Crystal growth and scintillation properties of NdF3 single crystal

Yuki Furuya, Noriaki Kawaguchi, Naoto Abe, Yuui Yokota, Takayuki Yanagida, Martin Nikl, Akira Yoshikawa

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NdF3 single crystal was efficiently grown from the melt by the micro-pulling-down (μ-PD) method. The grown crystal had a single-phase confirmed by XRD and showed a highly symmetric peak by XRC. Then optical properties and α-ray excited scintillation properties in Vacuum Ultraviolet (VUV) wavelength region were investigated. It showed 60-80% transmittance down to 170 nm, and broad luminescence centered at 175 nm. The light yield and decay time of it were also evaluated under 5.5 MeV α-ray excitation (241Am). The light yield was evacuated to be 60 ± 6 [Ph/5.5 MeV-α], and the decay time was also evacuated to be 6.9 ns under 5.5 MeV α-ray excitation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)878-881
Number of pages4
JournalOptical Materials
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jul


  • 5d-4f transition
  • Micro-pulling down method
  • Vacuum Ultraviolet

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Computer Science(all)
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Spectroscopy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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