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Published August 2018 | public
Journal Article

Needs, Trends and Advances in Inorganic Scintillators


This paper presents new developments in inorganic scintillators widely used for radiation detection. It addresses major emerging research topics outlining current needs for applications and material sciences issues with the overall aim to provide an up-to-date picture of the field. While the traditional forms of scintillators have been crystals and ceramics, new research on films, nanoparticles, and microstructured materials is discussed as these material forms can bring new functionality and therefore find applications in radiation detection. The last part of the contribution reports on the very recent evolutions of the most advanced theories, methods, and analyses to describe the scintillation mechanisms.

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© 2018 IEEE. Manuscript received January 29, 2018; revised April 9, 2018; accepted April 11, 2018. Date of publication May 24, 2018; date of current version August 15, 2018. This work was supported in part by the European Research Council for the ERC Advanced under Grant TICAL 338953, in part by the EC Project H2020-TWINN-2015 under Grant 690599 (ASCIMAT), in part by the European Union Horizon 2020 Program under Grant Agreement 644260 (INTELUM), in part by the European Union under the COST Action TD under Grant 1401 (FAST), and in part by the Crystal Clear Collaboration. The work of E. Bourret-Courchesne was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy/NNSA/DNN Research and Development carried out at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory under Contract AC02-05CH11231 (this funding does not constitute an express or implied endorsement on the part of the U.S. Government). The work of R.-Y. Zhu was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of High Energy Physics Program under Award DE-SC0011925. The authors would like to thank the SCINT conference series community.

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