, S. S.; Olsen, S. L.; So, J. H.

    2016-06-01

    The results of a search for solar axions from the Korea Invisible Mass Search (KIMS) experiment at the Yangyang Underground Laboratory are presented. Low-energy electron-recoil events would be produced by conversion of solar axions into electrons via the axio-electric effect in CsI(Tl) crystals. Using data from an exposure of 34,596 kg · days, we set a 90 % confidence level upper limit on the axion-electron coupling, g ae , of 1 .39 × 10 -11 for an axion mass less than 1 keV/c2. This limit is lower than the indirect solar neutrino bound, and fully excludes QCD axions heavier than 0.48 eV/c2 and 140.9 eV/c2 for the DFSZ and KSVZ models respectively.

  17. Energy-Dependent Scintillation Pulse Shape and Proportionality of Decay Components for CsI:Tl: Modeling with Transport and Rate Equations

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    Lu, X.; Gridin, S.; Williams, R. T.; Mayhugh, M. R.; Gektin, A.; Syntfeld-Kazuch, A.; Swiderski, L.; Moszynski, M.

    2017-01-01

    Relatively recent experiments on the scintillation response of CsI:Tl have found that there are three main decay times of about 730 ns, 3 μ s , and 16 μ s , i.e., one more principal decay component than had been previously reported; that the pulse shape depends on gamma-ray energy; and that the proportionality curves of each decay component are different, with the energy-dependent light yield of the 16 -μ s component appearing to be anticorrelated with that of the 0.73 -μ s component at room temperature. These observations can be explained by the described model of carrier transport and recombination in a particle track. This model takes into account processes of hot and thermalized carrier diffusion, electric-field transport, trapping, nonlinear quenching, and radiative recombination. With one parameter set, the model reproduces multiple observables of CsI:Tl scintillation response, including the pulse shape with rise and three decay components, its energy dependence, the approximate proportionality, and the main trends in proportionality of different decay components. The model offers insights on the spatial and temporal distributions of carriers and their reactions in the track.

  18. A ΔE-E semiconductor detector combined with CsI(Tl) crystal for monitoring the relative electrons flux generated in interaction of accelerated nuclei beam on thin targets

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    Cruceru, M.; Afanasiev, S.; Dryablov, D.; Dubinchik, B.; Igamkulov, Z.

    2015-07-01

    Experimental data are presented, obtained with a ΔE-E semiconductor detector combined with a CsI(Tl) inorganic scintillator crystal. The interaction between a beam of accelerated nuclei and thin targets is analyzed. We show that, as a result of this interaction, the secondary particles, including δ-electrons, are generated. In the case of δ-electrons it is possible to study the beam characteristics and the nature of interaction processes, which is of great interest in high-energy interaction.

  19. Particle identification method in the CsI(Tl) scintillator used for the CHIMERA 4{pi} detector

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    Alderighi, M.; Anzalone, A.; Basssini, R.; Berceanu, I.; Blicharska, J.; Boiano, C.; Borderie, B.; Bougault, R.; Bruno, M.; Cali, C.; Cardella, G. E-mail: cardella@ct.infn.it; Cavallaro, Sl.; D' Agostino, M.; D' Andrea, M.; Dayras, R.; De Filippo, E.; Fichera, F.; Geraci, E.; Giustolisi, F.; Grzeszczuk, A.; Guardone, N.; Guazzoni, P.; Guinet, D.; Iacono-Manno, C.M.; Kowalski, S.; La Guidara, E.; Lanchais, A.L.; Lanzalone, G.; Lanzano, G.; Le Neindre, N.; Li, S.; Maiolino, C.; Majka, Z.; Manfredi, G.; Nicotra, D.; Paduszynski, T.; Pagano, A.; Papa, M.; Petrovici, C.M.; Piasecki, E.; Pirrone, S.; Politi, G.; Pop, A.; Porto, F.; Rivet, M.F.; Rosato, E.; Sacca, G.; Sechi, G.; Simion, V.; Sperduto, M.L.; Steckmeyer, J.C.; Trifiro, A.; Trimarchi, M.; Urso, S.; Vannini, G.; Vigilante, M.; Wilczynski, J.; Wu, H.; Xiao, Z.; Zetta, L.; Zipper, W

    2002-08-21

    The charged particle identification obtained by the analysis of signals coming from the CsI(Tl) detectors of the CHIMERA 4{pi} heavy-ion detector is presented. A simple double-gate integration method, with the use of the cyclotron radiofrequency as reference time, results in low thresholds for isotopic particle identification. The dependence of the identification quality on the gate generation timing is discussed. Isotopic identification of light ions up to Beryllium is clearly seen. For the first time also the identification of Z=5 particles is observed. The identification of neutrons interacting with CsI(Tl) by (n,{alpha}) and (n,{gamma}) reactions is also discussed.

  20. Particle identification method in the CsI(Tl) scintillator used for the CHIMERA 4 pi detector

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    Alderighi, M; Basssini, R; Berceanu, I; Blicharska, J; Boiano, C; Borderie, B; Bougault, R; Bruno, M; Cali, C; Cardella, G; Cavallaro, S; D'Agostino, M; D'andrea, M; Dayras, R; De Filippo, E; Fichera, F; Geraci, E; Giustolisi, F; Grzeszczuk, A; Guardone, N; Guazzoni, P; Guinet, D; Iacono-Manno, M; Kowalski, S; La Guidara, E; Lanchais, A L; Lanzalone, G; Lanzanò, G; Le Neindre, N; Li, S; Maiolino, C; Majka, Z; Manfredi, G; Nicotra, D; Paduszynski, T; Pagano, A; Papa, M; Petrovici, C M; Piasecki, E; Pirrone, S; Politi, G; Pop, A; Porto, F; Rivet, M F; Rosato, E; Sacca, G; Sechi, G; Simion, V; Sperduto, M L; Steckmeyer, J C; Trifiró, A; Trimarchi, M; Urso, S; Vannini, G; Vigilante, M; Wilczynski, J; Wu, H; Xiao, Z; Zetta, L; Zipper, W

    2002-01-01

    The charged particle identification obtained by the analysis of signals coming from the CsI(Tl) detectors of the CHIMERA 4 pi heavy-ion detector is presented. A simple double-gate integration method, with the use of the cyclotron radiofrequency as reference time, results in low thresholds for isotopic particle identification. The dependence of the identification quality on the gate generation timing is discussed. Isotopic identification of light ions up to Beryllium is clearly seen. For the first time also the identification of Z=5 particles is observed. The identification of neutrons interacting with CsI(Tl) by (n,alpha) and (n,gamma) reactions is also discussed.

  1. Direct and indirect signal detection of 122 keV photons with a novel detector combining a pnCCD and a CsI(Tl) scintillator

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    Schlosser, D.M., E-mail: dieter.schlosser@pnsensor.de [PNSensor GmbH, Sckellstraße 3, 81667 München (Germany); Huth, M.; Hartmann, R. [PNSensor GmbH, Sckellstraße 3, 81667 München (Germany); Abboud, A.; Send, S. [Universität Siegen, Walter-Flex-Straße 3, 57072 Siegen (Germany); Conka-Nurdan, T. [Türkisch-Deutsche Universität, Sakinkaya Cad. 86, Beykoz, 34820 Istanbul (Turkey); Shokr, M.; Pietsch, U. [Universität Siegen, Walter-Flex-Straße 3, 57072 Siegen (Germany); Strüder, L. [PNSensor GmbH, Sckellstraße 3, 81667 München (Germany); Universität Siegen, Walter-Flex-Straße 3, 57072 Siegen (Germany)

    2016-01-01

    By combining a low noise fully depleted pnCCD detector with a CsI(Tl) scintillator, an energy-dispersive area detector can be realized with a high quantum efficiency (QE) in the range from below 1 keV to above 100 keV. In direct detection mode the pnCCD exhibits a relative energy resolution of 1% at 122 keV and spatial resolution of less than 75 µm, the pixel size of the pnCCD. In the indirect detection mode, i.e. conversion of the incoming X-rays in the scintillator, the measured energy resolution was about 9–13% at 122 keV, depending on the depth of interaction in the scintillator, while the position resolution, extracted with the help of simulations, was 30 µm only. We show simulated data for incident photons of 122 keV and compare the various interaction processes and relevant physical parameters to experimental results obtained with a radioactive {sup 57}Co source. - Highlights: • Position and energy resolving pnCCD+CsI(Tl) detector for energies from 1-150 keV • Detection in the pnCCD (122keV): 1% energy and <75µm spatial resolution • Detection in the scintillator (122keV): 9-12% energy and ~30µm spatial resolution.

  2. Studies of the performance of different front-end systems for flat-panel multi-anode PMTs with CsI(Tl) scintillator arrays

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    Sekiya, H; Kubo, H; Miuchi, K; Nagayoshi, T; Nishimura, H; Okada, Y; Orito, R; Takada, A; Takeda, A; Tanimori, T; Ueno, K

    2006-01-01

    We have studied the performance of two different types of front-end systems for our gamma camera based on Hamamatsu H8500 (flat-panel 64 channels multi-anode PSPMT) with a CsI(Tl) scintillator array. The array consists of 64 pixels of $6\\times6\\times20{\\rm mm}^3$ which corresponds to the anode pixels of H8500. One of the system is based on commercial ASIC chips in order to readout every anode. The others are based on resistive charge divider network between anodes to reduce readout channels. In both systems, each pixel (6mm) was clearly resolved by flood field irradiation of $^{137}$Cs. We also investigated the energy resolution of these systems and showed the performance of the cascade connection of resistive network between some PMTs for large area detectors.

  3. Studies of the performance of different front-end systems for flat-panel multi-anode PMTs with CsI(Tl) scintillator arrays

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    Sekiya, H.; Hattori, K.; Kubo, H.; Miuchi, K.; Nagayoshi, T.; Nishimura, H.; Okada, Y.; Orito, R.; Takada, A.; Takeda, A.; Tanimori, T.; Ueno, K.

    2006-07-01

    We have studied the performance of two different types of front-end systems for our gamma camera based on Hamamatsu H8500 (flat-panel 64 channels multi-anode PSPMT) with a CsI(Tl) scintillator array. The array consists of 64 pixels of 6×6×20 mm3 which corresponds to the anode pixels of H8500. One of the system is based on commercial ASIC chips in order to read out every anode. The others are based on resistive charge divider network between anodes to reduce readout channels. In both systems, each pixel (6 mm) was clearly resolved by flood field irradiation of 137Cs. We also investigated the energy resolution of these systems and showed the performance of the cascade connection of resistive network between some PMTs for large area detectors.

  4. Studies of the performance of different front-end systems for flat-panel multi-anode PMTs with CsI(Tl) scintillator arrays

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    Sekiya, H. [Department of Physics, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University, Kitashirakawa, Sakyo, Kyoto 606-8502 (Japan)]. E-mail: sekiya@cr.scphys.kyoto-u.ac.jp; Hattori, K. [Department of Physics, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University, Kitashirakawa, Sakyo, Kyoto 606-8502 (Japan); Kubo, H. [Department of Physics, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University, Kitashirakawa, Sakyo, Kyoto 606-8502 (Japan); Miuchi, K. [Department of Physics, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University, Kitashirakawa, Sakyo, Kyoto 606-8502 (Japan); Nagayoshi, T. [Advanced Research Institute for Science and Engineering, Waseda University, 17 Kikui-cho, Shinjuku, Tokyo 162-0044 (Japan); Nishimura, H. [Department of Physics, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University, Kitashirakawa, Sakyo, Kyoto 606-8502 (Japan); Okada, Y. [Department of Physics, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University, Kitashirakawa, Sakyo, Kyoto 606-8502 (Japan); Orito, R. [Department of Physics, Graduate School of Science and Technology, Kobe University, 1-1 Rokkoudai, Nada, Kobe 657-8501 (Japan); Takada, A. [Department of Physics, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University, Kitashirakawa, Sakyo, Kyoto 606-8502 (Japan); Takeda, A. [Kamioka Observatory, ICRR, University of Tokyo, 456 Higasi-mozumi, Hida-shi, Gifu 506-1205 (Japan); Tanimori, T. [Department of Physics, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University, Kitashirakawa, Sakyo, Kyoto 606-8502 (Japan); Ueno, K. [Department of Physics, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University, Kitashirakawa, Sakyo, Kyoto 606-8502 (Japan)

    2006-07-01

    We have studied the performance of two different types of front-end systems for our gamma camera based on Hamamatsu H8500 (flat-panel 64 channels multi-anode PSPMT) with a CsI(Tl) scintillator array. The array consists of 64 pixels of 6x6x20mm{sup 3} which corresponds to the anode pixels of H8500. One of the system is based on commercial ASIC chips in order to read out every anode. The others are based on resistive charge divider network between anodes to reduce readout channels. In both systems, each pixel (6mm) was clearly resolved by flood field irradiation of {sup 137}Cs. We also investigated the energy resolution of these systems and showed the performance of the cascade connection of resistive network between some PMTs for large area detectors.

  5. Direct and indirect signal detection of 122 keV photons with a novel detector combining a pnCCD and a CsI(Tl) scintillator

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    Schlosser, D. M.; Huth, M.; Hartmann, R.; Abboud, A.; Send, S.; Conka-Nurdan, T.; Shokr, M.; Pietsch, U.; Strüder, L.

    2016-01-01

    By combining a low noise fully depleted pnCCD detector with a CsI(Tl) scintillator, an energy-dispersive area detector can be realized with a high quantum efficiency (QE) in the range from below 1 keV to above 100 keV. In direct detection mode the pnCCD exhibits a relative energy resolution of 1% at 122 keV and spatial resolution of less than 75 μm, the pixel size of the pnCCD. In the indirect detection mode, i.e. conversion of the incoming X-rays in the scintillator, the measured energy resolution was about 9-13% at 122 keV, depending on the depth of interaction in the scintillator, while the position resolution, extracted with the help of simulations, was 30 μm only. We show simulated data for incident photons of 122 keV and compare the various interaction processes and relevant physical parameters to experimental results obtained with a radioactive 57Co source.

  6. Novel laser-processed CsI:Tl detector for SPECT.

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    Sabet, H; Bläckberg, L; Uzun-Ozsahin, D; El-Fakhri, G

    2016-05-01

    The aim of this work is to demonstrate the feasibility of a novel technique for fabrication of high spatial resolution CsI:Tl scintillation detectors for single photon emission computed tomography systems. The scintillators are fabricated using laser-induced optical barriers technique to create optical microstructures (or optical barriers) inside the CsI:Tl crystal bulk. The laser-processed CsI:Tl crystals are 3, 5, and 10 mm in thickness. In this work, the authors focus on the simplest pattern of optical barriers in that the barriers are created in the crystal bulk to form pixel-like patterns resembling mechanically pixelated scintillators. The monolithic CsI:Tl scintillator samples are fabricated with optical barrier patterns with 1.0 × 1.0 mm(2) and 0.625 × 0.625 mm(2) pixels. Experiments were conducted to characterize the fabricated arrays in terms of pixel separation and energy resolution. A 4 × 4 array of multipixel photon counter was used to collect the scintillation light in all the experiments. The process yield for fabricating the CsI:Tl arrays is 100% with processing time under 50 min. From the flood maps of the fabricated detectors exposed to 122 keV gammas, peak-to-valley (P/V) ratios of greater than 2.3 are calculated. The P/V values suggest that regardless of the crystal thickness, the pixels can be resolved. The results suggest that optical barriers can be considered as a robust alternative to mechanically pixelated arrays and can provide high spatial resolution while maintaining the sensitivity in a high-throughput and cost-effective manner.

  7. A Study of the Impact of Radiation Exposure on Uniformity of Large CsI(Tl) Crystals for the BaBar Detector

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    Hryn' ova, T

    2004-02-23

    We describe an apparatus that allows simultaneous exposure of large CsI(Tl) crystals to radiation and precise measurement of the longitudinal changes in light yield of the crystals. We present herein the results from this device for exposures up to 10 kRad.

  8. Photon statistics in scintillation crystals

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    Bora, Vaibhav Joga Singh

    Scintillation based gamma-ray detectors are widely used in medical imaging, high-energy physics, astronomy and national security. Scintillation gamma-ray detectors are eld-tested, relatively inexpensive, and have good detection eciency. Semi-conductor detectors are gaining popularity because of their superior capability to resolve gamma-ray energies. However, they are relatively hard to manufacture and therefore, at this time, not available in as large formats and much more expensive than scintillation gamma-ray detectors. Scintillation gamma-ray detectors consist of: a scintillator, a material that emits optical (scintillation) photons when it interacts with ionization radiation, and an optical detector that detects the emitted scintillation photons and converts them into an electrical signal. Compared to semiconductor gamma-ray detectors, scintillation gamma-ray detectors have relatively poor capability to resolve gamma-ray energies. This is in large part attributed to the "statistical limit" on the number of scintillation photons. The origin of this statistical limit is the assumption that scintillation photons are either Poisson distributed or super-Poisson distributed. This statistical limit is often dened by the Fano factor. The Fano factor of an integer-valued random process is dened as the ratio of its variance to its mean. Therefore, a Poisson process has a Fano factor of one. The classical theory of light limits the Fano factor of the number of photons to a value greater than or equal to one (Poisson case). However, the quantum theory of light allows for Fano factors to be less than one. We used two methods to look at the correlations between two detectors looking at same scintillation pulse to estimate the Fano factor of the scintillation photons. The relationship between the Fano factor and the correlation between the integral of the two signals detected was analytically derived, and the Fano factor was estimated using the measurements for SrI2:Eu, YAP

  9. Scintillation properties of YAG:Yb crystals

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    Antonini, P; Carugno, Giovanni; Iannuzzi, D

    2001-01-01

    We report on measurements of the light yield, emission spectrum, and time response of YAG:Yb crystals. The temperature dependence of light yield was investigated. Data show that YAG:Yb crystals are good scintillators, suitable for applications to neutrino detection and spectroscopy.

  10. Neutron detection with single crystal organic scintillators

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    Zaitseva, N; Newby, J; Hamel, S; Carman, L; Faust, M; Lordi, V; Cherepy, N; Stoeffl, W; Payne, S

    2009-07-15

    Detection of high-energy neutrons in the presence of gamma radiation background utilizes pulse-shape discrimination (PSD) phenomena in organics studied previously only with limited number of materials, mostly liquid scintillators and single crystal stilbene. The current paper presents the results obtained with broader varieties of luminescent organic single crystals. The studies involve experimental tools of crystal growth and material characterization in combination with the advanced computer modeling, with the final goal of better understanding the relevance between the nature of the organic materials and their PSD properties. Special consideration is given to the factors that may diminish or even completely obscure the PSD properties in scintillating crystals. Among such factors are molecular and crystallographic structures that determine exchange coupling and exciton mobility in organic materials and the impurity effect discussed on the examples of trans-stilbene, bibenzyl, 9,10-diphenylanthracene and diphenylacetylene.

  11. Neutron calibration facility with an Am-Be source for pulse shape discrimination measurement of CsI(Tl) crystals

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    Lee, H S; Choi, J H; Choi, S; Hahn, I S; Jeon, E J; Joo, H W; Kang, W G; Kim, G B; Kim, H J; Kim, K W; Kim, S C; Kim, S K; Kim, Y D; Kim, Y H; Lee, J H; Lee, J K; Leonard, D S; Li, J; Myung, S S; Olsen, S L; So, J H

    2014-01-01

    We constructed a neutron calibration facility based on a 300-mCi Am-Be source in conjunction with a search for weakly interacting massive particle candidates for dark matter. The facility is used to study the response of CsI(Tl) crystals to nuclear recoils induced by neutrons from the Am-Be source and comparing them with the response to electron recoils produced by Compton scattering of 662-keV $\\gamma$-rays from a $^{137}$Cs source. The measured results on pulse shape discrimination (PSD) between nuclear- and electron-recoil events are quantified in terms of quality factors. A comparison with similar result from a neutron reactor demonstrate the feasibility of performing calibrations of PSD measurements using neutrons from a Am-Be source.

  12. Developments of scintillator-based soft x-ray diagnostic in LHD with CsI:Tl and P47 scintillators

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    Bando, T.; Ohdachi, S.; Suzuki, Y.

    2016-11-01

    Multi-channel soft x-ray (SX) diagnostic has been used in the large helical device (LHD) to research magnetohydrodynamic equilibria and activities. However, in the coming deuterium plasma experiments of LHD, it will be difficult to use semiconductor systems near LHD. Therefore, a new type of SX diagnostic, a scintillator-based type diagnostic, has been investigated in order to avoid damage from the radiation. A fiber optic plate coated by P47 scintillator will be used to detect SX emission. Scintillation light will be transferred by pure silica core optical fibers and detected by photomultiplier tubes. A vertically elongated section of LHD will be covered by a 13 ch. array. Effects from the Deuterium Deuterium neutrons can be negligible when the scintillator is covered by a Pb plate 4 cm in thickness to avoid gamma-rays.

  13. Developments of scintillator-based soft x-ray diagnostic in LHD with CsI:Tl and P47 scintillators

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    Bando, T., E-mail: bando.takahiro@nifs.ac.jp [SOKENDAI (The Graduate University for Advanced Studies), 322-6 Oroshi-cho, Toki 509-5292 (Japan); Ohdachi, S.; Suzuki, Y. [SOKENDAI (The Graduate University for Advanced Studies), 322-6 Oroshi-cho, Toki 509-5292 (Japan); National Institute for Fusion Science, 322-6 Oroshi-cho, Toki 509-5292 (Japan)

    2016-11-15

    Multi-channel soft x-ray (SX) diagnostic has been used in the large helical device (LHD) to research magnetohydrodynamic equilibria and activities. However, in the coming deuterium plasma experiments of LHD, it will be difficult to use semiconductor systems near LHD. Therefore, a new type of SX diagnostic, a scintillator-based type diagnostic, has been investigated in order to avoid damage from the radiation. A fiber optic plate coated by P47 scintillator will be used to detect SX emission. Scintillation light will be transferred by pure silica core optical fibers and detected by photomultiplier tubes. A vertically elongated section of LHD will be covered by a 13 ch. array. Effects from the Deuterium Deuterium neutrons can be negligible when the scintillator is covered by a Pb plate 4 cm in thickness to avoid gamma-rays.

  14. Characterization of prototype full-field breast tomosynthesis by using a CMOS array coupled with a columnar CsI(Tl) scintillator

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    Choi, Jae-Gu; Choi, Young-Wook; Ham, Tae-Hee [Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute, Ansan (Korea, Republic of); Park, Hye-Suk; Kim, Ye-Seul; Kim, Hee-Joung [Yonsei University, Wonju (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-02-15

    We have developed a prototype full-field digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) system by using a complementary-metal-oxide semiconductive (CMOS) array coupled with a columnar CsI(Tl) scintillator. The imaging system consists of a matrix with an active detector area of 3072 x 3888 pixels and a pixel pitch of 74.8 μm. For tomosynthesis imaging, the X-ray tube is automatically rotated in 3 .deg. increments in the shoot mode to acquire projection images at 15 different angles over a ±21 .deg. angular range in less than 10 s. The digital detector is stationary during image acquisition. In this research, we also carried out evaluation studies to characterize the performance of the system in different operational modes designed for the DBT system, e.g., binning mode and the range of view angles, in terms of the modulation transfer function (MTF), the normalized noise power spectra (NNPS), and the detective quantum efficiency (DQE): The MTF value measured at the Nyquist frequency was 18.49%, the NNPS value at zero frequency was about 1.93 x 10{sup -5} (mm{sup 2}), and the maximum value of DQE was about 47.09% for the full resolution. For the pixel binning mode, the MTF decreased more than it did for the full resolution mode due to the increased effective pixel size. However, the full resolution mode was more sensitive to noise than the pixel binning mode. For the scan angle of the DBT system, oblique incidence of X-rays on a detector caused blurring that reduced resolution. These results seem to be promising for the use of the DBT system in potential clinical applications and will provide important information when comparisons with other DBT systems are made.

  15. New scintillating crystals for PET scanners

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    Lecoq, P

    2002-01-01

    Systematic R&D on basic mechanism in inorganic scintillators, initiated by the Crystal Clear Collaboration at CERN 10 years ago, has contributed not to a small amount, to the development of new materials for a new generation of medical imaging devices with increased resolution and sensitivity. The first important requirement for a scintillator to be used in medical imaging devices is the stopping power for the given energy range of X and gamma rays to be considered, and more precisely the conversion efficiency. A high light yield is also mandatory to improve the energy resolution, which is essentially limited by the photostatistics and the electronic noise at these energies. A short scintillation decay time allows to reduce the dead time and therefore to increase the limiting counting rate. When all these requirements are fulfilled the sensitivity and image contrast are increased for a given patient dose, or the dose can be reduced. Examples of new materials under development by the Crystal Clear Collabor...

  16. Measurement of Quenching Factor for Nuclear Recoils in CsI(Tl) Crystal%CsI(Tl)晶体中反冲Cs和I核Quenching Factor的测量

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    岳骞; 李金; 刘延; 李浩斌; 王子敬; 王名儒

    2002-01-01

    Detection of dark matter using CsI(Tl) scintillating crystal as the detector has gathered more and more interests. In this paper, the quenching factor of nuclear recoils induced by incident neutron beam was measured based on Pulse Shape Discrimination (PSD) method to identify events of nuclear recoils from background. It is shown that the quenching factor increases with the decreased recoil energy in the range of 7 keV to 132 keV. This result shows the great advantage of CsI(Tl) crystal detector in detecting of dark matter.%许多实验对用CsI(Tl)闪烁晶体作为探测器来寻找和探测暗物质的可行性进行了研究. 本工作利用8MeV单能中子轰击CsI(Tl)晶体探测器来研究Cs核和I核的Quenching Factor. 在数据处理中,运用脉冲形状甄别(PSD)方法来分辨反冲核信号和本底信号. 实验结果表明,在7keV到132keV的能区中,Quenching Factor随着反冲核能量的减少而增加. 在探测暗物质的实验中,这一性质对于CsI(Tl)晶体探测器获得较低的能量阈值是很有利的.

  17. Results from an investigation of the physical origins of nonproportionality in CsI(Tl)

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    Asztalos, S.; Hennig, W.; Warburton, W. K.

    2011-10-01

    The relative scintillation response per energy deposited by Compton electrons, or nonproportionality, has traditionally been considered an intrinsic scintillator property. However, such an interpretation is inconsistent with recent results that show nonproportionality to depend on external factors such as shaping time, temperature and supplier. Apparently, at least some of the overall nonproportionality has an extrinsic origin. In this work we describe the results from a suite of measurements designed to test the hypothesis that nonproportionality in CsI(Tl) material has an extrinsic component that correlates with impurity levels. Our choice of material was motivated by the excellent energy resolution observed in one bulk crystal (6.4%)—a marked departure from that measured with conventional CsI(Tl) stock (8-8.5%). Six bulk CsI(Tl) crystals were procured and diced into 44 wafers. Using X-ray fluorescence techniques no conclusive evidence for impurities was found in any of the wafers at the 1-50 ppm level. One crystal exhibited a distinct correlation among energy resolution, decay lifetimes, nonproportionality and a very low level of Tl doping.

  18. Lanthanum scintillation crystals for gamma ray imaging

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    Pani, R.; Bennati, P.; Betti, M.; Cinti, M. N.; Pellegrini, R.; Mattioli, M.; Orsolini Cencelli, V.; Navarria, F.; Bollini, D.; Moschini, G.; Garibaldi, F.; de Notaristefani, F.

    2006-11-01

    Over the last 3 years, there has been a growing interest in the development of a new class of fast scintillators such as LaCl 3:Ce and LaBr 3:Ce. Their superior energy resolution is opening an easier way to improve spatial resolution. In this paper we present the results obtained from the first LaBr 3:Ce small gamma camera. It is based on continuous 50×50 mm 2 crystal, 5 mm thick, integral assembled with a Hamamatsu Flat panel PMT. This detector configuration permits the narrowest light distribution with the highest light output in order to obtain the best spatial and energy resolution values, respectively. At the same time, 5 mm crystal thickness carries out 80% efficiency at 140 keV photon energy. Measurements of spatial resolution are also compared with the analogous ones obtained from another 50×50 mm 2 LaBr 3:Ce crystal, assembled with a 3 mm glass optical window. Energy resolution values have been furtherly compared with ones obtained from a LaBr 3:Ce 1 in. diameter and thickness optimized for spectrometric measurements. The first LaBr 3:Ce gamma camera shows excellent intrinsic spatial resolution values such as 0.9 mm, with a best energy resolution value of 6.5% at 140 keV photon energy.

  19. Scintillation properties of TGG and TSAG crystals for imaging applications

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    Yanagida, Takayuki; Okada, Go; Kojima, Takahiro; Hayashi, Takeshi; Ushizawa, Jisaburou; Kawano, Naoki; Kawaguchi, Noriaki

    2017-08-01

    Optical and scintillation properties of TGG (Tb3Ga5O12) and TSAG (Tb3Sc2Al3O12) crystals were investigated, and capabilities to be used as a scintillator screen were demonstrated. In photoluminescence (PL) spectra, some emission lines due to Tb3+4f-4f transitions appeared from 500 to 700 nm. PL quantum yields of TGG and TSAG were 6.5% and 50.9%, respectively. When irradiated by X-rays, these crystals showed intense scintillation, and the emission wavelengths were the same as those in PL spectra. The scintillation decay times of TGG and TSAG were 94 and 678 μs, respectively. Further, we have demonstrated X-ray imaging using both TSGG and TSAG crystal plates and confirmed a capability as scintillator screens.

  20. Study on Growth and Optical, Scintillation Properties of Thallium Doped Cesium Iodide –Scintillator Crystal

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    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Single crystal of Thallium doped cesium Iodide –Scintillator crystal was grown using vertical Bridgeman technique. The grown crystal was included for cutting and polishing for the characterization purpose and this crystal was studied by optical transmission properties, photo luminescence and thermally luminescence characteristics. Gamma-ray detectors were fabricated using the grown crystal that showed good linearity and nearly 7.5% resolution at 662 keV.

  1. Optimization of light collection from crystal scintillators for cryogenic experiments

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    Danevich, F.A., E-mail: danevich@kinr.kiev.ua [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680, Kyiv (Ukraine); Kobychev, R.V. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680, Kyiv (Ukraine); National Technical University of Ukraine “Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”, 03056 Kyiv (Ukraine); Kobychev, V.V. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680, Kyiv (Ukraine); Kyungpook National University, Daegu 702-701 (Korea, Republic of); Kraus, H. [Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3RH (United Kingdom); Mikhailik, V.B. [Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3RH (United Kingdom); Diamond Light Source, Harwell Science Campus, Didcot, OX11 0DE (United Kingdom); Mokina, V.M. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680, Kyiv (Ukraine)

    2014-04-21

    High light collection efficiency is an important requirement in any application of scintillation detectors. The purpose of this study is to investigate the possibility for improving this parameter in cryogenic scintillation bolometers, which can be considered as promising detectors in experiments investigating neutrinoless double beta decay and dark matter. Energy resolutions and relative pulse amplitudes of scintillation detectors using ZnWO{sub 4} scintillation crystals of different shapes (cylinder ∅ 20×20 mm and hexagonal prism with diagonal 20 mm and height 20 mm), reflector materials and shapes, optical contact and surface properties (polished and diffused) were measured at room temperature. Propagation of optical photons in these experimental conditions was simulated using Geant4 and ZEMAX codes. The results of the simulations are found to be in good agreement with each other and with direct measurements of the crystals. This could be applied to optimize the geometry of scintillation detectors used in the cryogenic experiments.

  2. X-ray Scintillation in Lead Halide Perovskite Crystals

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    Birowosuto, M. D.; Cortecchia, D.; Drozdowski, W.; K. Brylew; Łachmański, W.; A. Bruno; Soci, C.

    2016-01-01

    Current technologies for X-ray detection rely on scintillation from expensive inorganic crystals grown at high-temperature, which so far has hindered the development of large-area scintillator arrays. Thanks to the presence of heavy atoms, solution-grown hybrid lead halide perovskite single crystals exhibit short X-ray absorption length and excellent detection efficiency. Here we compare X-ray scintillator characteristics of three-dimensional (3D) MAPbI3 and MAPbBr3 and two-dimensional (2D) (...

  3. Proton induced radiation damage in fast crystal scintillators

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    Yang, Fan; Zhang, Liyuan; Zhu, Ren-Yuan; Kapustinsky, Jon; Nelson, Ron; Wang, Zhehui

    2016-07-01

    This paper reports proton induced radiation damage in fast crystal scintillators. A 20 cm long LYSO crystal, a 15 cm long CeF3 crystal and four liquid scintillator based sealed quartz capillaries were irradiated by 800 MeV protons at Los Alamos up to 3.3 ×1014 p /cm2. Four 1.5 mm thick LYSO plates were irradiated by 24 GeV protons at CERN up to 6.9 ×1015 p /cm2. The results show an excellent radiation hardness of LYSO crystals against charged hadrons.

  4. Visible scintillation photodetector device incorporating chalcopyrite semiconductor crystals

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    Stowe, Ashley C.; Burger, Arnold

    2017-04-04

    A photodetector device, including: a scintillator material operable for receiving incident radiation and emitting photons in response; a photodetector material coupled to the scintillator material operable for receiving the photons emitted by the scintillator material and generating a current in response, wherein the photodetector material includes a chalcopyrite semiconductor crystal; and a circuit coupled to the photodetector material operable for characterizing the incident radiation based on the current generated by the photodetector material. Optionally, the scintillator material includes a gamma scintillator material and the incident radiation received includes gamma rays. Optionally, the photodetector material is further operable for receiving thermal neutrons and generating a current in response. The circuit is further operable for characterizing the thermal neutrons based on the current generated by the photodetector material.

  5. Photonic Crystals: Enhancing the Light Output of Scintillation Based Detectors

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    Knapitsch, Arno Richard

    A scintillator is a material which emits light when excited by ionizing radiation. Such materials are used in a diverse range of applications; From high energy particle physics experiments, X-ray security, to nuclear cameras or positron emission tomography. Future high-energy physics (HEP) experiments as well as next generation medical imaging applications are more and more pushing towards better scintillation characteristics. One of the problems in heavy scintillating materials is related to their high index of refraction. As a consequence, most of the scintillation light produced in the bulk material is trapped inside the crystal due to total internal reflection. The same problem also occurs with light emitting diodes (LEDs) and has for a long time been considered as a limiting factor for their overall efficiency. Recent developments in the area of nanophotonics were showing now that those limitations can be overcome by introducing a photonic crystal (PhC) slab at the outcoupling surface of the substrate. P...

  6. New scintillating media based on liquid crystals for particle detectors

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    Barnik, M I; Vasilchenko, V G; Golovkin, S V; Medvedkov, A M; Soloviev, A S

    2000-01-01

    The study results of optical, photoluminiscent and scintillation properties of a liquid crystal 4-pentyl-4'-cyanobiphenyl are presented. The scintillation light output of this liquid crystal is about 35% of crystal anthracene, its main decay time constants are 4 and 14 ns, and the maximum of light emission spectrum is about 400 nm. The light output of a dissolution of green emitting light scintillation dopant R6 in the liquid crystal is about 120% of crystal anthracene. The light output of the frozen dissolution measured at -112 deg. C is about 2.5 times higher as observed at +20 deg. C. In the uniaxially oriented liquid crystal, the predominant intensity direction of emitted light is pointed perpendicular to the liquid crystal director and an appreciable part of the emitted light is elliptically polarized. The possibility to use scintillation properties of liquid crystals is considered both for the improvement of existing particle detector characteristics and for the creation of new gated particle detectors.

  7. Large-size CsI(Tl) crystal read-out by SiPM for low-energy charged-particles detection

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    Bondí, M.; Battaglieri, M.; Carpinelli, M.; Celentano, A.; De Napoli, M.; De Vita, R.; Marsicano, L.; Randazzo, N.; Sipala, V.; Smith, E. S.

    2017-09-01

    Silicon photomultipliers are a novel technology for the detection of photons in near ultraviolet, visible, and near-infrared spectral ranges. Their application is rapidly growing and extending to many fields in physics, replacing traditional PMTs and APDs. In this study a large-size CsI(Tl) crystal coupled to small-area SiPM (3 × 3mm2) was used to detect α-particles and low energy protons. In particular, the detector was irradiated with proton beams accelerated by the Tandem Van-der-Graff of the INFN-Laboratori Nazionali del Sud (LNS), at incident energies between 2.5 MeV and 24 MeV. The detector performance was studied in terms of light yield, linearity and energy resolution. In addition, we investigated the dependence of the detector response on the impact point of the particles.

  8. Event Localization in Bulk Scintillator Crystals Using Coded Apertures

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    Ziock, Klaus-Peter [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States). Dept. of Physics and Astronomy; Braverman, Joshua B. [Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States). Dept. of Physics and Astronomy; Fabris, Lorenzo [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Harrison, Mark J. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Hornback, Donald Eric [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Newby, Jason [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2015-06-01

    The localization of radiation interactions in bulk scintillators is generally limited by the size of the light distribution at the readout surface of the crystal/light-pipe system. By finding the centroid of the light spot, which is typically of order centimeters across, practical single-event localization is limited to ~2 mm/cm of crystal thickness. Similar resolution can also be achieved for the depth of interaction by measuring the size of the light spot. Through the use of near-field coded-aperture techniques applied to the scintillation light, light transport simulations show that for 3-cm-thick crystals, more than a five-fold improvement (millimeter spatial resolution) can be achieved both laterally and in event depth. At the core of the technique is the requirement to resolve the shadow from an optical mask placed in the scintillation light path between the crystal and the readout. In this paper, experimental results are presented that demonstrate the overall concept using a 1D shadow mask, a thin-scintillator crystal and a light pipe of varying thickness to emulate a 2.2-cm-thick crystal. Spatial resolutions of ~ 1 mm in both depth and transverse to the readout face are obtained over most of the crystal depth.

  9. Radioactive contamination of BaF2 crystal scintillator

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    Polischuk, O G; Bernabei, R; Cappella, F; Caracciolo, V; Cerulli, R; Di Marco, A; Danevich, F A; Incicchitti, A; Poda, D V; Tretyak, V I

    2013-01-01

    Barium fluoride (BaF$_2$) crystal scintillators are promising detectors to search for double beta decay processes in $^{130}$Ba ($Q_{2{\\beta}}$ = 2619(3) keV) and $^{132}$Ba ($Q_{2{\\beta}}$ = 844(1) keV). The $^{130}$Ba isotope is of particular interest because of the indications on 2${\\beta}$ decay found in two geochemical experiments. The radioactive contamination of BaF$_2$ scintillation crystal with mass of 1.714 kg was measured over 113.4 hours in a low-background DAMA/R&D set-up deep underground (3600 m w.e.) at the Gran Sasso National Laboratories of INFN (LNGS, Italy). The half-life of $^{212}$Po (present in the crystal scintillator due to contamination by radium) was estimated as $T_{1/2}$ = 298.8 $\\pm$ 0.8(stat.) $\\pm$ 1.4(syst.) ns by analysis of the events pulse profiles.

  10. Inorganic Scintillators for Detector Systems Physical Principles and Crystal Engineering

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    AUTHOR|(CDS)2068219; Gektin, Alexander; Korzhik, Mikhail; Pédrini, Christian

    2006-01-01

    The development of new scintillators as components of modern detector systems is increasingly defined by the end user's needs. This book provides an introduction to this emerging topic at the interface of physics and materials sciences, with emphasis on bulk inorganic scintillators. After surveying the end user's needs in a vast range of applications, ranging from astrophysics to industrial R & D, the authors move on to review scintillating mechanisms and the properties of the most important materials used. A chapter on crystal engineering and examples of recent developments in the field of high-energy physics and medical imaging introduce the reader to the practical aspects. This book will benefit researchers and scientists working in academic and industrial R & D related to the development of scintillators.

  11. Inorganic scintillators for detector systems physical principles and crystal engineering

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    Lecoq, Paul; Korzhik, Mikhail

    2017-01-01

    This second edition features new chapters highlighting advances in our understanding of the behavior and properties of scintillators, and the discovery of new families of materials with light yield and excellent energy resolution very close to the theoretical limit. The book focuses on the discovery of next-generation scintillation materials and on a deeper understanding of fundamental processes. Such novel materials with high light yield as well as significant advances in crystal engineering offer exciting new perspectives. Most promising is the application of scintillators for precise time tagging of events, at the level of 100 ps or higher, heralding a new era in medical applications and particle physics. Since the discovery of the Higgs Boson with a clear signature in the lead tungstate scintillating blocks of the CMS Electromagnetic Calorimeter detector, the current trend in particle physics is toward very high luminosity colliders, in which timing performance will ultimately be essential to mitigating...

  12. Study on the effect of film formation process and deposition rate on the orientation of the CsI:Tl thin film

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    Tan, Xiaochuan; Liu, Shuang; Xie, Yijun; Guo, Lina; Ma, Shijun; Wang, Tianyu; Liu, Yong; Zhong, Zhiyong

    2017-10-01

    Although many new scintillation materials are developed, CsI:Tl is still prevailing because of its high scintillation efficiency. In this work, CsI:Tl thin films were fabricated by vacuum thermal evaporative deposition method and their morphology properties and growth orientation were observed by SEM and XRD. Photoluminescent spectra were used to measure the luminescent properties of the CsI:Tl thin film. The results show us the film formation process of CsI:Tl thin film and analyze the effect of film formation process and the deposition rate on the orientation of the CsI:Tl thin film.

  13. Radioactive contamination of SrI2(Eu) crystal scintillator

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    Belli, P; Cerulli, R; Danevich, F A; Galenin, E; Gektin, A; Incicchitti, A; Isaienko, V; Kobychev, V V; Laubenstein, M; Nagorny, S S; Podviyanuk, R B; Tkachenko, S; Tretyak, V I

    2011-01-01

    A strontium iodide crystal doped by europium (SrI2(Eu)) was produced by using the Stockbarger growth technique. The crystal was subjected to characterisation that included relative photoelectron output and energy resolution for gamma quanta. The intrinsic radioactivity of SrI2(Eu) crystal scintillator was tested both in scintillation mode and by using ultra-low background HPGe gamma spectrometry deep underground. The response of the SrI2(Eu) detector to alpha particles (alpha/beta ratio and pulse shape) was estimated by analysing the 226Ra trace contamination internal to the crystal. We have found alpha/beta=0.55 and no difference in scintillation decay for alpha particles and gamma quanta. The application of the obtained results in the search for the double electron capture and electron capture with positron emission in 84Sr has been investigated at a level of sensitivity T_1/2 \\sim 10^15-10^16 yr. The results of these studies demonstrate the potentiality of this material for a variety of scintillation appli...

  14. X-ray Scintillation in Lead Halide Perovskite Crystals

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    Birowosuto, M. D.; Cortecchia, D.; Drozdowski, W.; Brylew, K.; Lachmanski, W.; Bruno, A.; Soci, C.

    2016-11-01

    Current technologies for X-ray detection rely on scintillation from expensive inorganic crystals grown at high-temperature, which so far has hindered the development of large-area scintillator arrays. Thanks to the presence of heavy atoms, solution-grown hybrid lead halide perovskite single crystals exhibit short X-ray absorption length and excellent detection efficiency. Here we compare X-ray scintillator characteristics of three-dimensional (3D) MAPbI3 and MAPbBr3 and two-dimensional (2D) (EDBE)PbCl4 hybrid perovskite crystals. X-ray excited thermoluminescence measurements indicate the absence of deep traps and a very small density of shallow trap states, which lessens after-glow effects. All perovskite single crystals exhibit high X-ray excited luminescence yields of >120,000 photons/MeV at low temperature. Although thermal quenching is significant at room temperature, the large exciton binding energy of 2D (EDBE)PbCl4 significantly reduces thermal effects compared to 3D perovskites, and moderate light yield of 9,000 photons/MeV can be achieved even at room temperature. This highlights the potential of 2D metal halide perovskites for large-area and low-cost scintillator devices for medical, security and scientific applications.

  15. Optical and scintillation properties of bulk ZnO crystal

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    Yanagida, Takayuki [Kyushu Institute of Technology, 2-4 Hibikino, Wakamatsu, Kitakyushu 808-0196 (Japan); Fujimoto, Yutaka; Kurosawa, Shunsuke [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); Yamanoi, Kohei; Sarukura, Nobuhiko [Institute of Laser Engineering, Osaka University, Suita, Osaka 565-0871 (Japan); Kano, Masataka; Wakamiya, Akira [Daishinku Corporation, 1389 Shinzaike, Hiraoka-cho, Kakogawa, Hyogo 675-0194 (Japan)

    2012-12-15

    Single crystal bulk ZnO scintillator grown by the hydrothermal method was tested on its scintillation performances. In X-ray induced radio luminescence spectrum, it exhibited two intense emission peaks at 400 and 550 nm. The former was ascribed to the free and bound exciton related luminescence and the latter to oxygen vacancy related one, respectively. X-ray induced scintillation decay time of the exciton related emission measured by the pulse X-ray streak camera system resulted {proportional_to} 4 ns. Finally, the light yield under {sup 241}Am 5.5 MeV {alpha}-ray was examined and it resulted {proportional_to} 500 ph/5.5 MeV-{alpha}.(copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  16. X-ray Scintillation in Lead Halide Perovskite Crystals

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    Birowosuto, M D; Drozdowski, W; Brylew, K; Lachmanski, W; Bruno, A; Soci, C

    2016-01-01

    Current technologies for X-ray detection rely on scintillation from expensive inorganic crystals grown at high-temperature, which so far has hindered the development of large-area scintillator arrays. Thanks to the presence of heavy atoms, solution-grown hybrid lead halide perovskite single crystals exhibit short X-ray absorption length and excellent detection efficiency. Here we compare X-ray scintillator characteristics of three-dimensional (3D) MAPbI3 and MAPbBr3 and two-dimensional (2D) (EDBE)PbCl4 hybrid perovskite crystals. X-ray excited thermoluminescence measurements indicate the absence of deep traps and a very small density of shallow trap states, which lessens after-glow effects. All perovskite single crystals exhibit high X-ray excited luminescence yields of >120,000 photons/MeV at low temperature. Although thermal quenching is significant at room temperature, the large exciton binding energy of 2D (EDBE)PbCl4 significantly reduces thermal effects compared to 3D perovskites, and moderate light yie...

  17. Radioactive contamination of ZnWO{sub 4} crystal scintillators

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    Belli, P. [INFN sezione Roma ' Tor Vergata' , I-00133 Rome (Italy); Bernabei, R., E-mail: rita.bernabei@roma2.infn.i [INFN sezione Roma ' Tor Vergata' , I-00133 Rome (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Roma ' Tor Vergata' , I-00133 Rome (Italy); Cappella, F. [INFN sezione Roma ' La Sapienza' , I-00185 Rome (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Roma ' La Sapienza' , 00185 Rome (Italy); Cerulli, R. [INFN, Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso, I-67010 Assergi (AQ) (Italy); Danevich, F.A. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); Dubovik, A.M. [Institute for Scintillation Materials, 61001 Kharkiv (Ukraine); D' Angelo, S. [INFN sezione Roma ' Tor Vergata' , I-00133 Rome (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Roma ' Tor Vergata' , I-00133 Rome (Italy); Galashov, E.N. [Nikolaev Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Grinyov, B.V. [Institute for Scintillation Materials, 61001 Kharkiv (Ukraine); Incicchitti, A. [INFN sezione Roma ' La Sapienza' , I-00185 Rome (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Roma ' La Sapienza' , 00185 Rome (Italy); Kobychev, V.V. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); Laubenstein, M. [INFN, Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso, I-67010 Assergi (AQ) (Italy); Nagornaya, L.L. [Institute for Scintillation Materials, 61001 Kharkiv (Ukraine); Nozzoli, F. [INFN sezione Roma ' Tor Vergata' , I-00133 Rome (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Roma ' Tor Vergata' , I-00133 Rome (Italy); Poda, D.V. [INFN, Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso, I-67010 Assergi (AQ) (Italy); Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); Podviyanuk, R.B.; Polischuk, O.G. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); Prosperi, D. [INFN sezione Roma ' La Sapienza' , I-00185 Rome (Italy); Dipt. di Fisica, Univ. di Roma ' La Sapienza' , 00185 Rome (Italy); Shlegel, V.N. [Nikolaev Inst. of Inorganic Chemistry, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation)

    2011-01-21

    The radioactive contamination of ZnWO{sub 4} crystal scintillators has been measured deep underground at the Gran Sasso National Laboratory (LNGS) of the INFN in Italy with a total exposure 3197 kg h. Monte Carlo simulation, time-amplitude and pulse-shape analyses of the data have been applied to estimate the radioactive contamination of the ZnWO{sub 4} samples. One of the ZnWO{sub 4} crystals has also been tested by ultra-low background {gamma} spectrometry. The radioactive contaminations of the best ZnWO{sub 4} samples are estimated to be less than 0.002 mBq/kg ({sup 228}Th and {sup 226}Ra), the total {alpha} activity is 0.18 mBq/kg. The {beta} active {sup 65}Zn and the {alpha} active {sup 180}W have been detected in ZnWO{sub 4} crystals. The effect of the re-crystallization on the radiopurity of the ZnWO{sub 4} crystal has been studied. The radioactive contamination of the ceramic components of the set-ups used in the crystals growth has been checked by low background {gamma} spectrometry. Some ideas for future improvement of the radiopurity level of ZnWO{sub 4} crystal scintillators are briefly discussed.

  18. Optimization of the performance of a CsI(Tl) scintillator + Si pin photodiode detector for medium energy light charged particle hybride array

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    Kalinka, G; Gál, J; Hegyesi, G; Molnár, J; Elekes, Z; Motobayashi, T; Yanagisawa, Y; Saito, A

    2003-01-01

    NaI(TI), BGO and CsI(TI) crystals in compact arrays will be used at RIKEN RI Beam Factory in the near future to detect gamma-rays from fast moving nuclei produced in nuclear reactions with radioactive beams, and among them CsI(TI) for light charged particle identification as well. The latter system will consist of 312 Cs(TI) crystals coupled to silicon photodiodes in a hemispherical arrangement, four detectors packed together with their own preamplifiers in each of the 78 parallelepipedic thin walled aluminum containers. (R.P.)

  19. Inorganic-organic rubbery scintillators

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    Gektin, A V; Pogorelova, N; Neicheva, S; Sysoeva, E; Gavrilyuk, V

    2002-01-01

    Spectral-kinetic luminescence properties of films, containing homogeneously dispersed scintillation particles of CsI, CsI:Tl, CsI:Na, and NaI:Tl in optically transparent organosiloxane matrix, are presented. Material is flexible and rubbery and in consequence the detectors of convenient shapes can be produced. It is found that luminescence spectra of the received films are identical whereas decay times are much shorter compared to the same ones of the corresponding single crystals. Layers with pure CsI demonstrate only the fast UV emission (307 nm, 10 ns) without blue microsecond afterglow typical for crystals. The films containing NaI:Tl are non-hygroscopic and preserve scintillation properties for a long time in humid atmosphere unlike single crystals. Organosiloxane layers with CsI:Tl particles provide high light output with good energy resolution for sup 5 sup 5 Fe, sup 1 sup 0 sup 9 Cd, sup 2 sup 4 sup 1 Am sources, and are capable of detecting both X-rays and alpha-, beta-particles.

  20. How Photonic Crystals Can Improve the Timing Resolution of Scintillators

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    Lecoq, P; Knapitsch, A

    2013-01-01

    Photonic crystals (PhCs) and quantum optics phenomena open interesting perspectives to enhance the light extraction from scintillating me dia with high refractive indices as demonstrated by our previous work. By doing so, they also in fl uence the timing resolution of scintillators by improving the photostatistics. The present cont ribution will demonstrate that they are actually doing much more. Indeed, photonic crystals, if properly designed, allow the extr action of fast light propagation modes in the crystal with higher efficiency, therefore contributing to increasing the density of photons in the early phase of the light pulse. This is of particular interest to tag events at future high-energy physics colliders, such as CLIC, with a bunch-crossing rate of 2 GHz, as well as for a new generation of time-of-flight positron emission tomographs (TOFPET) aiming at a coincidence timing resolution of 100 ps FWHM. At this level of precision, good control of the light propagation modes is crucial if we consid...

  1. Barium iodide and strontium iodide crystals andd scintillators implementing the same

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    Payne, Stephen A; Cherepy, Nerine J; Hull, Giulia E; Drobshoff, Alexander D; Burger, Arnold

    2013-11-12

    In one embodiment, a material comprises a crystal comprising strontium iodide providing at least 50,000 photons per MeV. A scintillator radiation detector according to another embodiment includes a scintillator optic comprising europium-doped strontium iodide providing at least 50,000 photons per MeV. A scintillator radiation detector in yet another embodiment includes a scintillator optic comprising SrI.sub.2 and BaI.sub.2, wherein a ratio of SrI.sub.2 to BaI.sub.2 is in a range of between 0:1 A method for manufacturing a crystal suitable for use in a scintillator includes mixing strontium iodide-containing crystals with a source of Eu.sup.2+, heating the mixture above a melting point of the strontium iodide-containing crystals, and cooling the heated mixture near the seed crystal for growing a crystal. Additional materials, systems, and methods are presented.

  2. An analytical approach to the light transport in columnar phosphors. Detector Optical Gain, angular distribution and the CsI:Tl paradigm.

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    Psichis, Konstantinos; Kalyvas, Nektarios; Kandarakis, Ioannis; Panayiotakis, George

    2017-03-01

    An analytical model has been developed for the light propagation in columnar phosphors, based on the optical photon propagation physical and geometrical principles. This model accounts for the multiple reflections on the sides of the crystal column, as well as for the infinite forward and backward reflections of the propagated optical photon beams created in the crystal bulk. Additionally it considers the lateral propagated optical photon beams after multiple refractions from the neighbor columns and the optical photon attenuation inside the scintillator. The model was used to predict the Detector Optical Gain (DOG), and the angular distribution, of the columnar CsI:Tl scintillators, used in medical imaging. The model was validated against CsI:Tl optical photon transmission published results and good agreement was observed. It was, also, found that the DOG is affected by the length of the columns, as well as the incident X-ray energy spectrum. The results of the angular distribution are in accordance with the theory that the longer crystal columns have more directional light distribution. The results of DOG are in accordance with the use of short crystal columns for lower energies (mammography) and the use of long crystal columns for higher energies (general radiology). Angular distribution was found more directive for long crystal columns. Copyright © 2017 Associazione Italiana di Fisica Medica. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Development of radiation detection and measurement system - Development of scintillation radiation sensor

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    Kang, Hee Dong; Kim, Wan [Kyungpook National University, Taegu (Korea); Kim, Do Sung [Taegu University, Taegu (Korea)

    2000-03-01

    We have been fabricated CsI(Tl) scintillation crystals and plastic scintillators for radiation-based measuring equipment. CsI (Tl) single crystals doped with thallium as an activator were grown using the Czochralski method. The crystal structure of grown CsI(Tl) was bcc, and it was confirmed that its lattice constant was 4,568 A. The spectral range of luminescence of CsI(Tl) was 350 {approx} 700 nm independent of thallium concentration, and the fast component of the luminescence was decreased with increasing thallium concentration. The energy resolution of CsI(Tl) scintillator doped with 0.1 mole% thallium was about 9% for 137 Cs {gamma}-rays. The relation formula of {gamma}-ray energy versus energy resolution was ln(FWHM%)=-0.705ln({epsilon})+6.75. The radiation damage of CsI(Tl) increased in proportion to thallium concentration and radiation damage of CsI(Tl) increased in proportion to thallium concentration and radiation dosage, and the irradiated crystals were colored reddish. The radiation induced absorption bands appeared around 355, 425, 520 and 555 nm, and their energy level were about 3.50, 2.88, 2.39 and 2.21 eV. Plastic scintillators were fabricated thermal polymerization method. Those were polymerizing at 120 deg. C, during 72 hours, and annealing at 75 deg. C, during 24 hours. When the concentration of 1st solute was 1.5 wt% and concentration of 2nd solute was 0.01 wt%, the characteristics of scintillation were very excellent. Also 3.0 wt% tetraphenyl lead were loaded to improve the detection efficiency of {gamma}-ray. The range of emission spectrum was 400 {approx} 450nm, and the central peak was 415 nm. The radiation damage was not appear under 1*10{sup 3}Gy, but the color of plastic scintillator was changed to brown, over 1*10{sup 4}Gy exposured. 84 refs., 39 figs. (Author)

  4. Scintillation properties of solution-grown trans-stilbene single crystals

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    Zaitseva, Natalia, E-mail: zaitseva1@llnl.gov [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 7000 East Avenue, Livermore, CA 94551 (United States); Glenn, Andrew; Carman, Leslie; Paul Martinez, H.; Hatarik, Robert [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 7000 East Avenue, Livermore, CA 94551 (United States); Klapper, Helmut [Institut für Kristallographie, Jägerstraße 17-19, D-52066 Aachen (Germany); Payne, Stephen [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 7000 East Avenue, Livermore, CA 94551 (United States)

    2015-07-21

    The scintillation properties of trans-stilbene crystals grown for the first time by application of the solution growth technique to the scale of 10 cm are reported. Measurements of the scintillation light output, pulse shape discrimination, and neutron detection efficiency were made with sets of crystals cut as 50 cm diameter cylinders of different lengths from 0.3 to 10 cm. Comparison to liquid scintillators and traditional melt-grown stilbene showed that at increasing sizes new solution-grown crystals exhibit better scintillation performance that makes them promising for use in large scale neutron detectors. Results are discussed in relation to structural imperfections attributed to different methods of growth. - Highlights: • 10-cm-scale trans-stilbene single crystals grown from organic solutions. • Crystals have high optical quality required for fast neutron detection. • Scintillation performance superior to liquids and melt-grown stilbene demonstrated.

  5. Radioactive contamination of ZnWO4 crystal scintillators

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    Belli, P; Cappella, F; Cerulli, R; Danevich, F A; Dubovik, A M; d'Angelo, S; Galashov, E N; Grinyov, B V; Incicchitti, A; Kobychev, V V; Laubenstein, M; Nagornaya, L L; Nozzoli, F; Poda, D V; Podviyanuk, R B; Polischuk, O G; Prosperi, D; Shlegel, V N; Tretyak, V I; Tupitsyna, I A; Vasiliev, Ya V; Vostretsov, Yu Ya

    2010-01-01

    The radioactive contamination of ZnWO4 crystal scintillators has been measured deep underground at the Gran Sasso National Laboratory (LNGS) of the INFN in Italy with a total exposure 3197 kg x h. Monte Carlo simulation, time-amplitude and pulse-shape analyses of the data have been applied to estimate the radioactive contamination of the ZnWO4 samples. One of the ZnWO4 crystals has also been tested by ultra-low background gamma spectrometry. The radioactive contaminations of the ZnWO4 samples do not exceed 0.002 – 0.8 mBq/kg (depending on the radionuclide), the total alpha activity is in the range: 0.2 - 2 mBq/kg. Particular radioactivity, beta active 65Zn and alpha active 180W, has been detected. The effect of the re-crystallization on the radiopurity of the ZnWO4 crystal has been studied. The radioactive contamination of samples of the ceramic details of the set-ups used in the crystals growth has been checked by low background gamma spectrometry. A project scheme on further improvement of the radiopur...

  6. New Limits on Interactions between Weakly Interacting Massive Particles and Nucleons Obtained with CsI(Tl) Crystal Detectors

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    Kim, S C; Choi, J H; Kang, W G; Kim, B H; Kim, H J; Kim, K W; Kim, S K; Kim, Y D; Lee, J; Lee, J H; Lee, J K; Lee, M J; Lee, S J; Li, J; Li, J; Li, X R; Li, Y J; Myung, S S; Olsen, S L; Ryu, S; Seong, I S; So, J H; Yue, Q

    2012-01-01

    New limits are presented on the cross section for Weakly Interacting Massive Particle (WIMP) nucleon scattering in the KIMS CsI(T) detector array at the Yangyang Underground Laboratory. The exposure used for these results is 24524.3 kg\\cdotdays. Nuclei recoiling from WIMP interactions are identified by a pulse shape discrimination method. A low energy background due to alpha emitters on the crystal surfaces is identified and taken into account in the analysis. The detected numbers of nuclear recoils are consistent with zero and 90% confidence level upper limits on the WIMP interaction rates are set for electron equivalent energies from 3 keV to 11 keV. The 90% upper limit of NR event rate for 3.6-5.8 keV corresponding to 2-4 keV in NaI(T) is 0.0098 counts/kg/keV/day which is below the annual modulation amplitude reported by DAMA. This is incompatible with interpretations that enhance the modulation amplitude such as inelastic dark matter models. We establish the most stringent cross section limits on spin-dep...

  7. Preparation of anhydrous lanthanum bromide for scintillation crystal growth

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    ZHANG Tong; LI Hongwei; ZHAO Chunlei; YU Jinqiu; HU Yunsheng; CUI Lei; HE Huaqiang

    2012-01-01

    This paper reported an efficient and economical method for preparation of anhydrous LaBr3 for scintillation crystal growth.High purity anhydrous LaBr3 powders in large quantities were successfully obtained by stepped dehydration of LaBr3·7H2O using NH4Br as additive.Experiments revealed that adding proper amount of NH4Br could effectively restrain the hydrolysis of LaBr3 during dehydration and thus decreased the yield of deleterious impurity of LaOBr.Optimum preparation conditions,including the amount of NH4Br in use,the dehydration temperature and atmosphere,were investigated by DTA/TG and water/oxygen analysis.The Raman characterization of the as-prepared anhydrous LaBr3 was also presented.

  8. Radionuclide annular single crystal scintillator camera with rotating collimator

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    Genna, S.; Pang, S.-C.

    1986-04-22

    A radionuclide emission tomography camera is described for sensing gamma ray emissions from a source within the field of view consisting of: a fixed, position-sensitive detector means, responsive to the gamma ray emissions and surrounding the field of view for detecting the contact position and the trajectory from which a gamma ray emission originates, the fixed, position-sensitive detector including a single continuous stationary scintillation crystal; rotatable collimator means, disposed between the fixed, position-sensitive detecto means and the field of view, and including at least one array of collimator elements, for restricting and collimating the gamma ray emissions; and means for rotating the collimator means relative to the fixed, position-sensitive detector, for exposing different sections of the position-sensitive detector to the gamma ray emissions in order to view the source from different angles.

  9. Scintillating crystals: the best things come in small packages

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    Anaïs Schaeffer

    2011-01-01

    The European project ENDO TOFPET-US, which involves a team from the PH Department, was officially launched last month. Its main objective is to design a high-performance medical imaging device for use in pancreatic cancer research. 13 partners (including three hospitals and three companies) are involved in the initiative, which has obtained funding of 5.5 million euros from the European Union's FP7 programme and will last for four years.   CERN researchers participating in the ENDO TOFPET-US project. The scintillating crystals developed at CERN have a wide variety of applications, ranging from the LHC to use in hospitals. Now experts in the field, members of the PH Department are currently working on the development of a new type of crystal in the framework of the European project ENDO TOFPET-US. These new-generation crystals, which will be used in endoscopic probes for studying the biological processes associated with pancreatic cancer, are among the finest grown for medical imaging in the world...

  10. CdWO4 crystal scintillators from enriched isotopes for double beta decay experiments

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    Poda, D V; Belli, P; Bernabei, R; Boiko, R S; Brudanin, V B; Cappella, F; Caracciolo, V; Castellano, S; Cerulli, R; Chernyak, D M; Danevich, F A; d'Angelo, S; Degoda, V Ya; Di Vacri, M L; Dossovitskiy, A E; Galashov, E N; Incicchitti, A; Kobychev, V V; Konovalov, S I; Kovtun, G P; Laubenstein, M; Mikhlin, A L; Mokina, V M; Nikolaiko, A S; Nisi, S; Podviyanuk, R B; Polischuk, O G; Shcherban, A P; Shlegel, V N; Solopikhin, D A; Tretyak, V I; Umatov, V I; Vasiliev, Ya V; Virich, V D

    2013-01-01

    Cadmium tungstate crystal scintillators enriched in 106Cd and 116Cd were developed. The produced scintillators exhibit good optical and scintillation properties, and a low level of radioactive contamination. Experiments to search for double beta decay of 106Cd and 116Cd are in progress at the Gran Sasso National Laboratories of the INFN (Italy). Prospects to further improve the radiopurity of the detectors by recrystallization are discussed.

  11. LiCaAlF sub 6 :Ce crystal: a new scintillator

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    Gektin, A V; Neicheva, S; Gavrilyuk, V; Bensalah, A; Fukuda, T; Shimamura, K

    2002-01-01

    Scintillation properties of LiCaAlF sub 6 :Ce crystal, well known as the effective UV laser material, is reported. Ce sup 3 sup + emission at 286-305 nm with a single exponential decay time of 35 ns provides a scintillation pulse. Radiation damage in pure and Ce-doped crystals is studied. In contrast to the majority of fluoride crystals, cerium is responsible for the ultradeep traps formation revealing thermostimulated luminescence. Overlapping of color center absorption and Ce sup 3 sup + ion emission bands limits the scintillation efficiency of LiCaAlF sub 6 :Ce at high radiation doses.

  12. Comparative study of ceramic and single crystal Ce:GAGG scintillator

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    Yanagida, Takayuki; Kamada, Kei; Fujimoto, Yutaka; Yagi, Hideki; Yanagitani, Takagimi

    2013-10-01

    Recent study revealed that single crystal Ce:Gd3(Al,Ga)5O12 (Ce:GAGG) showed good scintillation response under γ-ray exposure. We discover here that ceramic Ce:GAGG scintillator exhibited better performance than the single crystal counterpart. We developed Ce 1% doped ceramic and single crystal GAGG scintillators with 1 mm thick and compared their properties. In radioluminescence spectra, they showed intense emission peaking at 530 nm due to Ce3+ 5d-4f transition. The 137Cs γ-ray induced light yields of ceramic and single crystal resulted 70 000 ph/MeV and 46 000 ph/MeV with primary decay times of 165 and 143 ns, respectively. At present, the observed light yield was the brightest in oxide scintillators.

  13. Digital silicon photomultiplier readout of a new fast and bright scintillation crystal (Ce:GFAG)

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    Lee, Yong-Seok [Department of Bio-convergence Engineering, Korea University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Leem, Hyun-Tae [Molecular Imaging Research & Education (MiRe) Laboratory, Department of Electronic Engineering, Sogang University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Yamamoto, Seiichi [Department of Medical Technology, Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, Nagoya (Japan); Choi, Yong, E-mail: ychoi@sogang.ac.kr [Molecular Imaging Research & Education (MiRe) Laboratory, Department of Electronic Engineering, Sogang University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kamada, Kei [New Industry Creation Hatchery Center (NICHe), Tohoku University, Sendai (Japan); C& A corporation, Sendai (Japan); Yoshikawa, Akira [New Industry Creation Hatchery Center (NICHe), Tohoku University, Sendai (Japan); C& A corporation, Sendai (Japan); Institute for Material Research, Tohoku University, Sendai (Japan); Park, Sang-Geon [Department of Electrical & Electronics, Silla University, Pusan (Korea, Republic of); Yeom, Jung-Yeol, E-mail: jungyeol@korea.ac.kr [Department of Bio-convergence Engineering, Korea University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); School of Biomedical Engineering, Korea University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-10-01

    A new Gadolinium Fine Aluminum Gallate (Ce:GFAG) scintillation crystal with both high energy resolution and fast timing properties has successfully been grown. Compared to Gd{sub 3}Al{sub 2}Ga{sub 3}O{sub 12} (Ce:GAGG), this new inorganic scintillation crystal has a high luminosity similar to and a faster decay time. In this paper, we report on the timing and energy performance results of the new GFAG scintillation crystal read out with digital silicon photomultipliers (dSiPM) for positron emission tomography (PET) application. The best coincidence resolving time (FWHM) of polished 3×3×5 mm{sup 3} crystals was 223±6 ps for GFAG crystals compared to 396±28 ps for GAGG crystals and 131±3 ps for LYSO crystals respectively. An energy resolution (511 keV peak of Na-22) of 10.9±0.2% was attained with GFAG coupled to dSiPM after correcting for saturation effect, compared to 9.5±0.3% for Ce:GAGG crystals and 11.9±0.4% for LYSO crystals respectively. It is expected that this new scintillator may be competitive in terms of overall properties such as energy resolution, timing resolution and growing (raw material) cost, compared to existing scintillators for positron emission tomography (PET).

  14. Digital silicon photomultiplier readout of a new fast and bright scintillation crystal (Ce:GFAG)

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    Lee, Yong-Seok; Leem, Hyun-Tae; Yamamoto, Seiichi; Choi, Yong; Kamada, Kei; Yoshikawa, Akira; Park, Sang-Geon; Yeom, Jung-Yeol

    2016-10-01

    A new Gadolinium Fine Aluminum Gallate (Ce:GFAG) scintillation crystal with both high energy resolution and fast timing properties has successfully been grown. Compared to Gd3Al2Ga3O12 (Ce:GAGG), this new inorganic scintillation crystal has a high luminosity similar to and a faster decay time. In this paper, we report on the timing and energy performance results of the new GFAG scintillation crystal read out with digital silicon photomultipliers (dSiPM) for positron emission tomography (PET) application. The best coincidence resolving time (FWHM) of polished 3×3×5 mm3 crystals was 223±6 ps for GFAG crystals compared to 396±28 ps for GAGG crystals and 131±3 ps for LYSO crystals respectively. An energy resolution (511 keV peak of Na-22) of 10.9±0.2% was attained with GFAG coupled to dSiPM after correcting for saturation effect, compared to 9.5±0.3% for Ce:GAGG crystals and 11.9±0.4% for LYSO crystals respectively. It is expected that this new scintillator may be competitive in terms of overall properties such as energy resolution, timing resolution and growing (raw material) cost, compared to existing scintillators for positron emission tomography (PET).

