BaF2 is an intensively studied scintillator for the detection of gamma radiation due to its relatively high stopping power, radiation hardness and extremely fast response. BaF2 possesses the fast cross-luminescence component at 195 and 220nm with a lifetime of several hundred picoseconds. However, this component coexists with slow one at 310nm related to the self-trapped exciton (STE). In our present study, we focused on BaF 2 host material and introduced the Tm3+ (activator) 5d-4f vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) luminescence center to suppress the STE luminescence. Tm:BaF2 single crystals were successfully grown by the micro-pulling-down (μ-PD) method with up to 10mol% of Tm. The STE emission intensity decreased with increasing Tm concentration. Tm3+ 5d-4f emission was observed while cross-luminescence was decreased at higher Tm concentrations.
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