Photoluminescence of radiation-induced color centers in lithium fluoride thin films for advanced diagnostics of proton beams

M. Piccinini, F. Ambrosini, A. Ampollini, L. Picardi, C. Ronsivalle, F. Bonfigli, S. Libera, E. Nichelatti, M.A. Vincenti, R.M. Montereali

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Abstract

Systematic irradiation of thermally evaporated 0.8 μm thick polycrystalline lithium fluoride films on glass was performed by proton beams of 3 and 7 MeV energies, produced by a linear accelerator, in a fluence range from 1011to1015protonscm2. The visible photoluminescence spectra of radiation-induced F2and F3+laser active color centers, which possess almost overlapping absorption bands at about 450 nm, were measured under laser pumping at 458 nm. On the basis of simulations of the linear energy transfer with proton penetration depth in LiF, it was possible to obtain the behavior of the measured integrated photoluminescence intensity of proton irradiated LiF films as a function of the deposited dose. The photoluminescence signal is linearly dependent on the deposited dose in the interval from 103to about 106Gy, independently from the used proton energies. This behavior is very encouraging for the development of advanced solid state radiation detectors based on optically transparent LiF thin films for proton beam diagnostics and two-dimensional dose mapping.
Original languageEnglish
Article number261108
Pages (from-to)-
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume106
Issue number26
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2015
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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Piccinini, M., Ambrosini, F., Ampollini, A., Picardi, L., Ronsivalle, C., Bonfigli, F., ... Montereali, R. M. (2015). Photoluminescence of radiation-induced color centers in lithium fluoride thin films for advanced diagnostics of proton beams. Applied Physics Letters, 106(26), -. [261108]. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4923403