Materials Science and Engineering B - Solid State Materials for Advanced Technology (2008)

Electron paramagnetic resonance study of centres involved in storage processes in K2YF5:RE thermoluminescent phosphors
Henk Vrielinck, Dmitry Zverev, Philippe F. Smet, Dirk Poelman, T. Gregorkiewicz, Freddy Callens
Materials Science and Engineering B - Solid State Materials for Advanced Technology 146 (2008) 16-21

Abstract
Ce3+- and Tb3+-activated K2YF5 crystals, which have been shown to exhibit thermoluminescence (TL) response to ?, ?, ? and X-rays, are investigated using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). X-ray irradiation at room temperature of Ce-doped crystals produces at least four distinct paramagnetic centres in the g ? 2 range. Irradiation at 77 K leads to the predominant production of only one of these centres, which appears to be a V- or H-type intrinsic trapped hole centre. Most of these centres can also be created in the Tb-doped crystals. In addition, the appearance of strongly angular dependent EPR signals in a wide magnetic field range, suggest that the Tb activator ions may act as electron or hole traps. We show that both Ce- and Tb-doped crystals exhibit, next to their well-studied TL above room temperature, very strong TL in the 100?300 K range. The possible involvement of the centres observed with EPR in the TL processes is discussed.

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