  15. Radioactive contamination of {sup 7}LiI(Eu) crystal scintillators

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    Belli, P. [INFN sezione Roma “Tor Vergata”, I-00133 Rome (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”, I-00133 Rome (Italy); Bernabei, R., E-mail: rita.bernabei@roma2.infn.it [INFN sezione Roma “Tor Vergata”, I-00133 Rome (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”, I-00133 Rome (Italy); Budakovsky, S.V. [Institute for Scintillation Materials, 61001 Kharkiv (Ukraine); Cappella, F. [INFN sezione Roma “La Sapienza”, I-00185 Rome (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Roma “La Sapienza”, I-00185 Rome (Italy); Cerulli, R. [INFN, Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso, I-67100 Assergi (AQ) (Italy); Danevich, F.A. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); D' Angelo, S. [INFN sezione Roma “Tor Vergata”, I-00133 Rome (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”, I-00133 Rome (Italy); Incicchitti, A. [INFN sezione Roma “La Sapienza”, I-00185 Rome (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Roma “La Sapienza”, I-00185 Rome (Italy); Laubenstein, M. [INFN, Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso, I-67100 Assergi (AQ) (Italy); Poda, D.V. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); and others

    2013-03-11

    The radioactive contamination of two 26 g samples of low background lithium iodide crystal scintillators doped by europium and enriched in {sup 7}Li to 99.9% ({sup 7}LiI(Eu)) has been investigated by scintillation method at the sea level, and by ultra-low background HPGe γ spectrometry deep underground. No radioactive contamination was detected. In particular, the contamination of the crystal scintillators by {sup 226}Ra and {sup 228}Th does not exceed 1 mBq/kg, and the activity of {sup 40}K is less than 0.5 Bq/kg.

  16. A region segmentation based algorithm for building crystal position lookup table in scintillation detector

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    Wang, Hai Peng; Liu, Shuang Quan; Fan, Xin; Cao, Xue Xiang; Chai, Pei; Shan, Bao Ci

    2014-01-01

    In scintillation detector, scintillation crystals are typically made into 2-dimension modular array. The location of incident gamma-ray need be calibrated due to spatial response nonlinearity. Generally, position histograms, the characteristic flood response of scintillation detectors, are used for position calibration. In this paper, a position calibration method based on crystal position lookup table which maps the inaccurate location calculated by Anger logic to the exact hitting crystal position has been proposed, Firstly, position histogram is segmented into disconnected regions. Then crystal marking points are labeled by finding the centroids of regions. Finally, crystal boundaries are determined and crystal position lookup table is generated. The scheme is evaluated by the whole-body PET scanner and breast dedicated SPECT detector developed by Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. The results demonstrate that the algorithm is accurate, efficient, robust and general purpose.

  17. A crystal identification method for monolithic phoswich detectors based on scintillation light distribution

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    Preziosi, E.; Pani, R.; Trigila, C.; Polito, C.; Bettiol, M.; Borrazzo, C.; Cinti, M. N.; Fabbri, A.; Pellegrini, R.; Pani, R.

    2016-12-01

    Phoswich detectors based on scintillation crystals are widely diffused for both PET and SPECT applications. In order to separate the signals arising from different layers many methods have been proposed in literature. Separation of the layers commonly relies on time discrimination or pulse height discrimination. In this work, by means of experimental measurement on a phoswich detector based on Lanthanum Bromide and Lutetium Fine Silicate monolithic crystals, a novel method allowing to separate signals coming from different layers has been evaluated. The main feature of this method, specifically developed for phoswich based on monolithic scintillation crystals, is the discrimination capability based on the scintillation light distribution shape. For this reason, the findings that will be shown could be easily extended to whatever combination of scintillator, independently from their decay time or light yield.

  18. Luminescence and scintillation properties of YAG:Ce single crystal and optical ceramics

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    Mihóková, E; Mareš, J A; Beitlerová, A; Vedda, A; Nejezchleb, K; Blažek, K; D’Ambrosio, C

    2007-01-01

    We use various techniques to study optical and scintillation properties of Ce-doped yttrium aluminum garnet, Y3Al5O12 (YAG:Ce), in the form of a high-quality industrial single crystal. This was compared to optical ceramics prepared from YAG:Ce nanopowders. We present experimental data in the areas of optical absorption, radioluminescence, scintillation decay, photoelectron yield, thermally stimulated luminescence and radiation-induced absorption. The results point to an interesting feature—the absence of antisite (YAl, i.e. Y at the Al site) defects in optical ceramics. The scintillation decay of the ceramics is faster than that of the single crystal, but its photoelectron yield (measured with 1 μs integration time) is about 30–40% lower. Apart from the photoelectron yield value the YAG:Ce optical ceramic is fully comparable to a high quality industrial YAG:Ce single crystal and can become a competitive scintillator material.

  19. Effect of Eu{sup 2+} concentration on afterglow suppression in CsI:Tl, Eu

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    Kappers, L.A. [Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269-3046 (United States)], E-mail: lawrence.kappers@uconn.edu; Bartram, R.H.; Hamilton, D.S. [Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269-3046 (United States); Brecher, C.; Lempicki, A. [ALEM Associates, 303A Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 (United States); Gaysinskiy, V.; Ovechkina, E.E.; Nagarkar, V.V. [Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc., 44 Hunt str., Watertown, MA 02472 (United States)

    2007-04-15

    Combined radioluminescence and thermoluminescence experiments on the co-doped scintillator material CsI:Tl, Eu were extended in the present investigation to a sample with diminished europium concentration. Simulations based on postulated rate equations with empirically adjusted parameters are consistent with observed insensitivity of afterglow suppression to europium concentration for sufficiently short radiation times.

  20. A photoelastic measurement system for residual stress analysis in scintillating crystals by conoscopic imaging.

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    Montalto, L; Paone, N; Scalise, L; Rinaldi, D

    2015-06-01

    The assessment of the stress state of scintillating crystals is an important issue for producers as well as users of such materials, because residual stress may arise during growth process. In this paper, a measurement system, based on the use of a photoelastic, conoscopic optical setup, is proposed for the assessment of stress state in scintillating crystals. Local stress values can be measured on the crystal in order to observe their spatial distribution. With the proposed system, it is possible to vary the dimensions of the inspected measurement volume. It has been validated with reference to a known stress state induced in a birefringent crystal sample and it has been tested for the case of loaded and unloaded samples, showing sub-millimetric spatial resolution and stress uncertainty ≤0.25 MPa. The proposed measurement system is a valid method for the inspection of scintillating crystals required by producers and users of such materials.

  1. Barium iodide and strontium iodide crystals and scintillators implementing the same

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    Payne, Stephen A.; Cherepy, Nerine J.; Hull, Giulia E.; Drobshoff, Alexander D.; Burger, Arnold

    2016-11-29

    In one embodiment, a material comprises a crystal comprising strontium iodide providing at least 50,000 photons per MeV, where the strontium iodide material is characterized by a volume not less than 1 cm.sup.3. In another embodiment, a scintillator optic includes europium-doped strontium iodide providing at least 50,000 photons per MeV, where the europium in the crystal is primarily Eu.sup.2+, and the europium is present in an amount greater than about 1.6%. A scintillator radiation detector in yet another embodiment includes a scintillator optic comprising SrI.sub.2 and BaI.sub.2, where a ratio of SrI.sub.2 to BaI.sub.2 is in a range of between 0:1 and 1.0, the scintillator optic is a crystal that provides at least 50,000 scintillation photons per MeV and energy resolution of less than about 5% at 662 keV, and the crystal has a volume of 1 cm.sup.3 or more; the scintillator optic contains more than about 2% europium.

  2. Development of CaMoO4 crystal scintillators for double beta decay experiment with 100-Mo

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    Annenkov, A N; Danevich, F A; Georgadze, A S; Kim, S K; Kim, H J; Kim, Y D; Kobychev, V V; Kornoukhov, V N; Korzhik, M; Lee, J I; Missevitch, O; Mokina, V M; Nagorny, S S; Nikolaiko, A S; Poda, D V; Podviyanuk, R B; Sedlak, D J; Shkulkova, O G; So, J H; Solsky, I M; Tretyak, V I; Yurchenko, S S

    2007-01-01

    Energy resolution, alpha/beta ratio, pulse-shape discrimination for gamma rays and alpha particles, temperature dependence of scintillation properties, and radioactive contamination were studied with CaMoO4 crystal scintillators. A high sensitivity experiment to search for neutrinoless double beta decay of 100-Mo by using CaMoO4 scintillators is discussed.

  3. CsI(Tl) for WIMP dark matter searches

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    Kudryavtsev, V A; Tovey, Daniel R; Roberts, J W; Lehner, M J; McMillan, J E; Lightfoot, P K; Lawson, T B; Peak, C D; Lüscher, R; Barton, J C

    2001-01-01

    We report a study of CsI(Tl) scintillator to assess its applicability in experiments to search for dark matter particles. Measurements of the mean scintillation pulse shapes due to nuclear and electron recoils have been performed. We find that, as with NaI(Tl), pulse shape analysis can be used to discriminate between electron and nuclear recoils down to 4 keV. However, the discrimination factor is typically (10-15)% better than in NaI(Tl) above 4 keV. The quenching factor for caesium and iodine recoils was measured and found to increase from 11% to ~17% with decreasing recoil energy from 60 to 12 keV. Based on these results, the potential sensitivity of CsI(Tl) to dark matter particles in the form of neutralinos was calculated. We find an improvement over NaI(Tl) for the spin independent WIMP-nucleon interactions up to a factor of 5 assuming comparable electron background levels in the two scintillators.

  4. Scintillation properties of Lu sub 2 Si sub 2 O sub 7 :Ce sup 3 sup + , a fast and efficient scintillator crystal

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    Pidol, L; Viana, B; Ferrand, B; Dorenbos, P; Haas, J; Eijk, C W E; Virey, E

    2003-01-01

    Cerium doped lutetium pyrosilicate Lu sub 2 Si sub 2 O sub 7 :Ce sup 3 sup + (LPS), a new inorganic scintillator, displays particularly promising performance. This material can be readily pulled from the melt. A high light output (average value: 26 300 ph MeV sup - sup 1), a relatively good energy resolution (9%) and a fast decay time (38 ns) without afterglow make this new scintillator very attractive, in particular for medical imaging. Optical characterizations and scintillation properties of LPS:Ce large single crystals are presented, including timing properties and study of the scintillation yields as a function of incident energy.

  5. Application of PbWO4 crystal scintillators in experiment to search for double beta decay of 116Cd

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    Danevich, F A; Kobychev, V V; Kropivyansky, B N; Nagorny, S S; Nikolaiko, A S; Poda, D V; Tretyak, V I; Yurchenko, S S; Grinyov, B V; Nagornaya, L L; Pirogov, E N; Ryzhikov, V D; Brudanin, V B; Fedorov, M; Korzhik, M; Lobko, A; Miussevitch, O; Solsky, I M

    2004-01-01

    PbWO4 crystal scintillators are discussed as an active shield and light-guides in 116Cd double beta decay experiment with CdWO4 scintillators. Scintillation properties and radioactive contamination of PbWO4 scintillators were investigated. Energy resolution of CdWO4 detector, coupled to PbWO4 crystal as a light-guide, was tested. Efficiency of PbWO4-based active shield to suppress background from the internal contamination of PbWO4 crystals was calculated. Using of lead tungstate crystal scintillators as high efficiency 4-pi active shield could allow to build sensitive double beta experiment with 116CdWO4 crystal scintillators.

  6. Pulse-shape discrimination with PbWO$_4$ crystal scintillators

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    Bardelli, L; Bizzeti, P G; Danevich, F A; Fazzini, T F; Kobychev, V V; Krutyak, N; Maurenzig, P R; Mokina, V M; Nagorny, S S; Pashkovskii, M; Poda, D V; Tretyak, V I; Yurchenko, S S

    2007-01-01

    The light output, $\\alpha/\\beta$ ratio, and pulse shape have been investigated at $-25^\\circ$ C with PbWO$_4$ crystal scintillators undoped, and doped by F, Eu, Mo, Gd and S. The fast $0.01-0.06 \\mu$s and middle $0.1-0.5 \\mu$s components of scintillation decay were observed for all the samples. Slow components of scintillation signal with the decay times $1-3 \\mu$s and $13-28 \\mu$s with the total intensity up to $\\approx50%$ have been recognized for several samples doped by Molybdenum. We found some indications of a pulse-shape discrimination between $\\alpha$ particles and $\\gamma$ quanta with PbWO$_4$ (Mo doped) crystal scintillators.

  7. Pulse-shape discrimination with PbWO{sub 4} crystal scintillators

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    Bardelli, L.; Bini, M.; Bizzeti, P.G. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Firenze and INFN, 50019 Florence (Italy); Danevich, F.A. [Institute for Nuclear Research, Prospect Nauki 47, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine)], E-mail: danevich@kinr.kiev.ua; Fazzini, T.F. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Firenze and INFN, 50019 Florence (Italy); Krutyak, N. [Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Vorob' evy Gory, 119992 Moscow (Russian Federation); Kobychev, V.V. [Institute for Nuclear Research, Prospect Nauki 47, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); Maurenzig, P.R. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Firenze and INFN, 50019 Florence (Italy); Mokina, V.M.; Nagorny, S.S. [Institute for Nuclear Research, Prospect Nauki 47, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); Pashkovskii, M. [Department of Semiconductors Physics, Ivan Franko National University, UA-79005 Lviv (Ukraine); Poda, D.V.; Tretyak, V.I.; Yurchenko, S.S. [Institute for Nuclear Research, Prospect Nauki 47, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine)

    2008-01-01

    Light output, {alpha}/{beta} ratio, and pulse shape have been investigated at -25 deg. C with PbWO{sub 4} crystal scintillators undoped, and doped by F, Eu, Mo, Gd and S. The fast 0.01-0.06{mu}s and middle 0.1-0.5{mu}s components of scintillation decay were observed for all the samples. Slow components of scintillation signal with decay times 1-3 and 13-28{mu}s with total intensity up to {approx}50% have been recognized for several samples doped by Molybdenum. We found some indications of a pulse-shape discrimination between {alpha} particles and {gamma} quanta with PbWO{sub 4} (Mo doped) crystal scintillators.

  8. Low-Temperature Scintillation Properties of CaWO4 Crystals for Rare-Event Searches

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    Sivers, M v; Di Stefano, P C F; Erb, A; Gütlein, A; Lanfranchi, J -C; Münster, A; Nadeau, P; Piquemal, M; Potzel, W; Roth, S; Schreiner, K; Strauss, R; Wawoczny, S; Willers, M; Zöller, A

    2015-01-01

    In prospect of its application in cryogenic rare-event searches, we have investigated the low-temperature scintillation properties of CaWO4 crystals down to 3.4 K under {\\alpha} and {\\gamma} excitation. Concerning the scintillation decay times, we observe a long component in the ms range which significantly contributes to the light yield below 40K. For the first time we have measured the temperature dependence of the {\\alpha}/{\\gamma}- ratio of the light yield. This parameter which can be used to discriminate {\\alpha} and {\\gamma} events in scintillating bolometers is found to be about 8-15% smaller at low temperatures compared to room temperature.

  9. Energy resolution of scintillation detectors

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    Moszyński, M., E-mail: M.Moszynski@ncbj.gov.pl; Syntfeld-Każuch, A.; Swiderski, L.; Grodzicka, M.; Iwanowska, J.; Sibczyński, P.; Szczęśniak, T.

    2016-01-01

    According to current knowledge, the non-proportionality of the light yield of scintillators appears to be a fundamental limitation of energy resolution. A good energy resolution is of great importance for most applications of scintillation detectors. Thus, its limitations are discussed below; which arise from the non-proportional response of scintillators to gamma rays and electrons, being of crucial importance to the intrinsic energy resolution of crystals. The important influence of Landau fluctuations and the scattering of secondary electrons (δ-rays) on intrinsic resolution is pointed out here. The study on undoped NaI and CsI at liquid nitrogen temperature with a light readout by avalanche photodiodes strongly suggests that the non-proportionality of many crystals is not their intrinsic property and may be improved by selective co-doping. Finally, several observations that have been collected in the last 15 years on the influence of the slow components of light pulses on energy resolution suggest that more complex processes are taking place in the scintillators. This was observed with CsI(Tl), CsI(Na), ZnSe(Te), and undoped NaI at liquid nitrogen temperature and, finally, for NaI(Tl) at temperatures reduced below 0 °C. A common conclusion of these observations is that the highest energy resolution, and particularly intrinsic resolution measured with the scintillators, characterized by two or more components of the light pulse decay, is obtainable when the spectrometry equipment integrates the whole light of the components. In contrast, the slow components observed in many other crystals degrade the intrinsic resolution. In the limiting case, afterglow could also be considered as a very slow component that spoils the energy resolution. The aim of this work is to summarize all of the above observations by looking for their origin.

  10. Radiation Detection and Classification of Heavy Oxide Inorganic Scintillator Crystals for Detection of Fast Neutrons

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    2016-06-01

    and alkali-halide scintillators for potential use in neutron and gamma detection systems .” M.S. thesis, Dept. Physics , Naval Posgraduate School...DETECTION AND CLASSIFICATION OF HEAVY OXIDE INORGANIC SCINTILLATOR CRYSTALS FOR DETECTION OF FAST NEUTRONS by Jacob W. Capps June 2016 Thesis...DATE June 2016 3. REPORT TYPE AND DATES COVERED Master’s thesis 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE RADIATION DETECTION AND CLASSIFICATION OF HEAVY OXIDE

  11. Growth and scintillation properties of 3 in. diameter Ce doped Gd3Ga3Al2O12 scintillation single crystal

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    Kamada, Kei; Shoji, Yasuhiro; Kochurikhin, Vladimir V.; Okumura, Satoshi; Yamamoto, Seiichi; Nagura, Aya; Yeom, Jung Yeol; Kurosawa, Shunsuke; Yokota, Yuui; Ohashi, Yuji; Nikl, Martin; Yoshikawa, Akira

    2016-10-01

    The 3 in. size Ce1%:Gd3Al2Ga3O12 single crystals were prepared by the Czochralski (Cz) method. Optical constants were measured. Chemical composition analysis and uniformity of scintillation decay and light yield along growth direction were evaluated. The timing resolution measurement for a pair of 3 mm×3 mm×3 mm size Ce:GAGG scintillator crystals was performed using Si-PMs.

  12. Modified timing characteristic of a scintillation detection system with photonic crystal structures.

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    Liu, Jinliang; Liu, Bo; Zhu, Zhichao; Chen, Liang; Hu, Jing; Xu, Mengxuan; Cheng, Chuanwei; Ouyang, Xiaoping; Zhang, Zhongbing; Ruan, Jinlu; He, Shiyi; Liu, Linyue; Gu, Mu; Chen, Hong

    2017-03-01

    It is intuitively expected that an enhanced light extraction of a scintillator can be easily achieved by photonic crystal structures. Here, we demonstrate a modified timing characteristic for a detection system induced by enhanced light extraction with photonic crystal structures. Such improvement is due to the enhanced light extraction which can be clearly proven by the independent measurements of the light output and the timing resolution. The present investigation is advantageous to promote the development of a scintillation detection system performance based on the time-of-flight measurement.

  13. Radiation damage mechanisms in CsI(Tl) studied by ion beam induced luminescence

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    Quaranta, Alberto [Dipartimento di Ingegneria dei Materiali e delle Tecnologie Industriali - DIMTI, Universita di Trento, Via Mesiano 77, I-38050 Povo, Trento (Italy); Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro - INFN, Via dell' Universita 2, I-35020 Legnaro, Padova (Italy)], E-mail: quaranta@ing.unitn.it; Gramegna, Fabiana; Kravchuk, Vladimir [Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro - INFN, Via dell' Universita 2, I-35020 Legnaro, Padova (Italy); Scian, Carlo [Dipartimento di Ingegneria dei Materiali e delle Tecnologie Industriali - DIMTI, Universita di Trento, Via Mesiano 77, I-38050 Povo, Trento (Italy); Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro - INFN, Via dell' Universita 2, I-35020 Legnaro, Padova (Italy)

    2008-06-15

    Ion beam induced luminescence (IBIL) has been used to study the kinetics of defect production under ion beam irradiation in CsI(Tl) crystals with different Tl{sup +} concentrations (250, 560, 3250 and 6500 ppm). The crystals have been irradiated with H{sup +} and {sup 4}He{sup +} at 1.8 MeV. Both the scintillator spectra after irradiation and the intensity decrease at different wavelengths as a function of the fluence have been measured. The emission bands shift to higher wavelengths after irradiation, and the light decrease has been interpolated following a saturation model for the point defect concentration. Crystals with low Tl{sup +} concentrations present the UV emission peak of pure CsI at 300 nm whose intensity during H{sup +} irradiation and reaches a maximum under He{sup +} irradiation. At low Tl{sup +} concentrations the damage rate depends on the ion stopping power, while at higher concentrations it depends on the activator concentration. The results can be interpreted by assuming that the defects affecting the light emission are point defects nearby Tl{sup +} ions.

  14. Fast ultradense GdTa1-xNbxO4 scintillator crystals

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    Voloshyna, Olesia; Gerasymov, Iaroslav; Sidletskiy, Oleg; Kurtsev, Daniil; Gorbacheva, Tatyana; Hubenko, Kateryna; Boiaryntseva, Ianina; Ivanov, Alexey; Spassky, Dmitry; Omelkov, Sergey; Belsky, Andrei

    2017-04-01

    Single crystals of GdTaO4 and GdTa0.8Nb0.2O4 were grown by the Czochralski technique, and their luminescent and scintillation properties were studied. Both crystals demonstrate fast emission with decay time around 10-8 s. Meanwhile, in GdTaO4 the fast decay is accompanied by a huge build-up with the decay time around 1 μs, while in the mixed crystal the contribution of slow components is negligible. UV- and X-ray excited luminescence, curves of thermostimulated luminescence and absolute light yields of crystals are presented as well. GdTa0.8Nb0.2O4 crystal is shown to be an ultradense (8.37 g/cm3) and fast (shortest component decay time 17 ns) scintillator with a high stopping power.

  15. Scintillation response of organic and inorganic scintillators

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    Papadopoulos, L M

    1999-01-01

    A method to evaluate the scintillation response of organic and inorganic scintillators to different heavy ionizing particles is suggested. A function describing the rate of the energy consumed as fluorescence emission is derived, i.e., the differential response with respect to time. This function is then integrated for each ion and scintillator (anthracene, stilbene and CsI(Tl)) to determine scintillation response. The resulting scintillation responses are compared to the previously reported measured responses. Agreement to within 2.5% is observed when these data are normalized to each other. In addition, conclusions regarding the quenching parameter kB dependence on the type of the particle and the computed values of kB for certain ions are included. (author)

  16. Further study of CdWO4 crystal scintillators as detectors for high sensitivity double beta experiments: scintillation properties and pulse-shape discrimination

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    Bardelli, L; Bizzeti, P G; Carraresi, L; Danevich, F A; Fazzini, T F; Grinyov, B V; Ivannikova, N V; Kobychev, V V; Kropivyansky, B N; Maurenzig, P R; Nagornaya, L L; Nagorny, S S; Nikolaiko, A S; Pavlyuk, A A; Poda, D V; Solsky, I M; Sopinskyy, M V; Stenin, Y G; Taccetti, F; Tretyak, V I; Vasiliev, Y V; Yurchenko, S S; Stenin, Yu. G.; Vasiliev, Ya. V.

    2006-01-01

    Energy resolution, light yield, non-proportionality in the scintillation response, alpha/beta ratio, pulse shape for gamma rays and alpha particles were studied with CdWO4 crystal scintillators. Some indication for a difference in the emission spectra for gamma rays and alpha particles was observed. No dependence of CdWO4 pulse shape on emission spectrum wavelengths under laser, alpha particles and gamma ray excitation was observed. Dependence of scintillation pulse shape for gamma quanta and alpha particles and pulse-shape discrimination ability on temperature was measured in the range of 0-24 degrees.

  17. Further study of CdWO{sub 4} crystal scintillators as detectors for high sensitivity 2{beta} experiments: Scintillation properties and pulse-shape discrimination

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    Bardelli, L. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Firenze and INFN, 50019 Florence (Italy); Bini, M. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Firenze and INFN, 50019 Florence (Italy); Bizzeti, P.G. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Firenze and INFN, 50019 Florence (Italy); Carraresi, L. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Firenze and INFN, 50019 Florence (Italy); Danevich, F.A. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kiev (Ukraine)]. E-mail: danevich@kinr.kiev.ua; Fazzini, T.F. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Firenze and INFN, 50019 Florence (Italy); Grinyov, B.V. [Institute for Scintillation Materials, 61001 Kharkov (Ukraine); Ivannikova, N.V. [Nikolaev Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Kobychev, V.V. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kiev (Ukraine); Kropivyansky, B.N. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kiev (Ukraine); Maurenzig, P.R. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Firenze and INFN, 50019 Florence (Italy); Nagornaya, L.L. [Institute for Scintillation Materials, 61001 Kharkov (Ukraine); Nagorny, S.S. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kiev (Ukraine); Nikolaiko, A.S. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kiev (Ukraine); Pavlyuk, A.A. [Nikolaev Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Poda, D.V. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kiev (Ukraine); Solsky, I.M. [Institute for Materials, 79031 Lviv (Ukraine); Sopinskyy, M.V. [Lashkaryov Institute of Semiconductor Physics, 03028 Kiev (Ukraine); Stenin, Yu.G. [Nikolaev Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Taccetti, F. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Firenze and INFN, 50019 Florence (Italy); Tretyak, V.I.; Yurchenko, S.S. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kiev (Ukraine); Vasiliev, Ya.V. [Nikolaev Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation)

    2006-12-21

    Energy resolution, non-proportionality in the scintillation response, {alpha}/{beta} ratio, pulse shape for {gamma} rays and {alpha} particles were studied with CdWO{sub 4} crystal scintillators. Some indication for a difference in the emission spectra for {gamma} rays and {alpha} particles was observed. No dependence of CdWO{sub 4} pulse shape on emission spectrum wavelengths under laser, {alpha} particles and {gamma} ray excitation was observed. Dependence of scintillation pulse shape for {gamma} quanta and {alpha} particles and pulse-shape discrimination ability on temperature was measured in the range of 0-24{sup o}C.

  18. Thick monolithic scintillation crystals for TOF-PET with depth-of-interaction measurement

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    Vinke, Ruud; van Dam, Herman T.; Seifert, Stefan; Beekman, Freek J.; Lohner, Herbert; Schaart, Dennis R.; Dendooven, Peter

    2010-01-01

    Positron emission tomography (PET) detectors based on monolithic scintillation crystals show excellent intrinsic spatial resolution and allow depth-of-interaction (DOI) reconstruction using a single photosensor array. The inclusion of time-of-flight (TOF) information in the image reconstruction

  19. Scintillation properties of semiconducting 6LiInSe2 crystals to ionizing radiation

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    Wiggins, Brenden; Groza, Michael; Tupitsyn, Eugene; Lukosi, Eric; Stassun, Keivan; Burger, Arnold; Stowe, Ashley

    2015-11-01

    6LiInSe2 has gained attention recently as a semiconducting thermal neutron detector. As presented herein, the chalcogenide compound semiconductor also detects incident neutrons via scintillation, making 6LiInSe2 the only lithium containing semiconductor to respond to neutrons via both detection mechanisms. Both yellow and red crystals, which appear in the literature, were investigated. Only the yellow crystal responded favorably to ionizing radiation, similar to the semiconducting operation utilizing electrodes. The obtained light yield for yellow crystals is 4400 photons/MeV, referenced to Bi4Ge3O12 (BGO).The estimated thermal neutron light yield was 21,000 photons/thermal neutron. The two measured decay time components were found to be 31±1 ns (49%) and 143±9 ns (51%).This crystal provides efficient, robust detection of neutrons via scintillation with respectable light yield and rapid response, enabling its use for a broad array of neutron detection applications.

  20. Photonic crystals: A novel approach to enhance the light output of scintillation based detectors

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    Knapitsch, A; Leclercq, J L; Letartre, X; Auffray, E; Fabjan, C W

    2011-01-01

    Future high-energy physics (HEP) experiments as well as next generation medical imaging applications are more and more pushing towards better scintillation characteristics. One of the problems in heavy scintillating materials is related to their high electronic density, resulting in a large index of refraction. As a consequence, most of the scintillation light produced in the bulk material is trapped inside the crystal due to total internal reflection. The same problem also occurs with light emitting diodes (LEDs) and has for a long time been considered as a limiting factor for their overall efficiency. Recent studies have shown that those limits can be overcome by means of light scattering effects of photonic crystals (PhCs). In our simulations we could show light yield improvements between 90\\% and 110\\% when applying PhC structures to different scintillator materials. To evaluate the results, a PhC modified scintillator was produced in cooperation with the NIL (Nanotechnology Institute of Lyon). By using s...

  1. Effects of Photonic Crystals on the Light Output of Heavy Inorganic Scintillators

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    Knapitsch, Arno; Fabjan, Christian W; Leclercq, Jean-Louis; Letartre, Xavier; Mazurczyk, Radoslaw; Lecoq, Paul

    2013-01-01

    Photonic crystals (PhCs) are optical materials which can affect the propagation of light in multiple ways. In recent years PhCs contributed to major technological developments in the field of semiconductor lasers, light emitting diodes and photovoltaic applications. In our case we are investigating the capabilities of photonic crystal slabs with the aim to improve the performance of heavy inorganic scintillators. To study the combination of scintillators and PhCs we use a Monte-Carlo program to simulate the light propagation inside a scintillator and a rigorous coupled wave analysis (RCWA) framework to analyse the optical PhC properties. The simulations show light output improvements of a wide range of scintillating materials due to light scattering effects of the PhC slabs. First samples have been produced on top of 1.2 × 2.6 × 5 mm LSO (cerium-doped Lutetium Oxyorthosilicate, Lu_2SiO_5:Ce^3+) scintillators using electron beam lithography and reactive ion etching (RIE). Our samples show a 30-60% light outp...

  2. Development of CaMoO{sub 4} crystal scintillators for a double beta decay experiment with {sup 100}Mo

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    Annenkov, A.N.; Buzanov, O.A. [Moscow Steel and Alloy Institute, 119049 Moscow (Russian Federation); Danevich, F.A. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine)], E-mail: danevich@kinr.kiev.ua; Georgadze, A.Sh. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); Kim, S.K. [DMRC and School of Physics, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-742 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, H.J. [Physics Department, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 702-701 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Y.D. [Sejong University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kobychev, V.V. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); Kornoukhov, V.N. [Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics, 117218 Moscow (Russian Federation); Korzhik, M. [Institute for Nuclear Problems, 220030 Minsk (Belarus); Lee, J.I. [Sejong University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Missevitch, O. [Institute for Nuclear Problems, 220030 Minsk (Belarus); Mokina, V.M.; Nagorny, S.S.; Nikolaiko, A.S.; Poda, D.V.; Podviyanuk, R.B.; Sedlak, D.J.; Shkulkova, O.G. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); So, J.H. [Physics Department, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 702-701 (Korea, Republic of)] (and others)

    2008-01-11

    We have studied the energy resolution, {alpha}/{beta} ratio, temperature dependence of the scintillation properties, and the radioactive contamination of CaMoO{sub 4} crystal scintillators. We have also examined the use of pulse-shape discrimination to distinguish {gamma} rays and {alpha} particles. A high sensitivity experiment to search for the 0{nu}2{beta} decay of {sup 100}Mo using CaMoO{sub 4} scintillators is discussed.

  3. Reper Radioactive Sources for Time and Energy Calibration of Single Crystal Scintillation Time Spectrometers

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    Lebedev, N A; Morozova, N V; Novgorodov, A F; Filossofov, D V

    2000-01-01

    There was made a set of reper radioactive sources for time and energy calibration of the single crystal scintillation time spectrometer. The set consists of ^{73}As, ^{153}Gd, ^{169}Yb, ^{241}Am sources and sources of ^{225}Ac and ^{232}Th including the products of their decay. This set of radioactive sources covers the time interval from 4 ns to 4 mus and energy interval starting from 10 keV. Some of these sources were included in the small size plastic scintillators providing the 4 pi geometry for radiation measurements.

  4. submitter Light Extraction From Scintillating Crystals Enhanced by Photonic Crystal Structures Patterned by Focused Ion Beam

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    Modrzynski, Pawel; Knapitsch, Arno; Kunicki, Piotr; Lecoq, Paul; Moczala, Magdalena; Papakonstantinou, Ioannis; Auffray, Etiennette

    2016-01-01

    “Photonic Crystals (PhC)” have been used in a variety of fields as a structure for improving the light extraction efficiency from materials with high index of refraction. In previous work we already showed the light extraction improvement of several PhC covered LYSO crystals in computer simulations and practical measurements. In this work, new samples are made using different materials and techniques which allows further efficiency improvements. For rapid prototyping of PhC patterns on scintillators we tested a new method using “Focused Ion Beam (FIB)” patterning. The FIB machine is a device similar to a “Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)”, but it uses ions (mainly gallium) instead of electrons for the imaging of the samples' surface. The additional feature of FIB devices is the option of surface patterning in nano-scale which was exploited for our samples. Three samples using FIB patterning have been produced. One of them is a direct patterning of the extraction face of a 0.8×0.8×10 $mm^3$ LYS...

  5. Effects of increasing size and changing europium activator concentration in KCaI3 scintillator crystals

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    Lindsey, Adam C.; Zhuravleva, Mariya; Wu, Yuntao; Stand, Luis; Loyd, Matthew; Gokhale, Sasmit; Koschan, Merry; Melcher, Charles L.

    2016-09-01

    KCaI3:Eu crystals have been identified as very promising for use in spectroscopic detector applications related to nuclear nonproliferation and domestic security efforts. Initial studies have shown for small crystals a few mm3 in size with 3% europium dopant concentration, a high light yield of >70,000 ph/MeV and energy resolution of ≈3% at 662 keV is attainable which is comparable with the highest performance scintillators discovered. In this work, single crystals of KCaI3 with a range of Eu2+ doping between 0 and 5 at% substituting for Ca2+ were grown at 22 mm diameter and their performance for gamma-ray spectroscopy studied. Comparisons among crystals approximately Ø22 mm×22 mm (8.4 cm3 or ≈0.5 in3) provide a more accurate understanding of how scintillation performance changes with Eu doping and increased crystal size. KCaI3 in the undoped form is shown to be a highly efficient intrinsic scintillator with a defect-related emission at 404 nm which coexists with the Eu2+ 5d-4f emission in low dopant concentrations and is completely re-absorbed in more heavily doped crystals. For larger crystals, effects from self-absorption due to Eu activation become more evident by a near doubling of decay time for 0.5 in3 crystals as the activator is increased from 0.5 to 5.0 at% Eu. Comparisons of pulse-height spectra obtained for Ø22 mm×22 mm cylinders with varying Eu concentration suggests best performance is achieved using lower Eu additions closer to 0.5-1.0 at%. Using a modified crystal packaging featuring an offset reflector geometry, 0.5 in3 crystals of KCaI3:Eu can attain under 4% energy resolution at 662 keV.

  6. Cesium hafnium chloride: A high light yield, non-hygroscopic cubic crystal scintillator for gamma spectroscopy

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    Burger, Arnold, E-mail: aburger@fisk.edu [Department of Life and Physical Sciences, Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee 37208 (United States); Department of Physics and Astronomy, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee 37235 (United States); Rowe, Emmanuel; Groza, Michael; Morales Figueroa, Kristle [Department of Life and Physical Sciences, Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee 37208 (United States); Cherepy, Nerine J.; Beck, Patrick R.; Hunter, Steven; Payne, Stephen A. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California 94550 (United States)

    2015-10-05

    We report on the scintillation properties of Cs{sub 2}HfCl{sub 6} (cesium hafnium chloride or CHC) as an example of a little-known class of non-hygroscopic compounds having the generic cubic crystal structure of K{sub 2}PtCl{sub 6}. The crystals are easily growable from the melt using the Bridgman method with minimal precursor treatments or purification. CHC scintillation is centered at 400 nm, with a principal decay time of 4.37 μs and a light yield of up to 54 000 photons/MeV when measured using a silicon CCD photodetector. The light yield is the highest ever reported for an undoped crystal, and CHC also exhibits excellent light yield nonproportionality. These desirable properties allowed us to build and test CHC gamma-ray spectrometers providing energy resolution of 3.3% at 662 keV.

  7. Scintillation of lead tungstate crystal studied with single-electron beam from KUFEL

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    Rizwan, Mohamad, E-mail: rizwan@nucl.kyushu-u.ac.jp; Uozumi, Yusuke; Matsuo, Kazuki [Department of Applied Quantum Physics and Nuclear Engineering, Kyushu University, Fukuoka (Japan); Ohgaki, Hideaki; Kii, Toshiteru; Zen, Heishun [Institute of Advanced Energy, Kyoto University, Gokasho, Uji, Kyoto (Japan); Tsamalaidze, Zviadi; Evtoukhovitch, Petr; Valentin, Samoilov [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, JINR, Joliot-Curie Str.6, Dubna (Russian Federation)

    2015-04-29

    Lead tungstate (PWO) crystal has a very fast response, high atomic density and high radiation hardness. Therefore, they are suitable to be used for high-energy nuclear data measurements under high-background circumstances. Although a good electron-ion separation with a pulse shape analysis technique is essential, scintillation pulse shapes have not been observed with electron beams of a wide energy range. A single-electron beam technique has been developed at Kyoto University Free Electron Laser (KUFEL), and electron beams of 4-38 MeV are available. During the experiments, single electron beams bombarded a PWO crystal. By using oscilloscope we observed scintillation pulses of a PWO crystal coupled with a photomultiplier tube. Measured spectra were compared with the simulation code of EGS5 to analyze scattering effects. As the result, the pulse amplitudes show good linearity and the pulse shapes are almost constant in the observed energy range.

  8. Optimization of detection system based on inorganic scintillation crystal coupled with a long lightguide

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    Globus, M; Ratner, M

    2002-01-01

    Operation characteristics of a scintillation crystal, linked with the photomultiplier by a long transparent lightguide, are considered (such detection systems are used for monitoring the seawater pollution, scintillation measurements in magnetic field, etc.). This system is optimized with respect to the refractive index of the liquid, coupling the crystal with the lightguide, and the roughness degree of the crystal surface. It is shown that the energy resolution of the system can be significantly improved by using the coupling liquid with a refractive index somewhat less than that of the lightguide (a difference of about 0.2 is optimal). Light output and especially energy resolution becomes better with an increase of the roughness degree of the reflecting surface.

  9. Determination of light output function and angle dependent correction for a stilbene crystal scintillation neutron spectrometer

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    Hansen, W. E-mail: hansen@metrs1.mw.tu-dresden.de; Richter, D

    2002-01-01

    In addition to liquid NE213 scintillators also stilbene solid crystals are applied traditionally for fast neutron spectrometry. A proper evaluation of experimental data provides a precise determination of the nonlinear light output function for the given scintillator/photomultiplier combination, and for stilbene additionally an adequate correction of the anisotropy effect. Calibration experiments with monoenergetic neutrons (1.2, 2.5, 5.0, 13.95, 14.8, 19.0 MeV) and various neutron incidence angles were carried out at the accelerator facility of the PTB Braunschweig for two cylindrical scintillators (diameter 30 mm x 25 mm, diameter 10 mm x 10 mm). An improved analytic light output function as well as an adequate angle dependent correction function were derived.

  10. High-efficiency fast scintillators for "optical" soft x-ray arrays for laboratory plasma diagnostics.

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    Delgado-Aparicio, L F; Stutman, D; Tritz, K; Vero, R; Finkenthal, M; Suliman, G; Kaita, R; Majeski, R; Stratton, B; Roquemore, L; Tarrio, C

    2007-08-20

    Scintillator-based "optical" soft x-ray (OSXR) arrays have been investigated as a replacement for the conventional silicon (Si)-based diode arrays used for imaging, tomographic reconstruction, magnetohydrodynamics, transport, and turbulence studies in magnetically confined fusion plasma research. An experimental survey among several scintillator candidates was performed, measuring the relative and absolute conversion efficiencies of soft x rays to visible light. Further investigations took into account glass and fiber-optic face-plates (FOPs) as substrates, and a thin aluminum foil (150 nm) to reflect the visible light emitted by the scintillator back to the optical detector. Columnar (crystal growth) thallium-doped cesium iodide (CsI:Tl) deposited on an FOP, was found to be the best candidate for the previously mentioned plasma diagnostics. Its luminescence decay time of the order of approximately 1-10 micros is thus suitable for the 10 micros time resolution required for the development of scintillator-based SXR plasma diagnostics. A prototype eight channel OSXR array using CsI:Tl was designed, built, and compared to an absolute extreme ultraviolet diode counterpart: its operation on the National Spherical Torus Experiment showed a lower level of induced noise relative to the Si-based diode arrays, especially during neutral beam injection heated plasma discharges. The OSXR concept can also be implemented in less harsh environments for basic spectroscopic laboratory plasma diagnostics.

  11. Multi-ampoule Bridgman growth of halide scintillator crystals using the self-seeding method

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    Lindsey, Adam C.; Wu, Yuntao; Zhuravleva, Mariya; Loyd, Matthew; Koschan, Merry; Melcher, Charles L.

    2017-07-01

    We investigate the multi-ampoule growth at 25 mm diameter of ternary iodide single crystal scintillator KCaI3:Eu using the randomly oriented self-seeded Bridgman method. We compare scintillation performance between cubic inch scale crystals containing small variations of low nominal europium concentrations previously shown to balance light yield with self-absorption in the host crystal. Growth conditions were optimized in the developmental furnace and four 2 in3 KCaI3:Eu crystals were grown simultaneously producing a total of six 25 mm × 25 mm cylinders. Small variations in activator concentration did not result in significant performance differences among the six measured crystals. A range of energy resolutions of 3.5-4.7% at 662 keV was achieved, surpassing that of NaI:Tl crystals commonly used in spectroscopic detection applications. The function and basic design of the multi-ampoule furnace as well as the process of growing single crystals of KCaI3 is included here.

  12. Crystal growth and scintillation properties of undoped and Ce3+-doped GdI3 crystals

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    Ye, Le; Li, Huanying; Wang, Chao; Shi, Jian; Chen, Xiaofeng; Wang, Zhongqing; Huang, Yuefeng; Xu, Jiayue; Ren, Guohao

    2017-02-01

    The growth and scintillation properties of undoped and Ce3+-doped GdI3 crystals were reported in this paper. These GdI3:χ%Ce (χ = 0, 1, 2) crystals were grown by the vertical Bridgman growth technique in evacuated quartz crucibles. X-ray excited optical luminescence spectra of GdI3:Ce exhibit a broad emission band (450 nm-650 nm) peaking at 520 nm corresponding to 5d1→4f1 transition of Ce3+ while the undoped GdI3 crystal consists of a broad band (400 nm-600 nm) and several sharp lines peaking at 462 nm, 482 nm, 492 nm, 549 nm, 579 nm owing to the impurities ions and defects. The excitation spectra of Ce3+ doped GdI3 consist of two broad bands between 300 nm and 500 nm corresponding to 4f1→5d1 absorption of Ce3+. The other absorption peaking at 262 nm in the spectrum of GdI3:2%Ce is assigned to band-to-band exciton transition. The excitation spectrum of undoped GdI3 contains a flat absorption band from 330 to 370 nm and a broad band between 390 and 450 nm peaking at 414 nm corresponding to the absorption of the unintentionally doped Ce3+, Dy3+, Ho3+ impurities and other defects. The emission spectrum of undoped GdI3 under 332 nm excitation has the identical line peaks with the spectrum measured under X-ray excitation. The emission spectra of GdI3:2%Ce and GdI3:1%Ce show a broad band in the range of 450-750 nm with the maximum at 550 nm corresponding to 5d1→4f1 transitions of Ce3+ ion. The GdI3, GdI3:1%Ce and GdI3:2%Ce show fast principle decay time constant 73 ns, 69 ns and 58 ns respectively, besides, the undoped also shows a slow decay constant 325 ns which doesn't appear in Ce3+-doped GdI3 crystal. The energy resolutions of GdI3:χ%Ce (χ = 1, 2) measured at 662 KeV are about 3%-5% and the undoped GdI3 is 13.3%.

  13. Barium iodide and strontium iodide crystals and scintillators implementing the same

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    Payne, Stephen A.; Cherepy, Nerine; Pedrini, Christian; Burger, Arnold

    2016-09-13

    In one embodiment, a crystal includes at least one metal halide; and an activator dopant comprising ytterbium. In another general embodiment, a scintillator optic includes: at least one metal halide doped with a plurality of activators, the plurality of activators comprising: a first activator comprising europium, and a second activator comprising ytterbium. In yet another general embodiment, a method for manufacturing a crystal suitable for use in a scintillator includes mixing one or more salts with a source of at least one dopant activator comprising ytterbium; heating the mixture above a melting point of the salt(s); and cooling the heated mixture to a temperature below the melting point of the salts. Additional materials, systems, and methods are presented.

  14. A compact gamma-ray detector using wavelength-shifting fibers coupled to YAP scintillation crystal

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    2008-01-01

    The performance of a compact position sensitive gamma-ray detector based on wavelength-shifting fibers coupled to YAlO3:Ce scintillation crystal was evaluated using a Monte-Carlo simulation method.The simulation model has been setup using the GEANT4 codes.Compared with the gamma-ray detector based on the YAlO3:Ce scintillation crystal coupled to Hamamastu R2486 position sensitive photomultiplier tube.the results indicate that the gamma-ray detector based on wavelength-shifting fibers readout has good position linearity,good spatial resolution and larger effective field of view.The image and point spread function of measured point were presented.The spatial resolution reaponse as a function of position was obtained.The factors influencing spatial resolution and position linearity were discussed.

  15. Dependence of the energy resolution of a scintillating crystal on the readout integration time

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    Bocci, V; Chiodi, G; Faccini, R; Ferroni, F; Lunadei, R; Martellotti, G; Penso, G; Pinci, D; Recchia, L

    2012-01-01

    The possibilty of performing high-rate calorimetry with a slow scintillator crystal is studied. In this experimental situation, to avoid pulse pile-up, it can be necessary to base the energy measurement on only a fraction of the emitted light, thus spoiling the energy resolution. This effect was experimentally studied with a BGO crystal and a photomultiplier followed by an integrator, by measuring the peak amplitude of the signals. The experimental data show that the energy resolution is exclusively due to the statistical fluctuations of the number of photoelectrons contributing to the peak amplitude. When such number is small its fluctuations are even smaller than those predicted by Poisson statistics. These results were confirmed by a Monte Carlo simulation which allows to estimate, in a general case, the energy resolution, given the total number of photoelectrons, the scintillation time and the integration time.

  16. Luminescence and scintillation properties of Rb2HfCl6 crystals

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    Saeki, Keiichiro; Wakai, Yuki; Fujimoto, Yutaka; Koshimizu, Masanori; Yanagida, Takayuki; Nakauchi, Daisuke; Asai, Keisuke

    2016-11-01

    We developed a scintillator based on a Rb2HfCl6 crystal as a ternary halide crystal with intrinsic luminescence. In the photoluminescence spectra, two emission bands are observed at 383 and 434 nm. The 434 nm emission band for Rb2HfCl6 may be attributed to [HfCl6]2- complex ion or [ZrCl6]2- impurity, since the Rb2HfCl6 contained Zr as impurity at 0.62 mol %. The radioluminescence band is observed at 420 nm and can be attributed to the same origin as the photoluminescence band at 434 nm. The scintillation decay-time constants were 0.84 and 5.4 µs. The light yield was estimated to be 24,100 photons/MeV.

  17. Maximum-likelihood Estimation of 3D Event Position in Monolithic Scintillation Crystals: Experimental Results

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    Moore, S K; Hunter, W C J; Furenlid, L.R.; Barrett, H. H.

    2007-01-01

    We present a simple 3D event position-estimation method using raw list-mode acquisition and maximum-likelihood estimation in a modular gamma camera with a thick (25mm) monolithic scintillation crystal. This method involves measuring 2D calibration scans with a well-collimated 511 keV source and fitting each point to a simple depth-dependent light distribution model. Preliminary results show that angled collimated beams appear properly reconstructed.

  18. Comparison of Lithium Gadolinium Borate Crystal Shards in Scintillating and Nonscintillating Plastic Matrices

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    Kazkaz, Kareem; Pedretti, Marisa

    2011-01-01

    We present a method for detecting neutrons using scintillating lithium gadolinium borate crystal shards in a plastic matrix while maintaining high gamma rejection. We have procured two cylindrical detectors, 5"\\times5", containing 1% crystal by mass. Crystal shards have a typical dimension of 1 mm. One detector was made with scintillating plastic, and one with nonscintillating plastic. Pulse shape analysis was used to reject gamma ray backgrounds. The scintillating detector was measured to have an intrinsic fast fission neutron efficiency of 0.4% and a gamma sensitivity of less than 2.3 \\times 10-9, while the nonscintillating detector had a neutron efficiency of 0.7% and gamma sensitivity of (4.75\\pm3.94)\\times10-9. We determine that increasing the neutron detection efficiency by a factor of 2 will make the detector competitive with moderated 3He tubes, and we discuss several simple and straightforward methods for obtaining or surpassing such an improvement. We end with a discussion of possible applications, ...

  19. Scintillation in LiBaF3(Ce) crystals

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    Gektin, A; Shiran, N; Voloshinovski, A; Voronova, [No Value; Zimmerer, G

    Core-valence, self-trapped exciton and Ce3+-luminescences in pure and doped LiBaF3 crystals were determined on the basis of analysis of the time resolved emission and excitation spectra. It is shown that excitation of Ce-luminescence is caused both by carriers capture at or near activator ions and

  20. Scintillation in LiBaF3(Ce) crystals

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    Gektin, A; Shiran, N; Voloshinovski, A; Voronova, [No Value; Zimmerer, G

    1998-01-01

    Core-valence, self-trapped exciton and Ce3+-luminescences in pure and doped LiBaF3 crystals were determined on the basis of analysis of the time resolved emission and excitation spectra. It is shown that excitation of Ce-luminescence is caused both by carriers capture at or near activator ions and b

  1. Energy resolution of CsI(Na) scintillators

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    Syntfeld-Kazuch, A., E-mail: syntfeld@ipj.gov.p [Andrzej Soltan Institute for Nuclear Studies, PL-05-400 Otwock-Swierk (Poland); Sibczynski, P.; Moszynski, M. [Andrzej Soltan Institute for Nuclear Studies, PL-05-400 Otwock-Swierk (Poland); Gektin, A.V. [Institute for Scintillation Materials, 60 Lenin Ave., 61001 Kharkov (Ukraine); Czarnacki, W.; Grodzicka, M.; Iwanowska, J.; Szawlowski, M.; Szczesniak, T.; Swiderski, L. [Andrzej Soltan Institute for Nuclear Studies, PL-05-400 Otwock-Swierk (Poland)

    2010-03-15

    The presented paper on CsI(Na) scintillators is a continuation of systematical studies of alkali halide crystals exhibiting more than one exponential decay time. The CsI(Na) crystals are known to have short ({approx}550 ns) and long (few microseconds) components in the scintillation pulse. Previous studies showed that integration of slow components of the light pulse improved the light output, non-proportionality and energy resolution of CsI(Tl), NaI(Tl) in lower temperatures and undoped NaI crystal at liquid nitrogen temperature. In this work, an influence of the shaping time in the spectroscopy amplifier on the light output, non-proportional response to {gamma}-rays, and energy resolution of two different size CsI(Na) scintillators is examined. Each crystal was coupled to the Photonis XP5212 PMT with a photocathode blue sensitivity of 12.2 {mu}A/l mF. The data analysis showed improved proportionality of the crystal response, higher number of photoelectrons/MeV-{gamma}, and consequently, a better overall energy resolution obtained for 12 {mu}s shaping time constant. Finally, the CsI(Na) characteristics are compared to that obtained previously for NaI(Tl).

  2. Performance assessment of CsI(Tl) screens on various substrates for X-ray imaging

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    FENG Zhao-Dong; JIANG Peng; ZHANG Hong-Kai; ZHAO Bo-Zhen; QIN Xiu-Bo; WEI Cun-Feng; LIU Yu

    2015-01-01

    Thallium-doped cesium iodide (CsI(Tl)) screens are widely used in X-ray imaging devices because of the columnar structure of the CsI(Tl) layer,but few reports focus on the optical role of the substrate in the screen system.In this paper,four substrates including fused silica (SiO2),silver-film coated SiO2,graphite (C) and fiber optic plate (FOP) are used to fabricate CsI(Tl) screens by thermal evaporation.Their imaging performance is evaluated by relative light output (RLO),modulation transfer function (MTF),normalized noise power spectrum (NNPS) and noise equivalent quanta (NEQ).The results reveal that although CsI(Tl) film on graphite plate yields images with the lowest light output,it presents relatively higher spatial resolution and better signal-to-noise characteristics.However,films on SiO2 plate obtain low MTF but high NNPS curves,whether they are coated with silver film or not.Furthermore,scintillation screens on FOP have bright images with low NNPS and high NEQ,but have the lowest MTF.By controlling the substrate optical features,CsI(Tl) films can be tailored to suit a given application.

  3. Performance assessment of CsI(Tl) screens on various substrates for X-ray imaging

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    Feng, Zhaodong; Zhang, Hongkai; Zhao, Bozhen; Qin, Xiubo; Wei, Cunfeng; Liu, Yu; Wei, Long

    2015-01-01

    Thallium-doped cesium iodide (CsI(Tl)) screens are widely used in X-ray imaging devices because of the columnar structure of CsI(Tl) layer, but few reports focus on the optical role of the substrate in the screen system. In this paper, four substrates including fused silica (SiO2), silver-film coated SiO2, graphite (C) and fiber optic plate (FOP) are used to fabricate CsI(Tl) screens by thermal evaporation. Their imaging performance is evaluated by relative light output (RLO), modulation transfer function (MTF), normalized noise power spectrum (NNPS) and noise equivalent quanta (NEQ). The results reveal that although CsI(Tl) film on graphite plate yields images with the lowest light output, it presents relatively higher spatial resolution and better signal-to-noise characteristics. However, films on SiO2 plate obtain low MTF but high NNPS curves, whether or not coated with silver film. Furthermore, scintillation screens on FOP have bright images with low NNPS and high NEQ, but have the lowest MTF. By controll...

  4. Enhanced light extraction efficiency of plastic scintillator by photonic crystal prepared with a self-assembly method

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    Liu, Jinliang [State Key Laboratory of Intense Pulsed Radiation Simulation and Effect, Radiation Detection Research Center, Northwest Institute of Nuclear Technology, Xi’an, 710024 (China); Zhu, Zhichao [Shanghai Key Laboratory of Special Artificial Microstructure Materials and Technology, School of Physics Science and Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092 (China); Chen, Liang; Ouyang, Xiaoping [State Key Laboratory of Intense Pulsed Radiation Simulation and Effect, Radiation Detection Research Center, Northwest Institute of Nuclear Technology, Xi’an, 710024 (China); Liu, Bo, E-mail: lbo@tongji.edu.cn [Shanghai Key Laboratory of Special Artificial Microstructure Materials and Technology, School of Physics Science and Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092 (China); Cheng, Chuanwei [Shanghai Key Laboratory of Special Artificial Microstructure Materials and Technology, School of Physics Science and Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092 (China); Hu, Jing; He, Shiyi [State Key Laboratory of Intense Pulsed Radiation Simulation and Effect, Radiation Detection Research Center, Northwest Institute of Nuclear Technology, Xi’an, 710024 (China); Wang, Zewei [State Key Laboratory of Intense Pulsed Radiation Simulation and Effect, Radiation Detection Research Center, Northwest Institute of Nuclear Technology, Xi’an, 710024 (China); College of Materials Science and Engineering, Xiangtan University, Xiangtan 411105 (China); Gu, Mu; Chen, Hong [Shanghai Key Laboratory of Special Artificial Microstructure Materials and Technology, School of Physics Science and Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092 (China)

    2015-09-21

    Plastic scintillators are extensively used in various radiation measurement systems. However the total internal reflection decreases the scintillation light output, leading to a low detection efficiency especially in these weak signal detection situations. In the present investigation, we have designed a light extraction scheme based on the photonic crystal formed with a monolayer periodic array of polystyrene nanospheres by a self-assembly method. The photonic crystal coated on the surface of plastic scintillator can significantly enhance the light extraction by 120% compared with the plain reference sample under X-ray excitation, which is achieved by the principle of the coupling of evanescent field near the scintillator-air interface with the photonic crystal.

  5. Luminescence and scintillation properties of Cs3BiCl6 crystals

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    Shimizu, Makoto; Koshimizu, Masanori; Fujimoto, Yutaka; Yanagida, Takayuki; Ono, Shingo; Asai, Keisuke

    2016-11-01

    The optical and scintillation properties of Cs3BiCl6 single crystals were characterized, and absorption properties were investigated for thin films. The thin films showed two absorption bands at ∼220 nm and 330 nm; these bands can be attributed to the 1A1g → 1T1u and 1A1g → 3T1u transitions of Bi3+ ions, respectively. A luminescence band was observed at ∼390 nm in the photoluminescence spectra; this band can be attributed to the 3T1u → 1A1g transition of Bi3+ ions. In the X-ray-induced radioluminescence spectrum, in addition to the luminescence band at 390 nm, another band was observed at 600-700 nm; this band was tentatively attributed to the radiative recombination of self-trapped excitons. The decay-time constants of photoluminescence and scintillation decay were of the order of nanoseconds. The scintillation light yield was 800 photons/MeV. The results indicate that Cs3BiCl6 has a fast scintillation decay and a relatively poor light yield.

  6. Growth of bulk gadolinium pyrosilicate single crystals for scintillators

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    Gerasymov, I.; Sidletskiy, O.; Neicheva, S.; Grinyov, B.; Baumer, V.; Galenin, E.; Katrunov, K.; Tkachenko, S.; Voloshina, O.; Zhukov, A.

    2011-03-01

    Ce, Pr, and La-doped gadolinium pyrosilicate Gd2Si2O7 (GPS) single crystals were grown by the Czochralski and Top Seeded Solution Growth (TSSG) techniques for the first time. Formation conditions of different pyrosilicate phases were determined. X-ray luminescence integral intensity of Ce-doped GPS is about one order of magnitude higher in comparison with gadolinium oxyorthosilicate Gd2SiO5:Ce (GSO:Ce). All samples demonstrate temperature stability of luminescence yield up to 400 K.

  7. Performance study of Philips digital silicon photomultiplier coupled to scintillating crystals

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    Liu, Z.; Auffray, E.; Lecoq, P.; Paganoni, M.

    2016-01-01

    Silicon photomultipliers (SiPMs) and scintillators are often arranged in the shape of arrays in Positron Emission Tomography (PET) systems. Digital SiPMs provide signal readout in single photon avalanche diode (SPAD) level. From the photon count rate measurement of each SPAD cell of digital SiPM, we found that the output scintillating photons distribute in an area larger than the scintillator physical coupling area. Taking advantage of the possibility to enable/disable individual cells of the digital SiPM, a group of Lutetium-yttrium oxyorthosilicate (LYSO) crystals with different dimensions coupled to a digital SiPM was used to study the influence of using different SiPM active area on the number of photons detected, energy resolution and coincidence time resolution (CTR). For the same crystal coupled to the digital SiPM, the larger the active area of digital SiPM, the higher the number of photons detected. The larger active area of the digital SiPM also results in a better energy resolution after saturation...

  8. The FARCOS project. First characterization of CsI(Tl crystals of the FARCOS array using charged particle beams at LNS

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    Quattrocchi L.

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The construction of a new array to study femtoscopy and multi-particle correlations in heavy ion collisions at intermediate energies (E=20-1000 AMeV has been started at the INFN. The project, named FARCOS (Femtoscope ARray for COrrelations and Spectroscopy is aimed at developing of a detection system with high pixelation capabilities in order to perform precision measurements of particle correlations for nuclear dynamics and spectroscopy. We present first detection simulations for FARCOS and first results related to the commissioning of CsI(T1 crystals, an important detection stage of each telescope.

  9. The FARCOS project. First characterization of CsI(Tl) crystals of the FARCOS array using charged particle beams at LNS

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    Quattrocchi, L.; Acosta, L.; De Filippo, E.; Minniti, T.; Pagano, E. V.; Russotto, P.; Trifirò, A.; Verde, G.; Amorini, F.; Anzalone, A.; Auditore, L.; Boiano, C.; Cardella, G.; Castoldi, A.; Francalanza, L.; Gianì, R.; Guazzoni, C.; Lanzalone, G.; Lombardo, I.; Morgana, E.; Norella, S.; Pagano, A.; Papa, M.; Pirrone, S.; Politi, G.; Riccio, F.; Rizzo, F.; Trimarchi, M.; Zambon, P.

    2014-03-01

    The construction of a new array to study femtoscopy and multi-particle correlations in heavy ion collisions at intermediate energies (E=20-1000 AMeV) has been started at the INFN. The project, named FARCOS (Femtoscope ARray for COrrelations and Spectroscopy) is aimed at developing of a detection system with high pixelation capabilities in order to perform precision measurements of particle correlations for nuclear dynamics and spectroscopy. We present first detection simulations for FARCOS and first results related to the commissioning of CsI(T1) crystals, an important detection stage of each telescope.

  10. Performance of CsI(Tl) calorimeter in an experiment with stopped K sup + 's

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    Kudenko, Yu G

    2002-01-01

    The performance of the photon detector constructed for the search of T-violation in the decay K sup +-> pi sup 0 mu sup +nu is presented. The specific features of this detector consisting of 768 CsI(Tl) crystals with PIN photodiode readout for high precision measurement of T-odd correlations in decays of positive kaons are considered.

  11. A Study of Multiple Scattering in BGO and LYSO Single Crystal Scintillators

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    Kittipong Seingsanoh

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available The angular distribution of multiple Compton scatterings from BGO and LYSO single crystal scintillators was studied at various scattering angles. Gamma photons with 662 keV energy, acquired from a 137Cs source, were used. The scattered photons were detected by a 51mm × 51mm NaI(Tl scintillation detector. The overall energy correlated to the total number of scattered incidents was analytically reconstructed. The research found that the multiply scattered incidents had the same energy as received from the singly scattered distribution, as the attribution of multiply scattered incidents near the 90° scattering angle revealed. The research results were in agreement with the theoretical calculations.

  12. Technical Scope of Work: Proton Induced Radiation Damage in Crystal Scintillators

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    Zhu, Ren-Yuan [California Inst. of Technology (CalTech), Pasadena, CA (United States); Zhang, Liyuan [California Inst. of Technology (CalTech), Pasadena, CA (United States); Yang, Fan [California Inst. of Technology (CalTech), Pasadena, CA (United States); Ramberg, Eric [Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States); Nebel, Todd [Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States)

    2014-03-11

    This is a technical scope of work (TSW) between the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) and the experimenters of California Institute of Technology who have committed to participate in beam tests to be carried out during the 2014 Fermilab Test Beam Facility program. The goal of this investigation is to understand the proton-induced radiation damage in candidate fast crystal scintillators for future HEP experiments. Degradations of the optical and scintillation properties, including emission and transmittance spectra, light output, decay time and light response uniformity, will be measured before and after each step of proton irradiation at Fermilab with a defined fluence. The irradiation will start with a fluence of 1010/cm2 and going up in four steps to 1013/cm2.

  13. Scintillation properties of a La, Lu-admix gadolinium pyrosilicate crystal

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    Kurosawa, Shunsuke, E-mail: kurosawa@imr.tohoku.ac.jp [Institute for Materials Research (IMR), Tohoku University 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8577 (Japan); New Industry Creation Hatchery Center (NICHe) 6-6-10 Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8579 (Japan); Shishido, Toetsu; Suzuki, Akira; Sugawara, Takamasa; Nomura, Akiko; Yubuta, Kunio [Institute for Materials Research (IMR), Tohoku University 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8577 (Japan); Shoji, Yasuhiro [Institute for Materials Research (IMR), Tohoku University 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8577 (Japan); C& A Corporation, 6-6-40 Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8577 (Japan); Yokota, Yuui [New Industry Creation Hatchery Center (NICHe) 6-6-10 Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8579 (Japan); Pejchal, Jan [New Industry Creation Hatchery Center (NICHe) 6-6-10 Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8579 (Japan); Institute of Physics, AS CR, Cukrovarnická 10, 162 53 Prague (Czech Republic); Ohashi, Yuji [Institute for Materials Research (IMR), Tohoku University 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8577 (Japan); Kamada, Kei [New Industry Creation Hatchery Center (NICHe) 6-6-10 Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8579 (Japan); C& A Corporation, 6-6-40 Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8577 (Japan); Yoshikawa, Akira [Institute for Materials Research (IMR), Tohoku University 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8577 (Japan); New Industry Creation Hatchery Center (NICHe) 6-6-10 Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8579 (Japan); C& A Corporation, 6-6-40 Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8577 (Japan)

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    In order to obtain new scintillator with higher effective atomic number, a pyrosilicate crystal with a composition (Ce{sub 0.01}, Gd{sub 0.54}, La{sub 0.25}, Lu{sub 0.20}){sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 7} (Ce:LaLu-GPS) was grown by the floating zone method. Emission wavelengths of this material were at 370 and 390 nm. Gamma-ray-excited pulse height and scintillation decay measurement showed that Ce:LaLu-GPS had a light output of 34,000±2000 photons/MeV, an FWHM energy resolution of 6.9±0.2%, and the decay time components of 59±1 ns (13%) and 570±20 ns (87%)

  14. Technical Scope of Work: Proton Induced Radiation Damage in Crystal Scintillators

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    Zhu, Ren-Yuan [California Inst. of Technology (CalTech), Pasadena, CA (United States); Zhang, Liyuan [California Inst. of Technology (CalTech), Pasadena, CA (United States); Yang, Fan [California Inst. of Technology (CalTech), Pasadena, CA (United States); Ramberg, Eric [Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States); Nebel, Todd [Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States)

    2014-03-11

    This is a technical scope of work (TSW) between the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) and the experimenters of California Institute of Technology who have committed to participate in beam tests to be carried out during the 2014 Fermilab Test Beam Facility program. The goal of this investigation is to understand the proton induced radiation damage in candidate fast crystal scintillators for future HEP experiments. Degradations of the optical and scintillation properties, including emission and transmittance spectra, light output, decay time and light response uniformity, will be measured before and after each step of proton irradiation at Fermilab with a defined fluence. The irradiation will start with a fluence of 1010/cm2 and going up in four steps to 1013/cm2.

  15. FLUKA studies of hadron-irradiated scintillating crystals for calorimetry at the High-Luminosity LHC

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    Quittnat, Milena; CMS Collaboration

    2015-02-01

    Calorimetry at the High-Luminosity LHC (HL-LHC) will be performed in a harsh radiation environment with high hadron fluences. The upgraded CMS electromagnetic calorimeter design and suitable scintillating materials are a focus of current research. In this paper, first results using the Monte Carlo simulation program FLUKA are compared to measurements performed with proton-irradiated LYSO, YSO and cerium fluoride crystals. Based on these results, an extrapolation to the behavior of an electromagnetic sampling calorimeter, using one of the inorganic scintillators above as an active medium, is performed for the upgraded CMS experiment at the HL-LHC. Characteristic parameters such as the induced ambient dose, fluence spectra for different particle types and the residual nuclei are studied, and the suitability of these materials for a future calorimeter is surveyed. Particular attention is given to the creation of isotopes in an LYSO-tungsten calorimeter that might contribute a prohibitive background to the measured signal.

  16. FLUKA studies of hadron-irradiated scintillating crystals for calorimetry at the High-Luminosity LHC

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    Quittnat, Milena Eleonore

    2015-01-01

    Calorimetry at the High-Luminosity LHC (HL-LHC) will be performed in a harsh radiation environment with high hadron fluences. The upgraded CMS electromagnetic calorimeter design and suitable scintillating materials are a focus of current research. In this paper, first results using the Monte Carlo simulation program FLUKA are compared to measurements performed with proton-irradiated LYSO, YSO and cerium fluoride crystals. Based on these results, an extrapolation to the behavior of an electromagnetic sampling calorimeter, using one of the inorganic scintillators above as an active medium, is performed for the upgraded CMS experiment at the HL-LHC. Characteristic parameters such as the induced ambient dose, fluence spectra for different particle types and the residual nuclei are studied, and the suitability of these materials for a future calorimeter is surveyed. Particular attention is given to the creation of isotopes in an LYSO-tungsten calorimeter that might contribute a prohibitive background to the measu...

