Low temperature studies in LiF:Mg,Cu,P

V. K. Mathur, P. K. Bandyopadhyay, J. H. Barkyoumb, G. G. Cai, Y. S. Horowitz, L. Oster

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Despite extensive investigations carried out in LiF:Mg,Cu,P, the nature of the emission centre is not clearly understood. Results of X ray excited emission in this material at room temperature and at 16 K are presented to obtain more data that can throw light on the emission characteristics of this material. At room temperature only a single emission peak is seen around 390 nm but at 16 K the emission appears to consist of more than one emission band. The emission spectra could be fitted with three bands with peaks at 332, 385 and 447 nm. The X ray excited emission at 16 K after annealing at 573 K for 5 min suppresses the 332 nm emission but enhances 447 nm emission. Moreover, annealing at 573 K greatly reduces the emission intensity, which signifies that the luminescent centres are also destroyed in this process. Temperature-dependent X ray excited fluorescence below room temperature provides evidence of the existence of shallow traps, which give rise to a thermoluminescence peak around 130 K. On the basis of the present investigations it is proposed that the complex nature of the emission may be related to the formation of donor-acceptor pairs in this material. The possible nature of this donor-acceptor complex is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-106
Number of pages4
JournalRadiation protection dosimetry
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiation
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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