New Developments in Scintillators for Security Applications

Research paper by Jarek Glodo, Yimin Wang; Ryan Shawgo; Charles Brecher; Rastgo H. Hawrami; Joshua Tower; Kanai S. Shah

Indexed on: 22 Dec '17Published on: 03 Nov '17Published in: Physics Procedia


Publication date: 2017 Source:Physics Procedia, Volume 90 Author(s): Jarek Glodo, Yimin Wang, Ryan Shawgo, Charles Brecher, Rastgo H. Hawrami, Joshua Tower, Kanai S. Shah Radiation is an important part of security space: It is detected either passively in search of special nuclear materials or actively to monitor or interrogate objects of interest. Systems relying on radiation require adequate detectors. The most common radiation detectors are based on scintillating materials that convert hard (gamma, x-ray or neutron) radiation into visible light registered by a photodetector. The last decade has seen development of new materials driven by various security applications. This included the search for He-3 replacement technologies, which resulted in development of neutron sensing scintillators such as Ce-doped Cs2LiYCl6 (CLYC) or more recently Cs2LiLa(Br,Cl)6 (CLLBC). Since they are also good gamma-ray scintillators, they have also penetrated the detection market for passive dual-mode (gamma and neutron) detection systems, replacing scintillators such as NaI(Tl) or CsI(Tl) and competing with LaBr3(Ce). High-energy Non-Intrusive Inspection is another area where active research is being pursued in order to replace existing scintillator choices such as CdWO4, which is commonly used in simple radiography, and PbWO4, which is being studied for spectroscopic alternatives to radiography. For radiography, in particular, new ceramic scintillators such as Ce-doped GLuGAG (garnet) are considered, and for spectroscopy, Yb doped Lu2O3. In this paper we provide a short overview of these technologies.