  17. Signal and noise transfer properties of CMOS based active pixel flat panel imager coupled to structured CsI:Tl.

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    Arvanitis, C D; Bohndiek, S E; Blakesley, J; Olivo, A; Speller, R D

    2009-01-01

    Complementary metal-oxide-semiconductors (CMOS) active pixel sensors can be optically coupled to CsI:Tl phosphors forming a indirect active pixel flat panel imager (APFPI) for high performance medical imaging. The aim of this work is to determine the x-ray imaging capabilities of CMOS-based APFPI and study the signal and noise transfer properties of CsI:Tl phosphors. Three different CsI:Tl phosphors from two different vendors have been used to produce three system configurations. The performance of each system configuration has been studied in terms of the modulation transfer function (MTF), noise power spectra, and detective quantum efficiency (DQE) in the mammographic energy range. A simple method to determine quantum limited systems in this energy range is also presented. In addition, with aid of monochromatic synchrotron radiation, the effect of iodine characteristic x-rays of the CsI:Tl on the MTF has been determined. A Monte Carlo simulation of the signal transfer properties of the imager is also presented in order to study the stages that degrade the spatial resolution of our current system. The effect of using substrate patterning during the growth of CsI:Tl columnar structure was also studied, along with the effect of CsI:Tl fixed pattern noise due to local variations in the scintillation light. CsI:Tl fixed pattern noise appears to limit the performance of our current system configurations. All the system configurations are quantum limited at 0.23 microC/kg with two of them having DQE (0) equal to 0.57. Active pixel flat panel imagers are shown to be digital x-ray imagers with almost constant DQE throughout a significant part of their dynamic range and in particular at very low exposures.

  18. Luminescence and scintillation properties of Tl- and In-doped CsCl crystals

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    Sakai, Takumi; Koshimizu, Masanori; Fujimoto, Yutaka; Nakauchi, Daisuke; Yanagida, Takayuki; Asai, Keisuke

    2017-06-01

    Optical and scintillation properties of CsCl:Tl and CsCl:In single crystals were investigated. Ions Tl+ and In+ were selected as dopants to enhance the light yield of CsCl crystals. Luminescence and scintillation spectra of CsCl:Tl and CsCl:In could be attributed to the relaxed excited state (RES) originating from each dopant ion. The decay-time constants of the fast component had values of 5.4 ns for CsCl:Tl and 2.2 ns for CsCl:In, and can be ascribed to the overlapping of on-center STE and auger-free luminescence (AFL) for CsCl:Tl and only AFL for CsCl:In, respectively. Decay-time constants of the slow component were relatively long (220 ns for CsCl:Tl and 240 ns for CsCl:In), possibly owing to their low energy transfer rate from host to each dopant ion. The light yields of CsCl:1%Tl and CsCl:0.5%Tl were estimated to be 2800 and 2200 photons/MeV, respectively. The light yield of CsCl:0.5%In crystals was estimated to be 2200 photons/MeV. In conclusion, the light yield of pure CsCl (several ten photons/MeV) can be enhanced by doping Tl+ and In+ while maintaining the fast component of the CsCl crystal.

  19. Scintillation properties of semiconducting {sup 6}LiInSe{sub 2} crystals to ionizing radiation

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    Wiggins, Brenden [Y-12 National Security Complex, Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN (United States); Groza, Michael; Tupitsyn, Eugene [Fisk University, Nashville, TN (United States); Lukosi, Eric [University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States); Stassun, Keivan; Burger, Arnold [Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN (United States); Fisk University, Nashville, TN (United States); Stowe, Ashley [Y-12 National Security Complex, Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN (United States); University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States)

    2015-11-21

    {sup 6}LiInSe{sub 2} has gained attention recently as a semiconducting thermal neutron detector. As presented herein, the chalcogenide compound semiconductor also detects incident neutrons via scintillation, making {sup 6}LiInSe{sub 2} the only lithium containing semiconductor to respond to neutrons via both detection mechanisms. Both yellow and red crystals, which appear in the literature, were investigated. Only the yellow crystal responded favorably to ionizing radiation, similar to the semiconducting operation utilizing electrodes. The obtained light yield for yellow crystals is 4400 photons/MeV, referenced to Bi{sub 4}Ge{sub 3}O{sub 12} (BGO).The estimated thermal neutron light yield was 21,000 photons/thermal neutron. The two measured decay time components were found to be 31±1 ns (49%) and 143±9 ns (51%).This crystal provides efficient, robust detection of neutrons via scintillation with respectable light yield and rapid response, enabling its use for a broad array of neutron detection applications.

  20. Crystal growth and scintillation characterizations of Tl2LiYCl6: Ce3+

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    Rooh, Gul; Kim, H. J.; Park, H.; Kim, Sunghwan

    2017-02-01

    Single crystals of Tl2LiYCl6 with different mole% of Ce-concentration (0.5 and 5 mol%) were presented. This material belongs to Chloro-elpasolite crystal family and was grown by two zone vertical Bridgman technique. X-ray diffraction pattern of the Tl2LiYCl6 single crystal was measured. X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed tetragonal crystal structure. The melting point of the sample was measured by DSC. Typical Ce3+ ion emission spectra were observed when samples were excited by an X-ray source at room temperature. The observed emission spectra were located between 350 nm and 530 nm wavelength range and peaking around 430 nm. Pulse height spectra of the samples under 662 keV γ-rays excitation shows improvement in energy resolution with the increase of Ce-concentration in the host lattice. The energy resolutions were obtained to be 10.6% and 7.2% (FWHM) for 0.5% and 5% Ce3+ concentration, respectively. Under γ-ray excitation, a maximum light yield of 23,800±2400 ph/MeV was observed for 5% Ce-concentration. Studied samples of Tl2LiYCl6: Ce3+ showed three exponential decay time components under γ-ray excitation. From the measured scintillation properties, we consider this material is a promising scintillator for radiation detection.

  1. Scintillating CaWO{sub 4} crystals for the CRESST-II and EURECA dark matter searches

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    Sivers, Moritz v.; Ertl, Andreas; Guetlein, Achim; Lanfranchi, Jean-Come; Muenster, Andrea; Neumann, Felix; Potzel, Walter; Roth, Sabine; Schoenert, Stefan; Wawozcny, Stephan; Willers, Michael; Zoeller, Andreas [Physik Department, E15, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, 85748 Garching (Germany); Erb, Andreas [Walther-Meissner-Institut fuer Tieftemperatur Forschung, 85748 Garching (Germany); Strauss, Raimund; Wuestrich, Marc [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Physik, 80805 Muenchen (Germany)

    2014-07-01

    The CRESST-II experiment for the direct detection of WIMP dark matter uses scintillating CaWO{sub 4} crystals that are operated as low-temperature detectors. EURECA is a joint collaboration of existing cryogenic direct dark matter searches to develop a future multi-material experiment with a target mass of up to one ton. While in the past crystals were obtained from external suppliers, we recently started producing CaWO{sub 4} single crystals with a dedicated Czochralski furnace at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen to have a direct influence on the radiopurity and scintillation properties. We present here an overview of the growth process as well as measurements of the crystals' scintillation properties and radiopurity.

  2. Optimization of the scintillation parameters of the lead tungstate crystals for their application in high precision electromagnetic calorimetry; Optimisation des parametres de scintillation des cristaux de tungstate de plomb pour leur application dans la calorimetrie electromagnetique de haute precision

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    Drobychev, G

    2000-04-12

    In the frame of this dissertation work scintillation properties of the lead tungstate crystals (PWO) and possibilities of their use were studied foreseeing their application for electromagnetic calorimetry in extreme radiation environment conditions of new colliders. The results of this work can be summarized in the following way. 1. A model of the scintillations origin in the lead tungstate crystals which includes processes influencing on the crystals radiation hardness and presence of slow components in scintillations was developed. 2. An analysis of the influences of the PWO scintillation properties changes on the parameters of the electromagnetic calorimeter was done. 3. Methods of the light collection from the large scintillation elements of complex shape made of the birefringent scintillation crystal with high refraction index and low light yield in case of signal registration by a photodetector with sensitive surface small in compare with the output face of scintillator were Studied. 4. Physical principles of the methodology of the scintillation crystals certification during their mass production foreseeing their installation into a calorimeter electromagnetic were developed. Correlations between the results of measurements of the PWO crystals parameters by different methods were found. (author)

  3. Dual Readout With PWO Crystals and LuAG Crystal Scintillating Fibers

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    Auffray, E; Mavromanolakis, G; Abler, D

    2010-01-01

    One of the main challenges for detectors at future high-energy collider experiments is high-precision measurement of hadrons and jet energy and momentum. Such measurement can be provided by the particle flow approach (PFA) that requires a complex highly segmented calorimeter system to identify and to track all particles in a jet. An alternative so-called dual-readout approach consists of simultaneously recording, in an active medium, scintillation light that is proportional to total energy deposit and Cerenkov light that is proportional to the electromagnetic part only, thus allowing extracting the electromagnetic fraction of the total shower energy on an event-by-event basis. The dual-readout method approach can be implemented using several techniques. The first method proposed uses a copper absorber structure containing two types of fibers: quartz fibers that produce Cerenkov light and plastic scintillating fibers that produce scintillation light. A second method proposed is based on the separation of scint...

  4. Solid State Recrystallization of Single Crystal Ce:LSO Scintillator Crystals for High Resolution Detectors

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    2012-06-01

    this report. The property measurements that have been focused on were the assessment of density ( Archimedes ). grain structure {optical and SEM...Scintillator", Materials Letters 60 1960-1963 (2006) [15] J.S. Reed, Forming Processes, Chapter 20 in Introduction to the Principles of Ceramic

  5. Scintillation light simulation in big-sized BaF$_{2}$ and pure CsI crystals

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    Usubov, Zafar

    2016-01-01

    We have investigated scintillation light distribution in BaF$_{2}$ and pure CsI crystals with dimensions 3x3x20 cm$^{3}$ using the Geant4 toolkit. The diffuse wrapping material is selected as coating for the crystals. The simulated cosmic muons and 105 MeV electrons are used as beam particles. The optical attenuation along the crystals is explored with the simulation data. We have demonstrated the impact of the crystal surface finish on the light distribution at the crystal end, optical photon arrival time, incidence angle distributions, and optical attenuation for the studied crystals.

  6. Investigation of rare nuclear decays with BaF$_2$ crystal scintillator contaminated by radium

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    Belli, P; Cappella, F; Caracciolo, V; Cerulli, R; Danevich, F A; Di Marco, A; Incicchitti, A; Poda, D V; Polischuk, O G; Tretyak, V I

    2014-01-01

    The radioactive contamination of a BaF$_2$ scintillation crystal with mass of 1.714 kg was measured over 101 hours in the low-background DAMA/R&D set-up deep underground (3600 m w.e.) at the Gran Sasso National Laboratories of INFN (LNGS, Italy). The half-life of $^{212}$Po (present in the crystal scintillator due to contamination by radium) was measured as $T_{1/2}(^{212}$Po) = 298.8$\\pm$0.8(stat.)$\\pm$1.4(syst.) ns by analysis of the events' pulse profiles. The $^{222}$Rn nuclide is known as 100% decaying via emission of $\\alpha$ particle with $T_{1/2}$ = 3.82 d; however, its $\\beta$ decay is also energetically allowed with $Q_\\beta = 24\\pm21$ keV. Search for decay chains of events with specific pulse shapes characteristic for $\\alpha$ or for $\\beta/\\gamma$ signals and with known energies and time differences allowed us to set, for the first time, the limit on the branching ratio of $^{222}$Rn relatively to $\\beta$ decay as $B_\\beta 8.0$ y). Half-life limits of $^{212}$Pb, $^{222}$Rn and $^{226}$Ra rel...

  7. Scintillation properties of Eu-doped CsCl and CsBr crystals

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    Saeki, Keiichiro; Koshimizu, Masanori; Fujimoto, Yutaka; Yanagida, Takayuki; Okada, Go; Yahaba, Takuma; Tanaka, Hironori; Asai, Keisuke

    2016-11-01

    Eu-doped CsCl and CsBr crystals were grown by the vertical Bridgman-Stockbarger method and the scintillation properties of the crystals were investigated. The radioluminescence (RL) bands of CsCl:Eu were observed at 245-270 nm and 450 nm. The former bands are attributed to Auger-free luminescence, and the latter band is attributed to Eu2+ 5d-4f transitions. CsBr:Eu showed an RL band at 435 nm, and this broad band is attributed to Eu2+ 5d-4f transitions. The scintillation decay-time constants of the slow components for CsCl:Eu and CsBr:Eu were 0.38 and 2.8 μs, respectively. Based on the pulse-height spectra for 662 keV gamma ray from 137Cs, the light yield of CsCl:Eu and CsBr:Eu are estimated to be 1700 and 2500 photons/MeV, respectively.

  8. Pulse-shape discrimination with Cs2HfCl6 crystal scintillator

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    Cardenas, C.; Burger, A.; Goodwin, B.; Groza, M.; Laubenstein, M.; Nagorny, S.; Rowe, E.

    2017-10-01

    The results of investigation into cesium hafnium chloride (Cs2HfCl6) scintillating crystals as a promising detector to search for rare nuclear processes occurring in Hf isotopes is reported. The light output, quenching factor, and pulse-shape characteristics have been investigated at room temperature. The scintillation response of the crystal induced by α-particles and γ-quanta were studied to determine possibility of particle discrimination. Using the optimal filter method we obtained clear separation between signals with a factor of merit (FOM) = 9.3. This indicates that we are able to fully separate signals originating from α-particles and γ-quanta. Similar fruitful discrimination power was obtained by applying the mean time method (FOM = 7) and charge integration method (FOM = 7.5). The quenching factor for collimated 4 MeV α-particles is found to be 0.36, showing that α-particles generate more than a third of the light compared to γ-quanta at the same energy.

  9. Study and suppression of anomalous fast events in inorganic scintillators for dark matter searches

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    Kudryavtsev, V A; Lightfoot, P K; Roberts, J W; Lehner, M J; Gamble, T; Carson, M J; Lawson, T B; Lüscher, R; McMillan, J E; Morgan, B; Paling, S M; Robinson, M; Tovey, Daniel R; Smith, N J T; Smith, P F; Alner, G J; Hart, S P; Lewin, J D; Preece, R M; Sumner, T J; Jones, W G; Quenby, J J; Ahmed, B; Bewick, A; Davidge, D; Dawson, J V; Howard, A S; Ivaniouchenkov, Yu; Joshi, M K; Lebedenko, V; Liubarsky, I; Barton, J C; Gerbier, G; Mallet, J; Mosca, L; Tao, Charling

    2001-01-01

    The status of dark matter searches with inorganic scintillator detectors at Boulby mine is reviewed and the results of tests with a CsI(Tl) crystal are presented. The objectives of the latter experiment were to study anomalous fast events previously observed and to identify ways to remove this background. Clear indications were found that these events were due to surface contamination of crystals by alphas, probably from radon decay. A new array of unencapsulated NaI(Tl) crystals immersed either in liquid paraffin or pure nitrogen atmosphere is under construction at Boulby. Such an approach allows complete control of the surface of the crystals and the ability to remove any surface contamination. First data from the unencapsulated NaI(Tl) do not show the presence of anomalous fast events.

  10. High speed growth of SrI2 scintillator crystals by the EFG process

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    Calvert, G.; Guguschev, C.; Burger, A.; Groza, M.; Derby, J. J.; Feigelson, R. S.

    2016-12-01

    Strontium iodide (SrI2), an important new scintillator crystal having a high light yield and excellent energy resolution, was grown for the first time by the edge-defined film-fed (EFG) growth method. Using high purity starting materials and floating dies made of graphite, fused quartz or AlN, large cylindrical, planar or square cross-section single crystals (12-15 mm across and >7 cm long) were produced at growth rates up to 15 mm/h, significantly faster than the current Bridgman growth technology. Details on the equipment used to grow this deliquescent material and on its growth behavior are given along with some discussion of crystalline quality.

  11. Effects of melt aging and off-stoichiometric melts on CsSrI3:Eu(2+) single crystal scintillators.

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    Wu, Yuntao; Zhuravleva, Mariya; Johnson, Jesse Ashby; Wei, Hua; Koschan, Merry; Melcher, Charles L

    2016-03-28

    Ternary halide scintillators are commonly prepared from a mixture of commercially available binary halides. The initial binary halides may contain excess halogen ions or have different volatilities, which could lead to loss of stoichiometry of the resulting ternary halide crystals and potentially negatively affect optical and scintillation properties. In this work, the effects of vacuum aging of the melt (melt aging) and use of off-stoichiometric melts via introduction of excess CsI on the crystal quality and scintillation properties of CsSrI3:Eu(2+), a promising scintillator for gamma-ray detection applications, are investigated. The phase purity of the grown samples was confirmed by powder X-ray diffraction and differential scanning calorimeter measurements, and the existence of matrix composition variations is revealed by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analyses. An abnormal relationship between the full energy peak and the shaping time, i.e. full energy peak broadening or existence of two full energy peaks, in the melt-aged and off-stoichiometric samples is observed. It is ascribed to a slow scintillation decay event in a time scale between 15 and 50 μs. For the CsSrI3:Eu(2+) single crystal grown from a stoichiometric melt without melt aging treatment, an energy resolution of 5.0% at 662 keV and a light yield of 48,000 ± 2000 photons per MeV can be achieved at a size of 1.4 cm(3).

  12. Optical transmission damage of undoped and Ce doped Y3Al5O12 scintillation crystals under 24 GeV protons high fluence

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    Auffray, E.; Fedorov, A.; Dormenev, V.; Houžvička, J.; Korjik, M.; Lucchini, M. T.; Mechinsky, V.; Ochesanu, S.

    2017-06-01

    This report presents results on the optical transmission damage of undoped and Ce doped Y3Al5O12 scintillation crystals under high fluence of 24 GeV protons. We observed that, similarly to other middle heavy scintillators, it possesses the unique radiation hardness at fluence values as high as 5×1014 p/cm2 and it is thus promising for the application in the detectors at High Luminosity LHC. The crystalline structure of the garnet scintillator allows to control and further optimize its scintillation parameters, such as scintillation decay time and emission wavelength, and shows a limited set of the radioisotopes after the irradiation with protons.

  13. Luminescence and scintillation properties of Tl- and Ce-doped Cs2HfCl6 crystals

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    Saeki, Keiichiro; Fujimoto, Yutaka; Koshimizu, Masanori; Nakauchi, Daisuke; Tanaka, Hironori; Yanagida, Takayuki; Asai, Keisuke

    2017-02-01

    The luminescence and scintillation properties of Tl- and Ce-doped Cs2HfCl6 crystals were investigated by photoluminescence and radioluminescence spectroscopy. In the photoluminescence spectra, emission bands of the activators were observed at 500 nm for Tl-doped Cs2HfCl6, and at 340 and 380 nm for Ce-doped Cs2HfCl6. The radioluminescence bands were observed at 405 and 430 nm for Tl- and Ce-doped Cs2HfCl6, respectively. Scintillation decay time constants for the Tl- and Ce-doped Cs2HfCl6 were smaller than those for the corresponding undoped crystals. Scintillation light yields for Tl- and Ce-doped Cs2HfCl6 were estimated to be 23,700 and 15,700 photons/MeV, respectively.

  14. Single crystal and optical ceramic multicomponent garnet scintillators: A comparative study

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    Wu, Yuntao, E-mail: ywu52@utk.edu [Scintillation Materials Research Center, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996 (United States); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996 (United States); Luo, Zhaohua; Jiang, Haochuan [Ningbo Institution of Materials Technology and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ningbo 315201 (China); Meng, Fang [Scintillation Materials Research Center, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996 (United States); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996 (United States); Koschan, Merry [Scintillation Materials Research Center, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996 (United States); Melcher, Charles L. [Scintillation Materials Research Center, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996 (United States); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996 (United States)

    2015-04-21

    Multicomponent garnet materials can be made in optical ceramic as well as single crystal form due to their cubic crystal structure. In this work, high-quality Gd{sub 3}Ga{sub 3}Al{sub 2}O{sub 12}:0.2 at% Ce (GGAG:Ce) single crystal and (Gd,Lu){sub 3}Ga{sub 3}Al{sub 2}O{sub 12}:1 at% Ce (GLuGAG:Ce) optical ceramics were fabricated by the Czochralski method and a combination of hot isostatic pressing (HIPing) and annealing treatment, respectively. Under optical and X-ray excitation, the GLuGAG:Ce optical ceramic exhibits a broad Ce{sup 3+} transition emission centered at 550 nm, while the emission peak of the GGAG:Ce single crystal is centered at 540 nm. A self-absorption effect in GLuGAG:Ce optical ceramic results in this red-shift of the Ce{sup 3+} emission peak compared to that in the GGAG:Ce single crystal. The light yield under 662 keV γ-ray excitation was 45,000±2500 photons/MeV and 48,200±2410 photons/MeV for the GGAG:Ce single crystal and GLuGAG:Ce optical ceramic, respectively. An energy resolution of 7.1% for 662 keV γ-rays was achieved in the GLuGAG:Ce optical ceramic with a Hamamatsu R6231 PMT, which is superior to the value of 7.6% for a GGAG:Ce single crystal. Scintillation decay time measurements under {sup 137}Cs irradiation show two exponential decay components of 58 ns (47%) and 504 ns (53%) for the GGAG:Ce single crystal, and 84 ns (76%) and 148 ns (24%) for the GLuGAG:Ce optical ceramic. The afterglow level after X-ray cutoff in the GLuGAG:Ce optical ceramic is at least one order of magnitude lower than in the GGAG:Ce single crystal. - Highlights: • GGAG:Ce single crystal and GLuGAG:Ce optical ceramics were fabricated. • The light yield of both ceramic and crystal G(Lu)GAG:Ce reached the level of 45,000 photons/MeV. • GLuGAG:Ce optical ceramic showed a better energy resolution of 7.1% for 662 keV. • GLuGAG:Ce ceramics exhibited lower afterglow level than that of GGAG:Ce single crystals. • The possible optimization strategies for

  15. Scintillation properties of the silver doped lithium iodide single crystals at room and low temperature

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    Khan, Sajid [Department of Physics, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 41566 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Physics, Kohat University of Science and Technology, Kohat 26000 (Pakistan); Kim, H.J. [Department of Physics, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 41566 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, M.H., E-mail: mhlee@ibs.re.kr [Center for Underground Physics, Institute for Basic Science (IBS), Daejon 34047 (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-06-11

    This study presents luminescence and scintillation properties of Silver doped LiI crystals. Single crystals of LiI: x% Ag (x=0.02, 0.05, 0.1 and 0.5) were grown by using the Bridgman technique. X-ray induced luminescence spectra show emission bands spanning from 275 nm to 675 nm, dominated by Ag{sup +} band having a peak at 300 nm. Under UV-luminescence, a similar emission band was observed with the peak excitation wavelength of 265 nm. Energy resolution, light yield and decay time profiles of the samples were measured under a {sup 137}Cs γ-ray irradiation. The LiI(0.1%Ag) showed the highest light yield and the best energy resolution among the samples. The light yield of LiI(0.1%Ag) is higher than commercially available LiI(Eu) crystal (15,000±1500 ph/MeV). The LiI(Ag) samples exhibit three exponential decay time components except the LiI(0.02%Ag), where the fitting found two decay time components. Temperature dependences of emission spectra, light yield and decay time were studied from 300 K to 10 K. The LiI(0.1%Ag) crystal showed an increase in the light yield and a shortening of decay time with a decrease in temperature..

  16. Measurement of ultimate tensile strength and Young modulus in LYSO scintillating crystals

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    Scalise, Lorenzo, E-mail: l.scalise@univpm.it [Dipartimento di Meccanica, Universita Politecnica delle Marche, Via Brecce Bianche, 60131 Ancona (Italy); Rinaldi, Daniele [Dipartimento di Fisica e Ingegneria dei Materiali e del Territorio, Universita Politecnica delle Marche, Via Brecce Bianche, 60131 Ancona (Italy); Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Section of Perugia (Italy); Davi, Fabrizio [Dipartimento di Architettura Costruzioni e Strutture, Universita Politecnica delle Marche, Via Brecce Bianche, 60131 Ancona (Italy); Paone, Nicola [Dipartimento di Meccanica, Universita Politecnica delle Marche, Via Brecce Bianche, 60131 Ancona (Italy)

    2011-10-21

    Scintillating crystals are employed in high energy physics, in medical imaging, diagnostic and security. Two mechanical properties of lutetium-yttrium oxyorthosilicate cerium-doped Lu{sub 2(1-x)}Y{sub 2x}SiO{sub 5}:Ce with x=0.1 (LYSO) crystals have been measured: the ultimate tensile stress ({sigma}{sub UTS}) and the Young elastic modulus (E). Measurements are made by means of a 4-points loading device and the experimental results account for an elastic-brittle stress-strain relation, which depends heavily on the specimen preparation and the material defects. {sigma}{sub UTS} along the [0 1 0] tensile direction ranges within 68.14 and 115.61 MPa, which, in the lowest case, is more than twice with respect to those measured for PbWO{sub 4} (PWO), exhibiting a marked difference between the annealed and the not-annealed samples. The mean elastic modulus (E), along the same direction, is E=1.80x10{sup 11} ({+-}2.15x10{sup 10}) N/m{sup 2}, with lower dispersion respect to UTS data. This type of analysis and study can be included into quality control procedures of crystals, based on samples taken out of production; such procedures can be established for industrial processing of crystals aimed to the high energy physics (calorimeters) and medical imaging (PET, etc.) applications.

  17. Recent progress in oxide scintillation crystals development by low-thermal gradient Czochralski technique for particle physics experiments

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    Shlegel, V. N.; Borovlev, Yu. A.; Grigoriev, D. N.; Grigorieva, V. D.; Danevich, F. A.; Ivannikova, N. V.; Postupaeva, A. G.; Vasiliev, Ya. V.

    2017-08-01

    Modern particle physics experiments call for high performance scintillation detectors with unique properties: radiation-resistant in high energy and astrophysics, highly radiopure, containing certain elements or enriched isotopes in astroparticle physics. The low-thermal gradient Czochralski (LTG CZ) crystal growth technique provides excellent quality large volume radiopure crystal scintillators. Absence of thermoelastic stress in the crystal and overheating of the melt in the LTG CZ method is particularly significant in production of crystalline materials with strong thermal anisotropic properties and low mechanical strength, with a very high yield of crystalline boules and low losses of initial charge, crucially important in production of crystal scintillators from enriched isotopes for double beta decay experiments. Here we discuss progress in development of the well known scintillators (Bi4Ge3O12 (BGO), CdWO4, ZnWO4, CaMoO4, PbMoO4), as well as R&D of new materials (ZnMoO4, Li2MoO4, Na2Mo2O7) for the next generation experiments in particle physics.

  18. Search for 2{\\beta} decay of 116Cd with the help of enriched 116CdWO4 crystal scintillators

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    Poda, D V; Belli, P; Bernabei, R; Cappella, F; Caracciolo, V; Castellano, S; Chernyak, D M; Cerulli, R; Danevich, F A; d'Angelo, S; Incicchitti, A; Kobychev, V V; Konovalov, S I; Laubenstein, M; Podviyanuk, R B; Polischuk, O G; Shlegel, V N; Tretyak, V I; Umatov, V I; Vasiliev, Ya V

    2014-01-01

    Cadmium tungstate crystal scintillators enriched in $^{116}$Cd to 82% ($^{116}$CdWO$_4$, total mass of $\\approx$1.2 kg) are used to search for 2$\\beta$ decay of $^{116}$Cd deep underground at the Gran Sasso National Laboratory of the INFN (Italy). The radioactive contamination of the $^{116}$CdWO$_4$ crystals has been studied carefully to reconstruct the background of the detector. The measured half-life of $^{116}$Cd relatively to 2$\

  19. Scintillation characterizations of Tl 2 LiLuCl 6 : Ce 3+ single crystal

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    Rooh, Gul; Kim, H. J.; Jang, Jonghun; Kim, Sunghwan

    2017-07-01

    0.5%, 1%, 3% and 5% Ce-concentration single crystals of Tl2LiLuCl6 were grown from the melt using two zone vertical Bridgman technique. X-ray induced emission spectra showed Ce3+ emission between 370 nm and 540 nm wavelength range. Energy resolution, light yield and decay time of the grown samples were measured under {\\gamma}-ray excitation at room temperature. Energy resolution of 5.6% (FWHM) with 27,000+-2700 light yield is found for 1%Ce doped sample. For the same dopant concentration, three decay time components are also observed. Variation of scintillation properties is observed as a function of dopant concentration in this material.This material will provide excellent detection efficiency for X- and {\\gamma}-rays due to its high effective Z-number and density. It is expected that this scintillor will be a potential detector for the medical imaging techniques.

  20. New Tl2LaBr5: Ce3+ crystal scintillator for γ-rays detection

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    Kim, H. J.; Rooh, Gul; Khan, Arshad; Kim, Sunghwan

    2017-03-01

    In this study we present our preliminary report on the scintillation properties of new Ce-doped Tl2LaBr5 single crystal. Two zones vertical Bridgman technique is used for the growth of this compound. Pure and Ce-doped samples showed maximum emission peaks at 435 nm and 415 nm, respectively. Best light yield of 43,000±4300 ph/MeV with 6.3% (FWHM) energy resolution is obtained for 5% Ce-doped sample under γ-ray excitation. Single exponential decay time constant of 25 ns is observed for 5% Ce doped sample. Effective Z-number is found to be 67, therefore efficient detection of X- and γ-ray will be possible. Preliminary results revealed that this compound will be an ideal candidate for the medical imaging techniques. Further investigations are under way for the determination of optimized conditions of this compound.

  1. Investigation of rare nuclear decays with BaF{sub 2} crystal scintillator contaminated by radium

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    Belli, P. [INFN, Sezione di Roma ' ' Tor Vergata' ' , Rome (Italy); Bernabei, R. [INFN, Sezione di Roma ' ' Tor Vergata' ' , Rome (Italy); Universita di Roma ' ' Tor Vergata' ' , Dipartimento di Fisica, Rome (Italy); Cappella, F. [INFN, Sezione di Roma, Rome (Italy); Universita di Roma ' ' La Sapienza' ' , Dipartimento di Fisica, Rome (Italy); Caracciolo, V.; Cerulli, R. [Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso, INFN, Assergi (Italy); Danevich, F.A.; Poda, D.V. [Institute for Nuclear Research, Kyiv (Ukraine); Di Marco, A. [Universita di Roma ' ' Tor Vergata' ' , Dipartimento di Fisica, Rome (Italy); Incicchitti, A. [INFN, Sezione di Roma, Rome (Italy); Polischuk, O.G.; Tretyak, V.I. [INFN, Sezione di Roma, Rome (Italy); Institute for Nuclear Research, Kyiv (Ukraine)

    2014-09-15

    The radioactive contamination of a BaF{sub 2} scintillation crystal with mass of 1.714 kg was measured over 101 hours in the low-background DAMA/R and D set-up deep underground (3600 m w.e.) at the Gran Sasso National Laboratories of INFN (LNGS, Italy). The half-life of {sup 212}Po (present in the crystal scintillator due to contamination by radium) was measured as T{sub 1/2}({sup 212}Po) = 298.8 ± 0.8(stat.) ± 1.4(syst.) ns by the analysis of the events' pulse profiles. The {sup 222}Rn nuclide is known as 100% decaying via the emission of the α particle with T{sub 1/2} = 3.82d; however, its β decay is also energetically allowed with Q{sub β} = 24 ± 21 keV. Search for decay chains of events with specific pulse shapes characteristic for α or for β/γ signals and with known energies and time differences allowed us to set, for the first time, the limit on the branching ratio of {sup 222}Rn relatively to β decay as B{sub β} < 0.13 % at 90% C.L. (equivalent to limit on partial half-life T{sub 1/2}{sup β} > 8.0y). The half-life limits of {sup 212}Pb, {sup 222}Rn and {sup 226}Ra relatively to 2 β decays are also improved in comparison with the earlier results. (orig.)

  2. Radiopurity of a CeBr{sub 3} crystal used as scintillation detector

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    Lutter, Guillaume, E-mail: guillaume.lutter@ec.europa.eu [European Commission, DG JRC, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM), Retieseweg 111, 2440 Geel (Belgium); Hult, Mikael [European Commission, DG JRC, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM), Retieseweg 111, 2440 Geel (Belgium); Billnert, Robert [European Commission, DG JRC, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM), Retieseweg 111, 2440 Geel (Belgium); Fundamental Fysik, Chalmers Tekniska Högskola, 41296 Göteborg (Sweden); Oberstedt, Andreas [Fundamental Fysik, Chalmers Tekniska Högskola, 41296 Göteborg (Sweden); Oberstedt, Stephan; Andreotti, Erica; Marissens, Gerd; Rosengård, Ulf; Tzika, Faidra [European Commission, DG JRC, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM), Retieseweg 111, 2440 Geel (Belgium)

    2013-03-01

    Cerium bromide (CeBr{sub 3}) has recently been shown to exhibit several properties making it a suitable material as a scintillation detector in nuclear physics applications. The intrinsic activity of gamma-ray emitting radionuclides in a 38.1 mm×38.1 mm (diameter×height) crystal of CeBr{sub 3} was investigated. The measurements were carried out in the HADES underground laboratory located 225 m underground. Two primordial radionuclides were detected; {sup 227}Ac (and its daughters) with massic activity of 0.30±0.02 Bq/kg and {sup 138}La with massic activity of 7.4±1.0 mBq/kg. Two activation products were also detected; {sup 139}Ce and {sup 82}Br. Their massic activities (assuming a homogeneous distribution in the crystal) just before taking the CeBr{sub 3} crystal underground were 4.3±0.3 mBq/kg and 18±4 mBq/kg correspondingly. None of the other common primordial radionuclides ({sup 40}K, {sup 226}Ra, {sup 228}Ra, {sup 228}Th, and {sup 235}U) were detected and their detection limits were below 2 mBq/kg except for {sup 238}U for which the upper limit was 135 mBq/kg and {sup 210}Pb with an upper limit of 600 mBq/kg.

  3. A comparison of BCF-12 organic scintillators and Al2O3:C crystals for real-time medical dosimetry

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    Beierholm, Anders Ravnsborg; Andersen, Claus Erik; Lindvold, Lars;

    2008-01-01

    Radioluminescence (RL) from aluminium oxide (Al2O3:C) crystals and organic scintillators such as the blue-emitting BCF-12 can be used for precise real-time dose rate measurements during radiation therapy of cancer patients. Attaching the dosimeters to thin light-guiding fiber cables enables in vivo...... can be circumvented for pulsed beams due to the long life-time of the main luminescence center. In contrast, chromatic removal seems to be the most effective method for organic scintillators, but is found to yield some experimental complexities. In this paper, we report on dose rate measurements using...

  4. QUANTUM-MECHANICAL MODELING OF SPATIAL AND BAND STRUCTURE OF Y3AL5O12 SCINTILLATION CRYSTAL

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    I. I. Vrubel

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Spatial and electronic structures of a unit cell of yttrium-aluminum garnet have been studied. Quantum-mechanical model have been presented. Semi-empirical methods PM6 and PM7 have been used for geometry optimization of the crystal unit cell. Band structure has been calculated within density functional theory with the use of PBE exchange-correlation functional. Histograms of metal-oxygen distances for equilibrium geometry have been constructed. Comparison of the used methods has been carried out and recommendation about their applicability for such problems was given. The single-particle wave functions and energies have been calculated. The bandgap was estimated. The band structure was plotted. It was shown that the method gives reliable results for spatial and band structure of Y3Al5O12 scintillation crystal. The results of this work can be used for improvement of characteristics of garnet scintillation crystals.

  5. Performance of ZnMoO4 crystal as cryogenic scintillating bolometer to search for double beta decay of molybdenum

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    Gironi, L; Beeman, J W; Cremonesi, O; Danevich, F A; Degoda, V Ya; Ivleva, L I; Nagornaya, L L; Pavan, M; Pessina, G; Pirro, S; Tretyak, V I; Tupitsyna, I A

    2010-01-01

    Zinc molybdate (ZnMoO4) single crystals were grown for the first time by the Czochralski method and their luminescence was measured under X ray excitation in the temperature range 85-400 K. Properties of ZnMoO4 crystal as cryogenic low temperature scintillator were checked for the first time. Radioactive contamination of the ZnMoO4 crystal was estimated as <0.3 mBq/kg (228-Th) and 8 mBq/kg (226-Ra). Thanks to the simultaneous measurement of the scintillation light and the phonon signal, the alpha particles can be discriminated from the gamma/beta interactions, making this compound extremely promising for the search of neutrinoless Double Beta Decay of 100-Mo. We also report on the ability to discriminate the alpha-induced background without the light measurement, thanks to a different shape of the thermal signal that characterizes gamma/beta and alpha particle interactions.

  6. Low background detector with enriched 116CdWO4 crystal scintillators to search for double beta decay of 116Cd

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    Barabash, A S; Bernabei, R; Boiko, R S; Cappella, F; Caracciolo, V; Chernyak, D M; Cerulli, R; Danevich, F A; Di Vacri, M L; Dossovitskiy, A E; Galashov, E N; Incicchitti, A; Kobychev, V V; Konovalov, S I; Kovtun, G P; Kudovbenko, V M; Laubenstein, M; Mikhlin, A L; Nisi, S; Poda, D V; Podviyanuk, R B; Polischuk, O G; Shcherban, A P; Shlegel, V N; Solopikhin, D A; Stenin, Yu G; Tretyak, V I; Umatov, V I; Vasiliev, Ya V; Virich, V D

    2011-01-01

    A cadmium tungstate crystal boule enriched in $^{116}$Cd to 82% with mass of 1868 g was grown by the low-thermal-gradient Czochralski technique. The isotopic composition of cadmium and the trace contamination of the crystal were estimated by High Resolution Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass-Spectrometry. The crystal scintillators produced from the boule were subjected to characterization that included measurements of transmittance and energy resolution. A low background scintillation detector with two $^{116}$CdWO$_4$ crystal scintillators (586 g and 589 g) was developed. The detector was running over 1727 h deep underground at the Gran Sasso National Laboratories of the INFN (Italy), which allowed to estimate the radioactive contamination of the enriched crystal scintillators. The radiopurity of a third $^{116}$CdWO$_4$ sample (326 g) was tested with the help of ultra-low background high purity germanium $\\gamma$ detector. Monte Carlo simulations of double $\\beta$ processes in $^{116}$Cd were used to estimate ...

  7. Scintillation mechanism and radiation damage in Ce{sub x}La{sub 1-x}F{sub 3} crystals

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    Wojtowicz, A.J.; Wisniewski, D. [Boston Univ., MA (United States)]|[N. Copernicus Univ., Torun (Poland); Lempicki, A.; Brecher, C. [Boston Univ., MA (United States); Bartram, R.H. [Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs (United States); Woody, C.; Levy, P.; Stoll, S.; Kierstead, J. [Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States); Pedrini, C. [CNRS, Villeurbanne (France)] [and others

    1994-08-01

    Recent spectroscopic and radiation damage experiments on a series of Ce{sub x}La{sub 1{minus}x}F{sub 3} crystals suggest that the scintillation light output is limited by an unusual quenching mechanism, which also plays a major role in minimizing radiation-induced damage. The intensity of the radiation-induced absorptions is a strong function of the Ce content x, reaching a maximum for x = 0.03 and a minimum for x = 1. This peculiar dependence appears to be due to the influence of deep-lying Ce levels on both scintillation mechanism and radiation damage. The authors suggest that various charge transfer processes can explain many aspects of the performance of Ce{sub x}La{sub 1{minus}x}F{sub 3} scintillators.

  8. Scintillation properties of Gd{sub 3}Al{sub 2}Ga{sub 3}O{sub 12}:Ce{sup 3+} single crystal scintillators

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    Sakthong, Ongsa [Department of Physics, King Mongkut' s University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok 10140 (Thailand); Chewpraditkul, Weerapong, E-mail: weerapong.che@kmutt.ac.th [Department of Physics, King Mongkut' s University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok 10140 (Thailand); Wanarak, Chalerm [Department of Physics, King Mongkut' s University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok 10140 (Thailand); Kamada, Kei [NICHe, Tohoku University, 6-6-10 Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Miyagi, Sendai 980-8579 (Japan); Yoshikawa, Akira [Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); NICHe, Tohoku University, 6-6-10 Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Miyagi, Sendai 980-8579 (Japan); Prusa, Petr [Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague, 11519 Prague (Czech Republic); Institute of Physics, AS CR, Prague 16253 (Czech Republic); Nikl, Martin [Institute of Physics, AS CR, Prague 16253 (Czech Republic)

    2014-07-01

    The scintillation properties of Gd{sub 3}Al{sub 2}Ga{sub 3}O{sub 12}:Ce{sup 3+} (GAGG:Ce) single crystals grown by the Czochralski method with 1 at% cerium in the melt were investigated and results were compared with so far published results in the literature. The light yield (LY) and energy resolution were measured using a XP5200B photomultiplier. Despite about twice higher LY for GAGG:Ce, the energy resolution is only slightly better than that of LuAG:Ce due to its worse intrinsic resolution and non-proportionality of LY. The LY dependences on the sample thickness and amplifier shaping time were measured. The estimated photofraction in pulse height spectra of 320 and 662 keV γ-rays and the total mass attenuation coefficient at 662 keV γ-rays were also determined and compared with the theoretical ones calculated using the WinXCom program. - Highlights: • Scintillation properties of GAGG:Ce crystals were studied. • High light yield value over 47,000 ph/MeV was obtained. • Dependences of yield on sample height and shaping time were examined. • Photofraction and mass attenuation at 320 and 662 keV were evaluated.

  9. Characterization of Pr:LuAG scintillating crystals for X-ray spectroscopy

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    Bertoni, R.; Bonesini, M.; Cervi, T.; Clemenza, M.; De Bari, A.; Falcone, A.; Mazza, R.; Menegolli, A.; Nastasi, M.; Rossella, M.

    2016-07-01

    The main features of the Pr doped Lu3Al5O12 (Pr:LuAG) scintillating crystals for X-ray spectroscopy applications have been studied using different radioactive sources and photo-detectors. Pr:LuAG is cheaper, compared to a Germanium detector, but with remarkable properties which make it useful for many applications, from fundamental physics measurements to the PET imaging for medical purposes: high density, elevate light yield, fast response, high energy resolution, no hygroscopicity. A sample of Pr:LuAG crystals with 14 mm×14 mm surface area and 13 mm thickness and a NaI crystal of the same surface and 26 mm thickness used as a reference have been characterized with several radioactive sources, emitting photons in the range 100-1000keV. Different light detectors were adopted for the Pr:LuAG studies, sensitive to its UV emission (peak at 310 nm): a 3 in. PMT (Hamamatsu R11065) and new arrays of Hamamatsu SiPM S13361, with siliconic resin as a window. Preliminary results are presented on the performance of the Pr:LuAG crystals, to be mounted in a 2 × 2 array to be tested in the 2015 run of the FAMU experiment at RIKEN-RAL muon facility. The goal is the detection of the X-rays (around 130 keV) emitted during the de-excitation processes of the muonic hydrogen after the excitation with an IR laser with wavelength set at the resonance of the hyperfine splitting, to measure the muonic atom proton radius with unprecedented precision.

  10. PLASTIC SCINTILLATOR FOR RADIATION DOSIMETRY.

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    Kim, Yewon; Yoo, Hyunjun; Kim, Chankyu; Lim, Kyung Taek; Moon, Myungkook; Kim, Jongyul; Cho, Gyuseong

    2016-09-01

    Inorganic scintillators, composed of high-atomic-number materials such as the CsI(Tl) scintillator, are commonly used in commercially available a silicon diode and a scintillator embedded indirect-type electronic personal dosimeters because the light yield of the inorganic scintillator is higher than that of an organic scintillator. However, when it comes to tissue-equivalent dose measurements, a plastic scintillator such as polyvinyl toluene (PVT) is a more appropriate material than an inorganic scintillator because of the mass energy absorption coefficient. To verify the difference in the absorbed doses for each scintillator, absorbed doses from the energy spectrum and the calculated absorbed dose were compared. From the results, the absorbed dose of the plastic scintillator was almost the same as that of the tissue for the overall photon energy. However, in the case of CsI, it was similar to that of the tissue only for a photon energy from 500 to 4000 keV. Thus, the values and tendency of the mass energy absorption coefficient of the PVT are much more similar to those of human tissue than those of the CsI. © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  11. Crystal growth and characterization of rare earth iodides for scintillation detection

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    van Loef, E. V.; Higgins, W. M.; Glodo, J.; Churilov, A. V.; Shah, K. S.

    2008-04-01

    In this paper we report on the crystal growth and characterization of a new class of inorganic scintillators based on the rare earth iodides, in particular LuI 3, YI 3 and GdI 3, doped with trivalent cerium. Single crystals of LuI 3:Ce 3+, YI 3:Ce 3+ and GdI 3:Ce 3+ were grown by the vertical Bridgman technique in evacuated silica ampoules. In some cases, tantalum or graphite crucibles were used to minimize wetting of the ampoule. X-ray excited optical luminescence spectra of LuI 3:Ce 3+, YI 3:Ce 3+ and GdI 3:Ce 3+ exhibit a broad band due to Ce 3+ emission, peaking in the 500-550 nm region. LuI 3:Ce 3+, YI 3:Ce 3+ and GdI 3:Ce 3+ show high light yields up to 100,000 photons/MeV and fast principle decay time constants of <40 ns. Energy resolutions measured at 662 keV are of the order of 3.5-9% (FWHM).

  12. Optimizing light transport in scintillation crystals for time-of-flight PET: an experimental and optical Monte Carlo simulation study.

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    Berg, Eric; Roncali, Emilie; Cherry, Simon R

    2015-06-01

    Achieving excellent timing resolution in gamma ray detectors is crucial in several applications such as medical imaging with time-of-flight positron emission tomography (TOF-PET). Although many factors impact the overall system timing resolution, the statistical nature of scintillation light, including photon production and transport in the crystal to the photodetector, is typically the limiting factor for modern scintillation detectors. In this study, we investigated the impact of surface treatment, in particular, roughening select areas of otherwise polished crystals, on light transport and timing resolution. A custom Monte Carlo photon tracking tool was used to gain insight into changes in light collection and timing resolution that were observed experimentally: select roughening configurations increased the light collection up to 25% and improved timing resolution by 15% compared to crystals with all polished surfaces. Simulations showed that partial surface roughening caused a greater number of photons to be reflected towards the photodetector and increased the initial rate of photoelectron production. This study provides a simple method to improve timing resolution and light collection in scintillator-based gamma ray detectors, a topic of high importance in the field of TOF-PET. Additionally, we demonstrated utility of our Monte Carlo simulation tool to accurately predict the effect of altering crystal surfaces on light collection and timing resolution.

  13. Combination of a silicon photodiode and a scintillator as a dose rate detector

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    Gilar, O. (Tesla, Premysleni (Czechoslovakia). Vyzkumny Ustav Pristroju Jaderne Techniky); Petr, I. (Ceske Vysoke Uceni Technicke, Prague (Czechoslovakia). Fakulta Jaderna a Fysikalne Inzenyrska)

    1985-03-16

    The combination of a silicon photodiode adjacent to a CsI(Tl) scintillator as a detector of ..gamma..-rays is described. Theoretical conclusions are verified by an experiment and prove that the photodiode absorption spectrum as well as the quantum efficiency can be varied by an appropriate photodiode technology. The contribution of scintillation photons emitted by the CsI(Tl) scintillator in the photon field can enhance the total photocurrent more than an order of magnitude compared to the current response of the photodiode alone, placed in a photon field of equal exposure rate.

  14. Scintillator materials for calorimetry

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    Weber, M.J. [Lawrence Berkeley Lab., CA (United States). Life Sciences Div.

    1994-09-01

    Requirements for fast, dense scintillator materials for calorimetry in high energy physics and approaches to satisfying these requirements are reviewed with respect to possible hosts and luminescent species. Special attention is given to cerium-activated crystals, core-valence luminescence, and glass scintillators. The present state of the art, limitations, and suggestions for possible new scintillator materials are presented.

  15. 33000 photons per MeV from mixed (Lu0.75Y0.25)3Al5O12:Pr scintillator crystals

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    Drozdowski, W.; Brylew, K.; Wojtowicz, A.J.; Kisielewski, J.; Swirkowicz, M.; Lukasiewicz, T.; De Haas, J.T.M.; Dorenbos, P.

    2014-01-01

    (LuxY1-x)3Al5O12:Pr (x = 0.25, 0.50, 0.75) crystals have been grown by the Czochralski method and their scintillation properties have been examined. Compared to the well-respected LuAG:Pr scintillator, which has so extensively been studied in the recent years, the new mixed LuYAG:Pr crystals display

  16. Imaging characterization of a new gamma ray detector based on CRY019 scintillation crystal for PET and SPECT applications

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    Polito, C.; Pani, R.; Trigila, C.; Cinti, M. N.; Fabbri, A.; Frantellizzi, V.; De Vincentis, G.; Pellegrini, R.; Pani, R.

    2017-02-01

    In the last 40 years, in the field of Molecular Medicine imaging there has been a huge growth in the employment and in the improvement of detectors for PET and SPECT applications in order to reach accurate diagnosis of the diseases. The most important feature required to these detectors is an high quality of images that is usually obtained benefitting from the development of a wide number of new scintillation crystals with high imaging performances. In this contest, features like high detection efficiency, short decay time, great spectral match with photodetectors, absence of afterglow and low costs are surely attractive. However, there are other factors playing an important role in the realization of high quality images such as energy and spatial resolutions, position linearity and contrast resolution. With the aim to realize an high performace gamma ray detector for PET and SPECT applications, this work is focused on the evaluation of the imaging characteristics of a recently developed scintillation crystal, CRY019.

  17. Search for double beta decay processes in 106Cd with the help of 106CdWO4 crystal scintillator

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    Belli, P; Boiko, R S; Brudanin, V B; Cappella, F; Caracciolo, V; Cerulli, R; Chernyak, D M; Danevich, F A; d'Angelo, S; Galashov, E N; Incicchitti, A; Kobychev, V V; Laubenstein, M; Mokina, V M; Poda, D V; Podviyanuk, R B; Polischuk, O G; Shlegel, V N; Stenin, Yu G; Suhonen, J; Tretyak, V I; Vasiliev, Ya V

    2011-01-01

    A search for the double beta processes in 106Cd was realized at the Gran Sasso National Laboratories of the INFN (Italy) with the help of a 106CdWO4 crystal scintillator (215 g) enriched in 106Cd up to 66%. After 6590 h of data taking, new improved half-life limits on the double beta processes in 106Cd were established at the level of 10^{19}-10^{21} yr; in particular, T_{1/2}(2\

  18. Stimulated recovery of the optical transmission of PbWO 4 scintillation crystals for electromagnetic calorimeters after radiation damage

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    Dormenev, V.; Kuske, T.; Novotny, R. W.; Borisevich, A.; Fedorov, A.; Korjik, M.; Mechinski, V.; Missevitch, O.; Lugert, S.

    2010-11-01

    In this paper we describe the phenomenon of the stimulated recovery of radiation damage in lead tungstate scintillation crystals achieved via illumination by visible and infrared light. It allows fast and efficient in-situ recovery of the optical transmission either during beam-off periods or on-line during data accumulation. The application can substantially improve or extend the running period of the experiment by keeping the damage at a tolerable level.

  19. Energy resolution and non-proportionality of scintillation detectors - new observations

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    Moszynski, Marek, E-mail: marek@ipj.gov.p [Soltan Institute for Nuclear Studies, PL 05-400 Otwock-Swierk (Poland)

    2010-03-15

    According to the present knowledge, the non-proportionality of the light yield of scintillators appears to be the fundamental limitation of energy resolution and it is related to the intrinsic properties of the crystals. However, several observations collected in the last 10 years suggest more complex processes in the scintillators. First, the study of undoped NaI and CsI crystals showed that the non-proportionality and energy resolution are very sensitive to the accidental traces of impurities. For some crystals, like CsI(Tl), ZnSe(Te), undoped NaI at liquid nitrogen temperature and finally for NaI(Tl) at temperatures reduced below 0 {sup o}C, an influence of slow components of the light pulses on energy resolution and non-proportionality is observed. A common conclusion of these observations is the fact that the highest energy resolution, and particularly the intrinsic resolution measured with scintillators, characterized by two components of the light pulse decay, is obtainable when the spectrometry equipment integrates the whole light of both components. In the limiting case, the afterglow could be considered also as a very slow component destroying the energy resolution. The aim of this work is to summarize all above observations looking for their origin.

  20. Characterization of scintillator crystals for usage as prompt gamma monitors in particle therapy

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    Roemer, K.; Pausch, G.; Bemmerer, D.; Berthel, M.; Dreyer, A.; Golnik, C.; Hueso-González, F.; Kormoll, T.; Petzoldt, J.; Rohling, H.; Thirolf, P.; Wagner, A.; Wagner, L.; Weinberger, D.; Fiedler, F.

    2015-10-01

    Particle therapy in oncology is advantageous compared to classical radiotherapy due to its well-defined penetration depth. In the so-called Bragg peak, the highest dose is deposited; the tissue behind the cancerous area is not exposed. Different factors influence the range of the particle and thus the target area, e.g. organ motion, mispositioning of the patient or anatomical changes. In order to avoid over-exposure of healthy tissue and under-dosage of cancerous regions, the penetration depth of the particle has to be monitored, preferably already during the ongoing therapy session. The verification of the ion range can be performed using prompt gamma emissions, which are produced by interactions between projectile and tissue, and originate from the same location and time of the nuclear reaction. The prompt gamma emission profile and the clinically relevant penetration depth are correlated. Various imaging concepts based on the detection of prompt gamma rays are currently discussed: collimated systems with counting detectors, Compton cameras with (at least) two detector planes, or the prompt gamma timing method, utilizing the particle time-of-flight within the body. For each concept, the detection system must meet special requirements regarding energy, time, and spatial resolution. Nonetheless, the prerequisites remain the same: the gamma energy region (2 to 10 MeV), high counting rates and the stability in strong background radiation fields. The aim of this work is the comparison of different scintillation crystals regarding energy and time resolution for optimized prompt gamma detection.

  1. Readout of a LaCl sub 3 (Ce sup 3 sup +) scintillation crystal with a large area avalanche photodiode

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    Allier, C P; Dorenbos, P; Hollander, R W; Eijk, C W E; Kraemer, K W; Güdel, H U

    2002-01-01

    A high-resolution gamma-ray detector consisting of an 8 mm diameter and 5 mm thick LaCl sub 3 (Ce sup 3 sup +) scintillation crystal coupled to a 16 mm diameter APD from Advanced Photonix Inc is presented. The energy resolution R obtained at 662 keV is about 3.7% (full-width at half maximum). The low intrinsic resolution of about 2%, the high light yield of the crystal (46 000+-5000 photons per MeV) and the high quantum efficiency of the avalanche photodiode make this gamma-ray detector an excellent choice for applications were a high energy resolution is required.

  2. Metal-organic scintillator crystals for X-ray, gamma ray, and neutron detection

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    Boatner, Lynn A [Oak Ridge, TN; Kolopus, James A [Clinton, TN; Neal, John S [Knoxville, TN; Ramey, Joanne Oxendine [Knoxville, TN; Wisniewski, Dariusz J [Torun, PL

    2012-01-03

    New metal-organic materials are useful as scintillators and have the chemical formula LX.sub.3(CH.sub.3OH).sub.4 where L is Y, Sc, or a lanthanide element, and X is a halogen element. An example of the scintillator materials is CeCl.sub.3(CH.sub.3OH).sub.4.

  3. Side readout of long scintillation crystal elements with digital SiPM for TOF-DOI PET.

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    Yeom, Jung Yeol; Vinke, Ruud; Levin, Craig S

    2014-12-01

    Side readout of scintillation light from crystal elements in positron emission tomography (PET) is an alternative to conventional end-readout configurations, with the benefit of being able to provide accurate depth-of-interaction (DOI) information and good energy resolution while achieving excellent timing resolution required for time-of-flight PET. This paper explores different readout geometries of scintillation crystal elements with the goal of achieving a detector that simultaneously achieves excellent timing resolution, energy resolution, spatial resolution, and photon sensitivity. The performance of discrete LYSO scintillation elements of different lengths read out from the end/side with digital silicon photomultipliers (dSiPMs) has been assessed. Compared to 3 × 3 × 20 mm(3) LYSO crystals read out from their ends with a coincidence resolving time (CRT) of 162 ± 6 ps FWHM and saturated energy spectra, a side-readout configuration achieved an excellent CRT of 144 ± 2 ps FWHM after correcting for timing skews within the dSiPM and an energy resolution of 11.8% ± 0.2% without requiring energy saturation correction. Using a maximum likelihood estimation method on individual dSiPM pixel response that corresponds to different 511 keV photon interaction positions, the DOI resolution of this 3 × 3 × 20 mm(3) crystal side-readout configuration was computed to be 0.8 mm FWHM with negligible artifacts at the crystal ends. On the other hand, with smaller 3 × 3 × 5 mm(3) LYSO crystals that can also be tiled/stacked to provide DOI information, a timing resolution of 134 ± 6 ps was attained but produced highly saturated energy spectra. The energy, timing, and DOI resolution information extracted from the side of long scintillation crystal elements coupled to dSiPM have been acquired for the first time. The authors conclude in this proof of concept study that such detector configuration has the potential to enable outstanding detector performance in terms of timing

  4. Side readout of long scintillation crystal elements with digital SiPM for TOF-DOI PET

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    Yeom, Jung Yeol, E-mail: yeomjy@kumoh.ac.kr, E-mail: cslevin@stanford.edu [Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford, Department of Radiology, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305 and Department of Medical IT Convergence Engineering,Kumoh National Institute of Technology, Gumi, Gyeongbuk 730-701 (Korea, Republic of); Vinke, Ruud [Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford, Department of Radiology, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305 (United States); Levin, Craig S., E-mail: yeomjy@kumoh.ac.kr, E-mail: cslevin@stanford.edu [Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford, Department of Radiology, Physics, and Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305 (United States)

    2014-12-15

    Purpose: Side readout of scintillation light from crystal elements in positron emission tomography (PET) is an alternative to conventional end-readout configurations, with the benefit of being able to provide accurate depth-of-interaction (DOI) information and good energy resolution while achieving excellent timing resolution required for time-of-flight PET. This paper explores different readout geometries of scintillation crystal elements with the goal of achieving a detector that simultaneously achieves excellent timing resolution, energy resolution, spatial resolution, and photon sensitivity. Methods: The performance of discrete LYSO scintillation elements of different lengths read out from the end/side with digital silicon photomultipliers (dSiPMs) has been assessed. Results: Compared to 3 × 3 × 20 mm{sup 3} LYSO crystals read out from their ends with a coincidence resolving time (CRT) of 162 ± 6 ps FWHM and saturated energy spectra, a side-readout configuration achieved an excellent CRT of 144 ± 2 ps FWHM after correcting for timing skews within the dSiPM and an energy resolution of 11.8% ± 0.2% without requiring energy saturation correction. Using a maximum likelihood estimation method on individual dSiPM pixel response that corresponds to different 511 keV photon interaction positions, the DOI resolution of this 3 × 3 × 20 mm{sup 3} crystal side-readout configuration was computed to be 0.8 mm FWHM with negligible artifacts at the crystal ends. On the other hand, with smaller 3 × 3 × 5 mm{sup 3} LYSO crystals that can also be tiled/stacked to provide DOI information, a timing resolution of 134 ± 6 ps was attained but produced highly saturated energy spectra. Conclusions: The energy, timing, and DOI resolution information extracted from the side of long scintillation crystal elements coupled to dSiPM have been acquired for the first time. The authors conclude in this proof of concept study that such detector configuration has the potential to enable

  5. Comparative study of PP0275C hybrid photodetector and XP2020Q photomultiplier in scintillation detection

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    Moszynski, Marek [Soltan Institute for Nuclear Studies, PL 05-400 Swierk-Otwock (Poland); Klamra, Wlodzimierz [Royal Institute of Technology, AlbaNova, S-106 91 Stockholm (Sweden); Wolski, Dariusz [Soltan Institute for Nuclear Studies, PL 05-400 Swierk-Otwock (Poland); Czarnacki, Wieslaw [Soltan Institute for Nuclear Studies, PL 05-400 Swierk-Otwock (Poland); Kapusta, Maciej [Soltan Institute for Nuclear Studies, PL 05-400 Swierk-Otwock (Poland); Balcerzyk, Marcin [Soltan Institute for Nuclear Studies, PL 05-400 Swierk-Otwock (Poland)

    2006-05-15

    The properties of a hybrid photodetector (HPD), type PP0275C, produced by Delft Electronic Products B.V., for scintillation detection and spectrometry were studied and compared to a standard XP2020Q photomultiplier. The study was performed for several scintillators, such as NaI(Tl), CsI(Tl) and LSO(Ce) of different dimensions. The excellent capability of the HPD to resolve single photoelectron events was fully confirmed. However, the study of the HPD with the scintillators showed a dramatically reduced number of photoelectrons and a further deterioration of energy resolution, depending on the size (diameter or length) of the crystals. For a 10 mm diameter NaI(Tl) a number of 5000{+-}250 photoelectrons/MeV was measured, which corresponds to about 56% of that observed with the XP2020Q with comparable quantum efficiency. An energy resolution of 9.2% for 662 keV {gamma}-rays from a {sup 137}Cs source as measured with the HPD light readout indicated on a serious degradation, larger than that arising from the statistics of photoelectrons. In conclusion, the study showed that this HPD is optimized for single photon detection but its application to scintillation detection is very limited.

  6. The effect of radiation damage on optical and scintillation properties of BGO crystals grown by the LTG Cz technique

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    Gusev, V A; Kupriyanov, I N; Kuznecov, G N; Shlegel, V N; Antsygin, V D; Vasiliev, Y V

    2002-01-01

    BGO crystals grown by the low-thermal-gradient Czochralski technique (LTG Cz) exhibit two distinct types of behavior upon radiation damage and recovery. The crystals termed as of L-type remain colorless after gamma-radiation doses as high as 10 Mrad. As the irradiation dose increases the scintillation light output shows a weak monotonous degradation to 15-25%, saturating at around several hundreds krad doses. The crystals termed as of N-type attain yellow coloration after irradiation. The light output drops abruptly for 35-50% as early as after 1 krad and does not change further on. The present work is devoted to the study of radiation damage effects, self-recovery, optically stimulated recovery and thermo-stimulated current in the L- and N-type BGO crystals produced by LTG Cz.

  7. X-ray Luminescence Efficiency of GAGG:Ce Single Crystal Scintillators for use in Tomographic Medical Imaging Systems

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    David, S. L.; Valais, I. G.; Michail, C. M.; Kandarakis, I. S.

    2015-09-01

    The purpose of the present study was to evaluate different scintillator crystal samples, with a cross section of 3×3mm2 and various thicknesses ranging from 4mm up to 20mm, of the new mixed Gd3Al2Ga3O12:Ce (GAGG:Ce) scintillator material under X-ray irradiation, for potential applications in Tomographic Medical Imaging systems. Evaluation was performed by determining the X-ray luminescence efficiency (XLE) (emitted light energy flux over incident X-ray energy flux) in energies employed in general X-ray imaging. For the luminescence efficiency measurements, the scintillator samples were exposed to X-rays using a BMI General Medical Merate tube, with rotating Tungsten anode and inherent filtration equivalent to 2 mm Al. X-ray tube voltages between 50 to 130 kV were selected. An additional 20 mm filtration was introduced to the beam to simulate beam quality alternation equivalent to a human body. The emitted light energy flux measurements were performed using an experimental set up comprising a light integration sphere coupled to an EMI 9798B photomultiplier tube which was connected to a Cary 401 vibrating reed electrometer. The GAGG:Ce sample with dimensions 3×3×10 mm3 exhibited higher XLE values, in the whole X- ray energy range examined. XLE value equal to 0.013 was recorded for this crystal at 130 kVp - a setting frequently used in Computed Tomography applications.

  8. Characterization of scintillating CaWO{sub 4} crystals for the CRESST experiment using two-photon excitation

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    Hampf, Raphael; Dandl, Thomas; Muenster, Andrea; Oberauer, Lothar; Roth, Sabine; Schoenert, Stefan; Ulrich, Andreas [Physik-Department and Excellence Cluster Universe, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, D-85747 Garching (Germany)

    2016-07-01

    In the CRESST experiment for direct dark matter search, phonon and photon signals from cryogenic CaWO{sub 4} crystals are used to search for WIMP-induced nuclear recoil events. We present a novel table-top setup in which the scintillation of CaWO{sub 4} is induced by 0.7 ns laser pulses of 355 nm wavelength. The excitation occurs via two-photon absorption in the bulk material. The scintillation light is observed by time resolved optical spectroscopy. By varying the focusing of the laser-beam the excitation density can be made high enough to study quenching effects due to exciton-exciton annihilation. This allows to perform experiments to test models for the quenching factors of different ionizing projectiles in CaWO{sub 4} which are used to identify these projectiles on an event by event basis.

  9. Application of PbWO{sub 4} crystal scintillators in experiment to search for 2{beta} decay of {sup 116}Cd

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    Danevich, F.A. [Institute for Nuclear Research, Prospekt Nauki 47, MSP 03680 Kiev (Ukraine)]. E-mail: danevich@kinr.kiev.ua; Georgadze, A.Sh. [Institute for Nuclear Research, Prospekt Nauki 47, MSP 03680 Kiev (Ukraine); Kobychev, V.V. [Institute for Nuclear Research, Prospekt Nauki 47, MSP 03680 Kiev (Ukraine); Kropivyansky, B.N. [Institute for Nuclear Research, Prospekt Nauki 47, MSP 03680 Kiev (Ukraine); Nagorny, S.S. [Institute for Nuclear Research, Prospekt Nauki 47, MSP 03680 Kiev (Ukraine); Nikolaiko, A.S. [Institute for Nuclear Research, Prospekt Nauki 47, MSP 03680 Kiev (Ukraine); Poda, D.V. [Institute for Nuclear Research, Prospekt Nauki 47, MSP 03680 Kiev (Ukraine); Tretyak, V.I. [Institute for Nuclear Research, Prospekt Nauki 47, MSP 03680 Kiev (Ukraine); Vyshnevskyi, I.M. [Institute for Nuclear Research, Prospekt Nauki 47, MSP 03680 Kiev (Ukraine); Yurchenko, S.S. [Institute for Nuclear Research, Prospekt Nauki 47, MSP 03680 Kiev (Ukraine); Grinyov, B.V. [Institute for Scintillation Materials, 61001 Kharkov (Ukraine); Nagornaya, L.L. [Institute for Scintillation Materials, 61001 Kharkov (Ukraine); Pirogov, E.N. [Institute for Scintillation Materials, 61001 Kharkov (Ukraine); Ryzhikov, V.D. [Institute for Scintillation Materials, 61001 Kharkov (Ukraine); Brudanin, V.B. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, 141980 Dubna (Russian Federation); Vylov, Ts. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, 141980 Dubna (Russian Federation); Fedorov, A. [Institute for Nuclear Problems, 220050 Minsk (Belarus); Korzhik, M. [Institute for Nuclear Problems, 220050 Minsk (Belarus); Lobko, A. [Institute for Nuclear Problems, 220050 Minsk (Belarus); Missevitch, O. [Institute for Nuclear Problems, 220050 Minsk (Belarus)

    2006-01-01

    Lead tungstate (PbWO{sub 4}) crystal scintillators are discussed as an active shield and light guides in {sup 116}Cd double-beta decay experiment with Cadmium tungstate (CdWO{sub 4}) scintillators. Scintillation properties and radioactive contamination of PbWO{sub 4} scintillators were investigated. Energy resolution of CdWO{sub 4} detector, coupled to PbWO{sub 4} light guide, was tested. Efficiency of PbWO{sub 4}-based active shield to suppress background from the internal contamination of PbWO{sub 4} crystals, as well as possible contribution from radioactivity of copper shield and phototubes were calculated. Using of lead tungstate crystal scintillators as high-efficiency 4{pi} active shield could allow to build sensitive 2{beta} experiment (T{sub 1/2}{sup 0{nu}}{sup 2{beta}}{approx}10{sup 26}yr) to search for 0{nu}2{beta} decay of {sup 116}Cd with {sup 116}CdWO{sub 4} crystal scintillators.

  10. Effects of Mg-codoping on luminescence and scintillation properties of Ce doped Lu3(Ga,Al)5O12 single crystals

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    Yamaguchi, Hiroaki; Kamada, Kei; Pejchal, Jan; Kurosawa, Shunsuke; Shoji, Yasuhiro; Yokota, Yuui; Ohashi, Yuji; Yoshikawa, Akira

    2017-03-01

    Effects of Mg co-doping on scintillation properties of Ce:Lu3(Ga,Al)5O12 (LGAG) were investigated. Mg 200 ppm co-doped Ce:LGAG single crystals were prepared by micro pulling down method. Absorption and radioluminescence spectra were measured together with several other scintillation characteristics, namely the scintillation decay and light yield to reveal the effect of Mg co-doping. Ce4+ charge transfer absorption was observed below 340 nm in Mg,Ce:LGAG which is in good agreement with previous reports for other garnet-based crystals. The scintillation decay time showed the tendency to be accelerated and the light yield was enhanced by Mg co-doping.

  11. Scintillation properties of a 2-inch diameter KCa0.8Sr0.2I3:Eu2+ single crystal

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    Wu, Yuntao; Lindsey, Adam C.; Loyd, Matthew; Stand, Luis; Zhuravleva, Mariya; Koschan, Merry; Melcher, Charles L.

