Behaviors of radioluminescence of optical ceramics for nuclear applications

T. Shikama, S. Nagata, K. Toh, B. Tsuchiya, A. Inouye

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Abstract

Optical ceramics such as fused silica and transparent alumina are expected to play an important role in nuclear systems under development. For example, optical diagnostics of burning fusion plasma will be crucial for success of the ITER. The paper will describe behaviors of radiation induced luminescence of optical ceramics under gamma-rays, ions, and 14MeV neutron irradiation. Radiation induced luminescence will be sometimes hazardous for optical diagnostics, but it will be also beneficial as a radiation-dosimetry-sensor. Fused silica (SiC2) emits strong radioluminescence peaks in a visible wavelength range, and behaviors of radioluminescence peaks were found to be strongly modified by existence of oxyhydrate (OH). Alumina (Al2O 3) is another candidate material for optical windows and it usually has a strong radioluminescence peak at about 693nm, which is caused by the impurity chromium. The radioluminescence peak at 693nm of chromium doped alumina (ruby) is well-established peak for application to the radiation dosimetry, but its intensity changed complicated with changes of irradiation doses, irradiation temperatures and energies of incident ions. Some ceramics, such as strontium aluminates showed radioluminescence under the 14MeV neutron irradiation, and they can be used as a sensor for the 14MeV fusion neutrons.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCeramics in Nuclear and Alternative Energy Applications - A Collection of Papers Presented at the 30th International Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites
Pages169-178
Number of pages10
Edition5
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Dec 1
EventCeramics in Nuclear and Alternative Energy Applications - 30th International Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites - Cocoa Beach, FL, United States
Duration: 2006 Jan 222006 Jan 27

Publication series

NameCeramic Engineering and Science Proceedings
Number5
Volume27
ISSN (Print)0196-6219

Other

OtherCeramics in Nuclear and Alternative Energy Applications - 30th International Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites
CountryUnited States
CityCocoa Beach, FL
Period06/1/2206/1/27

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Materials Chemistry

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