:: Volume 15, Issue 3 (7-2017) ::
Int J Radiat Res 2017, 15(3): 301-306 Back to browse issues page
Preliminary study on the properties of zinc oxide (ZnO) for alpha particles detection
R. Shweikani Pr. , A. Ismail , B. Jerby
Atomic Energy Commission of Syria, Protection and Safety Department, Damascus, P. O. Box 6091, Syria , prscientific@aec.org.sy
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Background: : Due to the difficulties of locally obtaining ZnS(Ag), preliminary investigation of the radioluminescence characterization of Zinc oxide (ZnO) for alpha particle detection was performed. Materials and Methods: The scintillation properties of ZnO films were tested using alpha sources                     (Am-241). The correlations between ZnO scintillation responses and irradiation time and source activity were also verified and compared with the response of a ZnS(Ag) detector. Results: The obtained results showed that the response of ZnO was linear with the exposure time, and the uncertainty of the repeatability was less than 1%. In addition, ZnO was found to have good radiation resistance over a wide range of doses. Conclusion: The preliminary results may be indicative that the proposed ZnO detector could be considered as a promising detector for alpha particles.

Keywords: ZnO, ZnS (Ag), Scintillation, Alpha particles detection.
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Type of Study: Original Research | Subject: Radiation Biology

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