Ionizing radiation sensor utilizing radiophotoluminescence in Ag +-activated phosphate glass and its application to environmental radiation monitoring

Yuka Miyamoto, Kazuya Kinoshita, Haruki Kobayashi, Akihiko Fujiwara, Shin Koyama, Yoshinori Takei, Hidehito Nanto, Takayoshi Yamamoto, Toshio Kurobori, Takayuki Yanagida, Akira Yoshikawa, Masaaki Sakakura, Yasuhiko Shimotsuma, Kiyotaka Miura, Kazuyuki Hirao

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Abstract

Optical properties such as optical absorption spectrum and radiophotoluminescence (RPL) emission and excitation spectra of Ag +-activated phosphate glass before and after X-ray irradiation were investigated in this study. It is found that the RPL emission spectrum consists of two emission band peaks at about 460 (blue luminescence) and 560 nm (orange luminescence). The excitation spectrum of RPL consists of two excitation bands at about 315 and 360 nm. It is also found that 560 nm RPL peak intensity gradually increases with time after exposure to X-rays, which strongly suggests that the 560 nm RPL peak is ascribed to Ag2+ ions. The 460 nm RPL peak is ascribed to Ag0 ions, because a blue luminescence is observed in femtosecond pulsed laser light-irradiated glass, in which Ag0 ions are produced by the photoreduction process of Ag+ ions in glass. The application of the RPL phenomenon in Ag+-activated phosphate glass to the environmental monitoring of ionizing natural radiation is also demonstrated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-245
Number of pages11
JournalSensors and Materials
Volume22
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Aug 5

Keywords

  • Ag-activated phosphate glass
  • Environmental radiation
  • Femtosecond laser pulse
  • Glass dosemeter
  • Photoreduction
  • Radiophotoluminescence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Materials Science(all)

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