    2017-09-01

    Inch-sized scintillating crystals are required for practical radiation detectors such as hand-held radio-isotope identification devices. In this work, a transparent and colorless 2-inch diameter KCa0.8Sr0.2I3: 0 . 5 mo% Eu2+ single crystal was grown by the vertical Bridgman method, and the scintillation properties of a ∅ 50 mm × 45 mm long sample were evaluated. The Eu2+ 5d1- 4 f emission under X-ray excitation is centered at 472 nm. Its scintillation decay time under 137 Cs source irradiation is 2 . 37 μs, and the absolute light output is 51,000 ± 3000 photons/MeV. The energy resolution at 662 keV was evaluated for different orientations of the crystals with respect to the PMT, and the effect of 40 K background subtraction on energy resolution was evaluated. The performance of the packaged crystal was also investigated.

  12. Effects of Annealing Treatments on Luminescence and Scintillation Properties of Ce:Lu3Al5O12 Crystal Grown by Czochralski Method

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    2007-01-01

    Ce:Lu3Al5O12 single crystals grown in pure N2 atmosphere by Czochralski method were annealed in oxidizing atmosphere (air) and reducing atmosphere (H2+N2), respectively. Effects of annealing treatments on luminescence and scintillation properties of the crystals were investigated. The crystal annealed in air showed the highest luminescence intensity under blue light or vacuum ultraviolet excitation in comparison with that annealed in reducing flux or the as-grown crystal. Under X-ray excitation, crystal annealed in reducing atmosphere had the lowest light yield, and crystal annealed in air had the fastest decay time under 137Cs 662 keV γ-ray excitation. Different annealing treatments resulted in different luminescence and scintillation properties, which might related with oxygen vacancies or defect existing in the crystals.

  13. Improvement of radiopurity level of enriched $^{116}$CdWO$_4$ and ZnWO$_4$ crystal scintillators by recrystallization

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    Barabash, A S; Bernabei, R; Borovlev, Yu A; Cappella, F; Caracciolo, V; Cerulli, R; Danevich, F A; Incicchitti, A; Kobychev, V V; Konovalov, S I; Laubenstein, M; Mokina, V M; Polischuk, O G; Safonova, O E; Shlegel, V N; Tretyak, V I; Tupitsyna, I A; Umatov, V I; Zhdankov, V N

    2016-01-01

    As low as possible radioactive contamination of a detector plays a crucial role to improve sensitivity of a double beta decay experiment. The radioactive contamination of a sample of $^{116}$CdWO$_4$ crystal scintillator by thorium was reduced by a factor $\\approx 10$, down to the level 0.01 mBq/kg ($^{228}$Th), by exploiting the recrystallization procedure. The total alpha activity of uranium and thorium daughters was reduced by a factor $\\approx 3$, down to 1.6 mBq/kg. No change in the specific activity (the total $\\alpha$ activity and $^{228}$Th) was observed in a sample of ZnWO$_4$ crystal produced by recrystallization after removing $\\approx 0.4$ mm surface layer of the crystal.

  14. Improvement of radiopurity level of enriched 116CdWO4 and ZnWO4 crystal scintillators by recrystallization

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    Barabash, A. S.; Belli, P.; Bernabei, R.; Borovlev, Yu. A.; Cappella, F.; Caracciolo, V.; Cerulli, R.; Danevich, F. A.; Incicchitti, A.; Kobychev, V. V.; Konovalov, S. I.; Laubenstein, M.; Mokina, V. M.; Polischuk, O. G.; Safonova, O. E.; Shlegel, V. N.; Tretyak, V. I.; Tupitsyna, I. A.; Umatov, V. I.; Zhdankov, V. N.

    2016-10-01

    As low as possible radioactive contamination of a detector plays a crucial role to improve sensitivity of a double beta decay experiment. The radioactive contamination of a sample of 116CdWO4 crystal scintillator by thorium was reduced by a factor ≈10, down to the level 0.01 mBq/kg (228Th), by exploiting the recrystallization procedure. The total alpha activity of uranium and thorium daughters was reduced by a factor ≈3, down to 1.6 mBq/kg. No change in the specific activity (the total α activity and 228Th) was observed in a sample of ZnWO4 crystal produced by recrystallization after removing ≈0.4 mm surface layer of the crystal.

  15. Non-proportionality study of CaMoO4 and GAGG:Ce scintillation crystals using Compton coincidence technique.

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    Kaewkhao, J; Limkitjaroenporn, P; Chaiphaksa, W; Kim, H J

    2016-09-01

    In this study, the CCT technique and nuclear instrument module (NIM) setup for the measurements of coincidence electron energy spectra of calcium molybdate (CaMoO4) and cerium doped gadolinium aluminium gallium garnet (Gd3Al2Ga3O12:Ce or GAGG:Ce) scintillation crystals were carried out. The (137)Cs irradiated gamma rays with an energy (Eγ) of 662keV was used as a radioactive source. The coincidence electron energy spectra were recorded at seven scattering angles of 30°-120°. It was found that seven corresponding electron energies were in the range of 100.5-435.4keV. The results show that, for all electron energies, the electron energy peaks of CaMoO4 crystal yielded higher number of counts than those of GAGG:Ce crystal. The electron energy resolution, the light yield and non-proportionality were also determined. It was found that the energy resolutions are inverse proportional to the square root of electron energy for both crystals. Furthermore, the results show that the light yield of GAGG:Ce crystal is much higher than that of CaMoO4 crystal. It was also found that both CaMoO4 and GAGG:Ce crystals demonstrated good proportional property in the electron energy range of 260-435.4keV. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Scintillating screens for micro-imaging based on the Ce-Tb doped LuAP single crystal films

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    Douissard, Paul-Antoine; MARTIN, Thierry; Riva, Federica; Mathieu, Eric; Zorenko, Yuriy; Savchyn, Volodymyr; Zorenko, Tetyana; Fedorov, Alexander

    2014-01-01

    Single Crystal Film (SCF) scintillators are key-components of today's high-resolution 2D X-ray detectors used at synchrotrons for applications such as X-ray Radiography, Computed Tomography (CT), laminography, full-field XANES, and topography. Due to its high density and effective atomic number, LuAlO3 (LuAP) perovskite has a great potential to replace or complement the currently used Eu-doped Gd3Ga5O12 (GGG:Eu) and Tb-doped Lu2SiO5 (LSO:Tb) SCFs. In this article we present the growth of LuAP...

  17. Search for double beta decay of zinc and tungsten with low background ZnWO{sub 4} crystal scintillators

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    Bernabei, R; Nozzoli, F [Dip. di Fisica, Universita di Roma ' Tor Vergata' , I-00133 Rome (Italy); Belli, P [INFN, sez. Roma ' Tor Vergata' , I-00133 Rome (Italy); Cappella, F; Prosperi, D [Dip. di Fisica, Universita di Roma ' La Sapienza' , I-00185 Rome (Italy); Cerulli, R; Nisi, S [INFN, Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso, 67010 Assergi (Italy); Danevich, F A; Kobychev, V V; Mokina, V M; Nagorny, S S; Poda, D V; Tretyak, V I; Yurchenko, S S [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); Grinyov, B V; Nagornaya, L L [Institute for Scintillation Materials, 61001 Kharkiv (Ukraine); Incicchitti, A [INFN, sez. Roma, I-00185 Rome (Italy)

    2010-01-01

    Double beta processes in {sup 64}Zn, {sup 70}Zn, {sup 180}W, and {sup 186}W have been searched for with the help of low background ZnWO4 crystal scintillators at the Gran Sasso National Laboratories of the INFN (Italy). The total measurement time exceeds ten thousand hours. New improved half-life (T{sub 1/2}) limits on double electron capture and electron capture with positron emission in {sup 64}Zn have been set. New T{sub 1/2} bounds were also set on different modes of 2{beta} processes in {sup 70}Zn, {sup 180}W, and {sup 186}W. Future perspectives are considered.

  18. Investigation of the screen optics of thick CsI(Tl) detectors

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    Howansky, Adrian; Peng, Boyu; Suzuki, Katsuhiko; Yamashita, Masanori; Lubinsky, A. R.; Zhao, Wei

    2015-03-01

    Flat panel imagers (FPI) are becoming the dominant detector technology for digital x-ray imaging. In indirect FPI, the scintillator that provides the highest image quality is Thallium (Tl) doped Cesium Iodide (CsI) with columnar structure. The maximum CsI thickness used in existing FPI is ~600 microns, due to concerns of loss in spatial resolution and light output with further increase in thickness. The goal of the present work is to investigate the screen-optics for CsI with thicknesses much larger than that used in existing FPI, so that the knowledge can be used to improve imaging performance in dose sensitive and higher energy applications, such as cone-beam CT (CBCT). Columnar CsI(Tl) scintillators up to 1 mm in thickness with different screen-optical design were investigated experimentally. Pulse height spectra (PHS) were measured to determine the Swank factor at x-ray energies between 25 and 75 keV, and to derive depth-dependent light escape efficiency i.e. gain. Detector presampling MTF, NPS and DQE were measured using a high-resolution CMOS optical sensor. Optical Monte Carlo simulation was performed to estimate optical parameters for each screen design and derive depth-dependent gain and MTF, from which overall MTF and DQE were calculated and compared with measured results. The depth-dependent imaging performance parameters were then used in a cascaded linear system model (CLSM) to investigate detector performance under screen- and sensor-side irradiation conditions. The methodology developed for understanding the optics of thick CsI(Tl) will lead to detector optimization in CBCT.

  19. Search for long-lived superheavy eka-tungsten with radiopure ZnWO$_4$ crystal scintillator

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    Belli, P; Cappella, F; Cerulli, R; Danevich, F A; Denisov, V Yu; d'Angelo, A; Incicchitti, A; Kobychev, V V; Poda, D V; Polischuk, O G; Tretyak, V I

    2015-01-01

    The data collected with a radioactively pure ZnWO$_4$ crystal scintillator (699 g) in low background measurements during 2130 h at the underground (3600 m w.e.) Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso (INFN, Italy) were used to set a limit on possible concentration of superheavy eka-W (seaborgium Sg, Z = 106) in the crystal. Assuming that one of the daughters in a chain of decays of the initial Sg nucleus decays with emission of high energy $\\alpha$ particle ($Q_\\alpha > 8$ MeV) and analyzing the high energy part of the measured $\\alpha$ spectrum, the limit N(Sg)/N(W) < 5.5 $\\times$ 10$^{-14}$ atoms/atom at 90% C.L. was obtained (for Sg half-life of 10$^9$ yr). In addition, a limit on the concentration of eka-Bi was set by analysing the data collected with a large BGO scintillation bolometer in an experiment performed by another group [L. Cardani et al., JINST 7 (2012) P10022]: N(eka-Bi)/N(Bi) < 1.1 $\\times$ 10$^{-13}$ atoms/atom with 90% C.L. Both the limits are comparable with those obtained in recent exp...

  20. Luminescence and scintillation timing characteristics of (LuxGd2-x)SiO5:Ce single crystals

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    Yawai, Nattasuda; Chewpraditkul, Warut; Sakthong, Ongsa; Chewpraditkul, Weerapong; Wantong, Kriangkrai; Szczesniak, Tomasz; Swiderski, Lukasz; Moszynski, Marek; Sidletskiy, Oleg

    2017-02-01

    The luminescence and scintillation characteristics of cerium-doped lutetium-gadolinium orthosilicate (LuxGd2-xSiO5:Ce; x=0, 0.8, 1.8) single crystals were investigated. At 662 keV γ-rays, the light yield of 29,800±3000 ph MeV-1 obtained for Lu1.8Gd0.2SiO5:Ce is higher than that of 20,200±2000 and 11,800±1200 ph MeV-1 obtained for Lu0.8Gd1.2SiO5:Ce and Gd2SiO5:Ce, respectively. The fast component decay time of 32, 18 and 17 ns was measured in the scintillation decay of Gd2SiO5:Ce, Lu0.8Gd1.2SiO5:Ce and Lu1.8Gd0.2SiO5:Ce, respectively. The coincidence time spectra for 511 keV annihilation quanta were measured in reference to a fast BaF2 detector and time resolution was discussed in terms of a number of photoelectrons and decay time of the fast component. The mass attenuation coefficient for studied crystals at 60 and 662 keV γ-rays was also evaluated and discussed.

  1. MgO reflectance data for Monte Carlo simulation of LaBr{sub 3}:Ce scintillation crystals

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    Scafè, Raffaele, E-mail: raffaele.scafe@uniroma1.it [Dept. of Molecular Medicine, Sapienza University of Rome, Viale Regina Elena 324, I-00161 Rome (Italy); Pani, Roberto; Pellegrini, Rosanna; Cinti, Maria Nerina [Dept. of Molecular Medicine, Sapienza University of Rome, Viale Regina Elena 324, I-00161 Rome (Italy); Bennati, Paolo [INFN-Roma I, Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics, Piazzale Aldo Moro 5, I-00185 Rome (Italy); Lo Meo, Sergio [National Institution for Insurance against Accidents at Work, Via Fontana Candida 1, I-00040, Monte Porzio Catone (Italy)

    2013-02-11

    Present paper is aimed to estimate the spectral reflectance of MgO as a function of layer thickness around LaBr{sub 3}:5%Ce crystals. A reference emission spectrum of scintillator was calculated averaging 15 experimental trends from literature. A survey on MgO reflectance provided experimental data in the wavelength region of interest without thickness information, while trends with dimensional facts were found in the adjacent wavelength region. An algorithm was developed for interpolating spectral data in the wavelength region of interest for given thickness. A comparison between reflectors for LaBr{sub 3}:Ce is summarized in Appendix A. Results are presented in form of weighted average values as well as numerical trends suitable, in particular, as input for Monte Carlo simulations of encapsulated crystals.

  2. Luminescence and light yield of (Gd2Y)(Ga3Al2)O12:Pr3+ single crystal scintillators

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    Lertloypanyachai, Prapon; Pathumrangsan, Nichakorn; Sreebunpeng, Krittiya; Pattanaboonmee, Nakarin; Chewpraditkul, Weerapong; Yoshikawa, Akira; Kamada, Kei; Nikl, Martin

    2017-06-01

    Praseodymium-doped (Gd2Y)(Ga3Al2)O12 (GYGAG: Pr) single crystals are grown by the micro-pulling down method with different Pr concentrations. The energy transfer process between Pr3+ and Gd3+ is investigated by photoluminescence excitation (PLE) and emission (PL) spectra measurements. Photoelectron yield measurements are carried out using photomultiplier. At 662 keV γ-rays, photoelectron yield of 2520 phe/MeV obtained for the GYGAG: Pr (0.01%) sample is larger than that of 1810 phe/MeV obtained for BGO crystal. Light yield degradation for the GYGAG: Pr scintillators is presumably due to the energy transfer from 5d state of Pr3+ to 4f state of Gd3+ together with the concentration quenching in the Gd3+-sublattice.

  3. Quality control on pre-serial Bridgman production of PbWO{sub 4} scintillating crystals by means of photoelasticity

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    Rinaldi, D., E-mail: d.rinaldi@univpm.i [Dipartimento di Fisica e Ingegneria dei Materiali e del Territorio, Universita Politecnica delle Marche, via Brecce Bianche, 60131 Ancona (Italy); INFN section of Perugia (Italy); Ciriaco, A. [Dipartimento di Fisica e Ingegneria dei Materiali e del Territorio, Universita' Politecnica delle Marche, via Brecce Bianche, 60131 Ancona (Italy); Lebeau, M. [CERN PH department, 1211 Geneva 23 (Switzerland); Paone, N. [Dipartimento di Meccanica, Universita' Politecnica delle Marche, via Brecce Bianche, 60131 Ancona (Italy)

    2010-04-11

    Residual internal stresses in PbWO{sub 4} (PWO) scintillating crystals grown by Bridgman method have been systematically studied. Residual stresses induced during growth play an important role in production yield. Cracking probability during mechanical processing as well as stable mechanical properties in finished crystal are closely related to internal stress levels. A regular production of good-quality crystals requires a fast and easy feed-back on growth parameters. Samples from a pre-serial production were analyzed in order to give the producer a quality feed-back for process optimization. By means of photoelasticity, we measured residual stress distribution in several sections along the growth axis and for typical positions in every section. The stress analysis revealed defects occurring during the crystallization process, attributed to dislocations, lattice disorientation and poly-crystallinity. This work had been prompted by the need for quality monitoring of a pre-serial production of PWO for the CMS experiment at CERN's LHC. Mapping stress levels inside the ingot volume and proposing a synthetic parameter to be used as a quality indicator, the resulting analysis should contribute to parameter optimization and improve the growth performance. The proposed method may be useful in conventional crystal production.

  4. Fabrication, optical and scintillation properties of transparent YAG:Ce ceramics

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    Osipov, V. V.; Ishchenko, A. V.; Shitov, V. A.; Maksimov, R. N.; Lukyashin, K. E.; Platonov, V. V.; Orlov, A. N.; Osipov, S. N.; Yagodin, V. V.; Viktorov, L. V.; Shulgin, B. V.

    2017-09-01

    Highly transparent YAG:Ce ceramics (transmission of 72-82% for 2-mm-thick samples in 550-900 nm wavelength range) were fabricated by solid-state reactive sintering using a mixture of Ce2xY2-2xO3 (x = 0.001, 0.01, 0.03, and 0.05) and Al2O3 nanopowders synthesized by laser ablation with an additional round of pre-calcining before compaction. The synthesized YAG:Ce ceramic materials showed intense luminescence with a maximum at 525-545 nm. The measured absolute light yields of the synthesized YAG:Ce ceramics were 18-21 photon/MeV for 1-5 at.% Ce and 5 photon/MeV for 0.1 at.% Ce. The energy resolutions of the fabricated thin ceramic samples (2 mm) under 662 keV gamma ray were measured to be 10-15%. The decay curves of scintillations consisted of two components with the decay times depending on the Ce3+ concentration. The sample doped with 5 at.% of Ce exhibited the main fast component with 26 ns decay time. The measured data was compared to that of YAG:Ce and well-known CsI:Tl single crystal scintillators. The influence of dopant concentration on the optical, luminescence and scintillation properties was discussed.

  5. Rare isotope beam energy measurements and scintillator developments for ReA3

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    Lin, Ling-Ying

    respect to the acceleration RF clock. The time-of-flight system can provide beam energy information with precision of <0.1%. Scintillators are widely used to reliably measure beam profiles and beam distributions. At low energies, scintillator-based diagnostic devices are more problematic because of their fast light yield degradation under ion bombardment. The degradation of the scintillation yield of single crystal YAG: Ce under He+ irradiation at low energies between 28 and 58 keV has been systematically studied. The scintillator was irradiated at the rare isotope ReAccelerator (ReA) facility. The scintillation emission is attributed to its rapid 5d-4f transition of Ce3+ ions. As the bombardment time increases, an exponential decay of the light output is observed due to the induced radiation damage of the crystal lattice. The decrease of the experimentally observed light yield as a function of particle fluence is found to be in fair agreement with the Birks model. Analysis indicates that the damage cross section of scintillation centers slightly decreases with the ion energy. The scintillator degrades slower under higher-energy irradiation. In order to investigate scintillation degradation over a wide range of irradiation energies and scintillator materials, the scintillation processes for KBr, YAG:Ce, CaF2:Eu and CsI:Tl crystals under H2 + irradiation in the energy range of 600-2150 keV/u have been investigated. The data indicates that YAG:Ce and CsI:Tl can maintain stable luminescence under continuous ion bombardment for at least a total fluence of 1.8x10 12 ions/mm2. On the other hand, the luminescence of CaF2:Eu shows a rapid initial decay but then maintains a nearly constant luminescence yield. The extraordinary scintillation response of KBr is initially enhanced under ion bombardment, approaches a maximum, and then eventually decays. The scintillation efficiency of the CsI:Tl scintillator is superior to the other materials. The low-energy H2+ bombardment (25 ke

  6. Nonproportionality of inorganic scintillators

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    Khodyuk, I.V.

    2013-01-01

    A scintillator is a transparent material that emits a flash of light when it absorbs a γ-ray photon or an energetic particle. Scintillation crystals are widely used as spectroscopic detectors of ionizing radiation in nuclear science, space exploration, medical imaging, homeland security, etc. This t

  7. Linear energy transfer effects on time profiles of scintillation of Ce-doped LiCaAlF{sub 6} crystals

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    Yanagida, Takayuki [Graduate School of Materials Science, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, 8916-5 Takayama-Cho, Ikoma, Nara 630-0192 (Japan); Koshimizu, Masanori [Department of Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University, 6-6-07 Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8579 (Japan); Kurashima, Satoshi [Takasaki Advanced Radiation Research Institute, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 1233 Watanuki, Takasaki, Gunma 370-1292 (Japan); Iwamatsu, Kazuhiro [Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan); Kimura, Atsushi; Taguchi, Mitsumasa [Quantum Beam Science Directorate, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 1233 Watanuki, Takasaki, Gunma 370-1292 (Japan); Fujimoto, Yutaka; Asai, Keisuke [Department of Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University, 6-6-07 Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8579 (Japan)

    2015-12-15

    We measured temporal profiles of the scintillation of Ce-doped LiCaAlF{sub 6} scintillator crystals at different linear energy transfers (LETs). Based on the comparison of high-LET temporal profiles with those at low LET, a fast component was observed only at low LET. The disappearance of the fast component at high LET is tentatively ascribed to the quenching of excited states at crystal defects owing to the interaction between excited states via the Auger process. In addition, the rise and the initial decay behavior were dependent on the LET. This LET-dependent behavior is explained by an acceleration process and a deceleration process in energy transfer at high LET. The LET-dependent temporal profiles provide the basis for a discrimination technique of gamma-ray and neutron detection events using these scintillators based on the nuclear reaction, {sup 6}Li(n,α)t.

  8. An algorithm for automatic crystal identification in pixelated scintillation detectors using thin plate splines and Gaussian mixture models

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    Schellenberg, Graham; Stortz, Greg; Goertzen, Andrew L.

    2016-02-01

    A typical positron emission tomography detector is comprised of a scintillator crystal array coupled to a photodetector array or other position sensitive detector. Such detectors using light sharing to read out crystal elements require the creation of a crystal lookup table (CLUT) that maps the detector response to the crystal of interaction based on the x-y position of the event calculated through Anger-type logic. It is vital for system performance that these CLUTs be accurate so that the location of events can be accurately identified and so that crystal-specific corrections, such as energy windowing or time alignment, can be applied. While using manual segmentation of the flood image to create the CLUT is a simple and reliable approach, it is both tedious and time consuming for systems with large numbers of crystal elements. In this work we describe the development of an automated algorithm for CLUT generation that uses a Gaussian mixture model paired with thin plate splines (TPS) to iteratively fit a crystal layout template that includes the crystal numbering pattern. Starting from a region of stability, Gaussians are individually fit to data corresponding to crystal locations while simultaneously updating a TPS for predicting future Gaussian locations at the edge of a region of interest that grows as individual Gaussians converge to crystal locations. The algorithm was tested with flood image data collected from 16 detector modules, each consisting of a 409 crystal dual-layer offset LYSO crystal array readout by a 32 pixel SiPM array. For these detector flood images, depending on user defined input parameters, the algorithm runtime ranged between 17.5-82.5 s per detector on a single core of an Intel i7 processor. The method maintained an accuracy above 99.8% across all tests, with the majority of errors being localized to error prone corner regions. This method can be easily extended for use with other detector types through adjustment of the initial

  9. Crystal growth and characterization of Eu2+ doped RbCaX3 (X = Cl, Br) scintillators

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    Rebrova, N. V.; Grippa, A. Yu.; Pushak, A. S.; Gorbacheva, T. E.; Pedash, V. Yu.; Viagin, O. G.; Cherginets, V. L.; Tarasov, V. A.; Vistovskyy, V. V.; Vas'kiv, A. P.; Myagkota, S. V.

    2017-05-01

    The single crystals of RbCa1-yEuyX3 (X = Cl, Br; y = 0.03, 0.05, 0.08) were obtained by the Bridgman-Stockbarger technique. The luminescent and luminescent-kinetic properties of RbCaCl3:5%Eu and RbCaBr3:5%Eu under photo- and X-ray excitation (35-40 keV) at 77 and 293 K were studied. The luminescence spectra of the crystals exhibit one dominant band which corresponds to Eu2+ emission. The scintillation properties of all the grown crystals under 137Cs 662 keV gamma-ray excitation were investigated. The maximal values of relative light output were found for RbCaCl3:8%Eu2+ and RbCaBr3:8%Eu2+ which are approximately equal to 50% and 77% of NaI:Tl with decay time 2.7 and 3.6 μs respectively. The hygroscopicity of the crystals was estimated.

  10. Comparative characterisation study of a LaBr$_3$(Ce scintillation crystal in two surface wrapping scenarios: absorptive and reflective

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    Saad eAldawood

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The properties of a 50$times$50$times$30 mm$^3$ monolithic LaBr$_3$:Ce scintillator crystal coupled to a position-sensitive multi-anode photomultiplier (PMT, Hamamatsu H9500, representing the absorbing detector of a Compton camera under study for online ion (proton beam range verification in hadron-therapy, was evaluated in combination with either absorptive and reflective crystal surface coating. This study covered an assessment of the energy and position dependent energy resolution, exhibiting a factor of 2.5-3.5 improvement for the reflectively wrapped crystal at 662 keV. The spatial dependency was investigated using a collimated $^{137}$Cs source, showing a steep degradation of the energy resolution at the edges and corners of the absorptively wrapped crystal. Furthermore, the time resolution was determined to be 273 ps (FWHM and 536 ps (FWHM with reflective and absorptive coating, respectively, using a $^{60}$Co source. In contrast, the light spread function (LSF of the light amplitude distribution on the PMT segments improved for the absorptively wrapped detector. Both wrapping modalities showed almost no differences in the energy-dependent photopeak detection efficiency.

  11. Comparative Characterization Study of a LaBr3(Ce) Scintillation Crystal in Two Surface Wrapping Scenarios: Absorptive and Reflective

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    Aldawood, Saad; Castelhano, Ines; Gernhäuser, Roman; Van Der Kolff, Hugh; Lang, Christian; Liprandi, Silvia; Lutter, Rudolf; Maier, Ludwig; Marinšek, Tim; Schaart, Dennis R.; Parodi, Katia; Thirolf, Peter G.

    2015-01-01

    The properties of a 50 mm × 50 mm × 30 mm monolithic LaBr3:Ce scintillator crystal coupled to a position-sensitive multi-anode photomultiplier (PMT, Hamamatsu H9500), representing the absorbing detector of a Compton camera under study for online ion (proton) beam range verification in hadron therapy, was evaluated in combination with either absorptive or reflective crystal surface coating. This study covered an assessment of the energy and position-dependent energy resolution, exhibiting a factor of 2.5–3.5 improvement for the reflectively wrapped crystal at 662 keV. The spatial dependency was investigated using a collimated 137Cs source, showing a steep degradation of the energy resolution at the edges and corners of the absorptively wrapped crystal. Furthermore, the time resolution was determined to be 273 ps (FWHM) and 536 ps (FWHM) with reflective and absorptive coating, respectively, using a 60Co source. In contrast, the light spread function (LSF) of the light amplitude distribution on the PMT segments improved for the absorptively wrapped detector. Both wrapping modalities showed almost no differences in the energy-dependent photopeak detection efficiency. PMID:26697405

  12. Scintillation detector using an europium-doped calcium fluoride single crystal

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    Gilar, O.; Pavlicek, Z.; Jursova, L. (Tesla, Premysleni (Czechoslovakia). Vyzkumny Ustav Pristroju Jaderne Techniky)

    1981-06-01

    A europium-doped calcium fluoride monocrystal-based scintillator is suitable for detecting X, alpha, beta and low-energy gamma radiations. It is resistant to thermal and mechanical shocks. Its outstanding physical properties include the index of refraction of 1.443. The results are reported of measuring the spectra of selected radionuclides and the energy resolution dependence on the gamma radiation energy.

  13. A CsI(Tl) detector array used in the experiment of the proton-rich nucleus 17Ne

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    MA Li-Ying; HUA Hui; LU Fei; CHEN Dong; JIANG Xi-Yao; YE Yan-Lin; JIANG Dong-Xing; Qureshi Faisal-Jamil

    2009-01-01

    To investigate the configurations of the valence protons in Borromean nucleus 17Ne, a CsI(Tl) detector array, which consists of 9 CsI crystals (26×26×20mm3) coupled with photodiodes, has been successfully used in the 17Ne experiment to measure the energy of protons. In order to find the optimal working conditions and get the best energy resolutions, several technologies (including various wrapping materials, wrapping and coupling methods) have been used. The testing results showed that the best energy resolution of the CsI(Tl) is about 3.3% using the 241 Am α-source. The primary testing results with the proton beam were also provided.

  14. Optical, luminescence and thermal properties of radiopure ZnMoO{sub 4} crystals used in scintillating bolometers for double beta decay search

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    Chernyak, D.M. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); Centre de Sciences Nucléaires et de Sciences de la Matière, 91405 Orsay (France); Danevich, F.A. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); Degoda, V.Ya.; Dmitruk, I.M. [Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); Ferri, F. [Dipartimento di Scienza e Alta Tecnologia dell' Università dell' Insubria, Como I-22100 (Italy); Galashov, E.N. [Nikolaev Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Giuliani, A., E-mail: Andrea.Giuliani@csnsm.in2p3.fr [Centre de Sciences Nucléaires et de Sciences de la Matière, 91405 Orsay (France); Dipartimento di Scienza e Alta Tecnologia dell' Università dell' Insubria, Como I-22100 (Italy); Sezione INFN di Milano-Bicocca, I-20126 Italy (Italy); Ivanov, I.M. [Nikolaev Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Kobychev, V.V. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); Mancuso, M.; Marnieros, S. [Centre de Sciences Nucléaires et de Sciences de la Matière, 91405 Orsay (France); Dipartimento di Scienza e Alta Tecnologia dell' Università dell' Insubria, Como I-22100 (Italy); Mokina, V.M. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); Nones, C.; Olivieri, E. [Service de Physique des Particules, CEA-Saclay, F-91191 Gif sur Yvette (France); Pessina, G. [Sezione INFN di Milano-Bicocca, I-20126 Italy (Italy); Rusconi, C. [Dipartimento di Scienza e Alta Tecnologia dell' Università dell' Insubria, Como I-22100 (Italy); Sezione INFN di Milano-Bicocca, I-20126 Italy (Italy); and others

    2013-11-21

    Zinc molybdate (ZnMoO{sub 4}) crystals are an excellent candidate material to fabricate scintillating bolometers for the study of neutrinoless double beta decay of {sup 100}Mo, provided that the crystal quality meets strict optical, thermal and radiopurity requirements. This paper addresses the characterization of improved crystalline samples grown by the low-thermal-gradient Czochralski technique. Transmittance measurements confirm significant improvement of the material with respect to previously developed samples. Luminescence properties (emission spectra, dependence of intensity on temperature, thermally stimulated luminescence and phosphorescence) have been studied under X-ray excitation from liquid-helium to room temperature. The index of refraction was measured in the wavelength interval 406–655 nm. Samples of ZnMoO{sub 4} crystals with masses of 5.07 g and 23.8 g were operated as scintillating bolometers at temperatures below 30 mK, with simultaneous detection of scintillation and heat signals, confirming an excellent alpha/beta rejection power. Background measurements allowed encouraging radiopurity level estimations. The light collection from ZnMoO{sub 4} scintillators was Monte Carlo simulated, analysing different crystal size, shape and surface properties and different photodetector sizes.

  15. Experimental comparison of high-density scintillators for EMCCD-based gamma ray imaging.

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    Heemskerk, Jan W T; Kreuger, Rob; Goorden, Marlies C; Korevaar, Marc A N; Salvador, Samuel; Seeley, Zachary M; Cherepy, Nerine J; van der Kolk, Erik; Payne, Stephen A; Dorenbos, Pieter; Beekman, Freek J

    2012-07-21

    Detection of x-rays and gamma rays with high spatial resolution can be achieved with scintillators that are optically coupled to electron-multiplying charge-coupled devices (EMCCDs). These can be operated at typical frame rates of 50 Hz with low noise. In such a set-up, scintillation light within each frame is integrated after which the frame is analyzed for the presence of scintillation events. This method allows for the use of scintillator materials with relatively long decay times of a few milliseconds, not previously considered for use in photon-counting gamma cameras, opening up an unexplored range of dense scintillators. In this paper, we test CdWO₄ and transparent polycrystalline ceramics of Lu₂O₃:Eu and (Gd,Lu)₂O₃:Eu as alternatives to currently used CsI:Tl in order to improve the performance of EMCCD-based gamma cameras. The tested scintillators were selected for their significantly larger cross-sections at 140 keV ((99m)Tc) compared to CsI:Tl combined with moderate to good light yield. A performance comparison based on gamma camera spatial and energy resolution was done with all tested scintillators having equal (66%) interaction probability at 140 keV. CdWO₄, Lu₂O₃:Eu and (Gd,Lu)₂O₃:Eu all result in a significantly improved spatial resolution over CsI:Tl, albeit at the cost of reduced energy resolution. Lu₂O₃:Eu transparent ceramic gives the best spatial resolution: 65 µm full-width-at-half-maximum (FWHM) compared to 147 µm FWHM for CsI:Tl. In conclusion, these 'slow' dense scintillators open up new possibilities for improving the spatial resolution of EMCCD-based scintillation cameras.

  16. Scintillation properties of μPD-grown Y{sub 4}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9}:Pr (YAM:Pr) crystals

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    Drozdowski, Winicjusz, E-mail: wind@fizyka.umk.pl [Institute of Physics, Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Informatics, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Grudziadzka 5, 87-100 Torun (Poland); Brylew, Kamil [Institute of Physics, Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Informatics, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Grudziadzka 5, 87-100 Torun (Poland); Malinowski, Michał [Institute of Microelectronics and Optoelectronics, Koszykowa 75, 00-662 Warsaw (Poland); Turczyński, Sebastian [Institute of Electronic Materials Technology, Wolczynska 133, 01-919 Warsaw (Poland)

    2015-05-25

    Highlights: • YAM:Pr crystals do scintillate and as such deserve further interest. • Fast d–f luminescence of Pr{sup 3+} ions appears in X-ray excited spectra. • Two components (24 and 790 ns) constitute scintillation time profiles. - Abstract: Y{sub 4}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9}:Pr (YAM:Pr) crystals have been grown by the micro-pulling-down method and their scintillation properties have been investigated. YAM:0.1%Pr displays a light yield of about 2000 ph/MeV and its scintillation time profile contains a prompt component with a decay time of 23.5 ns and a contribution of 20%. Radioluminescence spectra show both fast d–f and slow f–f praseodymium emissions. Low temperature glow curves are complex, consisting of discrete peaks and broad bands related to quasi-continuous trap distributions. Overall scintillation performance of YAM:Pr deteriorates with increasing praseodymium concentration.

  17. Search for double beta decay of $^{116}$Cd with enriched $^{116}$CdWO$_4$ crystal scintillators (Aurora experiment)

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    Danevich, F A; Belli, P; Bernabei, R; Cappella, F; Caracciolo, V; Cerulli, R; Chernyak, D M; d'Angelo, S; Incicchitti, A; Kobychev, V V; Konovalov, S I; Laubenstein, M; Mokina, V M; Poda, D V; Polischuk, O G; Shlegel, V N; Tretyak, V I; Umatov, V I

    2016-01-01

    The Aurora experiment to investigate double beta decay of $^{116}$Cd with the help of 1.162 kg cadmium tungstate crystal scintillators enriched in $^{116}$Cd to 82\\% is in progress at the Gran Sasso Underground Laboratory. The half-life of $^{116}$Cd relatively to the two neutrino double beta decay is measured with the highest up-to-date accuracy $T_{1/2}=(2.62\\pm0.14)\\times10^{19}$ yr. The sensitivity of the experiment to the neutrinoless double beta decay of $^{116}$Cd to the ground state of $^{116}$Sn is estimated as $T_{1/2} \\geq 1.9\\times10^{23}$ yr at 90\\% CL, which corresponds to the effective Majorana neutrino mass limit $\\langle m_{\

  18. Light yield of an undoped CsI crystal coupled directly to a photomultiplier tube at 77 Kelvin

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    Liu, Jing; Yamashita, Masaki; Soma, Arun Kumar

    2017-01-01

    A light yield of 20 . 4 +/- 0 . 8 photoelectrons/keV was achieved with an undoped CsI crystal coupled directly to a photomultiplier tube at 77 Kelvin. This is by far the largest in the world achieved with CsI crystals. An energy threshold that is several times lower than the current dark matter experiments utilizing CsI(Tl) crystals may be achievable using this technique. Together with novel CsI crystal purification methods, the technique may be used to improve the sensitivities of dark matter and coherent elastic neutrino-nucleus scattering experiments. Also measured were the scintillation light decay constants of the undoped CsI crystal at both room temperature and 77 Kelvin. The results are consistent with those in the literature. This work was supported by NSF PHY-1506036, USA and Grant-in-Aid (B) Project No. 26800122, MEXT, Japan.

  19. Light yield of an undoped CsI crystal coupled directly to a photomultiplier tube at 77 Kelvin

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    Liu, Jing; Soma, Arun Kumar

    2016-01-01

    A light yield of 20.4 $\\pm$ 0.8 photoelectrons/keV was achieved with an undoped CsI crystal coupled directly to a photomultiplier tube at 77 Kelvin. This is by far the largest yield in the world achieved with CsI crystals. An energy threshold that is several times lower than the current dark matter experiments utilizing CsI(Tl) crystals may be achievable using this technique. Together with novel CsI crystal purification methods, the technique may be used to improve the sensitivities of dark matter and coherent elastic neutrino-nucleus scattering experiments. Also measured were the scintillation light decay constants of the undoped CsI crystal at both room temperature and 77 Kelvin. The results are consistent with those in the literature.

  20. Investigation of Crystal Surface Finish and Geometry on Single LYSO Scintillator Detector Performance for Depth-of-Interaction Measurement with Silicon Photomultipliers.

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    Bircher, Chad; Shao, Yiping

    2012-11-21

    Depth of Interaction (DOI) information can improve quality of reconstructed images acquired from Positron Emission Tomography (PET), especially in high resolution and compact scanners dedicated for breast, brain, or small animal imaging applications. Additionally, clinical scanners with time of flight capability can also benefit from DOI information. One of the most promising methods of determining DOI in a crystal involves reading the signal from two ends of a scintillation crystal, and calculating the signal ratio between the two detectors. This method is known to deliver a better DOI resolution with rough crystals compared to highly polished crystals. However, what is still not well studied is how much of a tradeoff is involved between spatial, energy, temporal, and DOI resolutions as a function of the crystal surface treatment and geometry with the use of Silicon Photomultipliers (SiPM) as the photo detectors. This study investigates the effects of different crystal surface finishes and geometries on energy, timing and DOI resolutions at different crystal depths. The results show that for LYSO scintillators of 1.5×1.5×20 mm(3) and 2×2×20 mm(3) with their surfaces finished from 0.5 to 30 micron roughness, almost the same energy and coincidence timing resolutions were maintained, around 15% and 2.4 ns respectively across different crystal depths, while the DOI resolutions were steadily improved from worse than 5 mm to better than 2 mm. They demonstrate that crystal roughness, with proper surface preparing, does not have a significant effect on the energy and coincidence timing resolutions in the crystals examined, and there does not appear to be a tradeoff between improving DOI resolution and degrading other detector performances. These results will be valuable to guide the selection of crystal surface conditions for developing a DOI measurable PET detector with a full array of LYSO scintillators coupled to SiPM arrays.

  1. Eu-concentration dependence of optical and scintillation properties for Eu-doped SrF{sub 2} single crystals

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    Kurosawa, Shunsuke; Yokota, Yuui [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Katahira 2-1-1, 980-8577 Sendai (Japan); Yanagida, Takayuki [New Industry Creation Hatchery Center (NICHe), Aoba 6-6-10, Aramaki, 980-8579 Aoba-ku, Sendai (Japan); Yoshikawa, Akira [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Katahira 2-1-1, 980-8577 Sendai (Japan); New Industry Creation Hatchery Center (NICHe), Aoba 6-6-10, Aramaki, 980-8579 Aoba-ku, Sendai (Japan)

    2012-12-15

    Some Eu-doped scintillators, such as Eu:SrI{sub 2}, emit around 400-nm wavelength that originates from 5d-4f transition of Eu{sup 2+}, while some Eu-doped crystals have emissions from Eu{sup 3+} (f-f emission). In this report, effect of Eu-doping on optical and scintillation properties of SrF{sub 2} crystals with Core-valence luminescence is discussed. The samples had 0.1, 0.2, 0.5, 1.0, and 2.0 mol% of Eu and were grown by an annealing method. As a result, {sup 5}D{sub 0}-{sup 7}F{sub i} (i =1, 2) transition (Eu{sup 3+}) was detected in the SrF{sub 2}, containing over 0.5 mol% of Eu, while emission from 0.1 and 0.2-mol% Eu:SrF{sub 2} originated from 5d-4f transition of Eu{sup 2+} and Core-valence luminescence. The light output of SrF{sub 2} doped with 0.1, 0.2, 0.5, 1.0 and 2.0 mol% Eu was estimated to be 13,000 {+-} 1,000, 12,000 {+-} 1,000, 13,000 {+-} 2,000, 8,000 {+-} 1,000 and 7,000 {+-} 1,000 photons/MeV, respectively. (copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  2. Alpha-gamma pulse-shape discrimination in Gd3Al2Ga3O12 (GAGG):Ce3+ crystal scintillator using shape indicator

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    Tamagawa, Yoichi; Inukai, Yuji; Ogawa, Izumi; Kobayashi, Masaaki

    2015-09-01

    The pulse-shape discrimination (PSD) in a GAGG single-crystal scintillator was studied by using a shape indicator (SI) parameter of the optimal digital filter method. SI is one of the most useful PSD methods that use typical pulse shapes. Excellent discrimination between 0.662 MeV γ-rays and 5.48 MeV α-rays was achieved. For a cut at SI=0.0056, 99.95% of the γ-rays and only 0.22% of the α-rays were retained. Selection of background events (γ and α) in the GAGG scintillator was achieved by using the PSD method.

  3. Improvement of the growth of Li4SiO4 single crystals for neutron detection and their scintillation and luminescence properties

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    Pejchal, Jan; Babin, Vladimir; Beitlerova, Alena; Kurosawa, Shunsuke; Yokota, Yuui; Yoshikawa, Akira; Nikl, Martin

    2017-01-01

    We have investigated Li4SiO4 scintillation crystals for their possible application in neutron detection due to high Li content and low density of 2.35 g/cm3. The micro-pulling-down method employing the Ir crucible and afterheater was optimized for crystal growth of Li4SiO4 taking into account the Li evaporation. To grow high-quality crack-free single crystals, the heating power was increased to establish milder temperature gradient, thicker meniscus, smaller crystal diameter and resulting smaller stress in the as-grown crystals. The undoped, Ti-, Cr-, and Al- doped crystals were prepared and studied. Radioluminescence measurements under X-ray excitation showed quite high overall scintillation efficiency of the Ti-doped sample reaching as high as 250% of that of Bi4Ge3O12 reference scintillator. The emission spectrum was dominated by one broad band peaking at 350 nm related to Ti4+ impurity. Reasonable light yield of 10000 photons/neutron was found. However, its long decay time of 54 μs might be a limitation especially for high counting rate applications. The overall scintillation efficiency of the Cr3+ sample was much lower and the spectrum shows one broad peak at 463 nm which does not correspond to Cr3+ luminescence. The radioluminescence spectrum of the Al-doped sample resembled to that of the Ti-doped one, just its magnitude is considerably lower, which was explained by Ti contamination. Peculiarities and optimization of crystal growth and a preliminary sketch of luminescence mechanisms and dopant incorporation are discussed.

  4. Investigations of Ba{sub 3}BP{sub 3}O{sub 12}:Eu{sup 2+} single crystal as a scintillator

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    Zhang, Zhi-Jun, E-mail: zhangzj@mail.sic.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Transparent Opto-Functional Inorganic Materials of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Shanghai 200050 (China); Hu, Guan-Qin; Wang, Hong [Key Laboratory of Transparent Opto-Functional Inorganic Materials of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Shanghai 200050 (China); Zhu, Lin-Lin [Key Laboratory of Transparent Opto-Functional Inorganic Materials of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Shanghai 200050 (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100039 (China); Zhao, Jing-Tai [Key Laboratory of Transparent Opto-Functional Inorganic Materials of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Shanghai 200050 (China)

    2014-04-01

    Highlights: • Eu{sup 2+}-activated Ba{sub 3}BP{sub 3}O{sub 12} single crystals have been grown by the top-seeded solution growth method (TSSG) for the first time. • Ba{sub 3}BP{sub 3}O{sub 12}:Eu{sup 2+} single crystal exhibits wide transparency in the wavelength range from 250 to 700 nm. • Ba{sub 3}BP{sub 3}O{sub 12}:Eu{sup 2+} single crystal shows high overall scintillation efficiency (1.8 times of BGO) and moderate decay time (860 ns). - Abstract: Single crystals of Ba{sub 3}BP{sub 3}O{sub 12}:Eu{sup 2+} with high optical quality have been grown by the top-seeded solution growth (TSSG) method using BPO{sub 4}–NaF mixture as the flux. Ba{sub 3}BP{sub 3}O{sub 12}:Eu{sup 2+} single crystal exhibits wide transparency in the wavelength range from 250 to 700 nm, and shows a broad emission band in the wavelength range of 350–650 nm when excited by X-ray radiation. The overall scintillation efficiency is about 1.8 times of that of BGO crystal under the same conditions. Its room temperature fluorescence decay curve exhibits a single-exponent shape with decay time of about 860 ns. It is worth noting that Ba{sub 3}BP{sub 3}O{sub 12}:Eu{sup 2+} single crystal may be of great interest for applications in the field of scintillation materials considering its scintillation properties, as well as the good chemical stability.

  5. Evaluation of undoped ZnS single crystal materials for x-ray imaging applications

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    Saleh, Muad; Lynn, Kelvin G.; McCloy, John S.

    2017-05-01

    ZnS-based materials have a long history of use as x-ray luminescent materials. ZnS was one of the first discovered scintillators and is reported to have one of the highest scintillator efficiencies. The use of ZnS for high energy luminescence has been thus far limited to thin powder screens, such as ZnS:Ag which is used for detecting alpha radiation, due to opacity to its scintillation light, primarily due to scattering. ZnS in bulk form (chemical vapor deposited, powder processed, and single crystal) has high transmission and low scattering compared to powder screens. In this paper, the performance of single crystalline ZnS is evaluated for low energy x-ray (decay time, and low levels of afterglow. We present a trade study which compares the calculated scintillation gain and absolute efficiency for low energy x-rays (<10 keV) comparing thin (<100 μm) ZnS to CsI:Tl, Bi4Ge3O12 (BGO), and Y3Al5O12:Ce (YAG:Ce). The study also gives insight into the spatial resolution of these scintillators. Further, photoluminescence (PL) and PL excitation (PLE) of several undoped ZnS single crystals is compared to their Radioluminescence (RL) spectra. It was found that the ZnS emission wavelength varies on the excitation source energy.

  6. Development of new mixed Lux(RE3+)1-xAP:Ce scintillators (RE3+ =Y3+ or Gd3+): Comparison with other Ce-doped or intrinsic scintillation crystals

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    Chval, J; Giba, J; Hybler, J D; Loude, J F; Mares, J A; Mihoková, E; Morel, Christian; Nejezchleb, N; Nikl, M; Vedda, A; Zaidi, H

    1999-01-01

    This paper presents the development of new Ce-doped, fast and high effective-Z mixed Lux(RE3+)1-xAP:Ce crystals. These crystals have been grown by the Czochralski method and good results have been obtained with x = 0.1, 0.2 and 0.3 for Y3+ ions. Relative light yields measured for the Lux(RE3+)1-xAP:Ce crystals are 40% to 75% higher than for BGO and are comparable to the light yield of YAP:Ce crystal. Measured energy resolutions at 662 keV range over 8% to 15.3% FWHM and are close to the energy resolution obtained with a YAP:Ce. Thermally stimulated luminescence (TSL) measurements above room temperature have also been performed: in accordance with the expected effect of trap states on scintillation efficiency, an anticorrelation between TSL intensity and light yield is found.

  7. Multi-energy radiography on the basis of "scintillator-photodiode" detectors

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    Naydenov, S V; Grinyov, B V; Lisetskaya, E K; Kozin, D N; Opolonin, A D

    2003-01-01

    For reconstruction of the spatial structure and thicknesses of complex objects and materials, it is proposed to use multi-radiography with detection of X-ray or gamma-radiation by combined detector arrays of scintillator-photodiode type. Experimental studies have been carried out of the energy dependence of sensitivity of dual-energy inspection systems based on scintillators $ZnSe(Te)$ and $CsI(Tl)$.

  8. Radiation hardness qualification of PbWO4 scintillation crystals for the CMS Electromagnetic Calorimeter

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    Adzic, P; Andelin, D; Anicin, I; Antunovic, Z; Arcidiacono, R; Arenton, M W; Auffray, E; Argiro, S; Askew, A; Baccaro, S; Baffioni, S; Balazs, M; Bandurin, D; Barney, D; Barone, L M; Bartoloni, A; Baty, C; Beauceron, S; Bell, K W; Bernet, C; Besancon, M; Betev, B; Beuselinck, R; Biino, C; Blaha, J; Bloch, P; Borisevitch, A; Bornheim, A; Bourotte, J; Brown, R M; Buehler, M; Busson, P; Camanzi, B; Camporesi, T; Cartiglia, N; Cavallari, F; Cecilia, A; Chang, P; Chang, Y H; Charlot, C; Chen, E A; Chen, W T; Chen, Z; Chipaux, R; Choudhary, B C; Choudhury, R K; Cockerill, D J A; Conetti, S; Cooper, S; Cossutti, F; Cox, B; Cussans, D G; Dafinei, I; Da Silva Di Calafiori, D R; Daskalakis, G; David, A; Deiters, K; Dejardin, M; De Benedetti, A; Della Ricca, G; Del Re, D; Denegri, D; Depasse, P; Descamps, J; Diemoz, M; Di Marco, E; Dissertori, G; Dittmar, M; Djambazov, L; Djordjevic, M; Dobrzynski, L; Dolgopolov, A; Drndarevic, S; Drobychev, G; Dutta, D; Dzelalija, M; Elliott-Peisert, A; El Mamouni, H; Evangelou, I; Fabbro, B; Faure, J L; Fay, J; Fedorov, A; Ferri, F; Franci, D; Franzoni, G; Freudenreich, K; Funk, W; Ganjour, S; Gascon, S; Gataullin, M; Gentit, F X; Ghezzi, A; Givernaud, A; Gninenko, S; Go, A; Gobbo, B; Godinovic, N; Golubev, N; Govoni, P; Grant, N; Gras, P; Haguenauer, M; Hamel de Monchenault, G; Hansen, M; Haupt, J; Heath, H F; Heltsley, B; Hintz, W; Hirosky, R; Hobson, P R; Honma, A; Hou, G W S; Hsiung, Y; Huhtinen, M; Ille, B; Ingram, Q; Inyakin, A; Jarry, P; Jessop, C; Jovanovic, D; Kaadze, K; Kachanov, V; Kailas, S; Kataria, S K; Kennedy, B W; Kokkas, P; Kolberg, T; Korjik, M; Krasnikov, N; Krpic, D; Kubota, Y; Kuo, C M; Kyberd, P; Kyriakis, A; Lebeau, M; Lecomte, P; Lecoq, P; Ledovskoy, A; Lethuillier, M; Lin, S W; Lin, W; Litvine, V; Locci, E; Longo, E; Loukas, D; Luckey, P D; Lustermann, W; Ma, Y; Malberti, M; Malclès, J; Maletic, D; Manthos, N; Maravin, Y; Marchica, C; Marinelli, N; Markou, A; Markou, C; Marone, M; Matveev, V; Mavrommatis, C; Meridiani, P; Milenovic, P; Miné, P; Missevitch, O; Mohanty, A K; Moortgat, F; Musella, P; Musienko, Y; Nardulli, A; Nash, J; Nedelec, P; Negri, P; Newman, H B; Nikitenko, A; Nessi-Tedaldi, F; Obertino, M M; Organtini, G; Orimoto, T; Paganoni, M; Paganini, P; Palma, A; Pant, L; Papadakis, A; Papadakis, I; Papadopoulos, I; Paramatti, R; Parracho, P; Pastrone, N; Patterson, J R; Pauss, F; Peigneux, J-P; Petrakou, E; Phillips II, D G; Piroué, P; Ptochos, F; Puljak, I; Pullia, A; Punz, T; Puzovic, J; Ragazzi, S; Rahatlou, S; Rander, J; Razis, P A; Redaelli, N; Renker, D; Reucroft, S; Ribeiro, P; Rogan, C; Ronquest, M; Rosowsky, A; Rovelli, C; Rumerio, P; Rusack, R; Rusakov, S V; Ryan, M J; Sala, L; Salerno, R; Schneegans, M; Seez, C; Sharp, P; Shepherd-Themistocleous, C H; Shiu, J G; Shivpuri, R K; Shukla, P; Siamitros, C; Sillou, D; Silva, J; Silva, P; Singovsky, A; Sirois, Y; Sirunyan, A; Smith, V J; Stöckli, F; Swain, J; Tabarelli de Fatis, T; Takahashi, M; Tancini, V; Teller, O; Theofilatos, K; Thiebaux, C; Timciuc, V; Timlin, C; Titov, M; Topkar, A; Triantis, F A; Troshin, S; Tyurin, N; Ueno, K; Uzunian, A; Varela, J; Verrecchia, P; Veverka, J; Virdee, T; Wang, M; Wardrope, D; Weber, M; Weng, J; Williams, J H; Yang, Y; Yaselli, I; Yohay, R; Zabi, A; Zelepoukine, S; Zhang, J; Zhang, L Y; Zhu, K; Zhu, R Y

    2010-01-01

    Ensuring the radiation hardness of PbWO4 crystals was one of the main priorities during the construction of the electromagnetic calorimeter of the CMS experiment at CERN. The production on an industrial scale of radiation hard crystals and their certification over a period of several years represented a difficult challenge both for CMS and for the crystal suppliers. The present article reviews the related scientific and technological problems encountered.

  9. Growth of 2 Inch Eu-doped SrI2 single crystals for scintillator applications

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    Yoshikawa, Akira; Shoji, Yasuhiro; Yokota, Yuui; Kurosawa, Shunsuke; Hayasaka, Shoki; Chani, Valery I.; Ito, Tomoki; Kamada, Kei; Ohashi, Yuji; Kochurikhin, Vladimir

    2016-10-01

    A vertical Bridgman (VB) crystal growth process was established using modified micro-pulling-down (μ-PD) crystal growth system with a removable chamber that was developed for the growth of deliquescent halide single crystals because conventional μ-PD method does not allow growth of large bulk single crystals. Eu:SrI2 crystals were grown from the melt of (Sr0.98Eu0.02)I2 composition using carbon crucibles. Undoped μ-PD SrI2 crystals were used as seeds that were affixed to the bottom of the crucible. All the preparations preceding the growths and the hot zone assembling were performed in a glove box with Ar gas. Then the removable chamber was taken out of the glove box, attached to the μ-PD system, connected with a Turbo Molecular pump, and evacuated down to 10-4 Pa at 300 °C. After the baking procedure, high purity Ar gas (6N) was injected into the chamber. The crucible was heated by a high frequency induction coil up to the melting point of Eu:SrI2. After melting the starting materials, the crucible was displaced in downward direction for the crystal growth and then cooled down to room temperature. Thus, 2 in. and crack-free Eu:SrI2 bulk crystals were produced. The crystals had high transparency and did not contain any visible inclusions. The crystals were cut and polished in the glove box and then sealed in an aluminum container with an optical window for characterization. The details of the crystal growth are discussed.

  10. A Directional Gamma-Ray Detector Based on Scintillator Plates

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    Hanna, D; Boyle, P; MacLeod, A M L

    2015-01-01

    A simple device for determining the azimuthal location of a source of gamma radiation, using ideas from astrophysical gamma-ray burst detection, is described. A compact and robust detector built from eight identical modules, each comprising a plate of CsI(Tl) scintillator coupled to a photomultiplier tube, can locate a point source of gamma rays with degree-scale precision by comparing the count rates in the different modules. Sensitivity to uniform environmental background is minimal.

  11. Radiation damage effects in Y{sub 2}SiO{sub 5}:Ce scintillation crystals under γ-quanta and 24 GeV protons

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    Auffray, E. [CERN, Geneva (Switzerland); Borisevitch, A. [Institute for Nuclear Problems, Minsk (Belarus); Gektin, A.; Gerasymov, Ia. [Institute for Scintillation Materials NASU, Kharkiv (Ukraine); Korjik, M.; Kozlov, D. [Institute for Nuclear Problems, Minsk (Belarus); Kurtsev, D. [Institute for Scintillation Materials NASU, Kharkiv (Ukraine); Mechinsky, V. [Institute for Nuclear Problems, Minsk (Belarus); Sidletskiy, O., E-mail: sidletskiy@isma.kharkov.com [Institute for Scintillation Materials NASU, Kharkiv (Ukraine); Zoueyski, R. [Institute for Nuclear Problems, Minsk (Belarus)

    2015-05-21

    This work focuses on the study of changes in the optical transmission of Y{sub 2}SiO{sub 5}:Ce crystals caused by ionizing radiation from γ-quanta and high energy protons. Radioisotope content of proton-irradiated crystals, transmission and induced absorption spectra, and scintillation characteristics are measured after irradiation with protons. In contrast to crystals of heavy complex oxides, Y{sub 2}SiO{sub 5}:Ce crystals do not demonstrate significant deterioration of transmission in the luminescence range (400–600 nm) under irradiation. Such crystals can be considered as a material for construction of detecting cells of the calorimetric detectors at LHC with high luminosity. The feasibility of growing large crackless Y{sub 2}SiO{sub 5}:Ce crystals with a diameter up to 50 mm and length up to 250 mm is demonstrated. - Highlights: • Large YSO:Ce single crystals are obtained. • YSO:Ce demonstrates improved radiation hardness compared to heavy scintillators. • YSO:Ce is a promising crystal for LHC detectors upgrade.

  12. Crystal growth and scintillation properties of Er-doped Lu{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} single crystals

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    Sugiyama, Makoto, E-mail: makoto.sugiyama@imr.tohoku.ac.jp [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8577 (Japan); Fujimoto, Yutaka [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8577 (Japan); Yanagida, Takayuki [New Industry Creation Hatchery Center (NICHe), Tohoku University, 6-6-10 Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8579 (Japan); Totsuka, Daisuke [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8577 (Japan); Nihon Kessho Kogaku Co. Ltd., 810-5 Nobe-cho Tatebayashi Gunma (Japan); Kurosawa, Shunsuke; Futami, Yoshisuke; Yokota, Yuui; Chani, Valery [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8577 (Japan); Yoshikawa, Akira [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8577 (Japan); New Industry Creation Hatchery Center (NICHe), Tohoku University, 6-6-10 Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8579 (Japan)

    2012-02-01

    Er-doped Lu{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} (Er:LuAG) single crystalline scintillators with different Er concentrations of 0.1, 0.5, 1, and 3% were grown by the micro-pulling-down ({mu}-PD) method. The grown crystals were composed of single-phase material, as demonstrated by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD). The radioluminescence spectra measured under {sup 241}Am {alpha}-ray excitation indicated host emission at approximately 350 nm and Er{sup 3+} 4f-4f emissions. According to the pulse height spectra recorded under {gamma}-ray irradiation, the 0.5% Er:LuAG exhibited the highest peak channel among the samples. The {gamma}-ray excited decay time profiles were well fitted by the two-component exponential approximation (0.8 {mu}s and 6-10 {mu}s).

  13. Search for double beta processes in {sup 106}Cd with enriched {sup 106}CdWO{sub 4} crystal scintillator in coincidence with four crystals HPGe detector

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    Danevich, F. A., E-mail: danevich@kinr.kiev.ua; Chernyak, D. M.; Mokina, V. M. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); Belli, P.; Bernabei, R.; D’Angelo, S. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Roma ”Tor Vergata”, I-00133 Rome (Italy); INFN sezione Roma ”Tor Vergata”, I-00133 Rome (Italy); Brudanin, V. B. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, 141980 Dubna (Russian Federation); Cappella, F.; Caracciolo, V.; Cerulli, R.; Laubenstein, M. [INFN, Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso, I-67100 Assergi (AQ) (Italy); Incicchitti, A. [INFN, sezione di Roma ”La Sapienza”, I-00185 Rome (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Roma ”La Sapienza”, I-00185 Rome (Italy); Poda, D. V. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); Centre de Sciences Nucléaires et de Sciences de la Matière, 91405 Orsay (France); Polischuk, O. G.; Tretyak, V. I. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); INFN, sezione di Roma ”La Sapienza”, I-00185 Rome (Italy); Tupitsyna, I. A. [Institute of Scintillation Materials, 61001 Kharkiv (Ukraine)

    2015-10-28

    A radiopure cadmium tungstate crystal scintillator, enriched in {sup 106}Cd ({sup 106}CdWO{sub 4}), was used to search for double beta decay processes in {sup 106}Cd in coincidence with an ultra-low background set-up containing four high purity germanium (HPGe) detectors in a single cryostat. The experiment has been completed after 13085 h of data taking. New improved limits on most of the double beta processes in {sup 106}Cd have been set on the level of 10{sup 20}−10{sup 21} yr. Tn particular, the half-life limit on the two neutrino electron capture with positron emission, T{sub 1/2} ≥ 1.8 × 10{sup 21} yr, reached the region of theoretical predictions.

  14. A comparison of the use of sodium iodide and lanthanum bromide scintillation crystals for airborne surveys

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    Bailey, Derek M.

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Aerial Spectral Environmental Collection Technology (ASPECT) program performs aerial radiological and chemical characterization of geographical regions of interest. Airborne surveys are performed to characterize environmental radionuclide content, for mineral exploration, as well as for emergency scenarios such as major releases or lost sources. Two radiological detection systems are used by the ASPECT team for gamma-ray detection and characterization: lanthanum bromide [LaBr 3(Ce)] and sodium iodide [NaI(Tl)] scintillation systems. An aerial survey of a uranium mine in the western United States was performed using both NaI(Tl) and LaBr3(Ce) detection systems. Analyses of the survey data were performed with RadAssist software and applying International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) airborne gamma ray mapping guidelines. The data for the survey were corrected for cross-over, which is spectral interference from higher energy photons as a result of Compton scattering, height attenuation, cosmic ray contribution to signal, and Radon contribution to signal. Two radiation survey contours were generated from each discrete data set. Based on analysis of the uranium mine survey results, LaBr3(Ce) produced a product comparable to that of NaI(Tl). The LaBr3(Ce) detection system contained 1/16th the scintillating volume and had a total system weight that was 1/4th that of the NaI(Tl) system. LaBr3(Ce) demonstrated a clear advantage over NaI(Tl) detectors in system mobility, and weight factors in airborne gamma ray spectroscopy.

  15. Influence of variable tungsten valency on optical transmittance and radiation hardness of lead tungstate (PWO) scintillation crystals

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    Burachas, S; Makov, I; Saveliev, Yu; Ippolitov, M S; Man'ko, V; Nikulin, S P; Nyanin, A; Vasilev, A; Apanasenko, A; Tamulaitis, G

    2003-01-01

    A new approach to interpret the radiation hardness of PbWO//4 (PWO) scintillators is developed by revealing importance of the inclusions of tungsten oxides WO//3//-//x with variable valency. It is demonstrated that the influence of the ionizing radiation on PWO is, in many aspects, similar to the effect of the high-temperature annealing in oxygenless ambient. In both cases, a valency change of the tungsten oxides is initiated and results in induced absorption and, consequently, in crystal coloration. In the PWO crystals doped with L//2O//3 (L = Y, La, Gd), the radiation hardness and the optical properties are mainly affected by inclusions of W//1//-//yL//yO//3//- //x (0 less than x less than 0.3) instead of inclusions of WO//3//- //x prevailing in the undoped samples. It is demonstrated that the radiation-induced bleaching and the photochromic effect of PWO are caused by phase transitions in the inclusions of tungsten oxide. Thermodynamic conditions for the phase transitions are discussed and the optimal oxid...

  16. Czochralski growth of Gd3(Al5-xGax)O12 (GAGG) single crystals and their scintillation properties

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    Kurosawa, Shunsuke; Shoji, Yasuhiro; Yokota, Yuui; Kamada, Kei; Chani, Valery I.; Yoshikawa, Akira

    2014-05-01

    Ce:Gd3(AlxGa1-x)5O12 (x=2.5/5 and 3/5, Ce:GAGG-2.5 and Ce:GAGG-3) crystals were grown by the Czochralski process in order to reduce cost of the starting materials as compared with conventional Ce:Gd3Al2Ga3O12 (Ce:GAGG-2) crystal which have high light output. Although perovskite phase was detected in Ce:GAGG-3, Ce:GAGG-2.5 had single-phase garnet structure. Solidification fraction for the Ce:GAGG-2.5 growth was 0.52. Optical properties including transmittance, emission, and excitation spectra of 30 samples cut from the Ce:GAGG-2.5 bulk ingot did not depend on their original position along the growth axis. These samples had light outputs of approximately 58,000±3000 photons/MeV. However, scintillation decay times varied from 140 to 200 ns and depended on the position clearly.

  17. Evaluation of physical characteristics of the Lu2SiO5:Ce3+ (LSO:Ce) scintillator in single crystal and in granular form for applications in X-ray medical imaging systems

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    Δαυίδ, Ευστράτιος

    2006-01-01

    For all medical imaging systems using X-rays or γ-rays, radiation detector development in general and scintillator development in particular are in full progress. There is a strong interest in the introduction of new dense, high-atomic-number inorganic scintillation crystals with a high light yield and a fast response, especially for PET and SPECT. Powder scintillators are of interest for projection X-ray imaging. For PET, research is focused on CeP3+P doped scintillators, employing the 5d → ...

  18. Influence of lutetium content on the scintillation properties in (Lu{sub x}Y{sub 1-x})AlO{sub 3}:Ce single crystals

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    Chewpraditkul, W. [Department of Physics, King Mongkut' s University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok 10140 (Thailand); Phunpueok, A. [Faculty of Science and Technology, Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi, Pathumthani, 12110 (Thailand); Szczesniak, T.; Moszynski, M. [National Centre for Nuclear Research, A. Soltana 7, 05-400, Otwock-Swierk (Poland); Babin, V.; Nikl, M. [Institute of Physics, AS CR Cukrovarnicka 10, Prague, 16253 (Czech Republic)

    2013-09-15

    The absorption, luminescence, and scintillation characteristics of cerium-doped lutetium-yttrium perovskite (Lu{sub x}Y{sub 1-x} AlO{sub 3}:Ce; x = 0, 0.3, 0.7) single crystals were investigated. The values of light yield, scintillation decay time, and coincidence time resolution were evaluated. At 662 keV {gamma}-rays ({sup 137}Cs source), the light yield of 30 700 ph MeV{sup -1} obtained for YAlO{sub 3}:Ce is much higher than that of 16 200 and 10 600 ph MeV{sup -1} obtained for Lu{sub 0.3}Y{sub 0.7}AlO{sub 3}:Ce and Lu{sub 0.7}Y{sub 0.3}AlO{sub 3}:Ce, respectively. Scintillation decays are dominated by a fast component with decay time value of 16-20 ns, which nearly coincides with the photoluminescence decay time value of 17.5 ns. In scintillation decays the intensity of the fast component becomes reduced and the content of slower components considerably increased with increasing lutetium content in the crystals. The coincidence time spectra for 511 keV annihilation quanta were measured in coincidence experiment using a BaF{sub 2}-based detector and time resolution was also discussed in terms of a number of photoelectrons and decay time of the scintillation pulse. The photofraction for all the crystals under 662 keV {gamma}-ray excitation was also evaluated and discussed. (copyright 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  19. Pulse shape discrimination characteristics of stilbene crystal, pure and 6Li loaded plastic scintillators for a high resolution coded-aperture neutron imager

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    Cieślak, M. J.; Gamage, K. A. A.; Glover, R.

    2017-07-01

    Pulse shape discrimination performances of single stilbene crystal, pure plastic and 6Li loaded plastic scintillators have been compared. Three pulse shape discrimination algorithms have been tested for each scintillator sample, assessing their quality of neutron/gamma separation. Additionally, the digital implementation feasibility of each algorithm in a real-time embedded system was evaluated. Considering the pixelated architecture of the coded-aperture imaging system, a reliable method of simultaneous multi-channel neutron/gamma discrimination was sought, accounting for the short data analysis window available for each individual channel. In this study, each scintillator sample was irradiated with a 252Cf neutron source and a bespoke digitiser system was used to collect the data allowing detailed offline examination of the sampled pulses. The figure-of-merit was utilised to compare the discrimination quality of the collected events with respect to various discrimination algorithms. Single stilbene crystal presents superior neutron/gamma separation performance when compared to the plastic scintillator samples.

