Basic study on a LiF-Eu:CaF2 mixed powder neutron scintillator

Kenichi Watanabe, Natsumi Mitsuboshi, Akihisa Ishikawa, Atsushi Yamazaki, Sachiko Yoshihashi, Akira Uritani, Noriaki Kawaguchi, Takayuki Yanagida, Kentaro Fukuda

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We developed a mixed powder neutron scintillator as a novel neutron detection material. Since LiF-Ag:ZnS mixed powder, which is a widely used mixed powder neutron scintillator, is opaque owing to the extremely high refractive index of Ag:ZnS, the scintillator thickness is limited. We proposed the use of LiF-Eu:CaF2 mixed powder, where both LiF and Eu:CaF2 have almost the same refractive index, as a roughly transparent mixed powder neutron scintillator. Although the just mixed LiF-Eu:CaF2 powder is opaque, it can become translucent by filling the gap in the powder with a liquid glass resin as a refractive index buffer. As a result, we observe a peak shape in the pulse height spectrum obtained from the LiF-Eu:CaF2 mixed powder scintillator when irradiating thermal neutrons.

Original languageEnglish
Article number161244
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Publication statusPublished - Feb 21 2020
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation


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