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Published December 2010 | Published
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A Search for Scintillation in Doped Cubic Lead Fluoride Crystals


An effort was made to introduce scintillation light in lead fluoride crystals by selective doping. It was found that some rare earth ions doped in the lead fluoride crystal may serve as luminescence centers. The photo- and X- luminescence spectra, the decay time constants and the light outputs were measured for these doped samples. The decay time was found to be at a few milliseconds for these rare earth doped lead fluoride samples, which is too long to be useful for the homogeneous hadronic calorimeter detector concept with dual readout for future high energy physics experiments. Work to introduce scintillation in lead fluoride will continue.

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© 2010 IEEE. Manuscript received December 16, 2009; revised July 21, 2010; accepted September 01, 2010. Date of publication October 18, 2010; date of current version December 15, 2010. This work was supported in part by the U.S. Department of Energy under Grant DE-FG03-92-ER-40701 and in part by the U.S. National Science Foundation Award PHY-0612805. The authors would like to thank Prof. Dingzhong Shen of Scintibow and Prof. Guohao Ren of SIC for providing doped PbF_2 samples used in this study.

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