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Hydrothermal synthesis and characterization of nano Gd2O3(Eu) scintillator for high resolution X-ray imaging application

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7 Author(s)
P. Muralidhran ; Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon, Korea 305-701 ; Seung Jun Lee ; Bo Kyung Cha ; Jong Yul Kim
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Gd2O3:Eu scintillators with nano-crystalline structures were successfully synthesized through a hydrothermal process and subsequent calcination treatment as a converter for X-ray imaging detectors. In this work, Eu-doped Gd2O3 nano-crystalline powders as a function of calcination temperatures and times were prepared by a hydrothermal process and subsequent calcination in the electrical furnace. Scintillation properties such as luminescent spectra, light intensity and decay time were measured by changing the temperatures and times in heat-treatment of as-synthesized nanocrystalline powders. The synthesized samples with different morphology such as nano rods and particles due to calcination temperature were observed. The sample prepared at 1100°C calcination temperature and 5 hour showed the highest light intensity by X-ray excitation. And the scintillator emitted a strong red light at near 611nm under photo-and X-ray luminescence for its potential X-ray imaging detector applications.

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2009 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record (NSS/MIC)

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Oct. 24 2009-Nov. 1 2009