  20. New developments of scintillating crystal-based hybrid single photon detectors (X-HPDs) for charged particle and neutrino detection applications

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    Al Samarai, I.; Busto, J.; Hallewell, G. [Centre de Physique des Particules de Marseille, 163 Avenue de Luminy, F-13288 Marseille (France); KM3NeT Consortium (France); Combettes, B.; Dehaine, A. G. [Photonis S.A.S. Avenue Roger Roncier, F-19106 Brive la Gaillarde (France)

    2009-07-01

    Scintillating crystal-based hybrid photon detectors have been demonstrated as viable single photon detectors since 1996 in the Lake Baikal neutrino telescope. Prior to this, the Philips XP2600 was developed under the DUMAND program, while more recently, developments at CERN have demonstrated the advantages of a true concentric geometry with a scintillator at the geometric centre of a spherical photocathode, giving almost 100% electrostatic collection efficiency over 3{pi} solid angle coverage. We began the development of a new series of quasi-spherical crystal hybrid photon detectors (the Photonis XP2608 series) for use in the future KM3NeT cubic kilometer-scale deep sea neutrino telescope. The thrust of this research was to investigate the industrialization of the crystal hybrid photon detector to the point where it would represent a significant cost reduction per cubic kilometer of instrumented volume compared to conventional large photomultipliers, thereby allowing extremely large telescope target volumes. Such gains would arise through an all-glass envelope, 'internal' processing of the photocathode, and from the use of an inexpensive scintillating crystal or deposited phosphor viewed by a small photomultiplier. Details of these developments are presented. (authors)

  1. Effect of Mg co-doping on scintillation properties of Ce:Gd3(Ga, Al)5O12 single crystals with various Ga/Al ratios

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    Yoshino, Masao; Kamada, Kei; Shoji, Yasuhiro; Yamaji, Akihiro; Kurosawa, Shunsuke; Yokota, Yuui; Ohashi, Yuji; Yoshikawa, Akira; Chani, Valery I.

    2017-06-01

    Mg co-doped Ce1%:Gd3GaxAl5-xO12 (Ce:GAGG) crystals (x=2.4, 2.7, 3.0) were successfully grown by the Czochralski (Cz) method. Effect of Mg co-doping on the scintillation properties of Ce:GAGG was examined. This study covers measurements of solidification fraction and scintillation properties such as light yield, energy resolution and non-proportionality for each crystal. Pulse-height spectra of various gamma and X-ray sources with energies ranged from 30 keV to 662 keV were measured. Regardless of the presence/absence of Mg dopant, the non-proportionality curves with lower content of gallium in the crystal structure tend to improve. Mg co-doped Ce:GAGG samples did not show a significant difference as compared with non co-doped Ce:GAGG. Mg co-doped crystals with x=2.4 and 2.7 showed the promising scintillation properties of faster decay time and higher energy resolution than those with x=3.0.

  2. Development of cryogenic low background detector based on enriched zinc molybdate crystal scintillators to search for neutrinoless double beta decay of $^{100}$Mo

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    Chernyak, Dmitry

    2015-01-01

    ZnMoO$_4$ scintillators with a mass of $\\sim$ 0.3 kg, as well as Zn$^{100}$MoO$_4$ crystals enriched in the isotope $^{100}$Mo were produced for the first time by using the low-thermal-gradient Czochralski technique. The optical and luminescent properties of the produced crystals were studied to estimate the progress in crystal growth quality. The low-temperature tests with a 313 g ZnMoO$_4$ and two enriched Zn$^{100}$MoO$_4$ crystals were performed aboveground in the Centre de Sciences Nucl\\'eaires et de Sciences de la Mati\\`ere. The low background measurements with a three ZnMoO$_4$ and two enriched detectors installed in the EDELWEISS set-up at the Laboratoire Souterrain de Modane were carried out. To optimize the light collection in ZnMoO$_4$ scintillating bolometers, we have simulated the collection of scintillation photons in a detector module for different geometries by Monte Carlo method using the GEANT4 package. Response to the 2$\

  3. Growth and scintillation properties of Ce{sup 3+}-doped (Y{sub 1-x}Gd{sub x})AlO{sub 3} crystals

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    Fujimoto, Yutaka; Wakahara, Shingo; Suzuki, Shotaro; Kurosawa, Shunsuke [Institute of Materials Research, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8577 (Japan); Yanagida, Takayuki [New Industry Creation Hatchery Center, Tohoku University, 6-6-10 Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8579 (Japan); Yoshikawa, Akira [Institute of Materials Research, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8577 (Japan); New Industry Creation Hatchery Center, Tohoku University, 6-6-10 Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8579 (Japan)

    2012-12-15

    The optical and scintillation properties of 0.5% fixed Ce-doped (Y{sub 1-x}Gd{sub x})AlO{sub 3} single crystals have been investigated at three different levels of Gd doping: x = 0.2, 0.4 and 0.6. Single crystal of the Ce{sup 3+}-doped (Y{sub 0.8}Gd{sub 0.2})AlO{sub 3}, (Y{sub 0.6}Gd{sub 0.4})AlO{sub 3} and (Y{sub 0.4}Gd{sub 0.6})AlO{sub 3} were successfully grown by {mu}-PD technique in nitrogen atmosphere. From X-ray diffraction analysis, no impurity phase was detected for the grown Ce-doped crystals. Ce-doped (Y{sub 0.6}Gd{sub 0.4})AlO{sub 3} crystal demonstrated highest fluorescence quantum efficiency ({proportional_to} 25%) with improvement of excitation efficiency due to the Gd-doping. When irradiated by the alpha-rays from a {sup 241}Am source, all the Ce-doped crystals showed luminescence band that corresponding to 5d (t{sub 2g})-4f transition of Ce{sup 3+}. The scintillation decay time was characterized by two components; the fast component (5-15 ns) is ascribed to 5d-4f transition of Ce{sup 3+}, while the slow one (100-200 ns) may be related to energy transfer between Ce{sup 3+} and Gd{sup 3+} ion. According to the result of {sup 137}Cs gamma-ray irradiated pulse height spectra compared with BGO scintillator, the relative scintillation light output was found to be about 12200 {+-} 1220 (Gd 20%) and 16000 {+-} 1600 (Gd 40%) ph/MeV. (copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  4. Growth and scintillation characterization of Ce{sup 3+}-doped Rb{sub 2}LiGdBr{sub 6} single crystals

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    Rooh, Gul [Department of Physics, Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan 23200 (Pakistan); Kim, H.J., E-mail: hongjoo@knu.ac.kr [Department of Physics, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 702-701 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Sunghwan [Department of Radiological Science, Cheongju University, Cheongju 360-764 (Korea, Republic of); Khan, Sajid [Department of Physics, Kohat University of Science & Technology, 26000 (Pakistan)

    2016-10-01

    Growth and scintillation characterizations of the newly developed cerium doped Rb{sub 2}LiGdBr{sub 6} (RLGB) single crystals were investigated. RLGB, which belongs to bromo-elpasolite crystal family, was grown by the vertical Bridgman technique with nominally 1%, 5%, and 10% Ce{sup 3+}-concentration (mole%). X-ray excited luminescence spectra show typical Ce{sup 3+} bands between 350 to 460 nm wavelength regions. A good energy resolution of 5.5% (FWHM) and light yield of 25,500±2600 ph/MeV for 662 keV γ-rays were observed at 5% Ce{sup 3+}-concentration. Under γ-ray excitation, RLGB:Ce{sup 3+} crystals display multi-exponential decays with Ce{sup 3+} like decay components at 23 ns and 29 ns for 1% and 5% Ce-concentrations, respectively. From the results, it is expected that this scintillator could be used as a thermal neutron detector because of Li and Gd ions in the host lattice. Also, like other inorganic halide scintillators, it is very hygroscopic. - Highlights: • Scintillation properties of new Rb{sub 2}LiGdBr{sub 6}:Ce{sup 3+} were presented. • Single crystals of Rb{sub 2}LiGdBr{sub 6} were grown by two zone vertical Bridgman technique. • The grown material was highly hygroscopic and belongs to elpasolite crystal family. • Good energy resolution of 5.5% (FWHM) and light yield of 25,500±2600 ph/MeV were obtained under γ-ray excitation. • This material displayed multiexponential decays with Ce{sup 3+} like decay components.

  5. Growth of Ce:LiYF{sub 4} bulk single crystal with high Ce concentration by Cz method and the scintillation properties

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    Yokota, Yuui; Yamaji, Akihiro; Kurosawa, Shunsuke [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai, 9808577 Miyagi (Japan); Kawaguchi, Noriaki; Fukuda, Kentaro [Tokuyama Corp., Sendai, 9893204 Miyagi (Japan); Yoshikawa, Akira [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai, 9808577 Miyagi (Japan); New Industry Creation Hatchery Center (NICHe), Tohoku University, Sendai, 9893204 Miyagi (Japan)

    2012-12-15

    Ce 2% doped LiYF4 [Ce:LYF] bulk single crystal was grown by Czochralski method and the structural phase, crystallinity, optical properties and scintillation properties were investigated. Grown Ce:LYF bulk single crystal included some cracks in the initial part of crystal and meanwhile there were no visible cracks in the center and end parts. Full width of half maximum of X-ray rocking curve on the plate crystal in center part of Ce:LYF bulk single crystal was 81.4 arcsec. Alpha-ray position in the pulse-height spectra under alpha-ray irradiation was almost quarter that of Li-glass(GS20). Decay times of the crystals in center and end parts were 69.9 and 58.3 ns, respectively (copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  6. The Ring Counter (RCo): A high resolution IC Si CsI(Tl) device for heavy ion reaction studies at 10 30 MeV/A

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    Moroni, A.; Bruno, M.; Bardelli, L.; Barlini, S.; Brambilla, S.; Casini, G.; Cavaletti, R.; Chiari, M.; Cortesi, A.; D'Agostino, M.; De Sanctis, J.; Geraci, E.; Giordano, G.; Giussani, A.; Gramegna, F.; Guiot, B.; Kravchuk, V.; Lanchais, A.; Margagliotti, G. V.; Nannini, A.; Ordine, A.; Piantelli, S.; Vannini, G.; Vannucci, L.

    2006-01-01

    An annular detector (Ring Counter, RCo) is presented, which has been designed and built to detect and identify in mass and charge light charged particles and fragments with very low energy thresholds and high energy resolution. It complements the GARFIELD apparatus, operating at INFN Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, to detect the forward emitted products of nuclear heavy ion reactions. It consists of eight sectors of a three-stage telescope, each one formed by an ionization chamber followed by eight strips of a silicon detector and by two CsI(Tl) scintillators. Construction features and performances are described and discussed in details.

  7. Scintillation characteristics of undoped and Cu+-doped Li2B4O7 single crystals

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    Kobayashi, Masaaki; Senguttuvan, Nachimuthu

    2015-01-01

    Scintillation characteristics of undoped and Cu+-doped lithium tetraborate Li2B4O7 (LTB) were studied including optical transmittance, photoluminescence, radioluminescence for X- and gamma-rays, alpha/gamma ratio, and decay kinetics. The total time-integrated LYs in undoped and Cu+-doped LTB for X-rays are ~600 and ~760 ph/MeV (photons/MeV), respectively. The decay kinetics in undoped and Cu+-doped LTB are similar to each other. Typical decay spectra for pulsed X-rays can be fitted with four exponentials: for fast (t1~0.8 ns, t2~25-50 ns), medium (t3~300-400 ns), and slow (t4~20-30 ms) components. The slow component occupies about 60% of the total LY, while the fast ones less than 10%. The 10-90% rise time was 163 ps. The alpha/gamma ratio was 0.18 for external 241Am alpha-rays. The obtained increase in LY due to Cu+ doping remains modest. The Cu+-induced emission contains both fast and slow components, requiring further studies of the emission mechanism to explain the fast component.

  8. Crystal growth and scintillation properties of Li{sub 6}Lu{sub x}Gd{sub 1−x}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3}: Ce{sup 3+} single crystals

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    Fawad, U. [Department of Physics, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 702-701 (Korea, Republic of); Rooh, Gul [Department of Physics, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 702-701 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Physics, Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan 23200 (Pakistan); Kim, H.J., E-mail: hongjoo@knu.ac.kr [Department of Physics, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 702-701 (Korea, Republic of); Park, H. [Department of Physics, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 702-701 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Sunghwan [Department of Radiological Science, Cheongju University, Cheongju 360-764 (Korea, Republic of); Jiang, Hua [Department of Engineering Physics, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China)

    2014-11-11

    Mixed crystals of Li{sub 6}Gd(BO{sub 3}){sub 3} and Li{sub 6}Lu(BO{sub 3}){sub 3}, Li{sub 6}Lu{sub x}Gd{sub 1−x}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3}, doped with Ce{sup 3+} ion are grown by the Czochralski technique (x=0.0, 0.2, 0.5, 0.8, 1.0). The growth problems during the crystal growth process and the technique to overcome them are discussed in detail. Powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis confirms single phase of all the grown samples. Laser induced luminescence spectra are presented. Scintillation properties such as energy resolution, light yield, decay time and α/β ratio under the excitation of γ-rays and α-particles are also presented. -- Highlights: •Single crystals of Li{sub 6}Lu{sub x}Gd{sub 1−x}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3}: Ce{sup 3+} are grown by Czochralski technique for the first time. •Single phase of the crystals is been confirmed by X-ray diffraction analysis. •Scintillation and luminescence properties are measured for the grown crystals. •The grown crystals have got the potential to become a scintillation detector.

  9. Assessment of array scintillation detector for follicle thyroid 2-D image acquisition using Monte Carlo simulation

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    Silva, Carlos Borges da; Santanna, Claudio Reis de [Instituto de Engenharia Nuclear (IEN/CNEN-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)]. E-mails: borges@ien.gov.br; santanna@ien.gov.br; Braz, Delson [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-graduacao de Engenharia (COPPE). Lab. de Instrumentacao Nuclear]. E-mail: delson@lin.ufrj.br; Carvalho, Denise Pires de [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Inst. de Biofisica Carlos Chagas Filho. Lab. de Fisiologia Endocrina]. E-mail: dencarv@ufrj.br

    2007-07-01

    This work presents an innovative study to find out the adequate scintillation inorganic detector array to be used coupled to a specific light photo sensor, a charge coupled device (CCD), through a fiber optic plate. The goal is to choose the type of detector that fits a 2-dimensional imaging acquisition of a cell thyroid tissue application with high resolution and detection efficiency in order to map a follicle image using gamma radiation emission. A point or volumetric source - detector simulation by using a MCNP4B general code, considering different source energies, detector materials and geometry including pixel sizes and reflector types was performed. In this study, simulations were performed for 7 x 7 and 127 x 127 arrays using CsI(Tl) and BGO scintillation crystals with pixel size ranging from 1 x 1 cm{sup 2} to 10 x 10 {mu}m{sup 2} and radiation thickness ranging from 1 mm to 10 mm. The effect of all these parameters was investigated to find the best source-detector system that result in an image with the best contrast details. The results showed that it is possible to design a specific imaging system that allows searching for in-vitro studies, specifically in radiobiology applied to endocrine physiology. (author)

  10. The radiation defect accumulation in scintillative crystals of caesium halides under intense electron beam irradiation

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    Galiy, P V

    1999-01-01

    The characteristics of defect accumulation and radiolysis at CsI crystals under mean energies of electron irradiation at wide dose rates and ranges of doses have been investigated by such methods: thermostimulated exoelectron emission (TSEE), Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) and optical absorption spectroscopy (OAS). The limit dose rates and absorbed doses of electron irradiation that lead to defects accumulation at room temperature in crystals volume and also surface stoichiometry violation have been evaluated. The doses of electron irradiation that lead to CsI radiolysis, with caesium coagulation in metallic phase have been determined. Some quasi periodic connection of such process with irradiation dose was observed.

  11. Development of scintillating crystal hybrid photon detectors for the KM3NeT (km{sup 3}-scale) deep-sea neutrino telescope

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    Al Samarai, I.; Busto, J. [Centre de Physique des Particules de Marseille, 163 Avenue de Luminy, Case 907, 13288 Marseille Cedex 09 (France); Combettes, B.; Dehaine, A.-G. [Photonis S.A.S., Avenue Roger Roncier, 19106 Brive la Gaillarde (France); Dornic, D. [Centre de Physique des Particules de Marseille, 163 Avenue de Luminy, Case 907, 13288 Marseille Cedex 09 (France); Hallewell, G. [Centre de Physique des Particules de Marseille, 163 Avenue de Luminy, Case 907, 13288 Marseille Cedex 09 (France)], E-mail: gregh@cppm.in2p3.fr

    2009-10-21

    Scintillating crystal-based hybrid photon detectors have been demonstrated as viable single photon detectors since 1996 in the Lake Baikal neutrino telescope. Prior to this, the Philips XP2600 was developed under the DUMAND program, while more recently, developments at CERN have demonstrated the advantages of a true concentric geometry with a scintillator at the geometric centre of a spherical photocathode, giving almost 100% electrostatic collection efficiency over 3{pi} solid angle coverage. We have started to develop a new series of quasi-spherical crystal hybrid photon detectors starting at 8 in. and progressing toward the maximum that can be fitting in a standard 17 in. optical pressure sphere for a future large deep-sea neutrino telescope. The thrust of this R and D will be to investigate the industrialisation of these sensors to the point where they represent a significant cost reduction per cubic kilometre of instrumented volume compared to conventional large hemispherical photomultiplier tubes, thereby allowing for extremely large telescope target volumes. Such gains will arise through an all-glass envelope, internal processing of a standard or enhanced bialkali photocathode, and either from cost reductions in the central scintillating crystal or the use of a deposited phosphor viewed by a small photomultiplier tube. Details of the development program and recent progress in the characterisation of prototypes are presented.

  12. Search for double beta decay of zinc and tungsten with low background ZnWO{sub 4} crystal scintillators

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    Belli, P. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Roma ' Tor Vergata' and INFN, Sezione di Roma Tor Vergata, I-00133 Rome (Italy); Bernabei, R. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Roma ' Tor Vergata' and INFN, Sezione di Roma Tor Vergata, I-00133 Rome (Italy)], E-mail: rita.bernabei@roma2.infn.it; Cappella, F. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Roma ' La Sapienza' and INFN, Sezione di Roma, I-00185 Rome (Italy); Cerulli, R. [INFN, Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso, 67010 Assergi (AQ) (Italy); Danevich, F.A. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); Grinyov, B.V. [Institute for Scintillation Materials, 61001 Kharkiv (Ukraine); Incicchitti, A. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Roma ' La Sapienza' and INFN, Sezione di Roma, I-00185 Rome (Italy); Kobychev, V.V.; Mokina, V.M.; Nagorny, S.S. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); Nagornaya, L.L. [Institute for Scintillation Materials, 61001 Kharkiv (Ukraine); Nisi, S. [INFN, Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso, 67010 Assergi (AQ) (Italy); Nozzoli, F. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Roma ' Tor Vergata' and INFN, Sezione di Roma Tor Vergata, I-00133 Rome (Italy); Poda, D.V. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); Prosperi, D. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Roma ' La Sapienza' and INFN, Sezione di Roma, I-00185 Rome (Italy); Tretyak, V.I.; Yurchenko, S.S. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine)

    2009-08-01

    Double beta processes in {sup 64}Zn, {sup 70}Zn, {sup 180}W, and {sup 186}W have been searched for with the help of large volume (0.1-0.7 kg) low background ZnWO{sub 4} crystal scintillators at the Gran Sasso National Laboratories of the INFN (Italy). The total measurement time exceeds ten thousand hours. New improved half-life limits on double electron capture and electron capture with positron emission in {sup 64}Zn have been set, in particular (all the limits are at 90% C.L.): T{sub 1/2}{sup 0{nu}}{sup 2{epsilon}}{>=}1.1x10{sup 20} yr, T{sub 1/2}{sup 2{nu}}{sup {epsilon}}{sup {beta}{sup +}}{>=}7.0x10{sup 20} yr, and T{sub 1/2}{sup 0{nu}}{sup {epsilon}}{sup {beta}{sup +}}{>=}4.3x10{sup 20} yr. In addition, new T{sub 1/2} bounds were set for different modes of 2{beta} processes in {sup 70}Zn, {sup 180}W, and {sup 186}W at the level of 10{sup 17}-10{sup 20} yr.

  13. Search for 2{beta} processes in {sup 64}Zn with the help of ZnWO{sub 4} crystal scintillator

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    Belli, P. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Roma ' Tor Vergata' and INFN, Sezione di Roma Tor Vergata, I-00133 Rome (Italy); Bernabei, R. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Roma ' Tor Vergata' and INFN, Sezione di Roma Tor Vergata, I-00133 Rome (Italy)], E-mail: rita.bernabei@roma2.infn.it; Cappella, F. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Roma ' La Sapienza' and INFN, Sezione di Roma, I-00185 Rome (Italy); Cerulli, R. [INFN, Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso, 67010 Assergi (AQ) (Italy); Dai, C.J. [IHEP, Chinese Academy, P.O. Box 918/3, Beijing 100039 (China); Danevich, F.A. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); Grinyov, B.V. [Institute for Scintillation Materials, 61001 Kharkiv (Ukraine); Incicchitti, A. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Roma ' La Sapienza' and INFN, Sezione di Roma, I-00185 Rome (Italy); Kobychev, V.V. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); Nagornaya, L.L. [Institute for Scintillation Materials, 61001 Kharkiv (Ukraine); Nagorny, S.S. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); Nozzoli, F. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Roma ' Tor Vergata' and INFN, Sezione di Roma Tor Vergata, I-00133 Rome (Italy); Poda, D.V. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); Prosperi, D. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Roma ' La Sapienza' and INFN, Sezione di Roma, I-00185 Rome (Italy); Tretyak, V.I.; Yurchenko, S.S. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine)

    2008-01-10

    Double beta processes in {sup 64}Zn were searched for with the help of a low background ZnWO{sub 4} crystal scintillator (mass of 117 g) at the Gran Sasso National Laboratories of the INFN. Total time of measurements was 1902 h. New improved half-life limits on different modes of double electron capture and electron capture with positron emission were established as: T{sub 1/2}{sup 2{nu}}{sup 2K}{>=}6.2x10{sup 18} yr, T{sub 1/2}{sup 0{nu}}{sup 2K}{>=}4.0x10{sup 18} yr, T{sub 1/2}{sup 0{nu}}{sup 2{epsilon}}{>=}3.4x10{sup 18} yr, T{sub 1/2}{sup 2{nu}}{sup {epsilon}}{sup {beta}{sup +}}{>=}2.1x10{sup 20} yr, and T{sub 1/2}{sup 0{nu}}{sup {epsilon}}{sup {beta}{sup +}}{>=}2.2x10{sup 20} yr, all at 90% C.L.

  14. Development of radiopure cadmium tungstate crystal scintillators from enriched {sup 106}Cd and {sup 116}Cd to search for double beta decay

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    Danevich, F. A.; Boiko, R. S.; Chernyak, D. M.; Kobychev, V. V.; Kropivyansky, B. N.; Mokina, V. M.; Nikolaiko, A. S.; Poda, D. V.; Podviyanuk, R. B.; Tretyak, V. I. [Institute for Nuclear Research, Kyiv (Ukraine); Barabash, A. S.; Konovalov, S. I.; Umatov, V. I. [Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Physics, Moscow (Russian Federation); Belli, P.; Bernabei, R.; D' Angelo, S. [INFN, Section of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy and Department of Physics, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome (Italy); Brudanin, V. B. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna (Russian Federation); Cappella, F.; Incicchitti, A. [INFN, Section of Rome La Sapienza, Rome, Italy and Department of Physics, University of Rome La Sapienza, Rome (Italy); Caracciolo, V. [INFN, Gran Sasso National Laboratories, Assergi (Aq), Italy and Department of Physics, University of L' Aquila, L' Aquila (Italy); and others

    2013-08-08

    Cadmium tungstate crystal scintillators enriched in {sup 106}Cd up to 66% ({sup 106}CdWO{sub 4}) and in {sup 116}Cd up to 82% ({sup 116}CdWO{sub 4}) have been developed. The low radioactive contamination of the crystals measured on the level of ≤ 1.5 mBq/kg ({sup 40}K), ≤ 0.005 - 0.012 mBq/kg ({sup 226}Ra), 0.04 - 0.07 mBq/kg ({sup 228}Th) allows to carry out high sensitivity experiments to search for double beta processes in {sup 106}Cd and {sup 116}Cd.

  15. Search for 2β decay of 116Cd with the help of enriched 116CdWO4 crystal scintillators

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    Poda D.V.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Cadmium tungstate crystal scintillators enriched in 116Cd to 82% (116CdWO4, total mass of ≈1.2kg are used to search for 2β decay of 116Cd deep underground at the Gran Sasso National Laboratory of the INFN (Italy. The radioactive contamination of the116CdWO4 crystals has been studied carefully to reconstruct the background of the detector. The measured half-life of 116Cd relatively to 2ν2β decay is T1/22ν2β = [2.8 ± 0.05(stat. ± 0.4(syst.] × 1019 yr, in agreement with the results of previous experiments. The obtained limit on the 0ν2β decay of 116Cd (considering the data of the last 8696 h run with an advanced background 0.12(2 counts/yr/kg/keV in the energy interval 2.7−2.9 MeV is T1/2 ≥ 1.0 × 1023 yr at 90% C.L. The sensitivity of the experiment to the 0ν2β process is lim T1/2 = 3 × 1023 yr at 90% C.L. over 5 years of the measurements and it can be advanced (by further reduction of the background by a factor 3−30 to the level of lim T1/2 = (0.5-1.5 × 1024 yr for the same period of the data taking.

  16. First results of the experiment to search for double beta decay of 106Cd with 106CdWO4 crystal scintillator in coincidence with four crystals HPGe detector

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    Tretyak, V I; Bernabei, R; Brudanin, V B; Cappella, F; Caracciolo, V; Cerulli, R; Chernyak, D M; Danevich, F A; d'Angelo, S; Incicchitti, A; Laubenstein, M; Mokina, V M; Poda, D V; Polischuk, O G; Podviyanuk, R B; Tupitsyna, I A

    2013-01-01

    An experiment to search for double beta processes in 106Cd by using cadmium tungstate crystal scintillator enriched in 106Cd (106CdWO4) in coincidence with the four crystals HPGe detector GeMulti is in progress at the STELLA facility of the Gran Sasso underground laboratory of INFN (Italy). The 106CdWO4 scintillator is viewed by a low-background photomultiplier tube through a lead tungstate crystal light-guide produced from deeply purified archaeological lead to suppress gamma quanta from the photomultiplier tube. Here we report the first results of the experiment after 3233 hours of the data taking. A few new improved limits on double beta processes in 106Cd are obtained, in particular T1/2(2nuECb+) > 8.4e20 yr at 90% C.L.

  17. Exploratory growth in the Li2MoO4-MoO3 system for the next crystal generation of heat-scintillation cryogenic bolometers

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    Velázquez, Matias; Veber, Philippe; Moutatouia, Meryem; de Marcillac, Pierre; Giuliani, Andrea; Loaiza, Pia; Denux, Dominique; Decourt, Rodolphe; El Hafid, Hassan; Laubenstein, Matthias; Marnieros, Stefanos; Nones, Claudia; Novati, Valentina; Olivieri, Emiliano; Poda, Denys V.; Zolotarova, Anastasiia S.

    2017-03-01

    In this work, we report on the Czochralski growth of Li2MoO4 crystals up to 230 g for heat-scintillation cryogenic bolometers likely to be used in astroparticle physics and neutron spectroscopy. Their transmission properties, radiopurity levels and detector behavior characterizations were carried out in order to validate the crystal growth process. The melting characteristics, the partition coefficients of a broad range of impurities, the thermal expansion (lattice parameters and dilatometry) and specific heat properties of the crystals were measured, over a broad temperature range for the last two, providing new data likely to be used in crystal growth process numerical simulations. We also investigated the crystal growth of Li4Mo5O17 and determined its melting behavior and specific heat. The physical properties directly relevant to heat-scintillation cryogenic bolometers of Li2MoO4 and Li4Mo5O17 are discussed in the context of the current materials developed for such applications.

  18. Scintillation properties of LaBr sub 3 :Ce sup 3 sup + crystals: fast, efficient and high-energy-resolution scintillators

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    Loef, E V; Eijk, C W E; Kraemer, K W; Güdel, H U

    2002-01-01

    The scintillation properties of LaBr sub 3 doped with different Ce concentrations, studied by means of optical, X-ray, and gamma-ray excitation are presented. Under optical and gamma-ray excitation, Ce sup 3 sup + emission is observed peaking at 356 and 387 nm. For pure LaBr sub 3 and LaBr sub 3 doped with 0.5%, 2%, 4% and 10% Ce sup 3 sup + we measured a light yield of 17,000+-2000, 61,000+-5000, 48,000+-5000, 48,000+-5000 and 45,000+-5000 photons per MeV (ph/MeV) of absorbed gamma-ray energy, respectively. The scintillation decay curve of LaBr sub 3 :Ce sup 3 sup + can be described by a single exponential decay function with a decay time of 30+-5 ns. It represents over 90% of the total light yield. An energy resolution (FWHM over peak position) for the 662 keV full energy peak of, respectively, 2.9+-0.1%, 3.8+-0.4%, 3.5+-0.4% and 3.9+-0.4% was observed for LaBr sub 3 :0.5%, 2%, 4% and 10% Ce sup 3 sup +.

  19. Experimental efforts and results in finding new heavy scintillators

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    Derenzo, S.E.; Moses, W.W.

    1992-09-01

    New heavy scintillators are being discovered with increasing frequency. In recent years NaI(Tl) (with its high light output and energy resolution) has been joined by BGO (with its high stopping power), BaF{sub 2} (with its excellent timing resolution), and CeF{sub 3} (with its speed and short Moliere radius). More than 10 potentially useful scintillators have been under development in the past five years, such as PbSO{sub 4} and Lu{sub 2}SiO{sub 5}(Ce). We tabulate the characteristics of these and other scintillators, including wavelength, luminous efficiency, decay time, and initial intensity. We describe a search strategy and the prospects for finding the ``ideal`` heavy scintillator, which would combine the light output of NaI(Tl) and CsI(Tl), the stopping power of BGO, and the speed of BaF{sub 2} and ZnO(Ga).

  20. A novel scintillation imager with charge-spread discrimination. Analytical models suitable for crystal-arrays

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    Scafè, Raffaele; Pellegrini, Rosanna; Cinti, Maria N.; Puccini, Marco; Pani, Roberto

    2016-10-01

    Present paper describes a method for obtaining the physical quantities characterizing single-events based on fitting experimental 2-D charge-profiles to two analytical models. First results are presented regarding a 10×10 LuYAP:Ce array of 2×2×10 mm3 crystal pixels coupled to a H10966 Hamamatsu 8×8 multi-anode assembly under radio-isotopic irradiations and from self-activity. Results show that a photo multiplier tube with cross plate anode configuration would be preferable than a multi anode one due to uniformity, cost, and connections constraints. Among the results a plot of charge spread Vs. charge is to be cited because it was not yet published in scientific literature.

  1. Great scintillating properties of a YAlO sub 3 :Ce crystal

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    Gou Quan Bu; Li Zu Hao; Zhu Guo Yi; He Jing Tang; Tang Xiao Wei

    2002-01-01

    The authors study the decay time constants and light output of an 18 x 18 x 1 mm sup 3 YAlO sub 3 crystal doped with cerium. The result shows that the light pulse is composed of fast and slow components. The fast component has a decay time constant of 24.05 +- 0.15 ns with an intensity of 81.57 +- 0.97% and the slow component has a decay time constant of 87.67 +- 2.49 ns with an intensity of 18.51 +- 1.34%. The measured light output is 3608 +- 80 photoelectrons/MeV without the correction for the quantum efficiency of the photomultiplier tube XP2262B

  2. Position algorithm for monolithic scintillation crystals based on charge projection readout

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    Pani, R.; Bettiol, M.; Preziosi, E.; Cinti, M. N.; Borrazzo, C.; Pellegrini, R.; Di Castro, E.; Fabbri, A.

    2016-01-01

    Nuclear medicine imaging devices commonly use multi-element photo detection systems, composed of an array of N × N elements, each one providing an individual signal. Many strategies have been developed to reduce the number of readout channels, one of the main approaches is the Rows and Columns (R/C) projection logic. In this paper we proposed a modified version of Raised To the Power (RTP) algorithm adapted to R/C logic. In order to validate its efficiency a linear scanning irradiation on two 49× 49 mm2 LaBr3:Ce (0.5%) crystals with different thickness (4 mm and 10 mm) was carried out. Imaging performance analysis was made in terms of position linearity, Field-of-View (FoV) enlargement and spatial resolution. Imaging results from Anger Logic, RTP algorithm based on single element readout and RTP algorithm based on R/C readout were compared. A notable advantage of using RTP algorithms instead of Anger Logic was found: the FoV widens from about 30% to more than 70% of the detector area whereas the spatial resolution is highly improved, especially for off-center interactions, both for 4 mm-thick and 10 mm-thick crystals. Furthermore, imaging performance with the R/C readout is just slightly different from the single element one (FoV reduction less than 7% and SR worsening less than 10%). The R/C adapted RTP algorithm opens doors to high imaging performance with a substantial reduction of complexity and cost in the readout electronics.

  3. Optical and scintillation properties of ce-doped (Gd2Y1)Ga2.7Al2.3O12 single crystal grown by Czochralski method

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    Wang, Chao; Wu, Yuntao; Ding, Dongzhou; Li, Huanying; Chen, Xiaofeng; Shi, Jian; Ren, Guohao

    2016-06-01

    Multicomponent garnets, due to their excellent light yield and energy resolution, become one of the most promising scintillators used for homeland security and nuclear non-proliferation applications. This work focuses on the optimization of Ce-doped (Gd,Y)3(Ga,Al)5O12 scintillators using a combination strategy of pre-screening and scale-up. Ce-doped GdxY1-xGayAl5-yO12 (x=1, 2 and y=2, 2.2, 2.5, 2.7, 3) polycrystalline powders were prepared by high-temperature solid state reaction method. The desired garnet phase in all the samples was confirmed using X-ray diffraction measurement. By comparing the radioluminescence intensity, the highest scintillation efficiency was achieved at a component of Gd2Y1Ga2.7Al2.3O12:Ce powders. A (Gd2Y1)Ga2.7Al2.3O12 doped with 1% Ce single crystal with dimensions of Ø35×40 mm was grown by Czochralski method using a oriented seed. Luminescence and scintillation properties were measured. An optical transmittance of 84% was achieved in the concerned wavelength from 500 to 800 nm. Its 5d-4f emission of Ce3+ is at 530 nm. The light yield of a Ce1%: Gd2Y1Ga2.7Al2.3O12 single crystal slab at a size of 5×5×1 mm3 can reach about 65,000±3000 Ph/MeV along with two decay components of 94 and 615 ns under 137Cs source irradiation.

  4. Study of the optical monitoring system of the scintillating crystal involved in the electromagnetic calorimeter of CMS experiment; Etude du systeme de suivi optique des cristaux scintillants du calorimetre electromagnetique de l`experience CMS

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    Geleoc, M

    1998-09-04

    The prospect of the experimental discovery of the Higgs boson is one of the motivations to build the large hadron collider (LHC). Proton beams will collide and the emitted particles will be detected by ATLAS and CMS equipment. In each detector the electromagnetic calorimeter will allow the characterisation of the 2 photons coming from one of the disintegration channels of the Higgs boson. CMS collaboration has chosen an homogeneous calorimeter fitted with PbWO{sub 4} crystals. Each crystal with its photodetector and its electronic device forms one detection channel. The resolution of the detection channels should not deteriorate all along the operating time. The optical monitoring system of the crystals logs then controls the response of each detection channel in order to allow an accurate calibration of the calorimeter. The optical properties, the resistance to irradiation of PbWO{sub 4} crystals and the modelling of light collection are investigated in this work. The description of the different components of the optical monitoring system highlights the technical difficulties we had to challenge. An experimental testing bench has been set up to study the coupling between the scintillation signal and the signal that feeds the monitoring system, this coupling has been studied under irradiation in the conditions of CMS operating. (A.C.) 94 refs.

  5. Use of silicon photodiode optically connected to scintillator in measurement of gamma dose rates

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    Gilar, O. (Tesla, Premysleni (Czechoslovakia). Vyzkumny Ustav Pristroju Jaderne Techniky); Petr, I. (Ceske Vysoke Uceni Technicke, Prague (Czechoslovakia). Fakulta Jaderna a Fysikalne Inzenyrska)

    1984-06-01

    Contributing to the signal which is produced in the photodiode by direct interaction with radiation may also be light photons produced by scintillation in the scintillator which is in optical contact with the photodiode. The scintillator/photodiode combination may increase sensitivity in comparison with the photodiode alone. The energy dependence of the detector will change according to the scintillator material and size. The configuration is described of a detector with CsI(Tl) scintillator. The detector is suitable for medium and large dose rates, the limiting factor for measuring small dose rates is the intensity of the photodiode dark current and its temperature dependence. A higher sensitivity of the designed detector configuration may be achieved by selecting a scintillator with a more suitable emission spectrum or by technological modifications of the photodiode.

  6. Study of silicon photomultipliers for the readout of scintillator crystals in the proposed GRIPS \\gamma-ray astronomy mission

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    Ulyanov, Alexei; McBreen, Sheila; Foley, Suzanne; Byrne, David

    2013-01-01

    Among the top priorities for high-energy astronomy in the coming decade are sensitive surveys in the hard X-ray/soft \\gamma-ray (10-600 keV) and medium-energy \\gamma-ray (0.2-80 MeV) bands. Historically, observations in the soft and medium energy \\gamma-ray bands have been conducted using detectors based on inorganic scintillators read out by photo-multiplier tubes (PMTs). These observations were limited by the modest energy and time resolution of traditional scintillator materials (e.g. NaI and CsI), and by the demands on mission resources imposed by the bulky, fragile, high-voltage PMTs. Recent technological advances in the development of both new scintillator materials (e.g. LaBr3:Ce, L(Y)SO) and new scintillation light readout devices (e.g. Silicon Photo-Multipliers) promise to greatly improve the observational capabilities of future scintillator-based \\gamma--ray telescopes, while retaining the relative simplicity, reliability, large collection volumes, and low-cost of scintillator instruments. We presen...

  7. Search for $2\\beta$ decay of $^{106}$Cd with enriched $^{106}$CdWO$_4$ crystal scintillator in coincidence with four HPGe detectors

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    Belli, P; Brudanin, V B; Cappella, F; Caracciolo, V; Cerulli, R; Chernyak, D M; Danevich, F A; d'Angelo, S; Di Marco, A; Incicchitti, A; Laubenstein, M; Mokina, V M; Poda, D V; Polischuk, O G; Tretyak, V I; Tupitsyna, I A

    2016-01-01

    A radiopure cadmium tungstate crystal scintillator, enriched in $^{106}$Cd to 66%, with mass of 216 g ($^{106}$CdWO$_4$), was used to search for double beta decay processes in $^{106}$Cd in coincidence with four ultra-low background high purity germanium detectors in a single cryostat. New improved limits on the double beta processes in $^{106}$Cd have been set on the level of $10^{20}- 10^{21}$ yr after 13085 h of data taking. In particular, the half-life limit on the two neutrino electron capture with positron emission, $T_{1/2}^{2\

  8. Suppression of afterglow in CsI:Tl by codoping with Eu{sup 2+}-I: Experimental

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    Brecher, C. [ALEM Associates, 303A Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 (United States)]. E-mail: cbrecher@rmdinc.com; Lempicki, A. [ALEM Associates, 303A Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 (United States); Miller, S.R. [ALEM Associates, 303A Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 (United States); Radiation Monitoring Devices (RMD) Inc., 44 Hunt Street, Watertown, MA 02472 (United States); Glodo, J. [ALEM Associates, 303A Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 (United States); Radiation Monitoring Devices (RMD) Inc., 44 Hunt Street, Watertown, MA 02472 (United States); Ovechkina, E.E. [Radiation Monitoring Devices (RMD) Inc., 44 Hunt Street, Watertown, MA 02472 (United States); Gaysinskiy, V. [Radiation Monitoring Devices (RMD) Inc., 44 Hunt Street, Watertown, MA 02472 (United States); Nagarkar, V.V. [Radiation Monitoring Devices (RMD) Inc., 44 Hunt Street, Watertown, MA 02472 (United States); Bartram, R.H. [Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269-3046 (United States)

    2006-03-15

    Although CsI:Tl is the brightest and most efficient scintillator material ever developed, its use in fast imaging applications has been hindered by its strong and persistent afterglow. Recent experiments, however, have demonstrated that much of this afterglow can be suppressed by the addition of Eu{sup 2+} to the CsI host lattice. The magnitude of the effect depends strongly on the duration of the pulse of ionizing radiation that excites the scintillation, but is virtually independent of the intensity of that excitation pulse. The codoping also brings about a measurable red shift in the Tl{sup +} emission, suggesting some degree of spatial correlation between the luminophor and the modifying additive. The observations indicate that the Eu{sup 2+} ion exerts its influence not by a quenching process, but rather by introducing a set of electron traps that fundamentally alter the decay kinetics. This is confirmed by the appearance of new glow peaks in the thermoluminescence traces of the codoped material. A consistent mathematical model has been developed to describe the phenomenon, to be discussed in detail in the accompanying paper.

  9. Effect of ZnI2 cosolute on quality and performance of γ-CuI ultrafast scintillation crystal grown via evaporation method in acetonitrile solvent

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    Yue, Shuangqiang; Gu, Mu; Liu, Xiaolin; Zhang, Juannan; Huang, Shiming; Liu, Bo; Ni, Chen

    2017-04-01

    γ-CuI single crystal was grown via evaporation method in ZnI2 acetonitrile solvent. The ZnI2 plays a unique role which can not only increase the solubility of CuI in acetonitrile but also introduce the Zn and I ions in the crystal. The γ-CuI crystal grown in ZnI2 acetonitrile is regular and transparent. Its size reaches up to 18 × 11 × 2 mm3 which is larger than that of the crystal grown in pure acetonitrile. In terms of the photoluminescence, the intensity of the emission at 411 nm of the crystal grown with ZnI2 as a cosolute is much higher than that of the crystal grown without ZnI2, which implies that the crystallinity of the crystal can be improved by ZnI2 doping. The X-ray excited luminescence of the crystal shows that the emission at 435 nm can be significantly enhanced and the emission near 680 nm can be suppressed by introducing Zn and I in the natural non-stoichiometry γ-CuI crystal. The nature of the phenomena is discussed. The decay time of the emission at 435 nm similar to that of the emission at 411 nm is faster than the detection limit of the instrument, i.e. less than 1 ns, and the average decay time of the emission near 680 nm is about 183 ns. The results can provide a useful guide to optimize the scintillation properties of γ-CuI single crystal.

  10. Investigation of high resolution compact gamma camera module based on a continuous scintillation crystal using a novel charge division readout method

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    Dai, Qiu-Sheng; Zhao, Cui-Lan; Zhang, Hua-Lin; Qi, Yu-Jin

    2010-08-01

    The objective of this study is to investigate a high performance and lower cost compact gamma camera module for a multi-head small animal SPECT system. A compact camera module was developed using a thin Lutetium Oxyorthosilicate (LSO) scintillation crystal slice coupled to a Hamamatsu H8500 position sensitive photomultiplier tube (PSPMT). A two-stage charge division readout board based on a novel sub-tractive resistive readout with a truncated center-of-gravity (TCOG) positioning method was developed for the camera. The performance of the camera was evaluated using a flood 99mTc source with a four-quadrant bar-mask phantom. The preliminary experimental results show that the image shrinkage problem associated with the conventional resistive readout can be effectively overcome by the novel subtractive resistive readout with an appropriate fraction subtraction factor. The response output area (ROA) of the camera shown in the flood image was improved up to 34%, and an intrinsic spatial resolution better than 2 mm of detector was achieved. In conclusion, the utilization of a continuous scintillation crystal and a flat-panel PSPMT equipped with a novel subtractive resistive readout is a feasible approach for developing a high performance and lower cost compact gamma camera.

  11. Optical and scintillation properties of Ce3+ doped LiYF4 and LiLuF4 crystals

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    Combes, CM; Dorenbos, P; vanEijk, CWE; Pedrini, C; DenHartog, HW; Gesland, JY; Rodnyi, PA

    1997-01-01

    Optical properties of LiYF4:Ce and LiLuF4:Ce were studied viz. optical absorption spectra and X-ray induced emission spectra. The scintillation characteristics of LiYF4:Ce and LiLuF4:Ce were investigated viz. gamma-ray induced pulse height spectra and decay time measurements. A model is presented to

  12. Discrete scintillator coupled mercuric iodide photodetector arrays for breast imaging

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    Tornai, M.P.; Levin, C.S.; Hoffman, E.J. [UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA (United States)

    1996-12-31

    Multi-element (4x4) imaging arrays with high resolution collimators, size matched to discrete CsI(Tl) scintillator arrays and mercuric iodide photodetector arrays (HgI{sub 2} PDA) are under development as prototypes for larger 16 x 16 element arrays. The compact nature of the arrays allows detector positioning in proximity to the breast to eliminate activity not in the line-of-sight of the collimator, thus reducing image background. Short collimators, size matched to {le}1.5 x 1.5 mm{sup 2} scintillators show a factor of 2 and 3.4 improvement in spatial resolution and efficiency, respectively, compared to high resolution collimated gamma cameras for the anticipated compressed breast geometries. Monte Carlo simulations, confirmed by measurements, demonstrated that scintillator length played a greater role in efficiency and photofraction for 140 keV gammas than cross sectional area, which affects intrinsic spatial resolution. Simulations also demonstrated that an increase in the ratio of scintillator area to length corresponds to an improvement in light collection. Electronic noise was below 40 e{sup -} RMS indicating that detector resolution was not noise limited. The high quantum efficiency and spectral match of prototype unity gain HgI{sub 2} PDAs coupled to 1 x 1 x 2.5 mm{sup 3} and 2 x 2 x 4 mm{sup 3} CsI(Tl) scintillators demonstrated energy resolutions of 9.4% and 8.8% FWHM at 140 keV, respectively, without the spectral tailing observed in standard high-Z, compound semi-conductor detectors. Line spread function measurements matched the scintillator size and pitch, and small, complex phantoms were easily imaged.

  13. Czochralski growth and scintillation properties of Li{sub 6}Lu{sub x}Y{sub 1−x}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3}:Ce{sup 3+} single crystals

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    Fawad, U. [Department of Physics, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 702-701 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Physics, Kohat University of Science and Technology, Kohat 26000 (Pakistan); Kim, H.J., E-mail: hongjoo@knu.ac.kr [Department of Physics, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 702-701 (Korea, Republic of); Park, H. [Department of Physics, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 702-701 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Sunghwan [Department of Radiological Science, Cheongju University, Cheongju 360-764 (Korea, Republic of); Khan, Sajid [Department of Physics, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 702-701 (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-01-11

    We report on Czochralski growth of Ce{sup 3+}-doped mixed crystals of Li{sub 6}Lu(BO{sub 3}){sub 3} (LLBO) and Li{sub 6}Y(BO{sub 3}){sub 3} (LYBO) i.e. Li{sub 6}Lu{sub x}Y{sub 1−x}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3} (x=0.0, 0.5, 1.0) (LLYBO). Problems faced during the growth process and the techniques to overcome them are discussed. Single phase of the grown crystals is confirmed by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. The grown crystals are characterized for their scintillation properties such as energy resolution, light yield, fluorescent decay time and α/β ratio under γ-rays and α-particles excitation. The X-ray induced luminescence is measured for the grown crystals. - Highlights: • Single crystals of Li{sub 6}Lu{sub x}Y{sub 1−x}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3}:Ce{sup 3+} have been grown by a Czochralski method. • The single phase of the grown crystals has been confirmed by the XRD analysis. • Scintillation properties have been measured for the grown crystals. • Encouraging results from the measurements have confirmed that the grown crystals have got the potential to become a better scintillation detector.

  14. Optical and scintillation properties of Dy{sup 3+}:Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} and undoped Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} crystals grown in reduction atmosphere

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    Seki, Mafuyu; Kurosawa, Shunsuke; Suzuki, Akira; Yamaji, Akihiro; Fujimoto, Yutaka; Wakahara, Shingo; Pejchal, Jan; Yokota, Yuui [Institute of Materials Research, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8577 (Japan); Kochurikhin, Vladimir V. [General Physics Institute, Vavilova St. 38, 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation); Yoshikawa, Akira [Institute of Materials Research, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8577 (Japan); New Industry Creation Hatchery Center, Tohoku University, 6-6-10 Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8579 (Japan)

    2012-12-15

    Optical and scintillation properties of a 1.0-mol% Dy-doped yttrium aluminium garnet (YAG) grown under N{sub 2} atmosphere and undoped YAG crystals were investigated. Both crystals were grown by the Czochralski process. The one of the undoped YAG crystal was grown in an Ar + H{sub 2} (97:3) reducing atmosphere. Absorption peaks at 352 nm and 366 nm observed in 1.0-mol% Dy-doped YAG originated from 4f-4f transition of Dy{sup 3+}. In addition, the crystal showed sharp emission lines at near 482 nm and 584 nm under 352 nm UV and alpha-ray excitation. The light output of Dy-doped YAG was estimated to be approximately 20,000 photons/(5.5-MeV alpha ray, {sup 241}Am). The scintillation decay time constants for Dy-doped YAG crystal was around 400 ns and 40 ns. Undoped YAG crystals grown under Ar + H{sub 2}(97:3) atmosphere showed absorption and excitation peak at 370 nm. A 400-nm emission peak was observed under 370-nm excitation. The light output of the crystal was also estimated to be 50,000 photons/(5.5-MeV alpha ray). The scintillation decay time constants of the crystal were around 370 ns and 50 ns. (copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  15. Optical and scintillation properties of Ce:(Gd8AE2)(SiO4)6O2 (AE = Mg, Ca, Sr and Ba) crystals

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    Igashira, Takuya; Mori, Masaki; Okada, Go; Kawaguchi, Noriaki; Yanagida, Takayuki

    2017-02-01

    1% Ce-doped and non-doped (Gd8AE2)(SiO4)6O2 (AE = Mg, Ca, Sr and Ba) (denoted as GMS, GCS, GSrS and GBS, respectively) single crystals were grown by the Floating Zone (FZ) method to evaluate their optical and scintillation properties. The Ce:GCS and Ce:GSrS samples exhibited scintillation and photoluminescence (PL) around 400 nm due to the 5d-4f transitions of Ce3+. On the other hand, Ce:GMS and Ce:GBS showed much weaker emissions in the wavelength range of 500-650 nm, in which the origin was associated with the host matrices. The PL decay curves were approximated by a double exponential decay function for all the Ce-doped samples. The decay times ranged around 10-30 and 40-90 ns, and faster components coincided with those of the non-doped samples. The scintillation decay curves of Ce-doped samples, on the other hand, were approximated by single exponential functions with slower decay constants than those of PL decay. These constants were very similar to those of non-doped samples. In the X-ray induced afterglow measurements, Ce:GCS exhibited the lowest afterglow level. The pulse height spectrum of these samples showed a full-energy peak under 241Am 5.5 MeV α-ray irradiation. Among these samples, Ce:GSrS exhibited the highest light yield which was around 600 ph/5.5 MeV-α.

  16. Characterization of Heavy Oxide Inorganic Scintillator Crystals for Direct Detection of Fast Neutrons Based on Inelastic Scattering

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    2015-03-01

    emission of additional gamma photons that likewise cause scintillation [4]. The specific goals of this research are to:  explore the physics of fast ...reaction products are registered; also in the sense that, in the case of fast neutrons, moderation is normally required before the absorption event...various other forms of radiation, fast neutrons are the crux of the overall study, and every effort should be made to test with them. 39 LIST OF

  17. Optical and scintillation characteristics of Gd2YAl2Ga3O12:Ce and Lu2YAl2Ga3O12:Ce single crystals

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    Chewpraditkul, Warut; Sakthong, Ongsa; Pattanaboonmee, Nakarin; Chewpraditkul, Weerapong; Szczesniak, Tomasz; Swiderski, Lukasz; Moszynski, Marek; Kamada, Kei; Yoshikawa, Akira; Nikl, Martin

    2017-06-01

    The optical and scintillation characteristics of Gd2YAl2Ga3O12:Ce and Lu2YAl2Ga3O12:Ce single crystals are investigated. At 662 keV γ-rays, light yield (LY) of 37,900 ph/MeV and energy resolution of 7.0% obtained for Gd2YAl2Ga3O12:Ce are superior to those of 18,900 ph/MeV and 11.5% obtained for Lu2YAl2Ga3O12:Ce. Scintillation decays are measured using the time-correlated single photon counting technique. A fast component decay time of 45 ns with relative intensity of 88% obtained for Lu2YAl2Ga3O12:Ce is superior to that of 50 ns (65%) for Gd2YAl2Ga3O12:Ce. The linear attenuation coefficient at 662 keV γ-rays is also determined and discussed.

  18. Multiple thermoluminescence glow peaks and afterglow suppression in CsI:Tl co-doped with Eu2+ or Yb2+

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    Bartram, R. H.; Kappers, L. A.; Hamilton, D. S.; Brecher, C.; Ovechkina, E. E.; Miller, S. R.; Nagarkar, V. V.

    2015-04-01

    CsI:Tl is a widely utilized scintillator material with many desirable properties but its applicability is limited by persistent afterglow. However, effective afterglow suppression has been achieved by co-doping with divalent lanthanides. The present report is concerned with observation of multiple thermoluminescence glow peaks in CsI:Tl,Eu and CsI:Tl,Yb, attributed to varying distributions of charge-compensating cation vacancies relative to divalent lanthanide co-dopants, and the subsequent modification of these distributions by repeated observations. It is observed that Yb2+ provides a slightly shallower electron trap than Eu2+, and that it can occupy a face-centered position by virtue of its relatively small ionic radius; the latter observation is confirmed by electrostatic calculations. It is also found that repeated observation of thermoluminescence in these materials has a modest adverse effect on afterglow suppression.

  19. Optical, scintillation properties and defect study of Gd2Si2O7:Ce single crystal grown by floating zone method

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    Feng, He; Xu, Wusheng; Ren, Guohao; Yang, Qiuhong; Xie, Jianjun; Xu, Jun; Xu, Jiayue

    2013-02-01

    Single crystal of Gd2Si2O7:Ce (GPS) presenting attractive scintillation performance was grown by the floating zone method. The vacuum ultra-violet (VUV) excitation and emission, ultra-violet (UV) excitation and emission spectra and fluorescent decay time at 77 K and RT were measured and discussed. Relative energy levels of 5d sublevels of Ce3+ in GPS:Ce are detected by the VUV excitation spectrum. The UV emission curve of GPS:1%Ce peaks around 382 nm at 77 K and moves towards longer wavelength direction as temperature increases. Thermally stimulated luminescence (TSL) was employed to investigate the defects in GPS:1%Ce. Energy depths of two traps detected in GPS:1%Ce are 0.64 and 1.00 eV.

  20. Search for double beta decay of Zinc and Tungsten with the help of low-background ZnWO4 crystal scintillators

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    Belli, P; Cappella, F; Cerulli, R; Danevich, F A; Grinyov, B V; Incicchitti, A; Kobychev, V V; Mokina, V M; Nagorny, S S; Nagornaya, L L; Nisi, S; Nozzoli, F; Poda, D V; Prosperi, D; Tretyak, V I; Yurchenko, S S

    2008-01-01

    Double beta processes in 64-Zn, 70-Zn, 180-W, and 186-W have been searched for with the help of large volume (0.1-0.7 kg) low background ZnWO4 crystal scintillators at the Gran Sasso National Laboratories of the INFN. Total time of measurements exceeds 10 thousands hours. New improved half-life limits on double electron capture and electron capture with positron emission in 64-Zn have been set, in particular (all the limits are at 90% C.L.): T1/2(0nu2EC)> 1.1e20 yr, T1/2(2nuECbeta+)>7.0e20 yr, and T1/2(0nuECbeta+)>4.3e20 yr. The different modes of double beta processes in 70-Zn, 180-W, and 186-W have been restricted at the level of 1e17-1e20 yr.

  1. Final results of an experiment to search for 2beta processes in zinc and tungsten with the help of radiopure ZnWO4 crystal scintillators

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    Belli, P; Cappella, F; Cerulli, R; Danevich, F A; d'Angelo, S; Incicchitti, A; Kobychev, V V; Poda, D V; Tretyak, V I

    2011-01-01

    A search for the double beta decay of zinc and tungsten isotopes has been performed with the help of radiopure ZnWO4 crystal scintillators (0.1-0.7 kg) at the Gran Sasso National Laboratories of the INFN. The total exposure of the low background measurements is 0.529 kg yr. New improved half-life limits on the double beta decay modes of 64Zn, 70Zn, 180W, and 186W have been established at the level of 10^{18}-10^{21} yr. In particular, limits on double electron capture and electron capture with positron emission in 64Zn have been set: T_{1/2}(2\

  2. Studies of low temperature thermoluminescence of GAGG:Ce and LuAG:Pr scintillator crystals using the T{sub max}–T{sub stop} method

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    Brylew, Kamil, E-mail: brykam@fizyka.umk.pl [Institute of Physics, Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Informatics, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Grudziadzka 5, 87-100 Torun (Poland); Drozdowski, Winicjusz; Wojtowicz, Andrzej J. [Institute of Physics, Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Informatics, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Grudziadzka 5, 87-100 Torun (Poland); Kamada, Kei [New Industry Creation Hatchery Center, Tohoku University, 6-6-10 Aoba, Amaraki, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8579 (Japan); Yoshikawa, Akira [Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8577 (Japan)

    2014-10-15

    Low temperature thermoluminescence of GAGG:Ce and LuAG:Pr scintillator crystals has been studied by means of the T{sub max}–T{sub stop} method. It is shown that the glow curves of both materials are superpositions of discrete glow peaks and broad bands due to quasi-continuous Gaussian distributions of trapping levels. A model function has been built and trap parameters have been evaluated. - Highlights: • Thermoluminescence of GAGG:Ce and LuAG:Pr has been studied by the T{sub max}–T{sub stop} method. • Glow curves have been analyzed in order to derive trap parameters. • Inclusion of quasi-continuous trap distributions has resulted in high quality fits.

  3. Alpha–gamma pulse-shape discrimination in Gd{sub 3}Al{sub 2}Ga{sub 3}O{sub 12} (GAGG):Ce{sup 3+} crystal scintillator using shape indicator

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    Tamagawa, Yoichi, E-mail: tamagawa@u-fukui.ac.jp [Graduate school of Engineering, University of Fukui, Fukui 910-8507 (Japan); Inukai, Yuji; Ogawa, Izumi [Graduate school of Engineering, University of Fukui, Fukui 910-8507 (Japan); Kobayashi, Masaaki [IPNS, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), Tsukuba 305-0801 (Japan)

    2015-09-21

    The pulse-shape discrimination (PSD) in a GAGG single-crystal scintillator was studied by using a shape indicator (SI) parameter of the optimal digital filter method. SI is one of the most useful PSD methods that use typical pulse shapes. Excellent discrimination between 0.662 MeV γ-rays and 5.48 MeV α-rays was achieved. For a cut at SI=0.0056, 99.95% of the γ-rays and only 0.22% of the α-rays were retained. Selection of background events (γ and α) in the GAGG scintillator was achieved by using the PSD method.

  4. Crystal growth and evaluation of scintillation properties of Eu and alkali-metal co-doped LiSrAlF{sub 6} single crystals for thermal neutron detector

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    Wakahara, Shingo; Yokota, Yuui; Yamaji, Akihiro; Fujimoto, Yutaka; Sugiyama, Makoto; Kurosawa, Shunsuke [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8577 (Japan); Yanagida, Takayuki [New Industry Creation Hatchery Center (NICHe), 6-6-10 Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8579 (Japan); Pejchal, Jan [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8577 (Japan); Institute of Physics AS CR, Cukrovarnicka 10, Prague 16253 (Czech Republic); Kawaguchi, Noriaki [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8577 (Japan); Tokuyama, Co. Ltd., Shibuya 3-chome, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8383 (Japan); Fukuda, Kentaro [Tokuyama, Co. Ltd., Shibuya 3-chome, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8383 (Japan); Yoshikawa, Akira [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8577 (Japan); New Industry Creation Hatchery Center (NICHe), 6-6-10 Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8579 (Japan)

    2012-12-15

    In recent work, Na co-doping have found to improve the light output of Eu doped LiCaAlF{sub 6} (Eu:LiCAF) for thermal neutron scintillator. We grew Eu 2% and alkali metal 1% co-doped LiSAF crystals by Micro-Pulling down method to understand the effect of alkali metal co-doping on scintillation properties and mechanism compared with LiCAF. In photo- and {alpha}-ray induced radio-luminescence spectra of the all grown crystals, the emissions from d-f transition of Eu{sup 2+} were observed. Without relation to excitation source, decay times of co-doped LiSAF were longer than Eu only doped one. The light yield of Na, K and Cs co-doped LiSAF under {sup 252}Cf neutron excitation were improved. Especially, K co-doped Eu:LiSAF reached 33200 ph/n, which outperformed Eu only doped one by approximately 20% (copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  5. A new lutetia-based ceramic scintillator for X-ray imaging

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    Lempicki, A; Szupryczynski, P; Lingertat, H; Nagarkar, V V; Tipnis, S V; Miller, S R

    2002-01-01

    We report a new scintillator based on a transparent ceramic of Lu sub 2 O sub 3 :Eu. The material has an extremely high density of 9.4 g/cm sup 3 , a light output comparable to CsI:Tl, and a narrow band emission at 610 nm that falls close to the maximum of the response curve of CCDs. Pixelation of the scintillator to prevent lateral spread of light enhances the spatial and contrast resolution, providing imaging performance that equals or surpasses all other currently known scintillators. Upon further development of readout technologies to take full advantage of its transparency, the new scintillator should play a major role in digital radiographic systems.

  6. Energy resolution of LaBr3:Ce in a phoswich configuration with CsI:Na and NaI:Tl scintillator crystals

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    Hull, G.; Genolini, B.; Josselin, M.; Matea, I.; Peyré, J.; Pouthas, J.; Zerguerras, T.

    2012-12-01

    We studied the performances of the LaBr3:Ce scintillator when optically coupled to NaI:Tl and CsI:Na in a Phoswich detector for the R&D phase of the gamma ray calorimeter PARIS (Photon Array for the studies with Radioactive Ion and Stable beams). This detector has the purpose to measure γ-energies in a wide range (100 keV-40 MeV), and it will be used principally as a part of the SPIRAL2 instrumentation at GANIL. In this communication we report on the study of the light yield and energy resolution for gamma detection realized by coupling the phoswiches with various photomultiplier tubes, providing different characteristics. We were interested in investigating the possible degradation of the scintillation light produced by the LaBr3:Ce due to the presence of NaI:Tl/CsI:Na crystals, before being detected on the photocathode. For this purpose we realized all the measurements employing a standard ADC and QDC read-out system leading the possibility to perform a gate-based event selection. In this study we measured an energy resolution of 4.6% with an uncollimated 137Cs source for a 50.8×50.8×50.8 mm3 LaBr3:Ce coupled to a 50.8×50.8×152.4 mm3 NaI:Tl. This value is 30% bigger than the energy resolution measured for a 50.8×50.8×101.6 mm3 stand-alone LaBr3:Ce but still in the specifications for the PARIS collaboration physics list.

  7. Mechanism of luminescent emission in BaY{sub 2}F{sub 8} scintillators doped with rare earths; Mecanismos de emissao luminescente nos cintiladores de BaY{sub 2}F{sub 8} dopado com terras raras

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    Santos, Ana Carolina de Mello

    2013-07-01

    In this work samples of Barium Yttrium Fluoride (BaY{sub 2}F{sub 8}-BaYF) doped with different concentrations of Tb{sup 3+}, Er{sup 3+}, Tm{sup 3+} e Nd{sup 3+} ions were characterized, aiming their application in radiation detection devices using their scintillating properties. Two types of samples were produced, polycrystalline samples, obtained via solid state reaction and single crystals, obtained via the floating zone melting method. The radioluminescence measurements (RL) revealed that the samples doped with 2.0 or 3.0 % Tb showed RL intensity at 545 nm two times higher than samples of CsI:Tl, although the total scintillation yield was smaller when compared to this commercial scintillator. Thermoluminescence (TL) results showed that all doped samples exhibited the same peak at 123°C, which is characteristic of the matrix (BaY{sub 2}F{sub 2}). Comparison of the areas under the TL and RL curves for Tb{sup 3+} and Nd{sup 3+} doped BaYF revealed that the trapping centers are competing with the scintillation of the samples. However, this was not true for the Er{sup 3+} and Tm{sup 3+} doped samples and it was found that the scintillation yield is independent of the trap concentration up to a certain concentration limit. From this point on, the scintillation yields started increasing as the trap concentration increased. The radiation damage defects in BaYF:Tb{sup 3+} were studied via optical absorption (OA) and correlated with TL, showing that trapping centers are connected to the color centers. All samples exhibited different luminescence decay processes with time constants ranging from microseconds, for the fast processes, milliseconds, for the intermediate ones, and phosphorescent processes with decay time on the order of seconds. For the Nd{sup 3+} doped samples, very fast decay process was also found with time constants of about 60ns and that is an indication that this material can be used in fast detection systems, although its scintillation efficiency was

  8. Investigation on defects in the high temperature inorganic scintillation single crystals of Ce:YAlO sub 3

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    Zhao Guang Jun; He Xiao Ming; Xu Jun; Tian Yu Lian; Huang Wan Xia

    2002-01-01

    The defects in Ce:YAlO sub 3 single crystals grown by Czochralski method were investigated by transmission white beam synchrotron radiation topography method. It was shown in experiments that the growth striations, inclusions precipitations, twins, core and dislocation group were the main growth defects in Ce:YAP single crystals. The mechanism of the defects formation was also discussed. The results showed that the doped concentration, purity of starting materials and growth conditions are the main causes for defects formation in Ce:YAP single crystals

  9. Comparison of SensL and Hamamatsu 4×4 channel SiPM arrays in gamma spectrometry with scintillators

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    Grodzicka-Kobylka, M.; Szczesniak, T.; Moszyński, M.

    2017-06-01

    The market of Silicon Photomultipliers (SiPMs) consists of many manufacturers that produce their detectors in different technology. Hamamatsu (Japan) and SensL (Ireland) seems to be the most popular companies that produce large SiPM arrays. The aim of this work is characterization and comparison of 4×4 channel SiPM arrays produced by these two producers. Both of the tested SiPMs are made in through-silicon via (TSV) technology, consist of 16, 3×3 mm avalanche photodiode (APD) cells and have fill factor slightly above 60%. The largest difference is a single APD cell size and hence total number of APD cells (55,424 for Hamamatsu, 76,640 for SensL). In the case of SensL SiPM, its spectral response characteristics is shifted slightly toward shorter wavelengths with maximum at 420 nm (450 nm for Hamamatsu). The presented measurements cover selection of the SiPM optimum operating voltage (in respect to energy resolution), verification of the excess noise factor and check of the linearity characteristics. Moreover, the gamma spectrometry with LSO, BGO and CsI:Tl scintillators together with pulse characteristics for these crystals (rise time and fall time) is reported, as well as temperature dependence. The presented measurements show better performance of the SensL array comparing to the Hamamatsu detector.

  10. Neutron/gamma discrimination properties of composite scintillation detectors

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    Iwanowska, J; Swiderski, L; Moszynski, M; Szczesniak, T; Sibczynski, P [The Soltan Institute for Nuclear Studies, Otwock-Swierk, PL-05-400 Poland (Poland); Galunov, N Z; Karavaeva, N L, E-mail: j.iwanowska@ipj.gov.pl [The Institute for Scintillation Materials of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 60 Lenin Ave., 61001, Kharkov (Ukraine)

    2011-07-15

    A composite scintillator is a solid solution, which contains the grains of organic molecular single crystal introduced into a polymer matrix and placed inside the housing. Hereunder, we present n/{gamma} discrimination properties of four composite scintillators; two of the them are based on p-terphenyl and two others-on stilbene. The results obtained with a stilbene single crystal and a liquid scintillator BC501A are shown as a comparison. Initial conclusion, which is drawn from the paper, is that composite scintillators could be an alternative substitution for commonly used liquid scintillators.

  11. Equipment and methods for rapid analysis of PWO full size scintillation crystals radiation hardness at mass production

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    Annenkov, A N; Drobychev, G Yu; Fedorov, A; Ivankin, P; Korzhik, M V; Lecoq, P; Ligun, V; Lopatik, A; Matveev, L; Missevitch, O V; Zouevski, R F; Peigneux, J P; Sigovski, A

    2000-01-01

    This year an extensive R&D on lead tungstate crystals has entered into the pre-production phase at the Bogoroditsk Techno-Chemical Plant (BTCP). Laboratory small-scale PWO crystal growth technology, which has been tuned and optimised over the last years, is transforming now into an industrial technology of mass production. This mass production technology is based on a set of methods and instrumentation for crystal growth, machining, crystal quality control and certification. According to the specification on lead tungstate pre-production crystals, one of the most important categories of tolerance is the radiation hardness. Control of the PWO radiation hardness at the pre-production phase requires reliability and an easy to use measuring tool with a high productivity. A semi- automatic spectrometric setup for PWO radiation hardness monitoring has been developed and tested at the X5 CERN irradiation facility. After final crosschecks the setup was set into operation at the BTCP. Together with several other m...

