Lithium fluoride crystals were gamma irradiated at three different clinical doses (5, 10 and 20 Gy) with the 60Co reference beam of the Italian National Institute of Ionizing Radiation Metrology. The irradiations created optically-active point defects in the crystal lattice, among which the aggregate F2 and F3+ color centers, whose visible photoluminescence spectra were subsequently measured for increasing power densities of a 445 nm laser excitation in stationary conditions. The careful analysis of the spectra best fits vs. the excitation laser power suggests the presence of an emission band spectrally overlapped with the F3+ one and ascribable to F3 (R2) defects. Finally, a suitable elaboration of the resulting data for the emission band of the F3+ centers allows estimating a parameter of the energy triplet state of these defects, whose value well agrees with the literature.

Spectral analysis of visible photoluminescence from F2 and F3+ color centers in low-dose gamma-irradiated lithium fluoride crystals at increasing excitation power

Nichelatti E.;Piccinini M.;Pimpinella M.;De Coste V.;Montereali R. M.
2022-01-01

Abstract

Lithium fluoride crystals were gamma irradiated at three different clinical doses (5, 10 and 20 Gy) with the 60Co reference beam of the Italian National Institute of Ionizing Radiation Metrology. The irradiations created optically-active point defects in the crystal lattice, among which the aggregate F2 and F3+ color centers, whose visible photoluminescence spectra were subsequently measured for increasing power densities of a 445 nm laser excitation in stationary conditions. The careful analysis of the spectra best fits vs. the excitation laser power suggests the presence of an emission band spectrally overlapped with the F3+ one and ascribable to F3 (R2) defects. Finally, a suitable elaboration of the resulting data for the emission band of the F3+ centers allows estimating a parameter of the energy triplet state of these defects, whose value well agrees with the literature.
2022
Color centers
Gamma rays
Lithium fluoride
Photoluminescence
Triplet state
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