Linear energy transfer effects on time profiles of scintillation of Ce-doped LiCaAlF6 crystals

Takayuki Yanagida, Masanori Koshimizu, Satoshi Kurashima, Kazuhiro Iwamatsu, Atsushi Kimura, Mitsumasa Taguchi, Yutaka Fujimoto, Keisuke Asai

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We measured temporal profiles of the scintillation of Ce-doped LiCaAlF6 scintillator crystals at different linear energy transfers (LETs). Based on the comparison of high-LET temporal profiles with those at low LET, a fast component was observed only at low LET. The disappearance of the fast component at high LET is tentatively ascribed to the quenching of excited states at crystal defects owing to the interaction between excited states via the Auger process. In addition, the rise and the initial decay behavior were dependent on the LET. This LET-dependent behavior is explained by an acceleration process and a deceleration process in energy transfer at high LET. The LET-dependent temporal profiles provide the basis for a discrimination technique of gamma-ray and neutron detection events using these scintillators based on the nuclear reaction, 6Li(n,α)t.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)529-532
Number of pages4
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Dec 15


  • LET
  • LiCaAlF
  • Scintillator

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation


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