  12. Development of scintillation materials for PET scanners

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    Korzhik, Mikhail; Annenkov, Alexander N; Borissevitch, Andrei; Dossovitski, Alexei; Missevitch, Oleg; Lecoq, Paul

    2007-01-01

    The growing demand on PET methodology for a variety of applications ranging from clinical use to fundamental studies triggers research and development of PET scanners providing better spatial resolution and sensitivity. These efforts are primarily focused on the development of advanced PET detector solutions and on the developments of new scintillation materials as well. However Lu containing scintillation materials introduced in the last century such as LSO, LYSO, LuAP, LuYAP crystals still remain the best PET species in spite of the recent developments of bright, fast but relatively low density lanthanum bromide scintillators. At the same time Lu based materials have several drawbacks which are high temperature of crystallization and relatively high cost compared to alkali-halide scintillation materials. Here we describe recent results in the development of new scintillation materials for PET application.

  13. Crystal structure and thermal expansion of a CsCe{sub 2}Cl{sub 7} scintillator

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    Zhuravleva, M., E-mail: mzhuravl@utk.edu [Scintillation Materials Research Center, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States); Lindsey, A. [Scintillation Materials Research Center, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States); Chakoumakos, B.C. [Quantum Condensed Matter Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37996 (United States); Custelcean, R. [Chemical Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Meilleur, F. [Biology and Soft Matter Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Hughes, R.W.; Kriven, W.M. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL (United States); Melcher, C.L. [Scintillation Materials Research Center, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States)

    2015-07-15

    We used single-crystal X-ray diffraction data to determine crystal structure of CsCe{sub 2}Cl{sub 7}. It crystallizes in a P112{sub 1}/b space group with a=19.352(1) Å, b=19.352(1) Å, c=14.838(1) Å, γ=119.87(2)°, and V=4818.6(5) Å{sup 3}. Differential scanning calorimetry measurements combined with the structural evolution of CsCe{sub 2}Cl{sub 7} via X-ray diffractometry over a temperature range from room temperature to the melting point indicates no obvious intermediate solid–solid phase transitions. The anisotropy in the average linear coefficient of thermal expansion of the a axis (21.3×10{sup –6}/°C) with respect to the b and c axes (27.0×10{sup –6}/°C) was determined through lattice parameter refinement of the temperature dependent diffraction patterns. These findings suggest that the reported cracking behavior during melt growth of CsCe{sub 2}Cl{sub 7} bulk crystals using conventional Bridgman and Czochralski techniques may be largely attributed to the anisotropy in thermal expansion. - Graphical abstract: Three-dimensional quadric surface of thermal expansion coefficient of CsCe{sub 2}Cl{sub 7} at room temperature (sphere – isotropic) and near melting point (ellipsoid – anisotropic). - Highlights: • Crystal structure of CsCe{sub 2}Cl{sub 7} was solved through X-ray diffraction. • Linear coefficients of thermal expansion were determined from in-situ XRD in 25–650 °C. • Anisotropy of the a axis with respect to b and c axes (21.3 vs 27.0×10{sup –6}/°C) was found. • No solid–solid phase transitions were observed via XRD and thermal analysis.

  14. Detection of charged particles and X-rays by scintillator layers coupled to amorphous silicon photodiode arrays

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    Jing, T.; Drewery, J.; Hong, W.S.; Lee, H.; Kaplan, S.N.; Perez-Mendez, V. [Lawrence Berkeley Lab., CA (United States); Goodman, C.A.; Wildermuth, D. [Air Techniques, Inc. Hicksville, NY (United States)

    1995-04-01

    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) p-i-n diodes with transparent metallic contacts are shown to be suitable for detecting charged particles, electrons, and X-rays. When coupled to a suitable scintillator using CsI(Tl) as the scintillator we show a capability to detect minimum ionizing particles with S/N {approximately}20. We demonstrate such an arrangement by operating a p-i-n diode in photovoltaic mode (reverse bias). Moreover, we show that a p-i-n diode can also work as a photoconductor under forward bias and produces a gain yield of 3-8 higher light sensitivity for shaping times of 1 {mu}s. n-i-n devices have similar optical gain as the p-i-n photoconductor for short integrating times ( < 10{mu}s). However, n-i-n devices exhibit much higher gain for a long term integration (10ms) than the p-i-n ones. High sensitivity photosensors are very desirable for X-ray medical imaging because radiation exposure dose can be reduced significantly. The scintillator CsI layers we made have higher spatial resolution than the Kodak commercial scintillator screens due to their internal columnar structure which can collimate the scintillation light. Evaporated CsI layers are shown to be more resistant to radiation damage than the crystalline bulk CsI(Tl).

  15. Monte-Carlo simulation of a compact gamma-ray detector using wavelength-shifting fibers coupled to a YAP scintillation crystal

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    ZHU Jie; MA Hong-Guang; MA Wen-Yan; ZENG Hui; WANG Zhao-Min; XU Zi-Zong

    2008-01-01

    The production and transportation of fluorescent light produced in wavelength-shifting fibers (WSFs) coupled to YAP scintillation crystal is simulated using the GEANT4 codes.An advantage of the wavelength-shifting fiber readout technique over a direct readout with a position-sensitive photo-sensor is the reduced requirement for position sensitive photomultiplier tube photocathode area.With this gamma-ray detector,the gamma camera is small and flexible and has larger effective field of view and low cost.Simulation results show that a) a mean 12 of photons per 59.5 keV gamma ray interaction is produced in the WSF located nearest to the incident gamma ray,and a spatial resolution of 3.6 mm FWHM is obtained,b)a mean 27 of photons per 140 keV gamma ray interaction is produced and a spatial resolution of 3.1 mm FWHM is obtained.Results demonstrate the feasibility of this concept of a compact gamma-ray detector based on wavelength-shifting fibers readout.However,since the very low photoelectron levels,it is very important to use a photon counting device with good single photo-electron response to readout the WSFs.

  16. Investigation of double beta decay of {sup 116}Cd with the help of enriched {sup 116}CdWO{sub 4} crystal scintillators

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    Polischuk, O. G., E-mail: polischuk@kinr.kiev.ua; Tretyak, V. I. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); INFN, sezione di Roma “La Sapienza”, I-00185 Rome (Italy); Barabash, A. S.; Konovalov, S. I.; Umatov, V. I. [Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Physics, 117259 Moscow (Russian Federation); Belli, P.; Bernabei, R.; D’Angelo, S. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”, I-00133 Rome (Italy); INFN sezione Roma “Tor Vergata”, I-00133 Rome (Italy); Cappella, F.; Caracciolo, V.; Cerulli, R.; Laubenstein, M. [INFN, Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso, I-67100 Assergi (AQ) (Italy); Chernyak, D. M.; Danevich, F. A.; Kobychev, V. V.; Mokina, V. M. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); Incicchitti, A. [INFN, sezione di Roma “La Sapienza”, I-00185 Rome (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Roma “La Sapienza”, I-00185 Rome (Italy); Poda, D. V. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); Centre de Sciences Nucléaires et de Sciences de la Matière, 91405 Orsay (France); Shlegel, V. N.; Vasiliev, Ya. V. [Nikolaev Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation)

    2015-10-28

    An experiment to search for 2β processes in {sup 116}Cd with the help of enriched (to 82%) cadmium tungstate crystal scintillators is in progress at the Gran Sasso National Laboratory of the INFN (LNGS, Italy). After 11074 h of data taking in the last configuration, the preliminary estimate for the half-life of 116Cd relatively to 2ν2β decay is T{sub 1/2} = [2.52 ± 0.02(stat.) ± 0.14(syst.)] × 10{sup 19} yr. By using the data of previous stages of the experiment with a similar level of background (≈ 0.1 counts/(keV kg yr) in the energy interval 2.7 – 2.9 MeV; the total time of measurements is 19770 h) we have obtained a new limit on the 0ν2β decay of {sup 116}Cd to the ground state of {sup 116}Sn: T{sub 1/2} ≥ 1.9 × 10{sup 23} yr at 90% C.L. New limits on different 2β processes in {sup 116}Cd (decays with majorons, transitions to the excited levels) are obtained on the level of T{sub 1/2} ≥ 10{sup 20} – 10{sup 22} yr.

  17. Characterization of the scintillation anisotropy in crystalline stilbene scintillator detectors

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    Schuster, Patricia

    2016-01-01

    This paper reports a series of measurements that characterize the directional dependence of the scintillation response of crystalline melt-grown and solution-grown stilbene to incident DT and DD neutrons. These measurements give the amplitude and pulse shape dependence on the proton recoil direction over one hemisphere of the crystal, confirming and extending previous results in the literature for melt-grown stilbene and providing the first measurements for solution-grown stilbene. In similar measurements of liquid and plastic detectors, no directional dependence was observed, confirming the hypothesis that the anisotropy in stilbene and other organic crystal scintillators is a result of internal effects due to the molecular or crystal structure and not an external effect on the measurement system.

  18. Low-contrast visualization in megavoltage cone-beam CT at one beam pulse per projection using thick segmented scintillators

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    El-Mohri, Youcef; Antonuk, Larry E.; Zhao, Qihua; Choroszucha, Richard B.; Wang, Yi

    2010-04-01

    Megavoltage cone-beam computed tomography (MV CBCT) using an electronic portal imaging device (EPID) is a highly promising technique for providing valuable volumetric information for image guidance in radiotherapy. However, active matrix flat-panel imagers (AMFPIs), which are the established gold standard in portal imaging, require a relatively large dose to create images that are clinically useful. This is a consequence of the inefficiency of the phosphor screens employed in conventional MV AMFPIs, which utilize only ~2% of the incident radiation at 6 MV. Fortunately, the incorporation of thick, segmented scintillators can significantly improve the performance of MV AMFPIs, leading to improved image quality for projection imaging at extremely low dose. It is therefore of interest to explore the performance of such thick scintillators for MV CBCT toward the goal of soft-tissue contrast visualization. In this study, prototype AMFPIs incorporating segmented scintillators based on CsI:Tl and BGO crystals with thicknesses ranging from ~11 to 25 mm have been constructed and evaluated. Each prototype incorporates a detector consisting of a matrix of 120 × 60 scintillator elements separated by reflective septal walls, with an element-to-element pitch of 1.016 mm, coupled to an overlying ~1 mm thick Cu plate. The prototype AMFPIs were incorporated into a bench-top CBCT system, allowing the acquisition of tomographic images of a contrast phantom using a 6 MV radiotherapy photon beam. The phantom consists of a water-equivalent (solid water) cylinder, embedded with tissue-equivalent inserts having electron densities, relative to water, varying from ~0.43 to ~1.47. Reconstructed images of the phantom were obtained down to the lowest available dose (one beam pulse per projection), corresponding to a total scan dose of ~4 cGy using 180 projections. In this article, reconstructed images, contrast, noise and contrast-to-noise ratio for the tissue-equivalent objects using the

  19. Non-Carbon Dyes For Platic Scintillators- Report

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    Teprovich, J. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Colon-Mercado, H. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Gaillard, J. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Sexton, L. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Washington, A. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Ward, P. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Velten, J. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL)

    2015-10-19

    Scintillation based detectors are desirable for many radiation detection applications (portal and border monitoring, safeguards verification, contamination detection and monitoring). The development of next generation scintillators will require improved detection sensitivity for weak gamma ray sources, and fast and thermal neutron quantification. Radiation detection of gamma and neutron sources can be accomplished with organic scintillators, however, the single crystals are difficult to grow for large area detectors and subject to cracking. Alternatives to single crystal organic scintillators are plastic scintillators (PS) which offer the ability to be shaped and scaled up to produce large sized detectors. PS is also more robust than the typical organic scintillator and are ideally suited for deployment in harsh real-world environments. PS contain a mixture of dyes to down-convert incident radiation into visible light that can be detected by a PMT. This project will evaluate the potential use of nano-carbon dyes in plastic scintillators.

  20. GAGG:ce single crystalline films: New perspective scintillators for electron detection in SEM

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    Bok, Jan, E-mail: bok@isibrno.cz [Institute of Scientific Instruments of the CAS, Kralovopolska 147, 61264 Brno (Czech Republic); Lalinský, Ondřej [Institute of Scientific Instruments of the CAS, Kralovopolska 147, 61264 Brno (Czech Republic); Hanuš, Martin; Onderišinová, Zuzana [Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Ke Karlovu 5, 12116 Prague (Czech Republic); Kelar, Jakub [Dept. of Physical Electronics, Masaryk University, Kotlarska 2, 61137 Brno (Czech Republic); Kučera, Miroslav [Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Ke Karlovu 5, 12116 Prague (Czech Republic)

    2016-04-15

    Single crystal scintillators are frequently used for electron detection in scanning electron microscopy (SEM). We report gadolinium aluminum gallium garnet (GAGG:Ce) single crystalline films as a new perspective scintillators for the SEM. For the first time, the epitaxial garnet films were used in a practical application: the GAGG:Ce scintillator was incorporated into a SEM scintillation electron detector and it showed improved image quality. In order to prove the GAGG:Ce quality accurately, the scintillation properties were examined using electron beam excitation and compared with frequently used scintillators in the SEM. The results demonstrate excellent emission efficiency of the GAGG:Ce single crystalline films together with their very fast scintillation decay useful for demanding SEM applications. - Highlights: • First practical application of epitaxial garnet films demonstrated in SEM. • Improved image quality of SEM equipped with GAGG:Ce single crystalline thin film scintillator. • Scintillation properties of GAGG:Ce films compared with standard bulk crystal scintillators.

  1. Scintillation detectors in computerized tomography

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    Gilar, O.; Pavlicek, Z.; Jursova, L. (Tesla, Premysleni (Czechoslovakia). Vyzkumny Ustav Pristroju Jaderne Techniky)

    1984-07-01

    A new scintillator, Bi/sub 4/Ge/sub 3/O/sub 12/ (BGO), was tested for use in the detection part of computerized tomographs. In comparison with the NaI(Tl) scintillator it has a three-fold mass stopping power and allows the detection of medium and high energy gamma radiation with a higher detection efficiency, i.e., for the same detection efficiency its size is much smaller. Some other mechanical, physical and optical parameters of the BGO scintillator are given. BGO is prospective for use in high energy spectrometry and may replace NaI(Tl) wherever the following parameters are significant: crystal size, detection efficiency for gamma radiation, and good spatial resolution.

  2. Luminescence rise time in self-activated PbWO4 and Ce-doped Gd3Al2Ga3O12 scintillation crystals

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    E. Auffray; A. Borisevich; V. Gulbinas; A. Fedorov; M. Korjik; M.T. Lucchini; V. Mechinsky; S. Nargelas; E. Songaila; G. Tamulaitis; A. Vaitkevičius; S. Zazubovich

    2016-01-01

    The time resolution of scintillation detectors of ionizing radiation is one of the key parameters sought for in the current and future high-energy physics experiments. This study is encouraged by the necessity to find novel detection methods enabling a sub-10-ps time resolution in scintillation detectors and is focused on the exploitation of fast luminescence rise front. Time-resolved photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy and thermally stimulated luminescence techniques have been used to study two promising scintillators: self-activated lead tungstate (PWO, PbWO4) and Ce-doped gadolinium aluminum gallium garnet (GAGG, Gd3Al2Ga3O12). A sub-picosecond PL rise time is observed in PWO, while longer processes in the PL response in GAGG:Ce are detected and studied. The mechanisms responsible for the PL rise time in self-activated and doped scintillators are under discussion.

  3. Development of a Hard X-ray focal plane Compton Polarimeter: A compact polarimetric configuration with Scintillators and Si photomultipliers

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    Chattopadhyay, T; Goyal, S K; S., Mithun N P; Patel, A R; Shukla, R; Ladiya, T; Shanmugam, M; Patel, V R; Ubale, G P

    2015-01-01

    X-ray polarization measurement of cosmic sources provides two unique parameters namely degree and angle of polarization which can probe the emission mechanism and geometry at close vicinity of the compact objects. Specifically, the hard X-ray polarimetry is more rewarding because the sources are expected to be intrinsically highly polarized at higher energies. With the successful implementation of Hard X-ray optics in NuSTAR, it is now feasible to conceive Compton polarimeters as focal plane detectors. Such a configuration is likely to provide sensitive polarization measurements in hard X-rays with a broad energy band. We are developing a focal plane hard X-ray Compton polarimeter consisting of a plastic scintillator as active scatterer surrounded by a cylindrical array of CsI(Tl) scintillators. The scatterer is 5 mm diameter and 100 mm long plastic scintillator (BC404) viewed by normal PMT. The photons scattered by the plastic scatterer are collected by a cylindrical array of 16 CsI(Tl) scintillators (5 mm x...

  4. Development of a hard x-ray focal plane compton polarimeter: a compact polarimetric configuration with scintillators and Si photomultipliers

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    Chattopadhyay, T.; Vadawale, S. V.; Goyal, S. K.; Mithun, N. P. S.; Patel, A. R.; Shukla, R.; Ladiya, T.; Shanmugam, M.; Patel, V. R.; Ubale, G. P.

    2016-02-01

    X-ray polarization measurement of cosmic sources provides two unique parameters namely degree and angle of polarization which can probe the emission mechanism and geometry at close vicinity of the compact objects. Specifically, the hard X-ray polarimetry is more rewarding because the sources are expected to be intrinsically highly polarized at higher energies. With the successful implementation of Hard X-ray optics in NuSTAR, it is now feasible to conceive Compton polarimeters as focal plane detectors. Such a configuration is likely to provide sensitive polarization measurements in hard X-rays with a broad energy band. We are developing a focal plane hard X-ray Compton polarimeter consisting of a plastic scintillator as active scatterer surrounded by a cylindrical array of CsI(Tl) scintillators. The scatterer is 5 mm diameter and 100 mm long plastic scintillator (BC404) viewed by normal PMT. The photons scattered by the plastic scatterer are collected by a cylindrical array of 16 CsI(Tl) scintillators (5 mm × 5 mm × 150 mm) which are read by Si Photomultiplier (SiPM). Use of the new generation SiPMs ensures the compactness of the instrument which is essential for the design of focal plane detectors. The expected sensitivity of such polarimetric configuration and complete characterization of the plastic scatterer, specially at lower energies have been discussed in [11, 13]. In this paper, we characterize the CsI(Tl) absorbers coupled to SiPM. We also present the experimental results from the fully assembled configuration of the Compton polarimeter.

  5. Multilayer passive shielding of scintillation detectors based on BGO, NaI(Tl), and stilbene crystals operating in intense neutron fields with an energy of 14.1 MeV

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    Bystritsky, V. M.; Valkovic, V.; Grozdanov, D. N.; Zontikov, A. O.; Ivanov, I. Zh.; Kopatch, Yu. N.; Krylov, A. R.; Rogov, Yu. N.; Ruskov, I. N.; Sapozhnikov, M. G.; Skoy, V. R.; Shvetsov, V. N.

    2015-03-01

    We discuss the issues related to choosing the optimum type of passive shielding of scintillation detectors based on BGO, NaI(Tl), and stilbene crystals from the direct penetration of neutron radiation with an energy of 14.1 MeV that was emitted isotropically into a solid angle of 4π. A series of experimental measurements of the count-rate suppression factor that may be obtained for the indicated detectors through the use of various shielding filters comprising iron, lead, and borated polyethylene layers with a total thickness not exceeding 50 cm are conducted.

  6. Scintillation, Afterglow and Thermoluminescence of CsI:Tl,Sm

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    Kappers, L. A.; Bartram, R. H.; Hamilton, D. S.; Lempicki, A.; Brecher, C.; Gaysinskiy, V.; Ovechkina, E. E.; Nagarkar, V. V.

    2010-11-01

    Experiments on co-doped CsI:Tl,Sm suggest that samarium electron traps scavenge electrons from thallium traps and that electrons subsequently released by samarium recombine non-radiatively with trapped holes, thus suppressing afterglow. These experiments support the inference that electrons tunnel freely between samarium ions and are trapped preferentially as substitutional Sm+ near VKA(Tl+) centers where non-radiative recombination is the rate-limiting step. Combined radioluminescence, afterglow and thermoluminescence on single-crystal samples of CsI:Tl and CsI:Tl,Sm, recorded sequentially at adjusted gain settings following low-temperature irradiation, reveal reversible radiation damage as well.

  7. Optimisation on the two-layer stack gamma detectors of CsI(Tl) coupled with a pin photodiode for non-destructive testing.

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    Bai, Jin Hyoung; Whang, Joo Ho

    2011-07-01

    This paper proposed the two-layer stack scintillator-coupled photodiode detector to improve the measurement accuracy of the gamma-ray scanning. Both MCNPX and DETECT97 code were used to design the detector. The two manufactured two-layer stack gamma detectors were used to measure the density profile of the distillation column of the radiographic non-intrusive process diagnostic area. To compare the measurement accuracy of the density profile through the non-destructive transmission test, the relative error of the four fluids used for the process diagnostics was analysed. To summarise the measurement results with regard to the relative error of the NaI(Tl) detector and the manufactured detector by material as well as the total relative error, the total relative error of the NaI(Tl) detector was about 15.7 %, whereas that of the two-layer stack CsI(Tl) with photodiode detectors were about 5 %. This paper confirmed that the measurement accuracy of the detector proposed was improved by about three times as compared with the NaI(Tl) detector mostly used for non-destructive testing.

  8. Effect of Aspect Ratio on the Light Output of Scintillators

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    Pauwels, Kristof; Gundacker, S.; Knapitsch, A.; Lecoq, P.

    2012-01-01

    The influence of the geometry of the scintillators is presented in this paper. We focus on the effect of narrowing down the section of crystals that have a given length. The light output of a set of crystals with very similar scintillating properties but different geometries measured with several coupling/wrapping configurations is provided. We observe that crystals shaped in thin rods have a lower light output as compared to bulk or sliced crystals. The effect of unpolishing the crystal faces is also investigated, and it is shown that highest light outputs are not necessarily obtained with crystals having all faces polished. Simulation results based on a realistic model of the crystal that implements light scattering on the crystal edges are in agreement with the experimental data. Fine-tuning of this model would allow us to further explore the details of light propagation in scintillators and would be highly valuable to fast timing detection and highly granular detectors.

  9. Functional possibilities of organosilicon coatings on the surface of CsI-based scintillators

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    Andryustchenko, L A; Goriletsky, V I; Zaslavsky, B G; Zosim, D I; Charkina, T A; Trefilova, L N; Renker, D; Ritt, S; Mzhavia, D A

    2002-01-01

    It has been shown that a thin film (15+-5 mu m) based on organosilicon coating applied to all surface of CsI and CsI(Tl) scintillators excluding the output window, can combine the following functions: (1) covering from atmospheric effects; (2) scintillation light convertor of luminescence towards the region of higher spectral sensitivity of the photoreceiver and (3) ancillary surface for performance of operations on changing the light collection coefficient without the risk to exceed limited size tolerations. Wavelength-shifting coating effect on radiation hardness of pure CsI is discussed. After irradiation a new absorption bands appear in the range 250-300 nm mainly. So, contrary to the 310 nm emission, the energy losses for converted light remain the same.

  10. Study on Signal Processing Circuit Based on Scintillation Detector

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    YAO; Yong-gang; DENG; Chang-ming; LI; Jian-wei; XIAO; Cai-jin; ZHANG; Gui-ying; WANG; Ping-sheng; WANG; Xing-hua; JIN; Xiang-chun; HUA; Long; YUAN; Guo-jun; NI; Bang-fa

    2013-01-01

    Compared with silicon semiconductor detector,higher energy resolution and together with the high detection efficiency,big sensitive volume,good adaptability to environment and high sensitivityespecially in nature background environment are the characteristics of scintillation detector.The most widely applied scintillator includes inorganic crystals,of which sodium iodide is the favorite and

  11. TOF-PET detector concept based on organic scintillators

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    Moskal, P; Białas, P; Ciszewska, M; Czerwiński, E; Heczko, A; Kajetanowicz, M; Kapłon, Ł; Kochanowski, A; Konopka-Cupiał, G; Korcyl, G; Krzemień, W; Łojek, K; Majewski, J; Migdał, W; Molenda, M; Niedźwiecki, Sz; Pałka, M; Rudy, Z; Salabura, P; Silarski, M; Słomski, A; Smyrski, J; Zdebik, J; Zieliński, M

    2013-01-01

    In this contribution we present a new concept of the large acceptance detector systems based on organic scintillators which may allow for simultaneous diagnostic of large fraction of the human body. Novelty of the concept lies in employing large blocks of polymer scintillators instead of crystals as detectors of annihilation quanta, and in using predominantly the timing of signals instead of their amplitudes.

  12. Optical and scintillation properties of Ce-doped (Gd{sub 2}Y{sub 1})Ga{sub 2.7}Al{sub 2.3}O{sub 12} single crystal grown by Czochralski method

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    Wang, Chao; Wu, Yuntao; Ding, Dongzhou; Li, Huanying; Chen, Xiaofeng; Shi, Jian; Ren, Guohao, E-mail: rgh@mail.sic.ac.cn

    2016-06-01

    Multicomponent garnets, due to their excellent light yield and energy resolution, become one of the most promising scintillators used for homeland security and nuclear non-proliferation applications. This work focuses on the optimization of Ce-doped (Gd,Y){sub 3}(Ga,Al){sub 5}O{sub 12} scintillators using a combination strategy of pre-screening and scale-up. Ce-doped Gd{sub x}Y{sub 1−x}Ga{sub y}Al{sub 5−y}O{sub 12} (x=1, 2 and y=2, 2.2, 2.5, 2.7, 3) polycrystalline powders were prepared by high-temperature solid state reaction method. The desired garnet phase in all the samples was confirmed using X-ray diffraction measurement. By comparing the radioluminescence intensity, the highest scintillation efficiency was achieved at a component of Gd{sub 2}Y{sub 1}Ga{sub 2.7}Al{sub 2.3}O{sub 12}:Ce powders. A (Gd{sub 2}Y{sub 1})Ga{sub 2.7}Al{sub 2.3}O{sub 12} doped with 1% Ce single crystal with dimensions of Ø35×40 mm was grown by Czochralski method using a <111> oriented seed. Luminescence and scintillation properties were measured. An optical transmittance of 84% was achieved in the concerned wavelength from 500 to 800 nm. Its 5d–4f emission of Ce{sup 3+} is at 530 nm. The light yield of a Ce1%: Gd{sub 2}Y{sub 1}Ga{sub 2.7}Al{sub 2.3}O{sub 12} single crystal slab at a size of 5×5×1 mm{sup 3} can reach about 65,000±3000 Ph/MeV along with two decay components of 94 and 615 ns under {sup 137}Cs source irradiation.

  13. Scintillation properties of polycrystalline LaxY1-xO3 ceramic

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    Sahi, Sunil; Chen, Wei; Kenarangui, Rasool

    2015-03-01

    Scintillators are the material that absorbs the high-energy photons and emits visible photons. Scintillators are commonly used in radiation detector for security, medical imaging, industrial applications and high energy physics research. Two main types of scintillators are inorganic single crystals and organic (plastic or liquid) scintillators. Inorganic single crystals are expensive and difficult to grow in desire shape and size. Also, some efficient inorganic scintillator such as NaI and CsI are not environmental friendly. But on the other hand, organic scintillators have low density and hence poor energy resolution which limits their use in gamma spectroscopy. Polycrystalline ceramic can be a cost effective alternative to expensive inorganic single crystal scintillators. Here we have fabricated La0.2Y1.8O3 ceramic scintillator and studied their luminescence and scintillation properties. Ceramic scintillators were fabricated by vacuum sintering of La0.2Y1.8O3 nanoparticles at temperature below the melting point. La0.2Y1.8O3 ceramic were characterized structurally using XRD and TEM. Photoluminescence and radioluminescence studies were done using UV and X-ray as an excitation source. We have used gamma isotopes with different energy to studies the scintillation properties of La0.2Y1.8O3 scintillator. Preliminary studies of La0.2Y1.8O3 scintillator shows promising result with energy resolution comparable to that of NaI and CsI.

  14. Scintillation characteristics of nonstoichiometric phases formed in MF sub 2 -GdF sub 3 -CeF sub 3 system Part II. (M=Ba), scintillation of Ba sub 1 sub - sub x Ce sub x F sub 2 sub + sub x (0.1<=x<=0.45) fluorite type crystals

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    Kobayashi, M; Sobolev, B P; Zhmurova, Z I; Krivandina, E A

    1999-01-01

    Among three different Ce-concentrations (10, 27 and 45 mol%) which we tested, the 27 mol% sample showed by far the best radiation hardness and the maximum fast component fraction in the luminescence. For this Ce-concentration, the scintillation intensity was about 30% of that in pure BaF sub 2 (within a 1 mu s gate) and comparable to that in CeF sub 3. The decay constant of scintillation was about 38 ns. The melting curve of the Ba sub 1 sub - sub x Ce sub x F sub 2 sub + sub x solid solutions has a maximum at approximately 27 mol% CeF sub 3. The congruent character of the melt with this composition, which should be related with specific structural defects configuration in anionic sublattice, could be the reason for the excellent radiation hardness observed in the Ba sub 0 sub . sub 7 sub 3 Ce sub 0 sub . sub 2 sub 7 F sub 2 sub . sub 2 sub 7 crystal.

  15. Elpasolite scintillators.

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    Doty, F. Patrick; Zhou, Xiao Wang; Yang, Pin; Rodriguez, Mark A

    2012-12-01

    This work was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Nonproliferation Research to develop elpasolite materials, with an emphasis on high-atomic-number rare-earth elpasolites for gamma-ray spectrometer applications. Low-cost, high-performance gamma-ray spectrometers are needed for detection of nuclear proliferation. Cubic materials, such as some members of the elpasolite family (A2BLnX6; Ln-lanthanide and X-halogen), hold promise due to their high light output, proportionality, and potential for scale-up. Using both computational and experimental studies, a systematic investigation of the compositionstructureproperty relationships of these high-atomic-number elpasolite halides was performed. The results reduce the barrier to commercialization of large single crystals or transparent ceramics, and will facilitate economical scale-up of elpasolites for high-sensitivity gamma-ray spectroscopy.

  16. Calibrating the CsI(Tl) detectors of the GARFIELD apparatus

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    Abbondanno, U. E-mail: abbondanno@ts.infn.it; Bruno, M.; Casini, G.; Cavaletti, R.; Cavallaro, Sl.; Chiari, M.; D' Agostino, M.; Gramegna, F.; Lanchais, A.; Margagliotti, G.V.; Mastinu, P.F.; Milazzo, P.M.; Moroni, A.; Nannini, A.; Ordine, A.; Vannini, G.; Vannucci, L

    2002-08-11

    The energy and charge dependence of the light output of the CsI(Tl) detectors of the GARFIELD apparatus has been investigated for heavy ions with 5{<=}Z{<=}16 in the energy range from 2.2 to 8.3 A MeV. The results have been compared to an analytical expression successfully used in previous calibration procedures at higher energies, and a rather good agreement was obtained between measured and calculated quantities. The resulting parameter set was successfully applied to another set of experimental data. The overall result demonstrates the validity of the above mentioned calibration procedure in a wide range of incident ion energies and masses.

  17. Calibrating the CsI(Tl) detectors of the GARFIELD apparatus

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    Abbondanno, U.; Bruno, M.; Casini, G.; Cavaletti, R.; Cavallaro, Sl.; Chiari, M.; D'Agostino, M.; Gramegna, F.; Lanchais, A.; Margagliotti, G. V.; Mastinu, P. F.; Milazzo, P. M.; Moroni, A.; Nannini, A.; Ordine, A.; Vannini, G.; Vannucci, L.

    2002-08-01

    The energy and charge dependence of the light output of the CsI(Tl) detectors of the GARFIELD apparatus has been investigated for heavy ions with 5⩽ Z⩽16 in the energy range from 2.2 to 8.3 A MeV . The results have been compared to an analytical expression successfully used in previous calibration procedures at higher energies, and a rather good agreement was obtained between measured and calculated quantities. The resulting parameter set was successfully applied to another set of experimental data. The overall result demonstrates the validity of the above mentioned calibration procedure in a wide range of incident ion energies and masses.

  18. Calibrating the CsI(Tl) detectors of the GARFIELD apparatus

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    Abbondanno, U; Casini, G; Cavaletti, R; Cavallaro, S; Chiari, M; D'Agostino, M; Gramegna, F; Lanchais, A; Margagliotti, G V; Mastinu, P F; Milazzo, P M; Moroni, A; Nannini, A; Ordine, A; Vannini, G; Vannucci, L

    2002-01-01

    The energy and charge dependence of the light output of the CsI(Tl) detectors of the GARFIELD apparatus has been investigated for heavy ions with 5<=Z<=16 in the energy range from 2.2 to 8.3 A MeV. The results have been compared to an analytical expression successfully used in previous calibration procedures at higher energies, and a rather good agreement was obtained between measured and calculated quantities. The resulting parameter set was successfully applied to another set of experimental data. The overall result demonstrates the validity of the above mentioned calibration procedure in a wide range of incident ion energies and masses.

  19. Light output measurements and computational models of microcolumnar CsI scintillators for x-ray imaging.

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    Nillius, Peter; Klamra, Wlodek; Sibczynski, Pawel; Sharma, Diksha; Danielsson, Mats; Badano, Aldo

    2015-02-01

    The authors report on measurements of light output and spatial resolution of microcolumnar CsI:Tl scintillator detectors for x-ray imaging. In addition, the authors discuss the results of simulations aimed at analyzing the results of synchrotron and sealed-source exposures with respect to the contributions of light transport to the total light output. The authors measured light output from a 490-μm CsI:Tl scintillator screen using two setups. First, the authors used a photomultiplier tube (PMT) to measure the response of the scintillator to sealed-source exposures. Second, the authors performed imaging experiments with a 27-keV monoenergetic synchrotron beam and a slit to calculate the total signal generated in terms of optical photons per keV. The results of both methods are compared to simulations obtained with hybridmantis, a coupled x-ray, electron, and optical photon Monte Carlo transport package. The authors report line response (LR) and light output for a range of linear absorption coefficients and describe a model that fits at the same time the light output and the blur measurements. Comparing the experimental results with the simulations, the authors obtained an estimate of the absorption coefficient for the model that provides good agreement with the experimentally measured LR. Finally, the authors report light output simulation results and their dependence on scintillator thickness and reflectivity of the backing surface. The slit images from the synchrotron were analyzed to obtain a total light output of 48 keV(-1) while measurements using the fast PMT instrument setup and sealed-sources reported a light output of 28 keV(-1) . The authors attribute the difference in light output estimates between the two methods to the difference in time constants between the camera and PMT measurements. Simulation structures were designed to match the light output measured with the camera while providing good agreement with the measured LR resulting in a bulk

  20. Search for double- {beta} decay processes in {sup 108}Cd and {sup 114}Cd with the help of the low-background CdWO{sub 4} crystal scintillator

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    Belli, P.; Bernabei, R.; D' Angelo, S.; Nozzoli, F.; Tretyak, V.I. [Universita di Roma Tor Vergata and INFN, Sezione di Roma Tor Vergata, Dipartimento di Fisica, Rome (Italy); Cappella, F.; Incicchitti, A.; Prosperi, D. [Universita di Roma La Sapienza and INFN, Sezione di Roma, Dipartimento di Fisica, Rome (Italy); Cerulli, R. [Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso, INFN, Assergi (Italy); Danevich, F.A.; Kobychev, V.V.; Nagorny, S.S.; Mokina, V.M.; Poda, D.V. [MSP, Institute for Nuclear Research, Kyiv (Ukraine)

    2008-05-15

    The search for double-{beta} processes in {sup 108}Cd and {sup 114}Cd was realized by using data of the low-background experiment with the CdWO{sub 4} crystal scintillator at the Gran Sasso National Laboratories of the INFN. New improved half-life limits on double-beta processes were established, in particular T{sub 1/2}{sup 0{nu}}{sup 2{epsilon}}({sup 1}08Cd){>=}1.0(2.7) x 10{sup 18} yr, T{sub 1/2}{sup 2{nu}}{sup 2{beta}}({sup 1}14Cd){>=}1.3(2.1) x 10{sup 18} yr, and T{sub 1/2}{sup 0{nu}}{sup 2{beta}}({sup 1}14Cd){>=}1.1(2.5) x 10{sup 21} yr at 90(68)% C.L. (orig.)

  1. Light collection enhancement of the digital x-ray detector using Gd 2O 2S:Tb and CsI:Tl phosphors in the aspect of nano-scale light dispersions

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    Woo, Taeho; Kim, Taewoo

    2012-01-01

    The nano-scopic light collection is investigated for the Active Matrix Flat-Panel Imagers (AMFPIs). The simulations using two kinds of screens are shown for light collection of x-rays. Enhancement of the light collection is accomplished by the microlens system incorporated with x-ray detector. For digital radiographic and mammographic applications, indirect detection imagers use Gd 2O 2S:Tb or CsI:Tl scintillation screens to convert the x-ray into visible photons. The light collection efficiencies for Gd 2O 2S and CsI are obtained. In Gd 2O 2S, the 27 kVp and 82 μm are the highest light collection cases in both Lambertian and Isotropic geometries. In CsI, 20 keV and 150 μm case have the highest light collection efficiency. So, x-ray energy and scintillator thicknesses are considered as the optimized light collection. The optimum thickness and x-ray energy combination are used for the detector of this study. In this paper, it is concluded that the screens between 17 kVp and 25 kVp have higher light collections, which could be considered as the clinical purposes if it is necessary. This energy range is compared with other energy cases, which are examined in the study.

  2. Subnanosecond Scintillation Detector

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    Hoenk, Michael (Inventor); Hennessy, John (Inventor); Hitlin, David (Inventor)

    2017-01-01

    A scintillation detector, including a scintillator that emits scintillation; a semiconductor photodetector having a surface area for receiving the scintillation, wherein the surface area has a passivation layer configured to provide a peak quantum efficiency greater than 40% for a first component of the scintillation, and the semiconductor photodetector has built in gain through avalanche multiplication; a coating on the surface area, wherein the coating acts as a bandpass filter that transmits light within a range of wavelengths corresponding to the first component of the scintillation and suppresses transmission of light with wavelengths outside said range of wavelengths; and wherein the surface area, the passivation layer, and the coating are controlled to increase the temporal resolution of the semiconductor photodetector.

  3. Characterization of 1.2×1.2 mm2 silicon photomultipliers with Ce:LYSO, Ce:GAGG, and Pr:LuAG scintillation crystals as detector modules for positron emission tomography

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    Omidvari, N.; Sharma, R.; Ganka, T. R.; Schneider, F. R.; Paul, S.; Ziegler, S. I.

    2017-04-01

    The design of a positron emission tomography (PET) scanner is specially challenging since it should not compromise high spatial resolution, high sensitivity, high count-rate capability, and good energy and time resolution. The geometrical design of the system alongside the characteristics of the individual PET detector modules contributes to the overall performance of the scanner. The detector performance is mainly influenced by the characteristics of the photo-detector and the scintillation crystal. Although silicon photomultipliers (SiPMs) have already proven to be promising photo-detectors for PET, their performance is highly influenced by micro-cell structure and production technology. Therefore, five types of SiPMs produced by KETEK with an active area size of 1.2 × 1.2 mm2 were characterized in this study. The SiPMs differed in the production technology and had micro-cell sizes of 25, 50, 75, and 100 μm. Performance of the SiPMs was evaluated in terms of their breakdown voltage, temperature sensitivity, dark count rate, and correlated noise probability. Subsequently, energy resolution and coincidence time resolution (CTR) of the SiPMs were measured with five types of crystals, including two Ce:LYSO, two Ce:GAGG, and one Pr:LuAG. Two crystals with a geometry of 1.5 × 1.5 × 6 mm3 were available from each type. The best CTR achieved was ~ 240 ps, which was obtained with the Ce:LYSO crystals coupled to the 50 μm SiPM produced with the trench technology. The best energy resolution for the 511 keV photo-peak was ~ 11% and was obtained with the same SiPM coupled to the Ce:GAGG crystals.

  4. Search of new scintillation materials for nuclear medicine application

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    Korzhik, M V

    2000-01-01

    Oxide crystals have a great potential to develop new advanced scintillation materials which are dense, fast, and bright. This combination of parameters, when combined to affordable price, gives a prospect for materials to be applied in nuclear medicine devices. Some of them have been developed for the last two decades along the line of rear-earth (RE) garnet (RE/sub 3/Al/sub 5/O/sub 12/) oxiorthosilicate (RE/sub 2/SiO/sub 5/) and perovskite (REAlO/sub 3/) crystals doped with Ce ions. Among recently developed oxide materials the lead tungstate scintillator (PWO) becomes the most used scintillation material in high energy physics experiments due to its application in CMS and ALICE experiments at LHC. In this paper we discuss scintillation properties of some new heavy compounds doped with Ce as well as light yield improvement of PWO crystals to apply them in low energy physics and nuclear medicine. (18 refs).

  5. Anticoincidence scintillation counter

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    1966-01-01

    This anticoincidence scintillation counter will be mounted in a hydrogen target vessel to be used in a measurement of the .beta. parameter in the .LAMBDA0. decay. The geometry of the counter optimizes light collection in the central part where a scintillation disk of variable thickness can be fitted.

  6. R&D on scintillation materials for novel ionizing radiation detectors for High Energy Physics, medical imaging and industrial applications

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    Chipaux, R; Vasilev, A; Rinaldi, D; Morel, C; Choi, Y

    2002-01-01

    The Crystal Clear Collaboration (CCC) was approved by the Detector R&D Committee as RD18 in 1990 with the objective of developing new inorganic scintillators suitable for crystal electromagnetic calorimeters of LHC experiments. From 1990 to 1994, CCC made an intensive investigation for the quest of the most adequate ideal scintillator for the LHC; three main candidates were identified and extensively studied : CeF$_{3}$, PbWO$_{4}$ and heavy scintillating glasses. Lead tungstate was chosen by CMS and ALICE as the most cost effective crystal compliant to LHC conditions. Today 76648 PWO crystals are installed in CMS and 17920 in ALICE. After this success Crystal clear has continued its investigation on new scintillators and the understanding of scintillation mechanisms and light transfer properties in particular : The understanding of cerium ion as activator, The development of LuAP, LuYAP crystals for medical imaging applications, (CERN patent) Investigation of Ytterbium based scintillators for solar ne...

  7. Characterization of the new scintillator CLYC

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    Kui-Nian, Li; Qiang, Gui; Peng, Jin; Geng, Tian

    2016-01-01

    The first domestic inorganic scintillator CLYC was grown in Beijing Glass Research Instituteusing the vertical Bridgman method. In this work, we evaluated the performance of this new CLYC crystal in terms of gamma-ray energy resolution and pulse shape discrimination(PSD)capability between neutrons and gamma-rays. The decay times occurred throughdifferent scintillation mechanisms were achievedby fitting decay functions to the neutron and gamma-ray waveform structures. We found an energy resolution of 4.5% for 662-keV gamma-rays and efficient neutron/gamma PSD withFoM 2.6. Under gamma-ray excitation, there is ultrafast scintillation mechanism in CLYC, with a decay time about 2 ns,whereasthere is no evidence of ultrafast decay under thermal neutron excitation. This work contributes to promote domestic development of CLYC.

  8. Luminescence quenching and scintillation response in the Ce3+ doped GdxY3-xAl5O12 (x = 0.75, 1, 1.25, 1.5, 1.75, 2) single crystals

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    Bartosiewicz, K.; Babin, V.; Kamada, K.; Yoshikawa, A.; Mares, J. A.; Beitlerova, A.; Nikl, M.

    2017-01-01

    The luminescence and scintillation properties of the gadolinium yttrium aluminium garnets, (Gd,Y)3Al5O12 doped with Ce3+ are investigated as a function of the Gd/Y ratio with the aim of an improved understanding of the luminescence quenching, energy transfer and phase stability in these materials. An increase of both crystal field strength and instability of the garnet phase with increasing content of Gd3+ is observed. The instability of the garnet phase results in an appearance of the perovskite phase inclusions incorporated into the garnet phase. The luminescence features of Ce3+ in the perovskite phase inclusions and in the main garnet phase are studied separately. The thermal quenching of the 5 d → 4f emission of Ce3+ in the latter phase is determined by temperature dependence of the photoluminescence decay time. The results show that the onset of the thermal quenching is moved to lower temperatures with increasing gadolinium content. The measurements of temperature dependence of delayed radiative recombination do not reveal a clear evidence that the thermal quenching is caused by thermally induced ionization of the Ce3+ 5d1 excited state. Therefore, the main mechanism responsible for the luminescence quenching is due to the non-radiative relaxation from 5d1 excited state to 4f ground state of Ce3+. The energy transfer processes between Gd3+ and Ce3+ as well as between perovskite and garnet phases are evidenced by the photoluminescence excitation and emission spectra as well as decay kinetic measurements. Thermally stimulated luminescence (TSL) studies in the temperature range 77-497 K and scintillation decays under γ excitation complete the material characterization.

  9. THE CRYSTAL STRUCTURE OF 2,7-DIACETOXYTRANS-15,16-DIMETHYL-15,16-DIHYDROPYRENE,

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    AROMATIC COMPOUNDS, CRYSTAL STRUCTURE ), (*POLYCYCLIC COMPOUNDS, CRYSTAL STRUCTURE ), (* CRYSTAL STRUCTURE , POLYCYCLIC COMPOUNDS), ESTERS, MOLECULAR STRUCTURE, CHEMICAL BONDS, X RAY DIFFRACTION, SCINTILLATION COUNTERS, CANADA

  10. Screening Method of New Inorganic Scintillators for Photon Counting

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    Pritchard, Megan

    2004-10-01

    Inorganic scintillators play an important role in detection and visualization of ionizing radiation. A scintillator with both high light yield and fast response has yet to be found. These methods are useful in detector applications for homeland security and nuclear non-proliferation. New scintillators are necessary to improve radiation detectors for detection of fissile materials specifically when shielded. At ORNL, several new inorganic scintillators including various versions of ZnO, and SnO2 are being evaluated to determine light yield and decay times. Crystals are grown here, doped or painted with metals such as Al, Cd, Sn or Ga and measured. The photons emitted from a scintillator from a single incident alpha or neutron can be counted and graphed, allowing the luminosity and decay constants to be determined. The promising samples are also being evaluated for exact luminosity through spectroscopy.

  11. Screening Method of Inorganic Scintillators for Photon Counting

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    Pritchard, M.

    2004-10-01

    Inorganic scintillators play an important role in detection and visualization of ionizing radiation. A scintillator with both high light yield and fast response has yet to be found. These methods are useful in detector applications for homeland security and nuclear non-proliferation. New scintillators are necessary to improve radiation detectors for detection of fissile materials specifically when shielded. At ORNL, several new inorganic scintillators including various versions of ZnO, and SnO2 are being evaluated to determine light yield and decay times. Crystals are grown here, doped or painted with metals such as Al, Cd, Sn or Ga and measured. The photons emitted from a scintillator from a single incident alpha or neutron can be counted and graphed, allowing the luminosity and decay constants to be determined

  12. Role of excitons in the energy resolution of scintillators used for medical imaging

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    Singh, Jai [School of Engineering and IT, B-purple-12, Faculty of EHS, Charles Darwin University, Darwin NT 0909 (Australia)

    2010-11-01

    Theoretical investigations suggest that the nonproportionality in a scintillator is caused by the high excitation density created within the track of an X-ray or {gamma} ray photon entering in a scintillating crystal. In this paper an analytical expression for the scintillator yield is derived. For the case of BaF{sub 2} scintillator the role of excitons created within the {gamma}-ray track in the scintillator yield is studied. By comparing the results of two theories an analytical expression is also derived for an energy parameter which could otherwise only be determined by fitting the theoretical yield to the experimental data.

  13. SR study of scintillators

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    Mikhailin, V V

    2000-01-01

    The technique and the models developed recently in Synchrotron Radiation (SR) Laboratory of Moscow University for the investigation of energy transfer processes in insulators can be applied for a detailed study of scintillator's properties. The experiments with SR in VUV and XUV regions allow to separate various processes and stages of energy transfer and help to indicate the dominating process on each stage. Thus, we can find the way to improve the properties, essential for the particular application of the scintillator: conversion efficiency, decay time, afterglow, radiation hardness, etc. The results of such a study can be used for the testing procedures in scintillator production.

  14. Influence of Depth of Interaction upon the Performance of Scintillator Detectors

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    Brown, Mark S.; Taylor, Alaric; Tummeltshammer, Clemens; Auffray, Etiennette; Lecoq, Paul; Papakonstantinou, Ioannis

    2014-01-01

    The uncertainty in time of particle detection within a scintillator detector, characterised by the coincidence time resolution (CTR), is explored with respect to the interaction position within the scintillator crystal itself. Electronic collimation between two scintillator detectors is utilised to determine the CTR with depth of interaction (DOI) for different materials, geometries and wrappings. Significantly, no relationship between the CTR and DOI is observed within experimental error. Confinement of the interaction position is seen to degrade the CTR in long scintillator crystals by 10%.

  15. CMS lead tungstate crystals

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    Laurent Guiraud

    2000-01-01

    These crystals are made from lead tungstate, a crystal that is as clear as glass yet with nearly four times the density. They have been produced in Russia to be used as scintillators in the electromagnetic calorimeter on the CMS experiment, part of the LHC project at CERN. When an electron, positron or photon passes through the calorimeter it will cause a cascade of particles that will then be absorbed by these scintillating crystals, allowing the particle's energy to be measured.

  16. LFS-3 - new radiation hard scintillator for electromagnetic calorimeters

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    Kozlov, V A; Zavartsev, Yu D; Zavertyaev, M V; Zerrouk, A F

    2009-01-01

    Radiation damage of new heavy LFS-3 scintillating crystals has been studied using powerful $^{60}Co$ source at the dose rate of 4 Krad/min. No deterioration in optical transmission of LFS-3 crystals was observed after irradiation with the dose of 23 Mrad.

  17. Improvement and luminescent mechanism of Bi{sub 4}Si{sub 3}O{sub 12} scintillation crystals by Dy{sup 3+} doping

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    Yang, Bobo [Institute of Crystal Growth, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Institute of Technology, Shanghai 201418 (China); Xu, Jiayue, E-mail: xujiayue@sit.edu.cn [Institute of Crystal Growth, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Institute of Technology, Shanghai 201418 (China); Zhang, Yan; Zeng, Haibo; Tian, Tian; Chu, Yaoqing [Institute of Crystal Growth, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Institute of Technology, Shanghai 201418 (China); Pan, Yubai [Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Science, Shanghai 200050 (China); Cui, Qingzhi [Institute of Crystal Growth, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Institute of Technology, Shanghai 201418 (China)

    2016-01-21

    Bi{sub 4}Si{sub 3}O{sub 12}:Dy (BSO:Dy) crystals have been grown by the modified vertical Bridgeman method and doping effects on light yield have been investigated. Doped with small amount of Dy{sub 2}O{sub 3} (0.05–0.3 mol%), the light yield and energy resolution of BSO crystals were improved significantly. However, high concentrations of Dy{sub 2}O{sub 3} doping resulted in the decrease of light yield. Pulse height measurement under γ-ray irradiation shows that 0.1 mol% Dy{sub 2}O{sub 3} doping can make the relative light yield of BSO from 24.6% to 35.8% of BGO crystal, with fast decay time of ~90 ns. X-ray excited radioluminescence spectra showed Dy doping has an extra emission in the host emission band (Bi{sup 3+} emission) and acts as a sensitizer to the Bi luminescent center. These results indicate that BSO:Dy crystal could be one of promising candidates for replacing BGO in some application such as electromagnetic calorimeter and dual readout in nuclear or high energy physics.

  18. Scintillating properties of frozen new liquid scintillators

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    Britvich, G I; Golovkin, S V; Martellotti, G; Medvedkov, A M; Penso, G; Soloviev, A S; Vasilchenko, V G

    1999-01-01

    The light emission from scintillators which are liquid at room temperature was studied in the interval between $+20$~$^{\\circ}$C and $-120$~$^{\\circ}$C, where the phase transition from liquid to solid takes place. The light yield measured at $-120$~$^{\\circ}$C is about twice as much as that observed at $+20$~$^{\\circ}$C. By cooling the scintillator from $+20$~$^{\\circ}$C to $-120$~$^{\\circ}$C and then heating it from $-120$~$^{\\circ}$C to $+20$~$^{\\circ}$C, the light yield varies in steps at well defined temperatures, which are different for the cooling and heating processes. These hysteresis phenomena appear to be related to the solvent rather than to the dopant. The decay time of scintillation light was measured at $+20$~$^{\\circ}$C and $-120$~$^{\\circ}$C. Whilst at room temperature most of the light is emitted with a decay time of 6--8 ns, at $-120$~$^{\\circ}$C a slower component, with a decay time of 25--35 ns, becomes important.

  19. Scintillation, Afterglow and Thermoluminescence of CsI:Tl,Sm

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    Kappers, L A; Bartram, R H; Hamilton, D S; Lempicki, A; Brecher, C; Gaysinskiy, V; Ovechkina, E E; Nagarkar, V V, E-mail: lawrence.kappers@uconn.edu

    2010-11-15

    Experiments on co-doped CsI:Tl,Sm suggest that samarium electron traps scavenge electrons from thallium traps and that electrons subsequently released by samarium recombine non-radiatively with trapped holes, thus suppressing afterglow. These experiments support the inference that electrons tunnel freely between samarium ions and are trapped preferentially as substitutional Sm{sup +} near V{sub KA}(Tl{sup +}) centers where non-radiative recombination is the rate-limiting step. Combined radioluminescence, afterglow and thermoluminescence on single-crystal samples of CsI:Tl and CsI:Tl,Sm, recorded sequentially at adjusted gain settings following low-temperature irradiation, reveal reversible radiation damage as well.

  20. GAGG:ce single crystalline films: New perspective scintillators for electron detection in SEM.

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    Bok, Jan; Lalinský, Ondřej; Hanuš, Martin; Onderišinová, Zuzana; Kelar, Jakub; Kučera, Miroslav

    2016-04-01

    Single crystal scintillators are frequently used for electron detection in scanning electron microscopy (SEM). We report gadolinium aluminum gallium garnet (GAGG:Ce) single crystalline films as a new perspective scintillators for the SEM. For the first time, the epitaxial garnet films were used in a practical application: the GAGG:Ce scintillator was incorporated into a SEM scintillation electron detector and it showed improved image quality. In order to prove the GAGG:Ce quality accurately, the scintillation properties were examined using electron beam excitation and compared with frequently used scintillators in the SEM. The results demonstrate excellent emission efficiency of the GAGG:Ce single crystalline films together with their very fast scintillation decay useful for demanding SEM applications.

  1. Comparative studies of Lu{sub 1.95}Y{sub 0.05}SiO{sub 5}:Ce and Lu{sub 0.7}Y{sub 0.3}AlO{sub 3}:Ce single crystal scintillators for gamma-ray detection

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    Chewpraditkul, W., E-mail: weerapong.che@kmutt.ac.th [Department of Physics, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok 10140 (Thailand); Wanarak, C. [Department of Physics, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok 10140 (Thailand); Szczesniak, T.; Moszynski, M. [National Centre for Nuclear Research, A. Soltana 7, PL 05-400 Otwock-Swierk (Poland)

    2014-05-01

    The scintillation characteristics of Lu{sub 1.95}Y{sub 0.05}SiO{sub 5}:Ce (LYSO:Ce) and Lu{sub 0.7}Y{sub 0.3}AlO{sub 3}:Ce (LuYAP:Ce) single crystals were compared for γ-ray detection. The values of scintillation decay time and coincidence time resolution were evaluated. The scintillation decay of LYSO:Ce exhibits approximately a single-exponential component with decay time of 39 ns, whereas for LuYAP:Ce an intensity of the fast component with decay time of 21 ns is reduced (∼42%) and followed by a high intensity of slower components. The coincidence time resolution for 511 keV annihilation quanta of 234 and 894 ps was obtained, respectively, for LYSO:Ce and LuYAP:Ce detectors in coincidence experiment using a BaF{sub 2}-based detector. The time resolution was also discussed in terms of a number of photoelectrons and decay time of the scintillation pulse.

  2. Co-doping effects on luminescence and scintillation properties of Ce doped (Lu,Gd)3(Ga,Al)5O12 scintillator

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    Yamaguchi, Hiroaki; Kamada, Kei; Kurosawa, Shunsuke; Pejchal, Jan; Shoji, Yasuhiro; Yokota, Yuui; Ohashi, Yuji; Yoshikawa, Akira

    2016-11-01

    Mg co-doping effects on scintillation properties of Ce:Lu1Gd2(Ga,Al)5O12 (LGGAG) were investigated. Mg 200 ppm co-doped Ce:LGGAG single crystals were prepared by micro pulling down method. Absorption and luminescence spectra were measured together with several other scintillation characteristics, namely the scintillation decay and light yield to reveal the effect of Mg co-doping. Ce4+ charge transfer absorption was observed below 300 nm in Mg,Ce:LGGAG which is in good agreement with previous reports. The scintillation decay times were accelerated by Mg co-doping.

  3. Single crystal growth of Ce:Gd3(Ga,Al)5O12 with various Mg concentration and their scintillation properties

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    Kamada, Kei; Shoji, Yasuhiro; Kochurikhin, Vladimir V.; Nagura, Aya; Okumura, Satoshi; Yamamoto, Seiichi.; Yeom, Jung Yeol; Kurosawa, Shunsuke; Pejchal, Jan; Yokota, Yuui; Ohashi, Yuji; Nikl, Martin; Yoshino, Masao; Yoshikawa, Akira

    2017-06-01

    1 in. diameter Mg 0.05, 0.1, 0.2, 0.5 mol% and Zr 0.015% co-doped Ce1%:GGAG crystals were grown by Cz method. Relationship between Mg concentration and absorption, luminescence, light output, decay time, timing resolution was investigated. Mg 0.2 mol% co-doped sample showed the fastest timing resolution of 165 ps among the Mg-co-doped samples.

  4. Characterization of the new co-doped CsI microcolumnar films for high-speed radiographic imaging

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    Thacker, Samta C.; Gaysinskiy, Valeriy; Ovechkina, Lena E.; Miller, Stuart R.; Nagarkar, Vivek V.; Brecher, Charles; Lempicki, Alexander; Bartram, Ralph H.

    2008-03-01

    Despite its obvious advantages, well known CsI:Tl scintillator has two characteristic properties that undermine its use in clinical and high speed imaging: the presence of an afterglow component in its scintillation decay, and a hysteresis effect that causes drift in the scintillation yield after exposure to high radiation doses. We have previously reported that the addition of a second dopant, Sm 2+, to the CsI:Tl crystals, significantly suppresses both afterglow and hysteresis. Here we report on the fabrication and characterization of the Sm co-doped CsI:Tl microcolumnar films to examine if these properties are preserved in films as well. Our preliminary data suggests that the Sm co-doped CsI:Tl films significantly improve temporal response relative to their CsI:Tl counterpart, and that the newly developed films demonstrate excellent spatial resolution. Various aspects of these effects and their consequences for imaging performance are discussed in this paper.

  5. Thallium bromide photodetectors for scintillation detection

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    Hitomi, K; Shoji, T; Hiratate, Y; Ishibashi, H; Ishii, M

    2000-01-01

    A wide bandgap compound semiconductor, TlBr, has been investigated as a blue sensitive photodetector material for scintillation detection. The TlBr photodetectors have been fabricated from the TlBr crystals grown by the TMZ method using materials purified by many pass zone refining. The performance of the photodetectors has been evaluated by measuring their leakage current, quantum efficiency, spatial uniformity, direct X-ray detection and scintillation detection characteristics. The photodetectors have shown high quantum efficiency for the blue wavelength region and high spatial uniformity for their optical response. In addition, good direct X-ray detection characteristics with an energy resolution of 4.5 keV FWHM for 22 keV X-rays from a sup 1 sup 0 sup 9 Cd radioactive source have been obtained. Detection of blue scintillation from GSO and LSO scintillators irradiated with a sup 2 sup 2 Na radioactive source has been done successfully by using the photodetectors at room temperature. A clear full-energy pea...

  6. Microfluidic Scintillation Detectors

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    Microfluidic scintillation detectors are devices of recent introduction for the detection of high energy particles, developed within the EP-DT group at CERN. Most of the interest for such technology comes from the use of liquid scintillators, which entails the possibility of changing the active material in the detector, leading to an increased radiation resistance. This feature, together with the high spatial resolution and low thickness deriving from the microfabrication techniques used to manufacture such devices, is desirable not only in instrumentation for high energy physics experiments but also in medical detectors such as beam monitors for hadron therapy.

  7. Scintillation properties of acrylate based plastic scintillator by photoploymerization method

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    Kim, Sung Hwan [Dept. of Radiological Science, Cheongju University, Cheongju (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Joo Il [Dept. of of Radiology, Daegu Health College, Daegu (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-12-15

    In this study, we prepared and characterized a acrylate based UV-curable plastic scintillator. It was used co-polymers TMPTA, DHPA and Ultima GoldTM LLT organic scintillator. The emission spectrum of the plastic scintillator was located in the range of 380⁓520 nm, peaking at 423 nm. And the scintillator is more than 50% transparent in the range of 400⁓ 800 nm. The emission spectrum is well match to the quantum efficiency of photo-multiplier tube and the fast decay time of the scintillation is 12 ns, approximately. This scintillation material provides the possibility of combining 3D printing technology, and then the applications of the plastic scintillator may be expected in human dosimetry etc.

  8. Chloride, bromide and iodide scintillators with europium

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    Zhuravleva, Mariya; Yang, Kan

    2016-09-27

    A halide scintillator material is disclosed where the halide may comprise chloride, bromide or iodide. The material is single-crystalline and has a composition of the general formula ABX.sub.3 where A is an alkali, B is an alkali earth and X is a halide which general composition was investigated. In particular, crystals of the formula ACa.sub.1-yEu.sub.yI.sub.3 where A=K, Rb and Cs were formed as well as crystals of the formula CsA.sub.1-yEu.sub.yX.sub.3 (where A=Ca, Sr, Ba, or a combination thereof and X=Cl, Br or I or a combination thereof) with divalent Europium doping where 0.ltoreq.y.ltoreq.1, and more particularly Eu doping has been studied at one to ten mol %. The disclosed scintillator materials are suitable for making scintillation detectors used in applications such as medical imaging and homeland security.

  9. Segmented crystalline scintillators: an initial investigation of high quantum efficiency detectors for megavoltage x-ray imaging.

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    Sawant, Amit; Antonuk, Larry E; El-Mohri, Youcef; Zhao, Qihua; Li, Yixin; Su, Zhong; Wang, Yi; Yamamoto, Jin; Du, Hong; Cunningham, Ian; Klugerman, Misha; Shah, Kanai

    2005-10-01

    Electronic portal imaging devices (EPIDs) based on indirect detection, active matrix flat panel imagers (AMFPIs) have become the technology of choice for geometric verification of patient localization and dose delivery in external beam radiotherapy. However, current AMFPI EPIDs, which are based on powdered-phosphor screens, make use of only approximately 2% of the incident radiation, thus severely limiting their imaging performance as quantified by the detective quantum efficiency (DQE) (approximately 1%, compared to approximately 75% for kilovoltage AMFPIs). With the rapidly increasing adoption of image-guided techniques in virtually every aspect of radiotherapy, there exist strong incentives to develop high-DQE megavoltage x-ray imagers, capable of providing soft-tissue contrast at very low doses in megavoltage tomographic and, potentially, projection imaging. In this work we present a systematic theoretical and preliminary empirical evaluation of a promising, high-quantum-efficiency, megavoltage x-ray detector design based on a two-dimensional matrix of thick, optically isolated, crystalline scintillator elements. The detector is coupled with an indirect detection-based active matrix array, with the center-to-center spacing of the crystalline elements chosen to match the pitch of the underlying array pixels. Such a design enables the utilization of a significantly larger fraction of the incident radiation (up to 80% for a 6 MV beam), through increases in the thickness of the crystalline elements, without loss of spatial resolution due to the spread of optical photons. Radiation damage studies were performed on test samples of two candidate scintillator materials, CsI(Tl) and BGO, under conditions relevant to radiotherapy imaging. A detailed Monte Carlo-based study was performed in order to examine the signal, spatial spreading, and noise properties of the absorbed energy for several segmented detector configurations. Parameters studied included scintillator

  10. Transparent Ceramic Scintillator Fabrication, Properties and Applications

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    Cherepy, N J; Kuntz, J D; Roberts, J J; Hurst, T A; Drury, O B; Sanner, R D; Tillotson, T M; Payne, S A

    2008-08-24

    Transparent ceramics offer an alternative to single crystals for scintillator applications such as gamma ray spectroscopy and radiography. We have developed a versatile, scaleable fabrication method, using Flame Spray Pyrolysis (FSP) to produce feedstock which is readily converted into phase-pure transparent ceramics. We measure integral light yields in excess of 80,000 Ph/MeV with Cerium-doped Garnets, and excellent optical quality. Avalanche photodiode readout of Garnets provides resolution near 6%. For radiography applications, Lutetium Oxide offers a high performance metric and is formable by ceramics processing. Scatter in transparent ceramics due to secondary phases is the principal limitation to optical quality, and afterglow issues that affect the scintillation performance are presently being addressed.

  11. Scintillation Properties of Eu2+-Activated Barium Fluoroiodide

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    Gundiah, Gautam; Bourret-Courchesne, Edith; Bizarri, Gregory; Hanrahan, Stephen M.; Chaudhry, Anurag; Canning, Andrew; Moses, William W.; Derenzo, Stephen E.

    2009-11-18

    The scintillation properties of powders and single-crystals of BaFI doped with Eu2+ are presented. Single crystals were grown by the vertical Bridgman technique. Under optical and X-ray excitation, the samples exhibit a narrow E2+ 5d-4f transition emission centered at 405 nm. The scintillation light output is estimated to be 55,000+-5,000 photons/MeV at 662 keV with 85percent of the light decaying within 600 ns. An energyresolution of 8.5percent full width at half maximum (FWHM) has been achieved using this scintillator for 662 keV excitation (137Cs source) at room temperature.

  12. Automatic procedure for mass and charge identification of light isotopes detected in CsI(Tl) of the GARFIELD apparatus

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    Morelli, L.; Bruno, M.; Baiocco, G. [Dipartimento di Fisica dell' Universita and INFN, Bologna (Italy); Bardelli, L.; Barlini, S.; Bini, M.; Casini, G. [Dipartimento di Fisica dell' Universita and INFN, Firenze (Italy); D' Agostino, M., E-mail: dagostino@bo.infn.i [Dipartimento di Fisica dell' Universita and INFN, Bologna (Italy); Degerlier, M.; Gramegna, F. [INFN, Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro (Italy); Kravchuk, V.L. [Dipartimento di Fisica dell' Universita and INFN, Bologna (Italy); INFN, Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro (Italy); Marchi, T. [Dipartimento di Fisica dell' Universita, Padova, ItalyNUCL-EX Collaboration (Italy); INFN, Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro (Italy); Pasquali, G.; Poggi, G. [Dipartimento di Fisica dell' Universita and INFN, Firenze (Italy)

    2010-08-21

    Mass and charge identification of light charged particles detected with the 180 CsI(Tl) detectors of the GARFIELD apparatus is presented. A 'tracking' method to automatically sample the Z and A ridges of 'Fast-Slow' histograms is developed. An empirical analytic identification function is used to fit correlations between Fast and Slow, in order to determine, event by event, the atomic and mass numbers of the detected charged reaction products. A summary of the advantages of the proposed method with respect to 'hand-based' procedures is reported.

  13. Automatic procedure for mass and charge identification of light isotopes detected in CsI(Tl) of the GARFIELD apparatus

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    Morelli, L.; Bruno, M.; Baiocco, G.; Bardelli, L.; Barlini, S.; Bini, M.; Casini, G.; D'Agostino, M.; Degerlier, M.; Gramegna, F.; Kravchuk, V. L.; Marchi, T.; Pasquali, G.; Poggi, G.

    2010-08-01

    Mass and charge identification of light charged particles detected with the 180 CsI(Tl) detectors of the GARFIELD apparatus is presented. A "tracking" method to automatically sample the Z and A ridges of "Fast-Slow" histograms is developed. An empirical analytic identification function is used to fit correlations between Fast and Slow, in order to determine, event by event, the atomic and mass numbers of the detected charged reaction products. A summary of the advantages of the proposed method with respect to "hand-based" procedures is reported.

  14. Design and construction of a multi-layer CsI(Tl) telescope for high-energy reaction studies

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    Yan, D; Yue, K; Wang, S T; Zhang, X H; Yu, Y H; Chen, J L; Tang, S W; Fang, F; Zhou, Y; Sun, Y; Wang, Z M; Sun, Y Z

    2015-01-01

    A prototype of a new CsI(Tl) telescope, which will be used in the reaction studies of light isotopes with energy of several hundred AMeV, has been constructed and tested at the Institute of Modern Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. The telescope has a multi-layer structure and the range information will be obtained to improve the particle identification performance. This prototype has seven layers of different thickness. A 5.0% (FWHM) energy resolution has been extracted for one of the layers in a beam test experiment. Obvious improvement for the identification of $^{14}$O and $^{15}$O isotopes was achieved by using the range information.

  15. Design and construction of a multi-layer CsI(Tl) telescope for high-energy reaction studies

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    Yan, D.; Sun, Z. Y.; Yue, K.; Wang, S. T.; Zhang, X. H.; Yu, Y. H.; Chen, J. L.; Tang, S. W.; Fang, F.; Zhou, Y.; Sun, Y.; Wang, Z. M.; Sun, Y. Z.

