This research deals with the luminescence and physical properties of Gd3(Ga,Al)5O12:Ce single crystal set and it is a complementary study to analogous (Y,Gd)3Al5O12:Ce and (Gd,Lu)3Al5O12:Ce single crystal sets. Those three groups of materials show similar luminescence and physical properties. In this research, the influence of substitution Ga for Al in Gd3(Ga,Al)5O12:Ce single crystals on the luminescence and scintillation characteristics as well as thermodynamical stability of the garnet phase is studied, and it is compared to (Y,Gd)3Al5O12:Ce and (Gd,Lu)3Al5O12:Ce single crystal sets. The unbalanced substitution Ga for Al makes garnet phase thermodynamically unstable and leads to the formation of the multiphase system with luminescence centers in UV and visible spectral ranges. The wavelength-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, X-ray powder diffraction analysis, photoluminescence and decay kinetic measurements reviled all phase types within multiphase crystals. Temperature dependent measurements were applied to determine the quenching mechanism for Ce3+ luminescence. The timing characteristics are studied as the function of Ga content.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Condensed Matter Physics