Lithium fluoride (LiF) crystals were irradiated with a proton beam. With nominal beam energies of 3 and 7 MeV, several irradiations were performed which delivered doses ranging from 103 to 107 Gy. The ionisation produced by the protons in the LiF samples induced the stable formation in the crystalline lattice of colour centres, two types of which, the F2 and F3+ ones, possess broad photoluminescence bands in the red and green, respectively, when optically pumped in the blue at wavelengths close to 450 nm. At both proton energies, measurements of the distinct F2 and F3+ contributions to the emission spectra showed a decrease of the F3+ integrated photoluminescence intensity at large doses, say from ∼106−107 Gy on. We try to explain such a behaviour by assuming the formation of absorption and/or quenching centres, and compare the predictions of an ad hoc developed model with experimental data.

Modelling of photoluminescence from F2 and F3+ colour centres in lithium fluoride irradiated at high doses by low-energy proton beams

Nichelatti E.;Piccinini M.;Ampollini A.;Picardi L.;Ronsivalle C.;Bonfigli F.;Vincenti M. A.;Montereali R. M.
2019

Abstract

Lithium fluoride (LiF) crystals were irradiated with a proton beam. With nominal beam energies of 3 and 7 MeV, several irradiations were performed which delivered doses ranging from 103 to 107 Gy. The ionisation produced by the protons in the LiF samples induced the stable formation in the crystalline lattice of colour centres, two types of which, the F2 and F3+ ones, possess broad photoluminescence bands in the red and green, respectively, when optically pumped in the blue at wavelengths close to 450 nm. At both proton energies, measurements of the distinct F2 and F3+ contributions to the emission spectra showed a decrease of the F3+ integrated photoluminescence intensity at large doses, say from ∼106−107 Gy on. We try to explain such a behaviour by assuming the formation of absorption and/or quenching centres, and compare the predictions of an ad hoc developed model with experimental data.
Colour centres; Lithium fluoride; Photoluminescence; Protons; Radiation detectors
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