Development of polystyrene-based scintillation materials and its mechanisms

Hidehito Nakamura*, Hisashi Kitamura, Osamu Shinji, Katashi Saito, Yoshiyuki Shirakawa, Sentaro Takahashi

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Scintillation materials based on polystyrene (PS) have been investigated. Para-terphenyl was employed as a fluorescent molecule (fluor) that functions as a wavelength shifter. A clear increase in photon yield of the scintillation materials relative to the pure PS was observed, which cannot be explained by the conventional theory of scintillation mechanism. Furthermore, the photon yield increased with flour concentration in accordance with a power-law. Here we reveal the emergence of a luminescence of PS-based scintillation materials and demonstrate that their photon yields can be controlled by the fluor concentration.

Original languageEnglish
Article number261110
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Dec 24
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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