Crystal growth and evaluation of scintillation properties of Eu and alkali-metal co-doped LiSrAlF6 single crystals for thermal neutron detector

Shingo Wakahara, Takayuki Yanagida, Yuui Yokota, Akihiro Yamaji, Jan Pejchal, Yutaka Fujimoto, Makoto Sugiyama, Shunsuke Kurosawa, Noriaki Kawaguchi, Kentaro Fukuda, Akira Yoshikawa

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In recent work, Na co-doping have found to improve the light output of Eu doped LiCaAlF6 (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 α-ray induced radio-luminescence spectra of the all grown crystals, the emissions from d-f transition of Eu2+ 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 252Cf neutron excitation were improved. Especially, K co-doped Eu:LiSAF reached 33200 ph/n, which outperformed Eu only doped one by approximately 20%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2235-2238
Number of pages4
JournalPhysica Status Solidi (C) Current Topics in Solid State Physics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Dec


  • LiSrAlF
  • Scintillation yield
  • Scintillator material
  • Thermal neutron

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics

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