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.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Radiation Protection Dosimetry|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 2002|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health