Colour centres (CCs) in lithium fluoride (LiF) are well known for application in tuneable lasers and dosimeters. The visible photoluminescence (PL) of radiation-induced, broad-band light-emitting aggregate CCs in LiF crystals and films has been proposed for high spatial resolution X-ray imaging; use of LiF-based detectors has been recently successfully extended to advanced diagnostics of low-energy proton beams. After exposure, transversal dose mapping was obtained on LiF films by acquiring the visible PL image of the irradiated spots in a fluorescence microscope under blue-light pumping. Irradiation of thermally evaporated LiF thin films with a proton beam of 3 MeV nominal energy, produced by a linear accelerator, in the fluence range of 1011–1015protons/cm2, induces the formation of stable CCs, mainly the primary F centre and the aggregate F2and F3+defects. A comparison with irradiations performed at 7 MeV shows that the spectrally integrated PL as a function of the absorbed dose is independent on the selected beam energy, at least as far as typical LiF film thicknesses are concerned. The PL behaviour vs. dose can be described by a linear growth which covers up to three order of magnitude, followed by saturation at high values (> ≈105Gy). The spectral contributions of F2and F3+CCs to the detected PL, in the red and in the green respectively, under laser pumping were carefully analysed in order to investigate behaviour differences of these defects at high doses.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Condensed Matter Physics
Montereali, R. M., Ampollini, A., Picardi, L., Ronsivalle, C., Bonfigli, F., Libera, S., Nichelatti, E., Piccinini, M., & Vincenti, M. A. (2018). Visible photoluminescence of aggregate colour centres in lithium fluoride thin films for low-energy proton beam radiation detectors at high doses. Journal of Luminescence, 200, 30 - 34. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jlumin.2018.04.005