:: 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, 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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