A potential base substrate for deformable scintillation materials

Hidehito Nakamura*, Nobuhiro Sato, Hisashi Kitamura, Yoshiyuki Shirakawa, Sentaro Takahashi

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Deformable scintillation materials for radiation detection are an original concept that will impact many applications. Here we reveal the optical characteristics of readily available, transparent grease that consists of adhesive aromatic ring polymers. The aromatic ring polymer is methyl phenyl polysiloxane, commonly used in cosmetics, lubrication, heat conduction, and mechanical damping. It has a 285-nm excitation maximum and emits short wavelength light that peaks at 315 nm. The stopping power for 1 MeV electrons is 1.78 MeV cm2/g. The light-yield distribution has distinct peaks at 976 keV from internal conversion electrons and at 5486 keV from alpha particles. In addition, this particular methyl phenyl polysiloxane is safe for use and disposal, which is an excellent advantage. These aromatic ring polymers are potential base substrates for deformable scintillation materials and make an important addition to the categories of scintillation materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-94
Number of pages4
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Publication statusPublished - 2016 May 11


  • Aromatic ring polymer
  • Category
  • Deformability
  • Methyl phenyl polysiloxane
  • Scintillation material

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation


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