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Synthesis and luminescence characterization of fine gadolinium oxide phosphors for high resolution X-ray imaging

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7 Author(s)
Snag-Sik Kang ; Med. Imaging Res. Center, Inje Univ., Kyungnahm, South Korea ; Ji-Koon Park ; Gi-Won Chang ; Byung-Youl Cha
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In this work, fine Gd2O3:Eu powder was synthesized using a solution-combustion method for high-resolution digital X-ray imaging detectors. The structure of the phosphors was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), high-resolution scanning electron microscopy (HR-SEM). It was possible to obtain fine Gd2O3:Eu crystallized particles with an average particle size of only 20 nm. The optical properties investigated were photoluminescence emission and excitation spectra, luminescence decay time, and X-ray conversion efficiency. The emission corresponding to the 5D07F2 transition at 610 nm was dominant, and the Eu3+ ions substituted well for the Gd3+ sites. Quenching starts at an europium concentration of 8% wt, and the strongest X-ray conversion efficiency was achieved at the phosphor with 5% wt. The mean lifetime of synthesized phosphors is 2.3-2.6 ms.

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Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record, 2004 IEEE  (Volume:7 )

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16-22 Oct. 2004