    2017-01-01

    A prototype of a new CsI(Tl) telescope, which will be used in the reaction studies of light isotopes with energy of several hundred AMeV, was constructed and tested at the Institute of Modern Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. The telescope has a multi-layer structure, and the range information was obtained to improve the particle identification performance. This prototype has seven layers of different thickness. An energy resolution of 5.0% (FWHM) was obtained for one of the layers in a beam test experiment. Positive improvement for the identification of 14O and 15O isotopes was achieved using the range information.

  16. High spatial resolution radiation detectors based on hydrogenated amorphous silicon and scintillator

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    Jing, Tao [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States). Dept. of Engineering-Nuclear Engineering

    1995-05-01

    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) as a large-area thin film semiconductor with ease of doping and low-cost fabrication capability has given a new impetus to the field of imaging sensors; its high radiation resistance also makes it a good material for radiation detectors. In addition, large-area microelectronics based on a-Si:H or polysilicon can be made with full integration of peripheral circuits, including readout switches and shift registers on the same substrate. Thin a-Si:H p-i-n photodiodes coupled to suitable scintillators are shown to be suitable for detecting charged particles, electrons, and X-rays. The response speed of CsI/a-Si:H diode combinations to individual particulate radiation is limited by the scintillation light decay since the charge collection time of the diode is very short (< 10ns). The reverse current of the detector is analyzed in term of contact injection, thermal generation, field enhanced emission (Poole-Frenkel effect), and edge leakage. A good collection efficiency for a diode is obtained by optimizing the p layer of the diode thickness and composition. The CsI(Tl) scintillator coupled to an a-Si:H photodiode detector shows a capability for detecting minimum ionizing particles with S/N ~20. In such an arrangement a p-i-n diode is operated in a photovoltaic mode (reverse bias). In addition, a p-i-n diode can also work as a photoconductor under forward bias and produces a gain yield of 3--8 for shaping times of 1 {micro}s. The mechanism of the formation of structured CsI scintillator layers is analyzed. Initial nucleation in the deposited layer is sensitive to the type of substrate medium, with imperfections generally catalyzing nucleation. Therefore, the microgeometry of a patterned substrate has a significant effect on the structure of the CsI growth.

  17. Time-based position estimation in monolithic scintillator detectors

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    Tabacchini, V.; Borghi, G.; Schaart, D.R.

    2015-01-01

    Gamma-ray detectors based on bright monolithic scintillation crystals coupled to pixelated photodetectors are currently being considered for several applications in the medical imaging field. In a typical monolithic detector, both the light intensity and the time of arrival of the earliest

  18. Time-based position estimation in monolithic scintillator detectors

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    Tabacchini, V.; Borghi, G.; Schaart, D.R.

    2015-01-01

    Gamma-ray detectors based on bright monolithic scintillation crystals coupled to pixelated photodetectors are currently being considered for several applications in the medical imaging field. In a typical monolithic detector, both the light intensity and the time of arrival of the earliest scintilla

  19. Ca2+-Doped CeBr3 Scintillating Materials

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    Guss, Paul [NSTec; Foster, Michael E. [SNL; Wong, Bryan M. [SNL; Doty, F. Patrick [SNL; Shah, Kanai [RMD; Squillante, Michael R. [RMD; Shirwadkar, Urmila [RMD; Hawrami, Rastgo [RMD; Tower, Josh [RMD; Yuan, Ding [NSTec

    2014-01-01

    Despite the outstanding scintillation performance characteristics of cerium tribromide (CeBr3) and cerium-activated lanthanum tribromide, their commercial availability and application are limited due to the difficulties of growing large, crack-free single crystals from these fragile materials. This investigation employed aliovalent doping to increase crystal strength while maintaining the optical properties of the crystal. One divalent dopant (Ca2+) was used as a dopant to strengthen CeBr3 without negatively impacting scintillation performance. Ingots containing nominal concentrations of 1.9% of the Ca2+ dopant were grown. Preliminary scintillation measurements are presented for this aliovalently doped scintillator. Ca2+-doped CeBr3 exhibited little or no change in the peak fluorescence emission for 371 nm optical excitation for CeBr3. The structural, electronic, and optical properties of CeBr3 crystals were studied using the density functional theory within the generalized gradient approximation. The calculated lattice parameters are in good agreement with the experimental data. The energy band structures and density of states were obtained. The optical properties of CeBr3, including the dielectric function, were calculated.

  20. Time-based position estimation in monolithic scintillator detectors

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    Tabacchini, V.; Borghi, G.; Schaart, D.R.

    2015-01-01

    Gamma-ray detectors based on bright monolithic scintillation crystals coupled to pixelated photodetectors are currently being considered for several applications in the medical imaging field. In a typical monolithic detector, both the light intensity and the time of arrival of the earliest scintilla

  1. Liquid Scintillation Counting

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    Carlsson, Sten

    1993-01-01

    In liquid scintillation counting (LSC) we use the process of luminescense to detect ionising radiation emit$ed from a radionuclide. Luminescense is emission of visible light of nonthermal origin. 1t was early found that certain organic molecules have luminescent properties and such molecules are used in LSC. Today LSC is the mostwidespread method to detect pure beta-ernitters like tritium and carbon-14. 1t has unique properties in its efficient counting geometry, deteetability and the lack of...

  2. Progress in the development of LuAlO3 based scintillators

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    Belsky, A; Lecoq, P; Dujardin, C; Garnier, N; Canibano, H; Pédrini, C; Petrosian, A

    2000-01-01

    LuAlO3:Ce3+ (LuAP) and LuxY1-xAlO3:Ce3+ (LuYAP) crystals are the promote scintillation materials for Positron Emission Tomography. Actual study of these scintillators develops in the tree directions: (i) growth of large size LuAP crystals with stable properties, (ii) relationship between composition of LuYAP crystals and scintillation properties, and (iii) scintillation mechanisms in lutetium compounds. After improving of growth conditions a large size samples (length greater than 40 mm) have been prepared. Crystals show a good correlation between growth parameters, light yield and transmission spectra. We performed a series of samples with calibrated size (2x2x10 mm3) and compare the light yield with a standard BGO and LSO samples. Mixed crystals with composition of 0.6 less than x less than 0.8 show a significant increase of light yield. We suggest that the short order clusterisation in mixed crystals may by playing an important role in governing the scintillation efficiency. In order to clarify the scintil...

  3. Contamination in LaCl3:Ce Scintillators

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    Milbrath, Brian D.; McIntyre, Justin I.; Runkle, Robert C.; Smith, Leon E.

    2005-12-01

    The gamma-, beta-, and x-ray-contamination in LaCl3:Ce scintillators due to the presence of the naturally occurring radioisotope La-138 is discussed. As the size of lanthanum halide crystals grows towards commercially useful sizes, and the effects of alpha-contamination due to Ac-227 has been substantially reduced, the effects of La-138 in background and low-count spectra become more problematic. The crystal's performance in high neutron fluxes is also examined.

  4. Study of the Angular Distribution of Scintillation Photons

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    Fornaro, Giulia Alice; Ghezzi, Alessio; Knapitsch, Arno; Modrzynski, Pawel; Pizzichemi, Marco; Lecoq, Paul; Auffray, Etiennette

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents a characterization method to experimentally determine the angular distribution of scintillation light. By exciting LYSO crystals with a radioactive source, we measured the light angular profiles obtained with samples of different geometries in different conditions of wrapping. We also measured the angular distribution of light emitting in glue and compared it with the one emitting in air. Angular distribution of light output of photonic crystals is also provided. Consistency of the measurements is verified with conventional light output measurements.

  5. CdWO sub 4 scintillator as a compact gamma ray spectrometer for planetary lander missions

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    Eisen, Y; Starr, R; Trombka, J I

    2002-01-01

    The objective of this work is to develop a gamma ray spectrometer (GRS) suitable for use on planetary rover missions. The main characteristics of this detector are low weight, small volume low power and resistance to cosmic ray radiation over a long period of time. We describe a 3 cm diameter by 3 cm thick CdWO sub 4 cylindrical scintillator coupled to a PMT as a GRS for the energy region 0.662-7.64 MeV. Its spectral performance and efficiency are compared to that of a CsI(Tl) scintillator 2.5 cm diameter by 6 cm thick coupled to a 28 mmx28 mm PIN photodiode. The comparison is made experimentally using sup 1 sup 3 sup 7 Cs, sup 6 sup 0 Co, 6.13 MeV gamma rays from a sup 1 sup 3 C(alpha,gamma n)O sup 1 sup 6 * source, 7.64 MeV thermal neutron capture gamma rays emitted from iron bars using a sup 2 sup 5 sup 2 Cf neutron source, and natural radioactivity 1.46 MeV sup 4 sup 0 K and 2.61 MeV sup 2 sup 3 sup 2 Th gamma rays. We use a Monte Carlo method to calculate the total peak efficiency of these detectors and ...

  6. Scintillators with potential to supersede lanthanum bromide

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    Cherepy, Nerine; Payne, Steven; Aszatlos, Steve; Hull, Giulia; Kuntz, J.; Niedermayr, Tom; Pimputkar, S.; Roberts, J.; Sanner, R.; Tillotson, T.; van Loef, Edger; Wilson, Cody; Shah, Kanai; Roy, U.; Hawrami, R.; Burger, Arnold; Boatner, Lynn; Choong, Woon-Seng; Moses, William

    2009-06-01

    New scintillators for high-resolution gamma ray spectroscopy have been identified, grown and characterized. Our development efforts have focused on two classes of high light yield materials: Europium-doped alkaline earth halides and Cerium-doped garnets. Of the halide single crystals we have grown by the Bridgman method - SrI{sub 2}, CaI{sub 2}, SrBr{sub 2}, BaI{sub 2} and BaBr{sub 2} - SrI{sub 2} is the most promising. SrI{sub 2}(Eu) emits into the Eu{sup 2+} band, centered at 435 nm, with a decay time of 1.2 {micro}s and a light yield of up to 115,000 photons/MeV. It offers energy resolution better than 3% FWHM at 662 keV, and exhibits excellent light yield proportionality. Transparent ceramics fabrication allows production of Gadolinium- and Terbium-based garnets which are not growable by melt techniques due to phase instabilities. While scintillation light yields of Cerium-doped ceramic garnets are high, light yield non-proportionality and slow decay components appear to limit their prospects for high energy resolution. We are developing an understanding of the mechanisms underlying energy dependent scintillation light yield non-proportionality and how it affects energy resolution. We have also identified aspects of optical design that can be optimized to enhance energy resolution.

  7. Scintillating bolometers for Double Beta Decay search

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    Gironi, Luca

    2009-01-01

    In the field of Double Beta Decay (DBD) searches, the use of high resolution detectors in which background can be actively discriminated is very appealing. Scintillating bolometers containing a Double Beta Decay emitter can largely fulfill this very interesting possibility. In this paper we present the latest results obtained with CdWO4 and CaMoO4 crystals. Moreover we report, for the first time, a very interesting feature of CaMoO4 bolometers: the possibility to discriminate beta-gamma events from those induced by alpha particles thanks to different thermal pulse shape.

  8. A multidetector scintillation camera with 254 channels

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    Sveinsdottir, E; Larsen, B; Rommer, P

    1977-01-01

    A computer-based scintillation camera has been designed for both dynamic and static radionuclide studies. The detecting head has 254 independent sodium iodide crystals, each with a photomultiplier and amplifier. In dynamic measurements simultaneous events can be recorded, and 1 million total counts...... per second can be accommodated with less than 0.5% loss in any one channel. This corresponds to a calculated deadtime of 5 nsec. The multidetector camera is being used for 133Xe dynamic studies of regional cerebral blood flow in man and for 99mTc and 197 Hg static imaging of the brain....

  9. New Cerium-Based Metal-Organic Scintillators for Radiation Detection

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    Boatner, Lynn A [ORNL; Neal, John S [ORNL; Ramey, Joanne Oxendine [ORNL; Chakoumakos, Bryan C [ORNL; Custelcean, Radu [ORNL; Van Loef, Edgar [Radiation Monitoring Devices, Watertown, MA; Markosyan, G [Radiation Monitoring Devices, Watertown, MA

    2013-01-01

    We have previously shown that a new class of scintillating materials can be developed based on the synthesis and crystal growth of rare-earth metal-organic compounds. The first scintillator of this type consisted of single crystals of CeCl3(CH3OH)4 that were grown from a methanol solution. These crystals were shown to be applicable to both gamma-ray and fast neutron detection. Subsequently, metal-organic scintillators consisting of the compound LaBr3(CH3OH)4 activated with varying levels of Ce3+ and of CeBr3(CH3OH)4 were grown in single crystal form. We have now extended the development of this new class of scintillators to more complex organic components by reacting rare-earth halides such as CeCl3 or CeBr3 with different isomers of propanol and butanol including 1-propanol, isobutanol, n-butanol, and tert-butanol. The reaction of CeCl3 or CeBr3 with these organics results in the formation of new and relatively complex molecular crystals whose structures were determined using single-crystal X-ray diffraction. These new metal-organic scintillating materials were grown in single crystal form from solution, and their scintillation characteristics have been investigated using X-ray-excited luminescence plus energy spectra obtained with gamma-ray and alpha-particle sources. If the reactions between the inorganic and organic components are not carried out under very dry and highly controlled conditions, molecular structures can be formed that incorporate waters of hydration. The present observation of scintillation in these hydrated rare-earth metal-organic compounds is apparently an original finding, since we are not aware of any previous reports of scintillation being observed in a material that incorporates waters of hydration

  10. Light output measurements and computational models of microcolumnar CsI scintillators for x-ray imaging

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    Nillius, Peter, E-mail: nillius@mi.physics.kth.se; Klamra, Wlodek; Danielsson, Mats [Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm SE-100 44 (Sweden); Sibczynski, Pawel [National Centre for Nuclear Research, Otwock 05-400 (Poland); Sharma, Diksha; Badano, Aldo [Division of Imaging, Diagnostics, and Software Reliability, Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, FDA, Silver Spring, Maryland 20993 (United States)

    2015-02-15

    Purpose: The authors report on measurements of light output and spatial resolution of microcolumnar CsI:Tl scintillator detectors for x-ray imaging. In addition, the authors discuss the results of simulations aimed at analyzing the results of synchrotron and sealed-source exposures with respect to the contributions of light transport to the total light output. Methods: The authors measured light output from a 490-μm CsI:Tl scintillator screen using two setups. First, the authors used a photomultiplier tube (PMT) to measure the response of the scintillator to sealed-source exposures. Second, the authors performed imaging experiments with a 27-keV monoenergetic synchrotron beam and a slit to calculate the total signal generated in terms of optical photons per keV. The results of both methods are compared to simulations obtained with hybridMANTIS, a coupled x-ray, electron, and optical photon Monte Carlo transport package. The authors report line response (LR) and light output for a range of linear absorption coefficients and describe a model that fits at the same time the light output and the blur measurements. Comparing the experimental results with the simulations, the authors obtained an estimate of the absorption coefficient for the model that provides good agreement with the experimentally measured LR. Finally, the authors report light output simulation results and their dependence on scintillator thickness and reflectivity of the backing surface. Results: The slit images from the synchrotron were analyzed to obtain a total light output of 48 keV{sup −1} while measurements using the fast PMT instrument setup and sealed-sources reported a light output of 28 keV{sup −1}. The authors attribute the difference in light output estimates between the two methods to the difference in time constants between the camera and PMT measurements. Simulation structures were designed to match the light output measured with the camera while providing good agreement with the

  11. SU-C-201-01: Investigation of the Effects of Scintillator Surface Treatment On Light Output Measurements with SiPM Detectors

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    Valenciaga, Y; Prout, D; Chatziioannou, A [University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) (United States)

    2015-06-15

    Purpose: To examine the effect of different scintillator surface treatments (BGO crystals) on the fraction of scintillation photons that exit the crystal and reach the photodetector (SiPM). Methods: Positron Emission Tomography is based on the detection of light that exits scintillator crystals, after annihilation photons deposit energy inside these crystals. A considerable fraction of the scintillation light gets trapped or absorbed after going through multiple internal reflections on the interfaces surrounding the crystals. BGO scintillator crystals generate considerably less scintillation light than crystals made of LSO and its variants. Therefore, it is crucial that the small amount of light produced by BGO exits towards the light detector. The surface treatment of scintillator crystals is among the factors affecting the ability of scintillation light to reach the detectors. In this study, we analyze the effect of different crystal surface treatments on the fraction of scintillation light that is detected by the solid state photodetector (SiPM), once energy is deposited inside a BGO crystal. Simulations were performed by a Monte Carlo based software named GATE, and validated by measurements from individual BGO crystals coupled to Philips digital-SiPM sensor (DPC-3200). Results: The results showed an increment in light collection of about 4 percent when only the exit face of the BGO crystal, is unpolished; compared to when all the faces are polished. However, leaving several faces unpolished caused a reduction of at least 10 percent of light output when the interaction occurs as far from the exit face of the crystal as possible compared to when it occurs very close to the exit face. Conclusion: This work demonstrates the advantages on light collection from leaving unpolished the exit face of BGO crystals. The configuration with best light output will be used to obtain flood images from BGO crystal arrays coupled to SiPM sensors.

  12. GPS Scintillation Analysis.

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    2007-11-02

    Rev. 2-89) Prescribed by ANSI Std. Z39-1 298-102 TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. INTRODUCTION 1 2. GPS COMPARISON WITH ALL-SKY IMAGES OVER AGUA VERDE...Depletions from 1 October 1994 2 3. GPS data from Agua Verde, Chile on the night of 1 October 1994 3 4. PL-SCINDA display of GPS ionospheric...comparison of GPS measurements with GOES8 L-band scintillation data, are discussed. 2. GPS COMPARISON WITH ALL-SKY IMAGES OVER AGUA VERDE, CHILE As

  13. Scintillating fiber detector

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    Vozak, Matous

    2016-01-01

    NA61 is one of the physics experiments at CERN dedicated to study hadron states coming from interactions of SPS beams with various targets. To determine the position of a secondary beam, three proportional chambers are placed along the beamline. However, these chambers tend to have slow response. In order to obtain more precise time information, use of another detector is being considered. Fast response and compact size is making scintillation fiber (SciFi) with silicon photomultiplier (Si-PM) read out a good candidate. This report is focused on analysing data from SciFi collected in a test beam at the beginning of July 2016.

  14. Co-doping effects on luminescence and scintillation properties of Ce doped Lu{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} scintillator

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    Kamada, Kei, E-mail: kamada@imr.tohoku.ac.jp [Tohoku University, New Industry Creation Hatchery Center, 6-6-10 Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8579, Miyagi (Japan); C& A Corporation, T-Biz, 6-6-10 Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8579, Miyagi (Japan); Nikl, Martin [Institute of Physics AS CR, Cukrovarnicka 10, 16253 Prague (Czech Republic); Kurosawa, Shunsuke [Tohoku University, New Industry Creation Hatchery Center, 6-6-10 Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8579, Miyagi (Japan); Tohoku University Institute for Material Reseach, 2-1-1 Katahira Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8577, Miyagi (Japan); Beitlerova, Alena [Institute of Physics AS CR, Cukrovarnicka 10, 16253 Prague (Czech Republic); Nagura, Aya [Tohoku University Institute for Material Reseach, 2-1-1 Katahira Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8577, Miyagi (Japan); Shoji, Yasuhiro [C& A Corporation, T-Biz, 6-6-10 Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8579, Miyagi (Japan); Tohoku University Institute for Material Reseach, 2-1-1 Katahira Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8577, Miyagi (Japan); Pejchal, Jan [Tohoku University, New Industry Creation Hatchery Center, 6-6-10 Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8579, Miyagi (Japan); Institute of Physics AS CR, Cukrovarnicka 10, 16253 Prague (Czech Republic); Ohashi, Yuji [Tohoku University Institute for Material Reseach, 2-1-1 Katahira Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8577, Miyagi (Japan); Yokota, Yuui [Tohoku University, New Industry Creation Hatchery Center, 6-6-10 Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8579, Miyagi (Japan); Yoshikawa, Akira [Tohoku University, New Industry Creation Hatchery Center, 6-6-10 Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8579, Miyagi (Japan); C& A Corporation, T-Biz, 6-6-10 Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8579, Miyagi (Japan); Tohoku University Institute for Material Reseach, 2-1-1 Katahira Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8577, Miyagi (Japan)

    2015-05-11

    The Mg, Ca, Sr and Ba 200 ppm co-doped Ce:Lu{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} single crystals were prepared by micro pulling down method. Absorption and luminescence spectra were measured together with several other scintillation characteristics, namely the scintillation decay and light yield to reveal the effect of the co-doping. The scintillation decays were accelerated by both Mg and Ca co-dopants. The Mg co-doped samples showed the fastest decay and the highest light yield among the co-doped samples.

  15. ALICE photon spectrometer crystals

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    Maximilien Brice

    2006-01-01

    Members of the mechanical assembly team insert the last few crystals into the first module of ALICE's photon spectrometer. These crystals are made from lead-tungstate, a crystal as clear as glass but with nearly four times the density. When a high-energy particle passes through one of these crystals it will scintillate, emitting a flash of light allowing the energy of photons, electrons and positrons to be measured.

  16. Hybrid scintillators for neutron discrimination

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    Feng, Patrick L; Cordaro, Joseph G; Anstey, Mitchell R; Morales, Alfredo M

    2015-05-12

    A composition capable of producing a unique scintillation response to neutrons and gamma rays, comprising (i) at least one surfactant; (ii) a polar hydrogen-bonding solvent; and (iii) at least one luminophore. A method including combining at least one surfactant, a polar hydrogen-bonding solvent and at least one luminophore in a scintillation cell under vacuum or an inert atmosphere.

  17. Development of Radiation Hard Scintillators

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    Tiras, Emrah; Bilki, Burak; Winn, David; Onel, Yasar

    2016-01-01

    Modern high-energy physics experiments are in ever increasing need for radiation hard scintillators and detectors. In this regard, we have studied various radiation-hard scintillating materials such as Polyethylene Naphthalate (PEN), Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET), our prototype material Scintillator X (SX) and Eljen (EJ). Scintillation and transmission properties of these scintillators are studied using stimulated emission from a 334 nm wavelength UV laser with PMT before and after certain amount of radiation exposure. Recovery from radiation damage is studied over time. While the primary goal of this study is geared for LHC detector upgrades, these new technologies could easily be used for future experiments such as the FCC and ILC. Here we discuss the physics motivation, recent developments and laboratory measurements of these materials.

  18. X-ray and gamma-ray response of a 2 '' x 2 '' LaBr3 : Ce scintillation detector

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    Quarati, F.; Bos, A. J. J.; Brandenburg, S.; Dathy, C.; Dorenbos, P.; Kraft, S.; Ostendorf, R. W.; Ouspenski, V.; Owens, Alan

    2007-01-01

    Advances in material growth techniques have recently made large volume LaBr3:Ce crystals commercially available. These scintillators are currently being assessed by ESA for use as remote sensing gamma-ray spectrometers on future planetary missions. In addition to their superior scintillation propert

  19. DSB:Ce3+ scintillation glass for future

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    Auffray, E.; Akchurin, N.; Benaglia, A.; Borisevich, A.; Cowden, C.; Damgov, J.; Dormenev, V.; Dragoiu, C.; Dudero, P.; Korjik, M.; Kozlov, D.; Kunori, S.; Lecoq, P.; Lee, S. W.; Lucchini, M.; Mechinsky, V.; Pauwels, K.

    2015-02-01

    One of the main challenges for detectors at future high-energy collider experiments is the high precision measurement of hadron and jet energy and momentum. One possibility to achieve this is the dual-readout technique, which allows recording simultaneously scintillation and Cherenkov light in an active medium in order to extract the electromagnetic fraction of the total shower energy on an event- by-event basis. Making use of this approach in the high luminosity LHC, however, puts stringent requirements on the active materials in terms of radiation hardness. Consequently, the R&D carried out on suitable scintillating materials focuses on the detector performance as well as on radiation tolerance. Among the different scintillating materials under study, scintillating glasses can be a suitable solution due to their relatively simple and cost effective production. Recently a new type of inorganic scintillating glass: Cerium doped DSB has been developed by Radiation Instruments and New Components LLC in Minsk for oil logging industry. This material can be produced either in form of bulk or fiber shape with diameter 0.3-2mm and length up to 2000 mm. It is obtained by standard glass production technology at temperature 1400°C with successive thermal annealing treatment at relatively low temperature. The production of large quantities is relatively easy and the production costs are significantly lower compared to crystal fibers. Therefore, this material is considered as an alternative and complementary solution to crystal fibers in view of a production at industrial scale, as required for a large dual readout calorimeter. In this paper, the first results on optical, scintillation properties as well as the radiation damage behaviour obtained on different samples made with different raw materials and various cerium concentrations will be presented.

  20. Depth-of-interaction estimates in pixelated scintillator sensors using Monte Carlo techniques

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    Sharma, Diksha; Sze, Christina; Bhandari, Harish; Nagarkar, Vivek; Badano, Aldo

    2017-01-01

    Image quality in thick scintillator detectors can be improved by minimizing parallax errors through depth-of-interaction (DOI) estimation. A novel sensor for low-energy single photon imaging having a thick, transparent, crystalline pixelated micro-columnar CsI:Tl scintillator structure has been described, with possible future application in small-animal single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging when using thicker structures under development. In order to understand the fundamental limits of this new structure, we introduce cartesianDETECT2, an open-source optical transport package that uses Monte Carlo methods to obtain estimates of DOI for improving spatial resolution of nuclear imaging applications. Optical photon paths are calculated as a function of varying simulation parameters such as columnar surface roughness, bulk, and top-surface absorption. We use scanning electron microscope images to estimate appropriate surface roughness coefficients. Simulation results are analyzed to model and establish patterns between DOI and photon scattering. The effect of varying starting locations of optical photons on the spatial response is studied. Bulk and top-surface absorption fractions were varied to investigate their effect on spatial response as a function of DOI. We investigated the accuracy of our DOI estimation model for a particular screen with various training and testing sets, and for all cases the percent error between the estimated and actual DOI over the majority of the detector thickness was ±5% with a maximum error of up to ±10% at deeper DOIs. In addition, we found that cartesianDETECT2 is computationally five times more efficient than MANTIS. Findings indicate that DOI estimates can be extracted from a double-Gaussian model of the detector response. We observed that our model predicts DOI in pixelated scintillator detectors reasonably well.

  1. Proof-of-principle of a new geometry for sampling calorimetry using inorganic scintillator plates

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    Becker, R; Gendotti, A; Huang, Q; Luckey, D; Lustermann, W; Lutterer, S; Nessi-Tedaldi, F; Pandolfi, F; Pauss, F; Peruzzi, M; Quittnat, M; Wallny, R

    2015-01-01

    A novel geometry for a sampling calorimeter employing inorganic scintillators as an active medium is presented. To overcome the mechanical challenges of construction, an innovative light collection geometry has been pioneered, that minimises the complexity of construction. First test results are presented, demonstrating a successful signal extraction. The geometry consists of a sampling calorimeter with passive absorber layers interleaved with layers of an active medium made of inorganic scintillating crystals. Wavelength-shifting (WLS) fibres run along the four long, chamfered edges of the stack, transporting the light to photodetectors at the rear. To maximise the amount of scintillation light reaching the WLS fibres, the scintillator chamfers are depolished. It is shown herein that this concept is working for cerium fluoride (CeF$_3$) as a scintillator. Coupled to it, several different types of materials have been tested as WLS medium. In particular, materials that might be sufficiently resistant to the Hi...

  2. Radiation-resistant composite scintillators based on GSO and GPS grains

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    Boyarintsev, A. Yu.; Galunov, N. Z.; Gerasymov, Ia. V.; Karavaeva, N. L.; Krech, A. V.; Levchuk, L. G.; Popov, V. F.; Sidletskiy, O. Ts.; Sorokin, P. V.; Tarasenko, O. A.

    2017-01-01

    The effect of irradiation on the scintillation light output, optical transmittance, and luminescent spectra of composite scintillators based on grains of single crystals Gd2SiO5:Ce (GSO) and Gd2Si2O7:Ce (GPS) is studied. The dielectric gel Sylgard-184 is the base and the binder for the grains inside the composite scintillator. The paper presents and analyzes the results obtained for the scintillators exposed by 10 MeV electrons from the linear electron accelerator at room temperature. The exposure doses D≤250 Mrad. The dose rate is 0.2 or 1500 Mrad/h. The study has shown that the composite scintillators based on the grains of GSO and GPS are radiation-resistant over the range of the irradiation.

  3. Impact of geometry on light collection efficiency of scintillation detectors for cryogenic rare event searches

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    Danevich, F.A.; Kobychev, V.V. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); Kobychev, R.V. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); National Technical University of Ukraine “Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”, 03056 Kyiv (Ukraine); Kraus, H. [Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3RH (United Kingdom); Mikhailik, V.B., E-mail: vmikhai@hotmail.com [Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3RH (United Kingdom); Diamond Light Source, Didcot OX11 0DE (United Kingdom); Mokina, V.M. [Institute for Nuclear Research, MSP 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); Solsky, I.M. [Scientific Research Company CARAT, 79031 Lviv (Ukraine)

    2014-10-01

    Simulations of photon propagation in scintillation detectors were performed with the aim to find the optimal scintillator geometry, surface treatment, and shape of external reflector in order to achieve maximum light collection efficiency for detector configurations that avoid direct optical coupling, a situation that is commonly found in cryogenic scintillating bolometers in experimental searches for double beta decay and dark matter. To evaluate the light collection efficiency of various geometrical configurations we used the ZEMAX ray-tracing software. It was found that scintillators in the shape of a triangular prism with an external mirror shaped as truncated cone gives the highest light collection efficiency. The results of the simulations were confirmed by carrying out measurements of the light collection efficiencies of CaWO{sub 4} crystal scintillators. A comparison of simulated and measured values of light output shows good agreement.

  4. Effect of host glass matrix on structural and optical behavior of glass-ceramic nanocomposite scintillators

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    Brooke Barta, M.; Nadler, Jason H.; Kang, Zhitao; Wagner, Brent K.; Rosson, Robert; Kahn, Bernd

    2013-12-01

    Composite scintillator systems have received increased attention in recent years due to their promise for merging the radioisotope discrimination capabilities of single crystal scintillators with the high throughput scanning capabilities of portal monitors. However, producing the high light yield required for good energy resolution has proven challenging as scintillation photons are often scattered by variations in refractive index and agglomerated scintillator crystals within the composite. This investigation sought to mitigate these common problems by using glass-ceramic nanocomposite materials systems in which nanoscale scintillating crystallites are precipitated in a controlled manner from a transparent glass matrix. Precipitating crystallites in situ precludes nanoparticle agglomeration, and limiting crystallite size to 50 nm or less mitigates the effect of refractive index mismatch between the crystals and host glass. Cerium-doped gadolinium bromide (GdBr3(Ce)) scintillating crystals were incorporated into sodium-aluminosilicate (NAS) and alumino-borosilicate (ABS) host glass matrices, and the resulting glass-ceramic structures and luminescence behavior were characterized. The as-cast glass from the ABS system displayed a highly ordered microstructure that produced the highest luminescence intensity (light yield) of the samples studied. However, heat treating to form the glass-ceramic precipitated rare-earth oxide crystallites rather than rare-earth halides. This degraded light yield relative to the unaged sample.

  5. Progress in the development of LuAlO$_{3}$ based scintillators

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    Belsky, A; Lecoq, P; Dujardin, C; Garnier, N; Canibano, H; Pédrini, C; Petrosian, A

    2000-01-01

    LuAlO/sub 3/:Ce/sup 3+/ (LuAP) and Lu/sub x/Y/sub 1/-xAlO/sub 3/:Ce /sup 3+/ (LuYAP) crystals are used as scintillation materials for positron emission tomography. The actual study of these scintillators develops in three directions: (i) growth of large size LuAP crystals with stable properties, (ii) the relationship between the composition of LuYAP crystals and scintillation properties, and (iii) scintillation mechanisms in lutetium compounds. After improving of growth conditions a large size samples (length >40 mm) have been prepared. Crystals show a good correlation between growth parameters, light yield and transmission spectra. We studied a series of samples with calibrated size (2*2*10 mm3) and compare the light yield with standard BGO and LSO samples. Mixed crystals with composition of 0.6crystals may play an important role in governing the scintillation efficiency. In order to clarify the s...

  6. New cerium-based metal–organic scintillators for radiation detection

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    Boatner, L.A., E-mail: boatnerla@ornl.gov [Center for Radiation Detection Materials and Systems, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831 (United States); Materials Science and Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831 (United States); Neal, J.S. [Center for Radiation Detection Materials and Systems, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831 (United States); Global Nuclear Security Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831 (United States); Ramey, J.O. [Center for Radiation Detection Materials and Systems, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831 (United States); Materials Science and Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831 (United States); Chakoumakos, B.C. [Neutron Scattering Science Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831 (United States); Custelcean, R. [Chemical Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831 (United States); Loef, E.V.D. van; Markosyan, G.; Shah, K.S. [Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc. Watertown, MA 02472 (United States)

    2013-03-01

    We have previously shown that a new class of scintillating materials can be developed based on the synthesis and crystal growth of rare-earth metal–organic compounds. The first scintillator of this type consisted of single crystals of CeCl{sub 3}(CH{sub 3}OH){sub 4} that were grown from a methanol solution. These crystals were shown to be applicable to both gamma-ray and fast neutron detection. Subsequently, metal–organic scintillators consisting of the compound LaBr{sub 3}(CH{sub 3}OH){sub 4} activated with varying levels of Ce{sup 3+} and of CeBr{sub 3}(CH{sub 3}OH){sub 4} were grown in single crystal form. We have now extended the development of this new class of scintillators to more complex organic components by reacting rare-earth halides such as CeCl{sub 3} or CeBr{sub 3} with different isomers of propanol and butanol—including 1-propanol, isobutanol, n-butanol, and tert-butanol. The reaction of CeCl{sub 3} or CeBr{sub 3} with these organics results in the formation of new and relatively complex molecular crystals whose structures were determined using single-crystal X-ray diffraction. These new metal–organic scintillating materials were grown in single crystal form from solution, and their scintillation characteristics have been investigated using X-ray-excited luminescence plus energy spectra obtained with gamma-ray and alpha-particle sources. If the reactions between the inorganic and organic components are not carried out under very dry and highly controlled conditions, molecular structures will be formed that incorporate waters of hydration. The present observation of scintillation in these hydrated rare-earth metal–organic compounds is apparently an original finding, since we are not aware of any previous reports of scintillation being observed in a material that incorporates waters of hydration. -- Highlights: ► New metal–organic scintillating materials were grown in single crystal form from solution. ► In two cases, molecular

  7. Fracture-resistant lanthanide scintillators

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    Doty, F. Patrick

    2011-01-04

    Lanthanide halide alloys have recently enabled scintillating gamma ray spectrometers comparable to room temperature semiconductors (lanthanide alloy substitution, while preserving scintillation, have been demonstrated. Isovalent alloys having nominal compositions of comprising Al, Ga, Sc, Y, and In dopants as well as aliovalent alloys comprising Ca, Sr, Zr, Hf, Zn, and Pb dopants were prepared. All of these alloys exhibit bright fluorescence under UV excitation, with varying shifts in the spectral peaks and intensities relative to pure CeBr.sub.3. Further, these alloys scintillate when coupled to a photomultiplier tube (PMT) and exposed to .sup.137Cs gamma rays.

  8. Lithium indium diselenide: A new scintillator for neutron imaging

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    Lukosi, Eric; Herrera, Elan; Hamm, Daniel; Lee, Kyung-Min; Wiggins, Brenden; Trtik, Pavel; Penumadu, Dayakar; Young, Stephen; Santodonato, Louis; Bilheux, Hassina; Burger, Arnold; Matei, Liviu; Stowe, Ashley C.

    2016-09-01

    Lithium indium diselenide, 6LiInSe2 or LISe, is a newly developed neutron detection material that shows both semiconducting and scintillating properties. This paper reports on the performance of scintillating LISe crystals for its potential use as a converter screen for cold neutron imaging. The spatial resolution of LISe, determined using a 10% threshold of the Modulation Transfer Function (MTF), was found to not scale linearly with thickness. Crystals having a thickness of 450 μm or larger resulted in an average spatial resolution of 67 μm, and the thinner crystals exhibited an increase in spatial resolution down to the Nyquist frequency of the CCD. The highest measured spatial resolution of 198 μm thick LISe (27 μm) outperforms a commercial 50 μm thick ZnS(Cu):6LiF scintillation screen by more than a factor of three. For the LISe dimensions considered in this study, it was found that the light yield of LISe did not scale with its thickness. However, absorption measurements indicate that the 6Li concentration is uniform and the neutron absorption efficiency of LISe as a function of thickness follows general nuclear theory. This suggests that the differences in apparent brightness observed for the LISe samples investigated may be due to a combination of secondary charged particle escape, scintillation light transport in the bulk and across the LISe-air interface, and variations in the activation of the scintillation mechanism. Finally, it was found that the presence of 115In and its long-lived 116In activation product did not result in ghosting (memory of past neutron exposure), demonstrating potential of LISe for imaging transient systems.

  9. Lithium indium diselenide: A new scintillator for neutron imaging

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    Lukosi, Eric, E-mail: elukosi@utk.edu [University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States); Herrera, Elan; Hamm, Daniel; Lee, Kyung-Min [University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States); Wiggins, Brenden [Y-12 National Security Complex, Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Trtik, Pavel [Paul Scherrer Institut, Villigen CH-5232 (Switzerland); Penumadu, Dayakar; Young, Stephen [University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States); Santodonato, Louis; Bilheux, Hassina [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Burger, Arnold; Matei, Liviu [Fisk University, Nashville, TN (United States); Stowe, Ashley C. [University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States); Y-12 National Security Complex, Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2016-09-11

    Lithium indium diselenide, {sup 6}LiInSe{sub 2} or LISe, is a newly developed neutron detection material that shows both semiconducting and scintillating properties. This paper reports on the performance of scintillating LISe crystals for its potential use as a converter screen for cold neutron imaging. The spatial resolution of LISe, determined using a 10% threshold of the Modulation Transfer Function (MTF), was found to not scale linearly with thickness. Crystals having a thickness of 450 µm or larger resulted in an average spatial resolution of 67 µm, and the thinner crystals exhibited an increase in spatial resolution down to the Nyquist frequency of the CCD. The highest measured spatial resolution of 198 µm thick LISe (27 µm) outperforms a commercial 50 µm thick ZnS(Cu):{sup 6}LiF scintillation screen by more than a factor of three. For the LISe dimensions considered in this study, it was found that the light yield of LISe did not scale with its thickness. However, absorption measurements indicate that the {sup 6}Li concentration is uniform and the neutron absorption efficiency of LISe as a function of thickness follows general nuclear theory. This suggests that the differences in apparent brightness observed for the LISe samples investigated may be due to a combination of secondary charged particle escape, scintillation light transport in the bulk and across the LISe-air interface, and variations in the activation of the scintillation mechanism. Finally, it was found that the presence of {sup 115}In and its long-lived {sup 116}In activation product did not result in ghosting (memory of past neutron exposure), demonstrating potential of LISe for imaging transient systems.

  10. Development of a reference liquid scintillation cocktail

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    Van Wyn Gaardt, WM

    2006-02-01

    Full Text Available of a scintillator dissolved in an organic solvent. The so-called scintillator solute is a material which emits a weak light flash or scintillation upon interaction with a certain quanta of radiation – the intensity of this scintillation being a... to prepare preliminary liquid scintillation cocktails. Figure 3: Maximum deviations observed between repeat measurements of the same source, displayed in red for Ultima Gold, green for XP, yellow for XI and blue for XPI. Figure 4: The counting...

  11. Application of scintillating properties of liquid xenon and silicon photomultiplier technology to medical imaging

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    Gomez-Cadenas, J. J.; Benlloch-Rodriguez, J. M.; Ferrario, Paola

    2016-04-01

    We describe a new positron emission time-of-flight apparatus using liquid xenon. The detector is based in a liquid xenon scintillating cell. The cell shape and dimensions can be optimized depending on the intended application. In its simplest form, the liquid xenon scintillating cell is a box in which two faces are covered by silicon photomultipliers and the others by a reflecting material such as Teflon. It is a compact, homogenous and highly efficient detector which shares many of the desirable properties of monolithic crystals, with the added advantage of high yield and fast scintillation offered by liquid xenon. Our initial studies suggest that good energy and spatial resolution comparable with that achieved by lutetium oxyorthosilicate crystals can be obtained with a detector based in liquid xenon scintillating cells. In addition, the system can potentially achieve an excellent coincidence resolving time of better than 100 ps.

  12. Advantages of GSO Scintillator in Imaging and Law Level Gamma-ray Spectroscopy

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    Sharaf, J

    2002-01-01

    The single GSO crystal is an excellent scintillation material featuring a high light yield and short decay time for gamma-ray detection. Its performance characteristics were investigated and directly compared to those of BGO. For this purpose, the two scintillators are cut into small crystals of approximately 4*4*10 mm sup 3 and mounted on a PMT. Energy resolution, detection efficiency and counting precision have been measured for various photon energies. In addition to this spectroscopic characterization, the imaging performance of GSO was studied using a scanning rig. The modulation transfer function was calculated and the spatial resolution evaluated by measurements of the detector's point spread function. It is shown that there exists some source intensity for which the two scintillators yield identical precision for identical count time. Below this intensity, the GSO is superior to the BGO detector. The presented properties of GSO suggest potential applications of this scintillator in gamma-ray spectrosc...

  13. Improved Growth Methods for LaBr3 Scintillation Radiation Detectors

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    McGregor, Douglas S

    2011-05-01

    The objective is to develop advanced materials for deployment as high-resolution gamma ray detectors. Both LaBr3 and CeBr3 are advanced scintillation materials, and will be studied in this research. Prototype devices, in collaboration Sandia National Laboratories, will be demonstrated along with recommendations for mass production and deployment. It is anticipated that improved methods of crystal growth will yield larger single crystals of LaBr3 for deployable room-temperature operated gamma radiation spectrometers. The growth methods will be characterized. The LaBr3 and CeBr3 scintillation crystals will be characterized for light yield, spectral resolution, and for hardness.

  14. Combinatorial Screening of Advanced Scintillators for High Resolution X-ray Detectors

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    Cheng, Shifan; Tao, Dejie; Lynch, Michael; Yuan, Xianglong; Li, Yiqun

    2008-05-12

    The lack of efficient scintillators is a major problem for developing powerful x-ray detectors that are widely used in homeland security, industrial and scientific research. Intematix has developed and applied a high throughput screening process and corresponding crystal growth technology to significantly speed up the discovery process for new efficient scintillators. As a result, Intematix has invented and fabricated three new scintillators both in powder and bulk forms, which possess promising properties such as better radiation hardness and better matching for silicon diode.

  15. Characterizing time decay of bibenzyl scintillator using time correlated single photon counting

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    Hatarik, R.; Bernstein, L. A.; Caggiano, J. A.; Carman, M. L.; Schneider, D. H. G.; Zaitseva, N. P. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California 94550 (United States); Wiedeking, M. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California 94550 (United States); iThemba LABS, P.O. Box 722, 7129 Somerset West (South Africa)

    2012-10-15

    The time decay of several scintillation materials has been measured using the time correlated single photon counting method and a new organic crystal with a highly suppressed delayed light has been identified. Results comparing the light decay of the bibenzyl crystal with a xylene based detector, which is currently installed at National Ignition Facility will be presented.

  16. Ionospheric Scintillation Effects on GPS

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    Steenburgh, R. A.; Smithtro, C.; Groves, K.

    2007-12-01

    . Ionospheric scintillation of Global Positioning System (GPS) signals threatens navigation and military operations by degrading performance or making GPS unavailable. Scintillation is particularly active, although not limited to, a belt encircling the earth within 20 degrees of the geomagnetic equator. As GPS applications and users increases, so does the potential for detrimental impacts from scintillation. We examined amplitude scintillation data spanning seven years from Ascension Island, U.K.; Ancon, Peru; and Antofagasta, Chile in the Atlantic/Americas longitudinal sector at as well as data from Parepare, Indonesia; Marak Parak, Malaysia; Pontianak, Indonesia; Guam; and Diego Garcia, U.K.; in the Pacific longitudinal sector. From these data, we calculate percent probability of occurrence of scintillation at various intensities described by the S4 index. Additionally, we determine Dilution of Precision at one minute resolution. We examine diurnal, seasonal and solar cycle characteristics and make spatial comparisons. In general, activity was greatest during the equinoxes and solar maximum, although scintillation at Antofagasta, Chile was higher during 1998 rather than at solar maximum.

  17. Positive hysteresis of Ce-doped GAGG scintillator

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    Yanagida, Takayuki; Fujimoto, Yutaka; Koshimizu, Masanori; Watanabe, Kenichi; Sato, Hiroki; Yagi, Hideki; Yanagitani, Takagimi

    2014-10-01

    Positive hysteresis and radiation tolerance to high-dose radiation exposure were investigated for Ce 1% and 3% doped Gd3(Al, Ga)5O12 (Ce:GAGG) crystal scintillator on comparison with other garnet scintillators such Ce:YAG, Ce:LuAG, Pr:LuAG, and ceramic Ce:GAGG. When they were irradiated by several Gy 60Co γ-rays, Ce 1% doped GAGG crystal exhibited ∼20% light yield enhancement (positive hysteresis). This is the first time to observe positive hysteresis in Ce doped GAGG. On the other hand, other garnet materials did not show the positive hysteresis and their light yields were stable after 800 Gy irradiation except Pr:LuAG. The light yield of Pr:LuAG decreased largely. When irradiated Ce:GAGG which showed positive hysteresis was evaluated in Synchrotron facility (UVSOR), new excitation band was created around 60 nm.

  18. Methods of Fabricating Scintillators with Radioisotopes for Beta Battery Applications

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    Rensing, Noa M.; Squillante, Michael R.; Tieman, Timothy C.; Higgins, William; Shiriwadkar, Urmila

    2013-01-01

    Technology has been developed for a class of self-contained, long-duration power sources called beta batteries, which harvest the energy contained in the radioactive emissions from beta decay isotopes. The new battery is a significant improvement over the conventional phosphor/solar cell concept for converting this energy in three ways. First, the thin phosphor is replaced with a thick scintillator that is transparent to its own emissions. By using a scintillator sufficiently thick to completely stop all the beta particles, efficiency is greatly improved. Second, since the energy of the beta particles is absorbed in the scintillator, the semiconductor photodetector is shielded from radiation damage that presently limits the performance and lifetime of traditional phosphor converters. Finally, instead of a thin film of beta-emitting material, the isotopes are incorporated into the entire volume of the thick scintillator crystal allowing more activity to be included in the converter without self-absorption. There is no chemical difference between radioactive and stable strontium beta emitters such as Sr-90, so the beta emitter can be uniformly distributed throughout a strontium based scintillator crystal. When beta emitter material is applied as a foil or thin film to the surface of a solar cell or even to the surface of a scintillator, much of the radiation escapes due to the geometry, and some is absorbed within the layer itself, leading to inefficient harvesting of the energy. In contrast, if the emitting atoms are incorporated within the scintillator, the geometry allows for the capture and efficient conversion of the energy of particles emitted in any direction. Any gamma rays associated with secondary decays or Bremsstrahlung photons may also be absorbed within the scintillator, and converted to lower energy photons, which will in turn be captured by the photocell or photodiode. Some energy will be lost in this two-stage conversion process (high-energy particle

  19. 光子晶体制备方法对同步辐射闪烁体探测器成像分辨率的影响%Effect of photonic crystal prepared by different methods on the spatial resolution of scintillator-based synchrotron radiation imaging detector

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    陈媚; 于怀娜; 赵俊; 王连升; 杜国浩; 谢红兰; 吴衍青; 邰仁忠

    2015-01-01

    Background: Indirect Charge Coupled Device (CCD) using scintillator as a convertor of X-ray is widely used in synchrotron radiation X-ray imaging system. High detection efficiency and high spatial resolution of the detector are required to take advantages of the third generation synchrotron radiation light source. It has been proved that patterning the scintillator with photonic crystal (PhC) could increase the light output of the scintillator, thus enhancing the detection efficiency of scintillator-based detector.Purpose: In order to exploit the application of PhC in scintillator-based X-ray imaging detector, it is necessary to investigate the effect of PhC on the spatial resolution of the imaging detector.Methods: Three kinds of PhC, Polystyrene (PS), Anodic Aluminum Oxide (AAO) and SiNx, were employed and superinduced on the Y3Al5O12:Ce scintillator basal. Imaging experiments with and without PhC were performed at the BL13W1 beamline of the Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility (SSRF). The effect of PhC on the resolution was evaluated by comparing images of resolution bar taken by detector with and without PhC. Results:The homogeneity and the lattice type of the PhC, i.e., SiNx have great impact on the spatial resolution. Conclusion:PhC with homogeneous structure is preferred to achieve better spatial resolution. Triangular lattice PhC performs better than the square lattice one in imaging detector.%探测效率和空间分辨率是成像探测器的重要性能。采用光子晶体,可提高闪烁体的光提取效率和增加光输出,进而提高基于闪烁体的同步辐射X射线成像探测器的探测效率并缩短成像时间。探究光子晶体对于成像探测器分辨率的影响具有重要应用意义。在闪烁体上添加三种典型的光子晶体,在上海光源BL13W1线站进行探测器有无光子晶体的成像实验,对比分辨率靶成像效果以及衬度比的量化结果,得到影响分辨率的因素。结果表明

  20. Performance of Several Solid State Photomultipliers with CLYC Scintillator

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    Mesick, Katherine E; Morrell, Jonathan T; Coupland, Daniel D S

    2015-01-01

    $Cs_2LiYCl_6:Ce^{3+}$ (CLYC) is an inorganic scintillator that has recently garnered attention for its ability to detect and discriminate between gammas and thermal neutrons. We investigate several important performance parameters of three different solid state photomultipliers (SSPMs) when reading out CLYC crystals: linearity, energy resolution, and pulse shape and discrimination ability. These performance parameters are assessed at a variety of temperatures between -20$^{\\circ}$C and +50$^{\\circ}$C.

  1. Characterization of cerium fluoride nanocomposite scintillators

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    Stange, Sy [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Esch, Ernst I [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Brown, Leif O [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Couture, Aaron J [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Mckigney, Edward A [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Muenchausen, Ross E [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Del Sesto, Rico E [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Gilbertson, Robert D [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Mccleskey, T Mark [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Reifarth, Rene [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2009-01-01

    Measurement of the neutron capture cross-sections of a number of short-lived isotopes would advance both pure and applied scientific research. These cross-sections are needed for calculation of criticality and waste production estimates for the Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative, for analysis of data from nuclear weapons tests, and to improve understanding of nucleosynthesis. However, measurement of these cross-sections would require a detector with a faster signal decay time than those used in existing neutron capture experiments. Crystals of faster detector materials are not available in sufficient sizes and quantities to supply these large-scale experiments. Instead, we propose to use nanocomposite detectors, consisting of nanoscale particles of a scintillating material dispersed in a matrix material. We have successfully fabricated cerium fluoride (CeF{sub 3}) nanoparticles and dispersed them in a liquid matrix. We have characterized this scintillator and have measured its response to neutron capture. Results of the optical, structural, and radiation characterization will be presented.

  2. Development of a scintillator detector set with counter and data acquisition for flow measurements

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    Costa, F E D

    2002-01-01

    A portable counter with data acquisition system for flow measurements was developed, using the pulse velocity technique. This consists in determining the tracer transit time mixed homogeneously to the liquid or gas pipelines. The counter comprises: (a) two CsI(Tl) crystals solid state detectors, associated with Si PIN photodiodes, with compatible sensitivity to the injected radiotracers activities; (b) amplification units; (c) analogue-to-digital interface, which processes and displays the detectors counting separately and in real time, but in a same temporal axis, via a computer screen and (d) 30-m coaxial cables for signals transmission from each detector to the processing unit. Experiments were carried out for the detector and associated electronic characterizations. The equipment showed to be suitable for flow measurements in an industrial plant, in the real situation.

  3. Calibration of the BaBar CsI(Tl) Calorimeter

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    Marks, Jorg; Marks, Joerg; /Heidelberg U.

    2011-11-23

    After nine years of operation, the BABAR experiment at the e{sup +}e{sup -} B factory PEP-II (Standford Linear Accelerator Center) stopped data taking in April 2008. An important part of the experiment is the electromagnetic calorimeter which consists of 6580 CsI crystals doped with thallium and read out by Si-PIN photodiodes. The light yield of the CsI crystals is changing in time due to radiation exposure. In addition to the changing light yield, passive material in front of and between the crystals as well as signal thresholds during the reconstruction influence the reconstructed energies. This requires a time-dependent calibration of the calorimeter. The calibration issues are reviewed and the calibration results obtained from various data samples are presented.

  4. The theory and practice of scintillation counting

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    Birks, John Bettely

    1964-01-01

    The Theory and Practice of Scintillation Counting is a comprehensive account of the theory and practice of scintillation counting. This text covers the study of the scintillation process, which is concerned with the interactions of radiation and matter; the design of the scintillation counter; and the wide range of applications of scintillation counters in pure and applied science. The book is easy to read despite the complex nature of the subject it attempts to discuss. It is organized such that the first five chapters illustrate the fundamental concepts of scintillation counting. Chapters 6

  5. Fundamental Limits of Scintillation Detector Timing Precision

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    Derenzo, Stephen E.; Choong, Woon-Seng; Moses, William W.

    2014-01-01

    In this paper we review the primary factors that affect the timing precision of a scintillation detector. Monte Carlo calculations were performed to explore the dependence of the timing precision on the number of photoelectrons, the scintillator decay and rise times, the depth of interaction uncertainty, the time dispersion of the optical photons (modeled as an exponential decay), the photodetector rise time and transit time jitter, the leading-edge trigger level, and electronic noise. The Monte Carlo code was used to estimate the practical limits on the timing precision for an energy deposition of 511 keV in 3 mm × 3 mm × 30 mm Lu2SiO5:Ce and LaBr3:Ce crystals. The calculated timing precisions are consistent with the best experimental literature values. We then calculated the timing precision for 820 cases that sampled scintillator rise times from 0 to 1.0 ns, photon dispersion times from 0 to 0.2 ns, photodetector time jitters from 0 to 0.5 ns fwhm, and A from 10 to 10,000 photoelectrons per ns decay time. Since the timing precision R was found to depend on A−1/2 more than any other factor, we tabulated the parameter B, where R = BA−1/2. An empirical analytical formula was found that fit the tabulated values of B with an rms deviation of 2.2% of the value of B. The theoretical lower bound of the timing precision was calculated for the example of 0.5 ns rise time, 0.1 ns photon dispersion, and 0.2 ns fwhm photodetector time jitter. The lower bound was at most 15% lower than leading-edge timing discrimination for A from 10 to 10,000 photoelectrons/ns. A timing precision of 8 ps fwhm should be possible for an energy deposition of 511 keV using currently available photodetectors if a theoretically possible scintillator were developed that could produce 10,000 photoelectrons/ns. PMID:24874216

  6. First-principles Electronic Structure Calculations for Scintillation Phosphor Nuclear Detector Materials

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    Canning, Andrew

    2013-03-01

    Inorganic scintillation phosphors (scintillators) are extensively employed as radiation detector materials in many fields of applied and fundamental research such as medical imaging, high energy physics, astrophysics, oil exploration and nuclear materials detection for homeland security and other applications. The ideal scintillator for gamma ray detection must have exceptional performance in terms of stopping power, luminosity, proportionality, speed, and cost. Recently, trivalent lanthanide dopants such as Ce and Eu have received greater attention for fast and bright scintillators as the optical 5d to 4f transition is relatively fast. However, crystal growth and production costs remain challenging for these new materials so there is still a need for new higher performing scintillators that meet the needs of the different application areas. First principles calculations can provide a useful insight into the chemical and electronic properties of such materials and hence can aid in the search for better new scintillators. In the past there has been little first-principles work done on scintillator materials in part because it means modeling f electrons in lanthanides as well as complex excited state and scattering processes. In this talk I will give an overview of the scintillation process and show how first-principles calculations can be applied to such systems to gain a better understanding of the physics involved. I will also present work on a high-throughput first principles approach to select new scintillator materials for fabrication as well as present more detailed calculations to study trapping process etc. that can limit their brightness. This work in collaboration with experimental groups has lead to the discovery of some new bright scintillators. Work supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and carried out under U.S. Department of Energy Contract no. DE-AC02-05CH11231 at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

  7. Properties of Yb:YAG scintillators

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    Antonini, P; Bressi, G; Carugno, Giovanni; Santilli, P

    2002-01-01

    Relative light yield (LY) dependence on temperature for Yb:YAG crystals containing from 10% to 100% of Yb dopant is studied for gamma and alpha excitations. The maximum LY is achieved at 120 Kscintillation properties on concentration of Yb and purity is discussed.

  8. Cherenkov and Scintillation Light Separation in Organic Liquid Scintillators

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    Caravaca, J; Land, B J; Yeh, M; Gann, G D Orebi

    2016-01-01

    The CHErenkov / Scintillation Separation experiment (CHESS) has been used to demonstrate the separation of Cherenkov and scintillation light in both linear alkylbenzene (LAB) and LAB with 2g/L of PPO as a fluor (LAB/PPO). This is the first such demonstration for the more challenging LAB/PPO cocktail and improves on previous results for LAB. A time resolution of 338 +/- 12 ps FWHM results in an efficiency for identifying Cherenkov photons in LAB/PPO of 70 +/- 3% and 63 +/- 8% for time- and charge-based separation, respectively, with scintillation contamination of 36 +/- 5% and 38 +/- 4%. LAB/PPO data is consistent with a rise time of 0.75 +/- 0.25 ns.

  9. Molecular origins of scintillation in organic scintillators (Conference Presentation)

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    Feng, Patrick; Mengesha, Wondwosen; Myllenbeck, Nicholas

    2016-09-01

    Organic-based scintillators are indispensable materials for radiation detection owing to their high sensitivity to fast neutrons, low cost, and tailorable properties. There has been a recent resurgence of interest in organic scintillators due to exciting discoveries related to neutron discrimination and gamma-ray spectroscopy, which represent capabilities previously thought not possible in these materials. I will discuss our development of crystalline and polymer-based scintillators for these applications. Structure-property relationships related to intermolecular interactions and host-guest electronic exchange will be discussed in the context of energy-transfer pathways relevant to scintillation. An emphasis will be placed on the rational design of these materials, as guided by first principles and DFT calculations. Two related topics will be discussed: 1) Incorporation of organometallic triplet-harvesting additives to plastic scintillator matrices to confer a 'two-state' (singlet and triplet) luminescence signature to different types of ionizing radiation. This approach relies upon energetic and spatial overlap between the donor and acceptor excited states for efficient electronic exchange. Key considerations also include synthetic modification of the luminescence spectra and kinetics, as well as the addition of secondary additives to increase the recombination efficiency. 2) Design of organotin-containing plastic scintillators as a route towards gamma-ray spectroscopy. Organometallic compounds were selected on the basis of distance-dependent quenching relationships, phase compatibility with the polymer matrix, and the gamma-ray cross sections. This approach is guided by molecular modeling and radiation transport modeling to achieve the highest possible detection sensitivity luminescence intensity.

  10. Production of Inorganic Thin Scintillating Films for Ion Beam Monitoring Devices

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    Re, Maurizio; Cosentino, Luigi; Cuttone, Giacomo; Finocchiaro, Paolo; Hermanne, Alex; Lojacono, Pietro A; Ma, YingJun; Thienpont, Hugo; Van Erps, Jurgen; Vervaeke, Michael; Volckaerts, Bart; Vynck, Pedro

    2005-01-01

    In this work we present the development of beam monitoring devices consisting of thin CsI(Tl) films deposited on Aluminium support layers. The light emitted by the scintillating layer during the beam irradiation is measured by a CCD-camera. In a first prototype a thin Aluminium support layer of 6 micron allows the ion beam to easily pass through without significant energy loss and scattering effects. Therefore it turns out to be a non-destructive monitoring device to characterize on-line beam shape and beam position without interfering with the rest of the irradiation process. A second device consists of an Aluminium support layer which is thick enough to completely stop the impinging ions allowing to monitor at the same time the beam profile and the beam current intensity. Some samples have been coated by a 100 Å protective layer to prevent the film damage by atmosphere exposition. In this contribution we present our experimental results obtained by irradiating the samples with proton beams at 8.3 and 62 Me...

  11. Characterizing and simulation the scintillation properties of zinc oxide nanowires in AAO membrane for medical imaging applications

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    Esfandi, F.; Saramad, S.; Rezaei Shahmirzadi, M.

    2017-07-01

    In this work, a new method is proposed for extracting some X-ray detection properties of ZnO nanowires electrodeposited on Anodized Aluminum Oxide (AAO) nanoporous template. The results show that the detection efficiency for 12μm thickness of zinc oxide nano scintillator at an energy of 9.8 keV, near the K-edge of ZnO (9.65 keV), is 24%. The X-rays that interact with AAO can also generate electrons that reach the nano scintillator. The scintillation events of these electrons are seen as a low energy tail in the spectrum. In addition, it is found that all the X-rays that are absorbed in 300 nm thickness of the gold layer on the top of the zinc oxide nanowires can participate in the scintillation process with an efficiency of 6%. Hence, the scintillation detection efficiency of the whole detector for 9.8 keV X-ray energy is 30%. The simulation results from Geant4 and the experimental detected photons per MeV energy deposition are also used to extract the light yield of the zinc oxide nano scintillator. The results show that the light yield of the zinc oxide nanowires deposited by the electrochemical method is approximately the same as for single crystal zinc oxide scintillator (9000). Much better spatial resolution of this nano scintillator in comparison to the bulk ones is an advantage which candidates this nano scintillator for medical imaging applications.

  12. Radiopure Metal-Loaded Liquid Scintillator

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    Rosero, Richard [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States). Chemistry Dept.; Yeh, Minfang [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States). Chemistry Dept.

    2015-03-18

    Metal-loaded liquid scintillator plays a key role in particle and nuclear physics experiments. The applications of metal ions in various neutrino experiments and the purification methods for different scintillator components are discussed in this paper.

  13. New halide scintillators for gamma ray detection

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    Alekhin, M. S.

    2013-01-01

    Scintillators are used for the detection of ionizing radiation. Despite decades of intensive search and numerous compounds discovered, there is still a need for materials with improved properties. Recently, several new scintillators with excellent light yield, energy resolution, and proportionality

  14. Scintillation-Hardened GPS Receiver

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    Stephens, Donald R.

    2015-01-01

    CommLargo, Inc., has developed a scintillation-hardened Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver that improves reliability for low-orbit missions and complies with NASA's Space Telecommunications Radio System (STRS) architecture standards. A software-defined radio (SDR) implementation allows a single hardware element to function as either a conventional radio or as a GPS receiver, providing backup and redundancy for platforms such as the International Space Station (ISS) and high-value remote sensing platforms. The innovation's flexible SDR implementation reduces cost, weight, and power requirements. Scintillation hardening improves mission reliability and variability. In Phase I, CommLargo refactored an open-source GPS software package with Kalman filter-based tracking loops to improve performance during scintillation and also demonstrated improved navigation during a geomagnetic storm. In Phase II, the company generated a new field-programmable gate array (FPGA)-based GPS waveform to demonstrate on NASA's Space Communication and Navigation (SCaN) test bed.

  15. Ionospheric precursors to scintillation activity

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    Paul S.J. Spencer

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Ionospheric scintillation is the rapid fluctuation of both phase and amplitude of trans-ionospheric radio waves due to small scale electron density irregularities in the ionosphere. Prediction of the occurrence of scintillation at L band frequencies is needed to mitigate the disruption of space-based communication and navigation systems. The purpose of this paper is to present a method of using tomographic inversions of the ionospheric electron density obtained from ground-based GPS data to infer the location and strength of the post-sunset plasma drift vortex. This vortex is related to the pre-reversal enhancement in the eastwards electric field which has been correlated to the subsequent occurrence of scintillation.

  16. Particle gamma correlations in {sup 12}C measured with the CsI(Tl) based detector array CHIMERA

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    Cardella, G., E-mail: cardella@ct.infn.it [INFN - Sezione di Catania, Via S. Sofia, 95123 Catania (Italy); Acosta, L. [INFN - Sezione di Catania, Via S. Sofia, 95123 Catania (Italy); Amorini, F. [INFN - Laboratori Nazionali del Sud, Via S. Sofia, Catania (Italy); Auditore, L. [INFN Gruppo collegato di Messina and Dip. di Fisica e Scienze della Terra, Università di Messina (Italy); Berceanu, I. [Institute for Physics and Nuclear Engineering, Bucharest (Romania); Castoldi, A. [INFN Sezione di Milano e Politecnico Milano (Italy); De Filippo, E. [INFN - Sezione di Catania, Via S. Sofia, 95123 Catania (Italy); Dell' Aquila, D. [Dipartimento di scienze Fisiche, Università Federico II and INFN Sezione di Napoli (Italy); Francalanza, L. [INFN - Laboratori Nazionali del Sud, Via S. Sofia, Catania (Italy); Dip. di Fisica e Astronomia, Università di Catania, Via S. Sofia, Catania (Italy); Gnoffo, B. [INFN - Sezione di Catania, Via S. Sofia, 95123 Catania (Italy); Guazzoni, C. [INFN Sezione di Milano e Politecnico Milano (Italy); Lanzalone, G. [INFN - Laboratori Nazionali del Sud, Via S. Sofia, Catania (Italy); Facoltà di Ingegneria e Architettura, Università Kore, Enna (Italy); Lombardo, I. [Dipartimento di scienze Fisiche, Università Federico II and INFN Sezione di Napoli (Italy); Minniti, T.; Morgana, E.; Norella, S. [INFN Gruppo collegato di Messina and Dip. di Fisica e Scienze della Terra, Università di Messina (Italy); Pagano, A. [INFN - Sezione di Catania, Via S. Sofia, 95123 Catania (Italy); Pagano, E.V. [INFN - Laboratori Nazionali del Sud, Via S. Sofia, Catania (Italy); Dip. di Fisica e Astronomia, Università di Catania, Via S. Sofia, Catania (Italy); Papa, M.; Pirrone, S. [INFN - Sezione di Catania, Via S. Sofia, 95123 Catania (Italy); and others

    2015-11-01

    The gamma decay of the first excited 4.44 MeV 2+level of {sup 12}C, populated by inelastic scattering of proton and {sup 16}O beams at various energies was studied in order to test γ-ray detection efficiency and the quality of angular distribution information given by the CsI(Tl) detectors of the 4π CHIMERA array. The γ-decay was measured in coincidence with ejectile scattered particles in an approximately 4π geometry allowing to extract the angular distribution in the reference frame of recoiling {sup 12}C target. The typical sin{sup 2} (2θ) behavior of angular distribution was observed in the case of {sup 16}O beam. Besides that, for the proton beam, in order to explain the observed distribution, the addition of an incoherent flat contribution was required. This latter is the effect of proton spin flip events allowing the population of M=±1 magnetic substates, that is not possible in reactions induced by {sup 16}O beam. A comparison with previously collected data, obtained measuring only in and out of plane proton-γ-ray coincidences, confirms the good quality of the angular distribution information given by the apparatus. Possible applications with radioactive beams are outlined.

  17. Intrinsic scintillators: TlMgCl3 and TlCaI3

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    Hawrami, R.; Ariesanti, E.; Wei, H.; Finkelstein, J.; Glodo, J.; Shah, K. S.

    2017-10-01

    Two intrinsic scintillators TlMgCl3 and TlCaI3 with excellent energy resolution and fast scintillation decay are presented. Crack-free transparent crystals were successfully grown by the Bridgman method. The scintillation light yields of TlMgCl3 and TlCaI3 are approximately 30,600 ph/MeV and 42,200 ph/MeV, respectively. Their energy resolutions at 662 keV are 3.7% for TlMgCl3 and 6.2% for TlCaI3. The scintillation decay times of TlMgCl3 are 46 ns, 166 ns, and 449 ns. The scintillation decay times of TlCaI3 are 62 ns, 200 ns, and 1.44 μs. Under X-ray irradiation, the emission of TlMgCl3 is between 300 nm and 540 nm with the peak at 409 nm. TlCaI3 has a broad emission band between 300 nm and 750 nm. Due to their excellent scintillation properties, these two scintillators can be developed for gamma-ray detection. Additionally, TlMgCl3 is non-hygroscopic.

  18. New scintillation materials and scintiblocs for neutron and γ-rays registration

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    Koroleva, T. S.; Shulgin, B. V.; Pedrini, Ch.; Ivanov, V. Yu.; Raikov, D. V.; Tcherepanov, A. N.

    2005-01-01

    This paper is a short review of some new scintillation materials, scintillation detectors and scintillation systems for registration of gamma-rays, X-rays, neutrons and neutrinos, which have been developed on the level of inventions and a new fundamental level in the Ural State Technical University-UPI (Ekaterinburg, Russia) and Laboratoire de Physico-Chimie des Matériaux Luminescents (Université Lyon 1, France). The part of Russian patents for this area are presented: some most important new scintillation materials (on the base of lithium hydride, silicate compounds, compounds on the base of aluminates, compounds on the base of fluorides and oxyfluorides, compounds on the base of oxides and oxides crystals, glasses and transparent ceramics) and new scintillation devices (on the base of HgI2, on the base of LiKSO4, sandwich-detectors (organic-inorganic-glass-fiber materials), combine detectors, detectors with photodiodes registration and spectrum shifter, surface scintillation structures and screens, and fiber scintillation devices).

  19. An active electron polarized scintillating GSO target for neutrino physics

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    Baiboussinov, B. [INFN, Sez. di Padova, Via Marzolo 8, 35131 Padova (Italy); Braggio, C., E-mail: braggio@pd.infn.it [INFN, Sez. di Padova, Via Marzolo 8, 35131 Padova (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Padova, Via Marzolo 8, 35131 Padova (Italy); Cardini, A. [INFN, Sez. di Cagliari, S.P. per Sestu Km 0.700, 09042 Monserrato (Cagliari) (Italy); Carugno, G. [INFN, Sez. di Padova, Via Marzolo 8, 35131 Padova (Italy); Congiu, F. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Cagliari, S.P. per Sestu Km 0.700, 09042 Monserrato (Cagliari) (Italy); Gain, S. [St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University, 195251 St. Petersburg, Polytekhnicheskaya 29 (Russian Federation); Galeazzi, G. [INFN, Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, Viale dell Universita, 2 35020 Legnaro (PD) (Italy); Lai, A. [INFN, Sez. di Cagliari, S.P. per Sestu Km 0.700, 09042 Monserrato (Cagliari) (Italy); Lehman, A.; Mocci, P.; Mura, A.; Quochi, F.; Saba, M. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Cagliari, S.P. per Sestu Km 0.700, 09042 Monserrato (Cagliari) (Italy); Saitta, B. [INFN, Sez. di Cagliari, S.P. per Sestu Km 0.700, 09042 Monserrato (Cagliari) (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Cagliari, S.P. per Sestu Km 0.700, 09042 Monserrato (Cagliari) (Italy); Sartori, G. [INFN, Sez. di Padova, Via Marzolo 8, 35131 Padova (Italy)

    2012-12-01

    The feasibility of an electron-polarized, active target to be used as detector in neutrino scattering experiments, suggested by several theoretical papers, has been investigated. We report on the properties of the paramagnetic crystal Gd{sub 2}SiO{sub 5} (GSO), in which 7.7% of the total number of electrons present can be polarized by lowering the temperature and applying an intense external magnetic field. The material magnetic susceptibility has been measured down to cryogenic temperatures showing that for H=5 T and T=4 K about 80% of the maximum allowed magnetization can be attained. Also the spectral and time response of the crystal have been characterized and the scintillation process has been studied using a photomultiplier to measure the response to gamma rays irradiation and cosmic rays operating the GSO crystal at 13.5 K. An avalanche photodiode (APD) readout of the scintillation signal from the GSO crystal has also been performed, since the magnetic field-independent response of this device allows it to be placed close to the crystal in the cryogenic environment.

  20. Scintillator Non-Proportionality and Gamma Quenching in CaWO4

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    Lang, R F; Bauer, M; Bavykina, I; Bento, A; Brown, A; Bucci, C; Ciemniak, C; Coppi, C; Deuter, G; Von Feilitzsch, F; Hauff, D; Henry, S; Huff, P; Imber, J; Ingleby, S; Isaila, C; Jochum, J; Kiefer, M; Kimmerle, M; Kraus, H; Lanfranchi, J -C; Malek, M; McGowan, R; Mikhailik, V B; Pantic, E; Petricca, F; Pfister, S; Potzel, W; Pröbst, F; Roth, S; Rottler, K; Sailer, C; Schäffner, K; Schmaler, J; Scholl, S; Seidel, W; Stodolsky, L; Tolhurst, A J B; Usherov, I; Westphal, W

    2009-01-01

    We measure and explain scintillator non-proportionality and gamma quenching of CaWO4 at low energies and low temperatures. Phonons that are created following an interaction in the scintillating crystal at temperatures of 15mK are used for a calorimetric measurement of the deposited energy, and the scintillation light is measured with a separate cryogenic light detector. Making use of radioactivity intrinsic to the scintillating crystal, the scintillator non-proportionality is mapped out to electron energies <5keV. The observed behavior is in agreement with a simple model based on Birks' law and the stopping power dE/dx for electrons. We find for Birks' constant $k_B=(18.5\\pm0.7)$nm/keV in CaWO4. Gamma lines allow a measurement of the reduced light yield of photons with respect to electrons, as expected in the presence of scintillator non-proportionality. In particular, we show that gamma-induced events in CaWO4 give only about 90 percent of the light yield of electrons, at energies between 40keV and 80keV.

  1. Characterization of liquid scintillation detectors

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    Schmidt, D; Böttger, R; Klein, H; Lebreton, L; Neumann, S; Nolte, R; Pichenot, G

    2002-01-01

    Five scintillation detectors of different scintillator size and type were characterized. The pulse height scale was calibrated in terms of electron light output units using photon sources. The response functions for time-of-flight (TOF)-selected monoenergetic neutrons were experimentally determined and also simulated with the NRESP code over a wide energy range. A comparison of the measured and calculated response functions allows individual characteristics of the detectors to be determined and the response matrix to be reliably derived. Various applications are discussed.

  2. Composite scintillators for detection of ionizing radiation

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    Dai, Sheng [Knoxville, TN; Stephan, Andrew Curtis [Knoxville, TN; Brown, Suree S [Knoxville, TN; Wallace, Steven A [Knoxville, TN; Rondinone, Adam J [Knoxville, TN

    2010-12-28

    Applicant's present invention is a composite scintillator having enhanced transparency for detecting ionizing radiation comprising a material having optical transparency wherein said material comprises nano-sized objects having a size in at least one dimension that is less than the wavelength of light emitted by the composite scintillator wherein the composite scintillator is designed to have selected properties suitable for a particular application.

  3. Melt-cast organic glasses as high-efficiency fast neutron scintillators

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    Carlson, Joseph S.; Feng, Patrick L., E-mail: plfeng@sandia.gov

    2016-10-01

    In this work we report a new class of organic-based scintillators that combines several of the desirable attributes of existing crystalline, liquid, and plastic organic scintillators. The prepared materials may be isolated in single crystalline form or melt-cast to produce highly transparent glasses that have been shown to provide high light yields of up to 16,000 photons/MeVee, as evaluated against EJ-200 plastic scintillators and solution-grown trans-stilbene crystals. The prepared organic glasses exhibit neutron/gamma pulse-shape discrimination (PSD) and are compatible with wavelength shifters to reduce optical self-absorption effects that are intrinsic to pure materials such as crystalline organics. The combination of high scintillation efficiency, PSD capabilities, and facile scale-up via melt-casting distinguishes this new class of amorphous materials from existing alternatives.

  4. Rejection of Alpha Surface Background in Non-scintillating Bolometric Detectors: The ABSuRD Project

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    Biassoni, M.; Brofferio, C.; Bucci, C.; Canonica, L.; di Vacri, M. L.; Gorla, P.; Pavan, M.; Yeh, M.

    2016-08-01

    Due to their excellent energy resolution values and the vast choice of possible materials, bolometric detectors are currently widely used in the physics of rare events. A limiting aspect for bolometers rises from their inability to discriminate among radiation types or surface from bulk events. It has been demonstrated that the main limitation to sensitivity for purely bolometric detectors is represented by surface alpha contaminations, causing a continuous background that cannot be discriminated. A new scintillation-based technique for the rejection of surface alpha background in non-scintillating bolometric experiments is proposed in this work. The idea is to combine a scintillating and a high sensitivity photon detector with a non-scintillating absorber. We present results showing the possibility to reject events due to alpha decay at or nearby the surface of the crystal.

  5. Properties of LuAP: CE scintillator containing intentional impurities

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    Petrosyan, A G; Ovanesyan, K; Lecoq, Paul; Auffray, Etiennette; Trummer, Julia; Kronberger, Matthias; Pédrini, C; Dujardin, C; Anfre, P

    2007-01-01

    Single crystals of LuAP:Ce and LuYAP(Lu*70%):Ce co-doped with tetravalent (Hf and Zr) and pentavalent (Ta) ions were grown from melts by the Bridgman process. Underlying absorption, slope of the optical edge and transmission in the range of emission were compared to those of LuAP:Ce crystals. Absorption coefficients at 260 nm less than 2 cm−1 have been recorded in LuAP:Ce crystals containing tetravalent ions that are lower than the corresponding figures (5–6 cm−1) measured in undoped LuAP. At high concentrations of added impurities, despite of suppression of the parasitic underlying absorption below 300 nm, the slope of the optical edge and transmission in the range of emission are seriously damaged. Scintillation parameters of crystals with added impurities are compared to those of LuAP:Ce.

  6. Chloride, bromide and iodide scintillators with europium doping

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    Zhuravleva, Mariya; Yang, Kan

    2014-08-26

    A halide scintillator material is disclosed where the halide may comprise chloride, bromide or iodide. The material is single-crystalline and has a composition of the general formula ABX.sub.3 where A is an alkali, B is an alkali earth and X is a halide which general composition was investigated. In particular, crystals of the formula ACa.sub.1-yEu.sub.yI.sub.3 where A=K, Rb and Cs were formed as well as crystals of the formula CsA.sub.1-yEu.sub.yX.sub.3 (where A=Ca, Sr, Ba, or a combination thereof and X=Cl, Br or I or a combination thereof) with divalent Europium doping where 0.ltoreq.y.ltoreq.1, and more particularly Eu doping has been studied at one to ten mol %. The disclosed scintillator materials are suitable for making scintillation detectors used in applications such as medical imaging and homeland security.

  7. Radon gamma-ray spectrometry with YAP:Ce scintillator

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    Plastino, W; De Notaristefani, F

    2002-01-01

    The detection properties of a YAP:Ce scintillator (YAlO sub 3 :Ce crystal) optically coupled to a Hamamatsu H5784 photomultiplier with standard bialkali photocathode have been analyzed. In particular, the application to radon and radon-daughters gamma-ray spectrometry was investigated. The crystal response has been studied under severe extreme conditions to simulate environments of geophysical interest, particularly those found in geothermal and volcanic areas. Tests in water up to a temperature of 100 deg.C and in acids solutions such as HCl (37%), H sub 2 SO sub 4 (48%) and HNO sub 3 (65%) have been performed. The measurements with standard radon sources provided by the National Institute for Metrology of Ionizing Radiations (ENEA) have emphasized the non-hygroscopic properties of the scintillator and a small dependence of the light yield on temperature and HNO sub 3. The data collected in this first step of our research have pointed out that the YAP:Ce scintillator can allow high response stability for rad...

  8. Countering beam divergence effects with focused segmented scintillators for high DQE megavoltage active matrix imagers

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    Liu, Langechuan; Antonuk, Larry E.; Zhao, Qihua; El-Mohri, Youcef; Jiang, Hao

    2012-08-01

    The imaging performance of active matrix flat-panel imagers designed for megavoltage imaging (MV AMFPIs) is severely constrained by relatively low x-ray detection efficiency, which leads to a detective quantum efficiency (DQE) of only ∼1%. Previous theoretical and empirical studies by our group have demonstrated the potential for addressing this constraint through the utilization of thick, two-dimensional, segmented scintillators with optically isolated crystals. However, this strategy is constrained by the degradation of high-frequency DQE resulting from spatial resolution loss at locations away from the central beam axis due to oblique incidence of radiation. To address this challenge, segmented scintillators constructed so that the crystals are individually focused toward the radiation source are proposed and theoretically investigated. The study was performed using Monte Carlo simulations of radiation transport to examine the modulation transfer function and DQE of focused segmented scintillators with thicknesses ranging from 5 to 60 mm. The results demonstrate that, independent of scintillator thickness, the introduction of focusing largely restores spatial resolution and DQE performance otherwise lost in thick, unfocused segmented scintillators. For the case of a 60 mm thick BGO scintillator and at a location 20 cm off the central beam axis, use of focusing improves DQE by up to a factor of ∼130 at non-zero spatial frequencies. The results also indicate relatively robust tolerance of such scintillators to positional displacements, of up to 10 cm in the source-to-detector direction and 2 cm in the lateral direction, from their optimal focusing position, which could potentially enhance practical clinical use of focused segmented scintillators in MV AMFPIs.

  9. Radiation resistant composite scintillators based on Al2O3:Ti grains and their properties after irradiation

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    Galunov, N. Z.; Gorbacheva, T. E.; Grinyov, B. V.; Karavaeva, N. L.; Khabuseva, S. U.; Krech, A. V.; Levchuk, L. G.; Litvinov, L. A.; Popov, V. F.; Sorokin, P. V.

    2017-09-01

    The effect of irradiation on the scintillation light output, optical transmittance, and luminescent spectra of composite scintillators based on single crystal grains of Al2O3:Ti, is studied. The dielectric gel Sylgard-184 is the base and the binder for the grains inside the composite scintillator. The paper presents and analyses the results obtained for the scintillators exposed by 10 MeV electrons from the linear electron accelerator at room temperature. For exposure doses at least up to D ∼ 550 Mrad when dose rate is 1500 Mrad/h and D ∼ 125 Mrad when dose rate is 0.2 Mrad/h the composite scintillators are radiation-resistant.

  10. Extruded plastic scintillator for MINERvA

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    Pla-Dalmau, Anna; Bross, Alan D.; /Fermilab; Rykalin, Victor V.; Wood, Brian M.; /NICADD, DeKalb

    2005-11-01

    An extrusion line has recently been installed at Fermilab in collaboration with NICADD (Northern Illinois Center for Accelerator and Detector Development). This new facility will serve to further develop and improve extruded plastic scintillator. Since polystyrene is widely used in the consumer industry, the logical path was to investigate the extrusion of commercial-grade polystyrene pellets with dopants to yield high quality plastic scintillator. The D0 and MINOS experiments are already using extruded scintillator strips in their detectors. A new experiment at Fermilab is pursuing the use of extruded plastic scintillator. A new plastic scintillator strip is being tested and its properties characterized. The initial results are presented here.

  11. New Scintillation Detectors for PET

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    Shah, K.S.

    2010-01-01

    The focus of this thesis is on new detection technologies that can be used in advancing nuclear medicine modalities, particularly positron emission tomography (PET). Several detection technologies are covered in this thesis. First, new Ce3+ doped rare earth trihalide scintillators that can be used

  12. New Scintillation Detectors for PET

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    Shah, K.S.

    2010-01-01

    The focus of this thesis is on new detection technologies that can be used in advancing nuclear medicine modalities, particularly positron emission tomography (PET). Several detection technologies are covered in this thesis. First, new Ce3+ doped rare earth trihalide scintillators that can be used i

  13. Complex Dynamics of Equatorial Scintillation

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    Piersanti, Mirko; Materassi, Massimo; Forte, Biagio; Cicone, Antonio

    2017-04-01

    Radio power scintillation, namely highly irregular fluctuations of the power of trans-ionospheric GNSS signals, is the effect of ionospheric plasma turbulence. The scintillation patterns on radio signals crossing the medium inherit the ionospheric turbulence characteristics of inter-scale coupling, local randomness and large time variability. On this basis, the remote sensing of local features of the turbulent plasma is feasible by studying radio scintillation induced by the ionosphere. The distinctive character of intermittent turbulent media depends on the fluctuations on the space- and time-scale statistical properties of the medium. Hence, assessing how the signal fluctuation properties vary under different Helio-Geophysical conditions will help to understand the corresponding dynamics of the turbulent medium crossed by the signal. Data analysis tools, provided by complex system science, appear to be best fitting to study the response of a turbulent medium, as the Earth's equatorial ionosphere, to the non-linear forcing exerted by the Solar Wind (SW). In particular we used the Adaptive Local Iterative Filtering, the Wavelet analysis and the Information theory data analysis tool. We have analysed the radio scintillation and ionospheric fluctuation data at low latitude focusing on the time and space multi-scale variability and on the causal relationship between forcing factors from the SW environment and the ionospheric response.

  14. Characterization of GAGG:Ce scintillators with various Al-to-Ga ratio

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    Sibczynski, Pawel, E-mail: pawel.sibczynski@ncbj.gov.pl [National Centre for Nuclear Research, PL 05-400 Otwock (Poland); Iwanowska-Hanke, Joanna; Moszyński, Marek; Swiderski, Lukasz; Szawłowski, Marek; Grodzicka, Martyna; Szczęśniak, Tomasz [National Centre for Nuclear Research, PL 05-400 Otwock (Poland); Kamada, Kei; Yoshikawa, Akira [C and A Corporation, Sendai (Japan); IMRAM, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-0812, Miyagi (Japan)

    2015-02-01

    We have studied the scintillation properties of cerium doped gadolinium aluminum gallium garnet (GAGG:Ce) scintillators with various Al-to-Ga ratio. Having many advantages, like high density (6.63 g/cm{sup 3}), high light output, fair energy resolution and quite fast decay time, the scintillators are an excellent solution for gamma rays detection. In this paper performance of the GAGG:1%Ce crystals with different Al-to-Ga ratios is presented. The study covered measurements of emission spectra, light output, energy resolution and non-proportionality for each crystal. It was observed that the light output of the recently obtainable crystals varies from 40,000 to 55,000 ph/MeV. Maximum emission wavelength of about 520 nm promotes silicon based photodetectors for use with these scintillators. The best energy resolution of 3.7% at 662 keV, measured with Hamamatsu S8664-1010 APD, was obtained for the sample with the minimum gallium content. This result is close to these obtained with the group of scintillators retaining very good energy resolution, like LaCl{sub 3} and CeBr{sub 3}.

  15. Characterization of GAGG:Ce scintillators with various Al-to-Ga ratio

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    Sibczynski, Pawel; Iwanowska-Hanke, Joanna; Moszyński, Marek; Swiderski, Lukasz; Szawłowski, Marek; Grodzicka, Martyna; Szczęśniak, Tomasz; Kamada, Kei; Yoshikawa, Akira

    2015-02-01

    We have studied the scintillation properties of cerium doped gadolinium aluminum gallium garnet (GAGG:Ce) scintillators with various Al-to-Ga ratio. Having many advantages, like high density (6.63 g/cm3), high light output, fair energy resolution and quite fast decay time, the scintillators are an excellent solution for gamma rays detection. In this paper performance of the GAGG:1%Ce crystals with different Al-to-Ga ratios is presented. The study covered measurements of emission spectra, light output, energy resolution and non-proportionality for each crystal. It was observed that the light output of the recently obtainable crystals varies from 40,000 to 55,000 ph/MeV. Maximum emission wavelength of about 520 nm promotes silicon based photodetectors for use with these scintillators. The best energy resolution of 3.7% at 662 keV, measured with Hamamatsu S8664-1010 APD, was obtained for the sample with the minimum gallium content. This result is close to these obtained with the group of scintillators retaining very good energy resolution, like LaCl3 and CeBr3.

  16. Characterization of a ZnSe scintillating bolometer prototype for neutrinoless double beta decay search

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    Tenconi M.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available As proposed in the LUCIFER project, ZnSe crystals are attractive materials to realize scintillating bolometers aiming at the search for neutrinoless double beta decay of the promising isotope 82Se. However, the optimization of the ZnSe-based detectors is rather complex and requires a wide-range investigation of the crystal features: optical properties, crystalline quality, scintillation yields and bolometric behaviour. Samples tested up to now show problems in the reproducibility of crucial aspects of the detector performance. In this work, we present the results obtained with a scintillating bolometer operated aboveground at about 25 mK. The detector energy absorber was a single 1 cm3 ZnSe crystal. The good energy resolution of the heat channel (about 14 keV at 1460 keV and the excellent alpha/beta discrimination capability are very encouraging for a successful realization of the LUCIFER program. The bolometric measurements were completed by optical tests on the crystal (optical transmission and luminescence measurements down to 10 K and investigation of the crystalline structure. The work here described provides a set of parameters and procedures useful for a complete pre-characterization of ZnSe crystals in view of the realization of highly performing scintillating bolometers.

  17. FLARES: A flexible scintillation light apparatus for rare event searches

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    Sisti, M., E-mail: monica.sisti@mib.infn.it [Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Milano-Bicocca and INFN – Sezione di Milano-Bicocca, Milano (Italy); Baldazzi, G. [Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Università di Bologna and INFN – Sezione di Bologna, Bologna (Italy); Bonvicini, V. [INFN – Sezione di Trieste, Trieste (Italy); Campana, R. [INAF/IASF and INFN – Sezione di Bologna, Bologna (Italy); Capelli, S. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Milano-Bicocca and INFN – Sezione di Milano-Bicocca, Milano (Italy); Evangelista, Y.; Feroci, M. [INAF/IASF and INFN – Sezione di Roma2, Roma (Italy); Fuschino, F. [Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Università di Bologna and INFN – Sezione di Bologna, Bologna (Italy); INAF/IASF and INFN – Sezione di Bologna, Bologna (Italy); Gironi, L. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Milano-Bicocca and INFN – Sezione di Milano-Bicocca, Milano (Italy); Labanti, C.; Marisaldi, M. [INAF/IASF and INFN – Sezione di Bologna, Bologna (Italy); Previtali, E. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Milano-Bicocca and INFN – Sezione di Milano-Bicocca, Milano (Italy); Rignanese, L. [Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Università di Bologna and INFN – Sezione di Bologna, Bologna (Italy); Rachevsky, A. [INFN – Sezione di Trieste, Trieste (Italy); Vacchi, A. [INFN – Sezione di Trieste, Trieste (Italy); Dipartimento di Matematica e Informatica, Università di Udine, Udine (Italy); Zampa, G.; Zampa, N. [INFN – Sezione di Trieste, Trieste (Italy); Zuffa, M. [Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Università di Bologna and INFN – Sezione di Bologna, Bologna (Italy)

    2016-07-11

    FLARES is a project for an innovative detector technology to be applied to rare event searches, and in particular to neutrinoless double beta decay experiments. Its novelty is the enhancement and optimization of the collection of the scintillation light emitted by ultra-pure crystals through the use of arrays of high performance silicon photodetectors cooled to 120 K. This would provide scintillation detectors with 1% level energy resolution, with the advantages of a technology offering relatively simple low cost mass scalability and powerful background reduction handles, as requested by future neutrinoless double beta decay experimental programs. The performances of a first production of matrices of Silicon Drift Detectors are presented and discussed in this paper.

  18. Radiation imaging with a new scintillator and a CMOS camera

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    Kurosawa, S.; Shoji, Y.; Pejchal, J.; Yokota, Y.; Yoshikawa, A.

    2014-07-01

    A new imaging system consisting of a high-sensitivity complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) sensor, a microscope and a new scintillator, Ce-doped Gd3(Al,Ga)5O12 (Ce:GAGG) grown by the Czochralski process, has been developed. The noise, the dark current and the sensitivity of the CMOS camera (ORCA-Flash4.0, Hamamatsu) was revised and compared to a conventional CMOS, whose sensitivity is at the same level as that of a charge coupled device (CCD) camera. Without the scintillator, this system had a good position resolution of 2.1 ± 0.4 μm and we succeeded in obtaining the alpha-ray images using 1-mm thick Ce:GAGG crystal. This system can be applied for example to high energy X-ray beam profile monitor, etc.

  19. Scintillating properties of LiYSiO4:Ce

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    FU Zai-Wei; CHEN Xiao-Hui; NING Zhe; HENG Yue-Kun; QI Ming; HUANG Pin-Wen; ZHANG Huai-Jin; WANG Ji-Yang; JIA Ru; QIAN Sen; LI Shao-Li

    2011-01-01

    LiYSiO4:Ce is a promising scintillator and some of its properties have been reported in previous papers.In this paper,samples doped with different concentrations of Ce are prepared and studied.First,the relative light yields of the samples are measured as 28.1%-37.1% compared with a standard anthracene crystal being irradiated by α particles and as ~27.2% compared with NaI being irradiated by X-rays.Second,the effects of sample thicknesses on light yields are presented.Finally the timing behaviors of samples with different doped concentrations being irradiated with alpha particles and X-rays are discussed.The result shows that LiYSiO4:Ce is a kind of fast scintillator (~ 30 ns) with a moderate light yield that can be used for neutron detection.

  20. FLARES: A flexible scintillation light apparatus for rare event searches

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    Sisti, M.; Baldazzi, G.; Bonvicini, V.; Campana, R.; Capelli, S.; Evangelista, Y.; Feroci, M.; Fuschino, F.; Gironi, L.; Labanti, C.; Marisaldi, M.; Previtali, E.; Rignanese, L.; Rachevsky, A.; Vacchi, A.; Zampa, G.; Zampa, N.; Zuffa, M.

    2016-07-01

    FLARES is a project for an innovative detector technology to be applied to rare event searches, and in particular to neutrinoless double beta decay experiments. Its novelty is the enhancement and optimization of the collection of the scintillation light emitted by ultra-pure crystals through the use of arrays of high performance silicon photodetectors cooled to 120 K. This would provide scintillation detectors with 1% level energy resolution, with the advantages of a technology offering relatively simple low cost mass scalability and powerful background reduction handles, as requested by future neutrinoless double beta decay experimental programs. The performances of a first production of matrices of Silicon Drift Detectors are presented and discussed in this paper.

  1. LiCaAlF6 scintillators in neutron and gamma radiation fields

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    Viererbl, L.; Klupák, V.; Vinš, M.; Koleška, M.; Šoltés, J.; Yoshikawa, A.; Nikl, M.

    2016-09-01

    Intentionally doped LiCaAlF6 (LiCAF) single crystals are prospective scintillators, especially for thermal neutron detection through the 6Li(n,t)4He nuclear reaction. Four different LiCAF scintillator samples were tested in various neutron and gamma fields. Two of the tested samples were LiCAF:Eu and LiCAF:Eu,Na single crystals, and another two samples were made of LiCAF:Eu micro crystals dispersed in transparent rubber, with different rubber dimensions. All LiCAF samples contain lithium enriched to6Li. A plutonium-beryllium source was used as a neutron source. The neutron spectrum was modified by moderator and filter to get different ratios between thermal, epithermal and fast neutron fluence rates. The MCNP code was used for calculations of the fluence rates for different configurations. Radionuclides 137Cs and 60Co were applied as gamma radiation sources. The light signal from the scintillator was evaluated with a photomultiplier and a multichannel analyzer. The purpose of this work was to study the characteristics of LiCAF scintillators, especially the ability to discriminate signals from neutron and gamma radiation, which is the basic scintillator condition for neutron detection in mixed neutron-gamma radiation fields. Generally, the discrimination can be done by the pulse height and/or the pulse shape of the evaluated signals. Both methods can be used for a LiCAF scintillator. However, only the pulse height discrimination method is discussed in this paper. The possibility of fast neutron detection with LiCAF scintillators was also tested.

  2. Polycrystalline scintillators for large area detectors in HEP experiments

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    Dosovitskiy, G.; Fedorov, A.; Karpyuk, P.; Kuznetsova, D.; Mikhlin, A.; Kozlov, D.; Dosovitskiy, A.; Korjik, M.

    2017-06-01

    After significant increase of the accelerator luminosity throughout the High Luminosity phase of LHC, charged hadrons and neutrons with fluences higher than 1014 p/cm2 per year in the largest pseudo-rapidity regions of the detectors will cause increased radiation damage of materials. Increasing activation of the experimental equipment will make periodical maintenance and replacement of detector components difficult. Therefore, the selected materials for new detectors should be tolerant to radiation damage. Y3Al5O12:Ce (YAG:Ce) crystal was found to be one of the most radiation hard scintillation materials. However, production of YAG:Ce in a single crystalline form is costly, because crystal growth is performed at temperature near 1900°C with a very low rate of transformation of a raw material into a crystal. We propose translucent YAG:Ce ceramics as an alternative cheaper solution. Ceramic samples were sintered up to density ~98% of the theoretical value and were translucent. The samples have demonstrated light yield of 2200 phot./MeV under 662 keV γ-quanta, which gives the expected response to minimum ionizing particle around 3000 phot. for 2 mm thick plate. Scintillation light yield, registered under surface layer excitation with α-particles, was 50-70% higher than for the reference single crystal YAG:Ce.

  3. Transparent garnet ceramic scintillators for gamma-ray detection

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    Wang, Yimin; Baldoni, Gary; Rhodes, William H.; Brecher, Charles; Shah, Ananya; Shirwadkar, Urmila; Glodo, Jarek; Cherepy, Nerine; Payne, Stephen

    2012-10-01

    Lanthanide gallium/aluminum-based garnets have a great potential as host structures for scintillation materials for medical imaging. Particularly attractive features are their high density, chemical radiation stability and more importantly, their cubic structure and isotropic optical properties, which allow them to be fabricated into fully transparent, highperformance polycrystalline optical ceramics. Lutetium/gadolinium aluminum/gallium garnets (described by formulas ((Gd,Lu)3(Al,Ga)5O12:Ce, Gd3(Al,Ga)5O12:Ce and Lu3Al5O12:Pr)) feature high effective atomic number and good scintillation properties, which make them particularly attractive for Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and other γ- ray detection applications. The ceramic processing route offers an attractive alternative to single crystal growth for obtaining scintillator materials at relatively low temperatures and at a reasonable cost, with flexibility in dimension control as well as activator concentration adjustment. In this study, optically transparent polycrystalline ceramics mentioned above were prepared by the sintering-HIP approach, employing nano-sized starting powders. The properties and microstructures of the ceramics were controlled by varying the processing parameters during consolidation. Single-phase, high-density, transparent specimens were obtained after sintering followed by a pressure-assisted densification process, i.e. hot-isostatic-pressing. The transparent ceramics displayed high contact and distance transparency as well as high light yield as high as 60,000-65,000 ph/MeV under gamma-ray excitation, which is about 2 times that of a LSO:Ce single crystal. The excellent scintillation and optical properties make these materials promising candidates for medical imaging and γ-ray detection applications.

  4. A neutron scintillator based on transparent nanocrystalline CaF{sub 2}:Eu glass ceramic

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    Struebing, Christian; Kang, Zhitao, E-mail: zhitao.kang@gtri.gatech.edu [Georgia Tech Research Institute, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332 (United States); School of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332 (United States); Chong, JooYun; Wagner, Brent [Georgia Tech Research Institute, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332 (United States); Lee, Gyuhyon; Ding, Yong [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332 (United States); Zavala, Martin; Erickson, Anna [George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332 (United States); Wang, Cai-Lin; Diawara, Yacouba [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-6460 (United States); Engels, Ralf [Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Jülich 52425 (Germany)

    2016-04-11

    There are no efficient Eu{sup 2+} doped glass neutron scintillators reported due to low doping concentrations of Eu{sup 2+} and the amorphous nature of the glass matrix. In this work, an efficient CaF{sub 2}:Eu glass ceramic neutron scintillator was prepared by forming CaF{sub 2}:Eu nanocrystals in a {sup 6}Li-containing glass matrix. Through appropriate thermal treatments, the scintillation light yield of the transparent glass ceramic was increased by a factor of at least 46 compared to the as-cast amorphous glass. This improvement was attributed to more efficient energy transfer from the CaF{sub 2} crystals to the Eu{sup 2+} emitting centers. Further light yield improvement is expected if the refractive index of the glass matrix can be matched to the CaF{sub 2} crystal.

  5. High-temperature scintillation properties of orthorhombic Gd2Si2O7 aiming at well logging

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    Tsubota, Youichi; Kaneko, Junichi H.; Higuchi, Mikio; Nishiyama, Shusuke; Ishibashi, Hiroyuki

    2015-06-01

    Scintillation and luminescence properties of orthorhombic Gd2Si2O7:Ce (GPS:Ce) single-crystal scintillators were investigated for temperatures ranging from room temperature (RT) to 573 K. Orthorhombic GPS crystals were grown by using a top-seeded solution growth (TSSG) method. The scintillation light yield of the orthorhombic GPS at RT was ∼2.9 times higher than that of Gd2SiO5:Ce (GSO). The light yield values of the orthorhombic GPS (Ce = 2.5%) were almost unchanged for temperatures ranging from RT to 523 K, and at 523 K, were higher than twice the light yield of GSO at RT. These GPS scintillators are expected to contribute to oil exploration at greater depths.

  6. Scintillation properties of selected oxide monocrystals activated with Ce and Pr

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    Wojtowicz, Andrzej J.; Drozdowski, Winicjusz; Wisniewski, Dariusz; Lefaucheur, Jean-Luc; Galazka, Zbigniew; Gou, Zhenhui; Lukasiewicz, Tadeusz; Kisielewski, Jaroslaw

    2006-01-01

    In the last 10-15 years there has been a significant effort toward development of new, more efficient and faster materials for detection of ionizing radiation. A growing demand for better scintillator crystals for detection of 511 keV gamma particles has been due mostly to recent advances in modern imaging systems employing positron emitting radionuclides for medical diagnostics in neurology, oncology and cardiology. While older imaging systems were almost exclusively based on BGO and NaI:Tl crystals the new systems, e.g., ECAT Accel, developed by Siemens/CTI, are based on recently discovered and developed LSO (Lu 2SiO 5:Ce, Ce-activated lutetium oxyorthosilicate) crystals. Interestingly, despite very good properties of LSO, there still is a strong drive toward development of new scintillator crystals that would show even better performance and characteristics. In this presentation we shall review spectroscopic and scintillator characterization of new complex oxide crystals, namely LSO, LYSO, YAG, LuAP (LuAlO 3, lutetium aluminate perovskite) and LuYAP activated with Ce and Pr. The LSO:Ce crystals have been grown by CTI Inc (USA), LYSO:Ce, LuAP:Ce and LuYAP:Ce crystals have been grown by Photonic Materials Ltd., Scotland (PML is the only company providing large LuAP:Ce crystals on a commercial scale), while YAG:Pr and LuAP:Pr crystals have been grown by Institute of Electronic Materials Technology (Poland). All these crystals have been characterized at Institute of Physics, N. Copernicus University (Poland). We will review and compare results of measurements of radioluminescence, VUV spectroscopy, scintillation light yields, scintillation time profiles and low temperature thermoluminescence performed on these crystals. We will demonstrate that all experiments clearly indicate that there is a significant room for improvement of LuAP, LuYAP and YAG. While both Ce-activated LSO and LYSO perform very well, we also note that LuYAP:Ce, LuAP:Ce and YAG:Pr offer some

  7. The observation of scintillation in a hydrated inorganic compound: CeCl3 6H2O

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    Boatner, Lynn A [ORNL; Neal, John S [ORNL; Ramey, Joanne Oxendine [ORNL; Chakoumakos, Bryan C [ORNL; Custelcean, Radu [ORNL

    2013-01-01

    We have recently reported the discovery of a new family of rare-earth metal-organic single-crystal scintillators based on Ce3+ as the activator ion. Starting with the CeCl3(CH3OH)4 prototype, this family of scintillators has recently been extended to include complex metal-organic adducts produced by reacting CeCl3 with heavier organics (e.g., isomers of propanol and butanol). Some of these new rare-earth metal-organic materials incorporated waters of hydration in their structures, and the observation of scintillation in these hydrated compounds was an original finding for any solid scintillator. In the present work, we now report what is apparently the initial observation of gamma-ray-excited scintillation in an inorganic hydrated material, namely single-crystal monoclinic CeCl3 6H2O. This observation shows that the mechanisms of the various scintillation energy-transfer processes are not blocked by the presence of waters of hydration in an inorganic material and that the observation of scintillation in other hydrated inorganic compounds is not precluded.

  8. Development of novel growth methods for halide single crystals

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    Yokota, Yuui; Kurosawa, Shunsuke; Shoji, Yasuhiro; Ohashi, Yuji; Kamada, Kei; Yoshikawa, Akira

    2017-03-01

    We developed novel growth methods for halide scintillator single crystals with hygroscopic nature, Halide micro-pulling-down [H-μ-PD] method and Halide Vertical Bridgman [H-VB] method. The H-μ-PD method with a removable chamber system can grow a single crystal of halide scintillator material with hygroscopicity at faster growth rate than the conventional methods. On the other hand, the H-VB method can grow a large bulk single crystal of halide scintillator without a quartz ampule. CeCl3, LaBr3, Ce:LaBr3 and Eu:SrI2 fiber single crystals could be grown by the H-μ-PD method and Eu:SrI2 bulk single crystals of 1 and 1.5 inch in diameter could be grown by the H-VB method. The grown fiber and bulk single crystals showed comparable scintillation properties to the previous reports using the conventional methods.

  9. LHCb Upgrade: Scintillating Fibre Tracker

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    Tobin, Mark

    2016-07-01

    The LHCb detector will be upgraded during the Long Shutdown 2 (LS2) of the LHC in order to cope with higher instantaneous luminosities and to read out the data at 40 MHz using a trigger-less read-out system. All front-end electronics will be replaced and several sub-detectors must be redesigned to cope with higher occupancy. The current tracking detectors downstream of the LHCb dipole magnet will be replaced by the Scintillating Fibre (SciFi) Tracker. The SciFi Tracker will use scintillating fibres read out by Silicon Photomultipliers (SiPMs). State-of-the-art multi-channel SiPM arrays are being developed to read out the fibres and a custom ASIC will be used to digitise the signals from the SiPMs. The evolution of the design since the Technical Design Report in 2014 and the latest R & D results are presented.

  10. A helical scintillating fiber hodoscope

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    Altmeier, M; Bisplinghoff, J; Bissel, T; Bollmann, R; Busch, M; Büsser, K; Colberg, T; Demiroers, L; Diehl, O; Dohrmann, F; Engelhardt, H P; Eversheim, P D; Felden, O; Gebel, R; Glende, M; Greiff, J; Gross, A; Gross-Hardt, R; Hinterberger, F; Jahn, R; Jeske, M; Jonas, E; Krause, H; Lahr, U; Langkau, R; Lindemann, T; Lindlein, J; Maier, R; Maschuw, R; Mayer-Kuckuck, T; Meinerzhagen, A; Naehle, O; Pfuff, M; Prasuhn, D; Rohdjess, H; Rosendaal, D; Von Rossen, P; Sanz, B; Schirm, N; Schulz-Rojahn, M; Schwarz, V; Scobel, W; Thomas, S; Trelle, H J; Weise, E; Wellinghausen, A; Wiedmann, W; Woller, K; Ziegler, R

    1999-01-01

    A novel scintillating fiber hodoscope in helically cylindric geometry has been developed for detection of low multiplicity events of fast protons and other light charged particles in the internal target experiment EDDA at the Cooler Synchrotron COSY. The hodoscope consists of 640 scintillating fibers (2.5 mm diameter), arranged in four layers surrounding the COSY beam pipe. The fibers are helically wound in opposing directions and read out individually using 16-channel photomultipliers connected to a modified commercial encoding system. The detector covers an angular range of 9 deg. <= THETA<=72 deg. and 0 deg. <=phi (cursive,open) Greek<=360 deg. in the lab frame. The detector length is 590 mm, the inner diameter 161 mm. Geometry and granularity of the hodoscope afford a position resolution of about 1.3 mm. The detector design took into consideration a maximum of reliability and a minimum of maintenance. An LED array may be used for monitoring purposes. (author)

  11. LHCb Upgrade: Scintillating Fibre Tracker

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    Tobin, Mark, E-mail: Mark.Tobin@epfl.ch

    2016-07-11

    The LHCb detector will be upgraded during the Long Shutdown 2 (LS2) of the LHC in order to cope with higher instantaneous luminosities and to read out the data at 40 MHz using a trigger-less read-out system. All front-end electronics will be replaced and several sub-detectors must be redesigned to cope with higher occupancy. The current tracking detectors downstream of the LHCb dipole magnet will be replaced by the Scintillating Fibre (SciFi) Tracker. The SciFi Tracker will use scintillating fibres read out by Silicon Photomultipliers (SiPMs). State-of-the-art multi-channel SiPM arrays are being developed to read out the fibres and a custom ASIC will be used to digitise the signals from the SiPMs. The evolution of the design since the Technical Design Report in 2014 and the latest R & D results are presented.

  12. Scintillation Monitoring Using Asymmetry Index

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    Shaikh, Muhammad Mubasshir; Mahrous, Ayman; Abdallah, Amr; Notarpietro, Riccardo

    Variation in electron density can have significant effect on GNSS signals in terms of propagation delay. Ionospheric scintillation can be caused by rapid change of such delay, specifically, when they last for a longer period of time. Ionospheric irregularities that account for scintillation may vary significantly in spatial range and drift with the background plasma at speeds of 45 to 130 m/sec. These patchy irregularities may occur several times during night, e.g. in equatorial region, with the patches move through the ray paths of the GNSS satellite signals. These irregularities are often characterized as either ‘large scale’ (which can be as large as several hundred km in East-West direction and many times that in the North-South direction) or ‘small scale’ (which can be as small as 1m). These small scale irregularities are regarded as the main cause of scintillation [1,2]. In normal solar activity conditions, the mid-latitude ionosphere is not much disturbed. However, during severe magnetic storms, the aurora oval extends towards the equator and the equator anomaly region may stretched towards poles extending the scintillation phenomena more typically associated with those regions into mid-latitudes. In such stormy conditions, the predicted TEC may deviate largely from the true value of the TEC both at low and mid-latitudes due to which GNSS applications may be strongly degraded. This work is an attempt to analyze ionospheric scintillation (S4 index) using ionospheric asymmetry index [3]. The asymmetry index is based on trans-ionospheric propagation between GPS and LEO satellites in a radio occultation (RO) scenario, using background ionospheric data provided by MIDAS [4]. We attempted to simulate one of the recent geomagnetic storms (NOAA scale G4) occurred over low/mid-latitudes. The storm started on 26 September 2011 at UT 18:00 and lasted until early hours of 27 September 2011. The scintillation data for the storm was taken from an ionospheric

  13. A helical scintillating fiber hodoscope

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    Altmeier, M.; Bauer, F.; Bisplinghoff, J.; Bissel, T.; Bollmann, R.; Busch, M.; Buesser, K.; Colberg, T.; Demiroers, L.; Diehl, O.; Dohrmann, F.; Engelhardt, H.P.; Eversheim, P.D.; Felden, O.; Gebel, R.; Glende, M.; Greiff, J.; Gross, A.; Gross-Hardt, R.; Hinterberger, F.; Jahn, R.; Jeske, M.; Jonas, E.; Krause, H.; Lahr, U.; Langkau, R.; Lindemann, T.; Lindlein, J.; Maier, R.; Maschuw, R.; Mayer-Kuckuck, T.; Meinerzhagen, A.; Naehle, O.; Pfuff, M.; Prasuhn, D.; Rohdjess, H.; Rosendaal, D.; Rossen, P. von; Sanz, B.; Schirm, N.; Schulz-Rojahn, M.; Schwarz, V.; Scobel, W.; Thomas, S.; Trelle, H.J.; Weise, E.; Wellinghausen, A.; Wiedmann, W.; Woller, K.; Ziegler, R

    1999-07-21

    A novel scintillating fiber hodoscope in helically cylindric geometry has been developed for detection of low multiplicity events of fast protons and other light charged particles in the internal target experiment EDDA at the Cooler Synchrotron COSY. The hodoscope consists of 640 scintillating fibers (2.5 mm diameter), arranged in four layers surrounding the COSY beam pipe. The fibers are helically wound in opposing directions and read out individually using 16-channel photomultipliers connected to a modified commercial encoding system. The detector covers an angular range of 9 deg. {<=}{theta}{<=}72 deg. and 0 deg. {<=}phi (cursive,open) Greek{<=}360 deg. in the lab frame. The detector length is 590 mm, the inner diameter 161 mm. Geometry and granularity of the hodoscope afford a position resolution of about 1.3 mm. The detector design took into consideration a maximum of reliability and a minimum of maintenance. An LED array may be used for monitoring purposes. (author)

  14. Towards Bright and Fast Lu3Al5O12:Ce,Mg Optical Ceramics Scintillators

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    Liu, Shuping; Feng, Xiqi; Vedda, Anna; Fasoli, Mauro; Shi, Yun; Kou, Huamin; Beitlerova, Alena; Wu, Lexiang; D'Ambrosio, Carmelo; Pan, Yubai; Nikl, Martin

    2016-01-01

    The recent advent of Lu 3 Al 5 O 12 :Ce optical ceramics marks a turning point in scintillator material technology. Because of their lower preparation tem-perature, brightness, and robustness such materials can now compete with single crystals. Their further scintillation effi ciency optimization includes the thorough control of the defects responsible for optical and scintillation losses. The choice of sintering agent appears critical to achieve both high optical transparency and scintillation performance. In this work, the optical investi-gations coupled with X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy evidence the benefi cial role of MgO sintering agent. Mg 2+ co-dopants in ceramics drive the partial conversion of Ce 3+ to Ce 4+ . The Ce 4+ center, however, does not impair the scintillation performance due to its capability to positively infl uence the scintillation process. The importance of simultaneous application of such co-doping and annealing treatment is also demonstrated. With 0.3 at% Mg, our cer...

  15. Evaluation of the multi-pixel photon counters with inorganic scintillators

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    Hitomi, Keitaro; Sato, Eiichi; Nomiya, Seiichiro; Shoji, Tadayoshi

    2007-09-01

    Multi-Pixel Photon Counter (MPPC) is a Hamamatsu's new Si avalanche photodiode. The main features of the MPPC are very high gain (10 5 to10 6) and very fast operation. The MPPC offers considerable advantages over widely used photomultiplier tubes (PMT) for scintillation detection, especially due to their high quantum efficiency, low cost, compactness, low operating voltage, mechanical robustness and insensitivity to magnetic fields. One of the most attractive applications of MPPCs is positron emission tomography (PET). In the present study, the MPPCs were coupled to inorganic scintillators including LSO, BGO and YAP in order to evaluate the scintillator/MPPC devices in terms of energy and timing resolutions for PET applications. The scintillation detector consisted of an LSO scintillator (2 mm × 2 mm × 4 mm) coupled to an MPPC exhibited energy resolutions of 196 keV FWHM and 189 keV FWHM for 511 keV and 662 keV gamma-rays, respectively. The MPPC was operated at a bias of 71.4 V and at room temperature. In order to investigate timing properties of the LSO/MPPC device, coincidence timing spectra between a reference scintillation detector which consisted of a BaF II crystal coupled to a PMT and the LSO/MPPC device were measured with 511 keV positron annihilation gamma-rays from a 22Na source. A coincidence timing resolution of 3.2 ns FWHM was obtained with the LSO/MPPC system.

  16. New semiconductor scintillators ZnSe(Te,O) and integrated radiation detectors based thereon

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    Ryzhikov, [No Value; Starzhinskiy, N; Gal'chinetskii, L; Gashin, P; Kozin, D; Danshin, E

    Data are presented on properties of a new type of scintillator based on isovalently doped crystals of zinc selenide. Depending upon concentration of activating dopants Te and O, the wavelength of the luminescence maximum is 590-640 nm, response time is 1-50 mus, and afterglow level after 5 ms is not

  17. New semiconductor scintillators ZnSe(Te,O) and integrated radiation detectors based thereon

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    Ryzhikov, [No Value; Starzhinskiy, N; Gal'chinetskii, L; Gashin, P; Kozin, D; Danshin, E

    2001-01-01

    Data are presented on properties of a new type of scintillator based on isovalently doped crystals of zinc selenide. Depending upon concentration of activating dopants Te and O, the wavelength of the luminescence maximum is 590-640 nm, response time is 1-50 mus, and afterglow level after 5 ms is not

  18. Studies on Ca2+-Doped CeBr3 Scintillating Materials

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    Guss, P. [NSTec; Foster, M. E. [SNL; Wong, B. M. [SNL; Doty, F. P. [SNL; Shah, K. [RMD; Squillante, M. R. [RMD; Shirwadkar, U. [RMD; Hawrami, R. [RMD; Tower, J. [RMD; Yuan, D. [NSTec

    2013-09-01

    Despite the outstanding scintillation performance characteristics of cerium tribromide (CeBr3) and cerium-activated lanthanum tribromide (LaBr3:Ce), their commercial availability and application is limited due to the difficulties of growing large, crack-free single crystals from these fragile materials. The objective of this investigation was to employ aliovalent doping to increase crystal strength while maintaining the optical properties of the crystal. One divalent dopant (Ca2+) was investigated as a dopant to strengthen CeBr3 without negatively impacting scintillation performance. Ingots containing nominal concentrations of 1.9% of the Ca2+ dopant were grown. Preliminary scintillation measurements are presented for this aliovalently doped scintillator. Ca2+-doped CeBr3 exhibited little or no change in the peak fluorescence emission for 371 nm optical excitation for CeBr3. The structural, electronic, and optical properties of CeBr3 crystals were investigated using the density functional theory within generalized gradient approximation. The calculated lattice parameters are in good agreement with the experimental data. The energy band structures and density of states were obtained. The optical properties of CeBr3, including the dielectric function, were calculated.

  19. Studies on Ca2+-Doped CeBr3 Scintillating Materials

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    Guss, P. [NSTec; Foster, M. E. [SNL; Wong, B. M. [SNL; Doty, F. P. [SNL; Shah, K. [RMD; Squillante, M. [RMD; Glodo, J. [RMD; Yuan, D. [NSTec

    2013-07-03

    Despite the outstanding scintillation performance characteristics of cerium tribromide (CeBr3) and cerium-activated lanthanum tribromide (LaBr3:Ce), their commercial availability and application is limited due to the difficulties of growing large, crack-free single crystals from these fragile materials. The objective of this investigation was to employ aliovalent doping to increase crystal strength while maintaining the optical properties of the crystal. One divalent dopant (Ca2+) was investigated as a dopant to strengthen CeBr3 without negatively impacting scintillation performance. Ingots containing nominal concentrations of 1.9% of the Ca2+ dopant were grown. Preliminary scintillation measurements are presented for this aliovalently doped scintillator. Ca2+-doped CeBr3 exhibited little or no change in the peak fluorescence emission for 371 nm optical excitation for CeBr3. The structural, electronic, and optical properties of CeBr3 crystals were investigated using the density functional theory within generalized gradient approximation. The calculated lattice parameters are in good agreement with the experimental data. The energy band structures and density of states were obtained. The optical properties of CeBr3, including the dielectric function, were calculated.

  20. Low-energy neutron detector based upon lithium lanthanide borate scintillators

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    Czirr, John B.

    1998-01-01

    An apparatus for detecting neutrons includes a cerium activated scintillation crystal containing .sup.10 B, with the scintillation crystal emitting light in response to .alpha. particles emitted from the .sup.10 B(n,.alpha.)Li* reaction. The apparatus also includes a gamma scintillator positioned adjacent the crystal and which generates light in response to gamma rays emitted from the decay of Li*. The apparatus further includes a first and a second light-to-electronic signal converter each positioned to respectively receive light from the crystal and the gamma scintillator, and each respectively outputting first and second electronic signals representative of .alpha. particles from the .sup.10 B(n,.alpha.)Li* reaction and gamma rays from the .sup.10 B(n,.alpha.)Li* reaction. The apparatus includes a coincidence circuit connected to receive the first and second signals and which generates a coincidence signal when the first and second signals coincide. The apparatus also includes a data analyzer for receiving an additional signal from at least one of the first and second converters, and for operating in response to the coincidence signal.

  1. Development of novel rare earth doped fluoride and oxide scintillators for two-dimensional imaging

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    A. Yoshikawa; T. Iguchi; G. Boulon; M. Nikd; T. Yanagida; Y. Yokota; K. Kamada; N. Kawaguchi; K. Fukuda; A. Yamazaki; K. Watanabe; A. Uritani

    2011-01-01

    Two topics were focused.The first one was about the gamma-ray scintillator,pr3+:Lu3Al5O12 (LuAG).The second one was about neutron scintillator,Ce3+:6LiCaAlF6 and Eu2+:6LiCaAlF6 (6LiCAF).Those scintillators have been developed very recently for modem imaging applications in the medical and homeland security fields.In both cases,the rare earth ions are playing the crucial role as emission centers.Pr3+ in LuAG provided fast 5d→4f transition providing noticeably shorter decay time than that of Ce3+.Among several candidate hosts,LuAG showed the best performance.Bulk crystal growth,basic scintillation properties,two-dimensional gamma-ray imaging and positron emission mammography (PEM) application were demonstrated.Due to the international situation,the homeland security was compromized by illicit traffic of explosives,drugs,nuclear materials,etc.and the ways to its improvement became an important R&D topic.For this purpose the Ce and Eu doped LiCAF appeared competitive candidates.Especially,when substitution of 3He neutron detectors was considered,the discrimination ability of gamma-ray from alpha-ray was important.Bulk crystal growth,basic scintillation properties and two-dimensional neutron imaging were demonstrated.

  2. Accurate measurement of the rise and decay times of fast scintillators with solid state photon counters

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    Seifert, S.; Steenbergen, J. H. L.; van Dam, H. T.; Schaart, D. R.

    2012-09-01

    In this work we present a measurement setup for the determination of scintillation pulse shapes of fast scintillators. It is based on a time-correlated single photon counting approach that utilizes the correlation between 511 keV annihilation photons to produce start and stop signals in two separate crystals. The measurement is potentially cost-effective and simple to set up while maintaining an excellent system timing resolution of 125 ps. As a proof-of-concept the scintillation photon arrival time histograms were recorded for two well-known, fast scintillators: LYSO:Ce and LaBr3:5%Ce. The scintillation pulse shapes were modeled as a linear combination of exponentially distributed charge transfer and photon emission processes. Correcting for the system timing resolution, the exponential time constants were extracted from the recorded histograms. A decay time of 43 ns and a rise time of 72 ps were determined for LYSO:Ce thus demonstrating the capability of the system to accurately measure very fast rise times. In the case of LaBr3:5%Ce two processes were observed to contribute to the rising edge of the scintillation pulse. The faster component (270 ps) contributes with 72% to the rising edge of the scintillation pulse while the second, slower component (2.0 ns) contributes with 27%. The decay of the LaBr3:5%Ce scintillation pulse was measured to be 15.4 ns with a small contribution (2%) of a component with a larger time constant (130 ns).

  3. Phoswich scintillator for proton and gamma radiation of high energy

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    Tengblad, O.; Borge, M. J. G.; Briz, J. A.; Carmona-Gallardo, M.; Cruz, C.; Gugliermina, V.; Nacher, E.; Perea, A.; Sanchez del Rio, J.; Nieves, M. Turrion [Instituto de Estructura de la Materia, CSIC, E-28006 Madrid (Spain); Nilsson, T.; Johansson, H. T.; Bergstroem, J.; Blomberg, E.; Buelling, A.; Gallneby, E.; Hagdahl, J.; Jansson, L.; Jareteg, K.; Masgren, R. [Department of fundamental Physics, Chalmers Univ. of Technology, S-41296 Goeteborg (Sweden); and others

    2011-11-30

    We present here a Phoswich scintillator design to achieve both high resolution gamma ray detection, and good efficiency for high energy protons. There are recent developments of new high resolution scintillator materials. Especially the LaBr3(Ce) and LaCl3(Ce) crystals have very good energy resolution in the order of 3% for 662 keV gamma radiation. In addition, these materials exhibit a very good light output (63 and 32 photons/keV respectively).A demonstrator detector in the form of an Al cylinder of 24 mm diameter and a total length of 80 mm with 2 mm wall thickness, containing a LaBr3(Ce) crystal of 20 mm diameter and 30 mm length directly coupled to a LaCl3(Ce) crystal of 50 mm length, and closed with a glass window of 5 mm, was delivered by Saint Gobain. To the glass window a Hamamatsu R5380 Photomultiplier tube (PMT) was coupled using silicon optical grease.

  4. Characterization of a new plastic scintillation material and comparison with liquid BC-501A scintillator

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    Poleshchuk, Oleksii

    2015-01-01

    In this work the capability of various scintillation materials to discriminate gamma rays and neutrons were studied. Also such basic properties of scintillators as light emission spectrum and light output were determined. The studied materials were BC-501A liquid scintillator and a plastic scintillator provided by CEA. An experimental setup consisting of detector shielding, analog and digital electronics and data acquisition system was built to study the neutron-gamma discrimination propertie...

  5. WIMPs search by exclusive measurements with thin multilayer NaI(Tl) scintillators (PICO-LON)

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    Fushimi, K; Yasuda, K; Kameda, Y; Koori, N; Nakayama, S; Ichihara, K; Nomachi, M; Umehara, S; Yoshida, S; Ejiri, H; Imagawa, K; Ito, H

    2006-01-01

    The WIMPs search project PICO-LON has been started with multilayer thin NaI(Tl) crystals. The thin (0.05cm) and wide area (5cmx5cm) NaI(Tl) crystals was successfully developed. The performances of thin NaI(Tl) scintillator was measured and they showed good energy resolution (20% at 60keV) and good position resolution (20% in 5cmx5cm wider area).

  6. Scintillation in the Circinus Galaxy water megamasers

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    McCallum, J N

    2004-01-01

    We present observations of the 22 GHz water vapor megamasers in the Circinus galaxy made with the Tidbinbilla 70m telescope. These observations confirm the rapid variability seen earlier by Greenhill et al (1997). We show that this rapid variability can be explained by interstellar scintillation, based on what is now known of the interstellar scintillation seen in a significant number of flat spectrum AGN. The observed variability cannot be fully described by a simple model of either weak or diffractive scintillation.

  7. A Multi-Channel Setup to Study Fractures in Scintillators

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    Tantot, A; Briche, R; Lefèvre, G; Manier, B; Zaïm, N; Deschanel, S; Vanel, L; Di Stefano, P C F

    2016-01-01

    To investigate fractoluminescence in scintillating crystals used for particle detection, we have developed a multi-channel setup built around samples of double-cleavage drilled compression (DCDC) geometry in a controllable atmosphere. The setup allows the continuous digitization over hours of various parameters, including the applied load, and the compressive strain of the sample, as well as the acoustic emission. Emitted visible light is recorded with nanosecond resolution, and crack propagation is monitored using infrared lighting and camera. An example of application to Bi4Ge3O12 (BGO) is provided.

  8. A multi-channel setup to study fractures in scintillators

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    Tantot, A.; Bouard, C.; Briche, R.; Lefèvre, G.; Manier, B.; Zaïm, N.; Deschanel, S.; Vanel, L.; Di Stefano, P. C. F.

    2016-12-01

    To investigate fractoluminescence in scintillating crystals used for particle detection, we have developed a multi-channel setup built around samples of double-cleavage drilled compression (DCDC) geometry in a controllable atmosphere. The setup allows the continuous digitization over hours of various parameters, including the applied load, and the compressive strain of the sample, as well as the acoustic emission. Emitted visible light is recorded with nanosecond resolution, and crack propagation is monitored using infrared lighting and camera. An example of application to \\text{B}{{\\text{i}}4}\\text{G}{{\\text{e}}3}{{\\text{O}}12} (BGO) is provided.

  9. General optical scintillation in turbulent atmosphere

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    Ruizhong Rao

    2008-01-01

    A general expression of the scintillation index is proposed for optical wave propagating in turbulent atmosphere under arbitrary fluctuation conditions. The expression depends on extreme behaviors of the scintillation indices under both weak and strong fluctuations. The maximum scintillation index in the onset region and the corresponding Rytov index can be evaluated from the general expression. Plane and spherical waves in the cases of zero and non-zero turbulence inner scale are given as examples for illustration of the general behaviors of scintillation indices.

  10. High-symmetry organic scintillator systems

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    Feng, Patrick L.

    2017-07-18

    An ionizing radiation detector or scintillator system includes a scintillating material comprising an organic crystalline compound selected to generate photons in response to the passage of ionizing radiation. The organic compound has a crystalline symmetry of higher order than monoclinic, for example an orthorhombic, trigonal, tetragonal, hexagonal, or cubic symmetry. A photodetector is optically coupled to the scintillating material, and configured to generate electronic signals having pulse shapes based on the photons generated in the scintillating material. A discriminator is coupled to the photon detector, and configured to discriminate between neutrons and gamma rays in the ionizing radiation based on the pulse shapes of the output signals.

  11. High-symmetry organic scintillator systems

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    Feng, Patrick L.

    2017-09-05

    An ionizing radiation detector or scintillator system includes a scintillating material comprising an organic crystalline compound selected to generate photons in response to the passage of ionizing radiation. The organic compound has a crystalline symmetry of higher order than monoclinic, for example an orthorhombic, trigonal, tetragonal, hexagonal, or cubic symmetry. A photodetector is optically coupled to the scintillating material, and configured to generate electronic signals having pulse shapes based on the photons generated in the scintillating material. A discriminator is coupled to the photon detector, and configured to discriminate between neutrons and gamma rays in the ionizing radiation based on the pulse shapes of the output signals.

  12. Designing an optimally proportional inorganic scintillator

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    Singh, Jai, E-mail: jai.singh@cdu.edu.au [School of Engineering and IT, B-Purple-12, Faculty of EHSE, Charles Darwin University, NT 0909 (Australia); Koblov, Alexander [School of Engineering and IT, B-Purple-12, Faculty of EHSE, Charles Darwin University, NT 0909 (Australia)

    2012-09-01

    The nonproportionality observed in the light yield of inorganic scintillators is studied theoretically as a function of the rates of bimolecular and Auger quenching processes occurring within the electron track initiated by a gamma- or X-ray photon incident on a scintillator. Assuming a cylindrical track, the influence of the track radius and concentration of excitations created within the track on the scintillator light yield is also studied. Analysing the calculated light yield a guideline for inventing an optimally proportional scintillator with optimal energy resolution is presented.

  13. Simulation studies of crystal-photodetector assemblies for the Turkish accelerator center particle factory electromagnetic calorimeter

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    Kocak, F., E-mail: fkocak@uludag.edu.tr

    2015-07-01

    The Turkish Accelerator Center Particle Factory detector will be constructed for the detection of the produced particles from the collision of a 1 GeV electron beam against a 3.6 GeV positron beam. PbWO{sub 4} and CsI(Tl) crystals are considered for the construction of the electromagnetic calorimeter part of the detector. The generated optical photons in these crystals are detected by avalanche or PIN photodiodes. Geant4 simulation code has been used to estimate the energy resolution of the calorimeter for these crystal–photodiode assemblies.

  14. Comparison of the imaging performances for recently developed monolithic scintillators: CRY018 and CRY019 for dual isotope gamma ray imaging applications

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    Polito, C.; Pani, R.; Trigila, C.; Cinti, M. N.; Fabbri, A.; Frantellizzi, V.; De Vincentis, G.; Pellegrini, R.; Pani, R.

    2017-01-01

    The growing interest for new scintillation crystals with outstanding imaging performances (i.e. resolution and efficiency) has suggested the study of recently discovered scintillators named CRY018 and CRY019. The crystals under investigation are monolithic and have shown enhanced characteristics both for gamma ray spectrometry and for Nuclear Medicine imaging applications such as the dual isotope imaging. Moreover, the non-hygroscopic nature and the absence of afterglow make these scintillators even more attractive for the potential improvement in a wide range of applications. These scintillation crystals show a high energy resolution in the energy range involved in Nuclear Medicine, allowing the discrimination between very close energy values. Moreover, in order to prove their suitability of being powerful imaging systems, the imaging performances like the position linearity and the intrinsic spatial resolution have been evaluated obtaining satisfactory results thanks to the implementation of an optimized algorithm for the images reconstruction.

  15. Evaluation of production samples of the scintillators LaBr3:Ce andLaCl3:Ce

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    Choong, Woon-Seng; Derenzo, Stephen E.; Moses, William W.

    2005-09-15

    We report on the evaluation of the performance of two recently developed scintillator materials, LaCl{sub 3}:Ce and LaBr{sub 3}:Ce, at the task of gamma ray spectroscopy. Their performance is compared to a standard scintillator used for gamma ray spectroscopy--a 25 mm diameter 25 mm tall cylinder of NaI:Tl. We measure the pulse height, energy resolution, and full-energy efficiency of production LaBr{sub 3}:Ce and LaCl{sub 3}:Ce scintillation crystals of different sizes and geometries for a variety of gamma-ray energies. Using production rather than specially selected crystals will establish whether immediate large-scale use is feasible. The crystal is excited by gamma rays from one of six isotopic sources ({sup 125}I, {sup 241}Am, {sup 57}Co, {sup 22}Na, {sup 137}Cs, and {sup 60}Co) placed 15 cm away from the scintillator. Our measurements show that both LaCl{sub 3} and LaBr{sub 3} outperform NaI:Tl in almost all cases. They outperform NaI:Tl at all energies for the photopeak fraction and counting rate measurements, and for energy resolution at higher energies (above 200 keV for LaCl{sub 3} and 75 keV for LaBr{sub 3}). The performance of production crystals is excellent and these scintillators should be considered for immediate use in systems where stopping power and energy resolution are crucial.

  16. Tl2LaCl5:Ce, high performance scintillator for gamma-ray detectors

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    Hawrami, R.; Ariesanti, E.; Wei, H.; Finkelstein, J.; Glodo, J.; Shah, K. S.

    2017-10-01

    This paper reports on a new Ce-doped Tl-based scintillator, Tl2LaCl5 (TLC), for gamma-ray detection. 10 mm diameter crystals have been successfully grown using the vertical Bridgman method. The emission peak of TLC is detected at 383 nm under X-ray excitation. The light yield of TLC is 76,000 ph/MeV. The samples show excellent energy resolution of 3.4% (FWHM) at 662 keV. The non-proportionality is less than 1%, from 32 keV to 1275 keV. The major scintillation decay time is 36 ns.

  17. Testing a new NIF neutron time-of-flight detector with a bibenzyl scintillator on OMEGA.

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    Glebov, V Yu; Forrest, C; Knauer, J P; Pruyne, A; Romanofsky, M; Sangster, T C; Shoup, M J; Stoeckl, C; Caggiano, J A; Carman, M L; Clancy, T J; Hatarik, R; McNaney, J; Zaitseva, N P

    2012-10-01

    A new neutron time-of-flight (nTOF) detector with a bibenzyl crystal as a scintillator has been designed and manufactured for the National Ignition Facility (NIF). This detector will replace a nTOF20-Spec detector with an oxygenated xylene scintillator currently operational on the NIF to improve the areal-density measurements. In addition to areal density, the bibenzyl detector will measure the D-D and D-T neutron yield and the ion temperature of indirect- and direct-drive-implosion experiments. The design of the bibenzyl detector and results of tests on the OMEGA Laser System are presented.

  18. PoGOLino: a scintillator-based balloon-borne neutron detector

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    Kole, Merlin; Fukazawa, Yasushi; Fukuda, Kentaro; Ishizu, Sumito; Jackson, Miranda; Kamae, Tune; Kawaguchi, Noriaki; Kawano, Takafumi; Kiss, Mozsi; Moretti, Elena; Pearce, Mark; Rydström, Stefan; Takahashi, Hiromitsu; Yanagida, Takayuki

    2014-01-01

    PoGOLino is a balloon-borne scintillator-based experiment developed to study the largely unexplored high altitude neutron environment at high geomagnetic latitudes. The instrument comprises two detectors that make use of LiCAF, a novel neutron sensitive scintillator, sandwiched by BGO crystals for background reduction. The experiment was launched on March 20th 2013 from the Esrange Space Centre, Northern Sweden (geomagnetic latitude of $65^\\circ$), for a three hour flight during which the instrument took data up to an altitude of 30.9 km. The detector design and ground calibration results are presented together with the measurement results from the balloon flight.

  19. Testing a new NIF neutron time-of-flight detector with a bibenzyl scintillator on OMEGA

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    Glebov, V. Yu.; Forrest, C.; Knauer, J. P.; Pruyne, A.; Romanofsky, M.; Sangster, T. C.; Shoup, M. J. III; Stoeckl, C. [Laboratory for Laser Energetics, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York 14623-1299 (United States); Caggiano, J. A.; Carman, M. L.; Clancy, T. J.; Hatarik, R.; McNaney, J.; Zaitseva, N. P. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California 94550 (United States)

    2012-10-15

    A new neutron time-of-flight (nTOF) detector with a bibenzyl crystal as a scintillator has been designed and manufactured for the National Ignition Facility (NIF). This detector will replace a nTOF20-Spec detector with an oxygenated xylene scintillator currently operational on the NIF to improve the areal-density measurements. In addition to areal density, the bibenzyl detector will measure the D-D and D-T neutron yield and the ion temperature of indirect- and direct-drive-implosion experiments. The design of the bibenzyl detector and results of tests on the OMEGA Laser System are presented.

  20. Ruby-based inorganic scintillation detectors for 192Ir brachytherapy

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    Kertzscher, Gustavo; Beddar, Sam

    2016-11-01

    We tested the potential of ruby inorganic scintillation detectors (ISDs) for use in brachytherapy and investigated various unwanted luminescence properties that may compromise their accuracy. The ISDs were composed of a ruby crystal coupled to a poly(methyl methacrylate) fiber-optic cable and a charge-coupled device camera. The ISD also included a long-pass filter that was sandwiched between the ruby crystal and the fiber-optic cable. The long-pass filter prevented the Cerenkov and fluorescence background light (stem signal) induced in the fiber-optic cable from striking the ruby crystal, which generates unwanted photoluminescence rather than the desired radioluminescence. The relative contributions of the radioluminescence signal and the stem signal were quantified by exposing the ruby detectors to a high-dose-rate brachytherapy source. The photoluminescence signal was quantified by irradiating the fiber-optic cable with the detector volume shielded. Other experiments addressed time-dependent luminescence properties and compared the ISDs to commonly used organic scintillator detectors (BCF-12, BCF-60). When the brachytherapy source dwelled 0.5 cm away from the fiber-optic cable, the unwanted photoluminescence was reduced from  >5% to  5% within 10 s from the onset of irradiation and after the source had retracted. The ruby-based ISDs generated signals of up to 20 times that of BCF-12-based detectors. The study presents solutions to unwanted luminescence properties of ruby-based ISDs for high-dose-rate brachytherapy. An optic filter should be sandwiched between the ruby crystal and the fiber-optic cable to suppress the photoluminescence. Furthermore, we recommend avoiding ruby crystals that exhibit significant time-dependent luminescence.