Luminescence of water during irradiation with particles having energies below the Cerenkov-light threshold was recently found for various types of radiations. However, the relation between the intensities of Cerenkov light and of the luminescence of water at the beam energy below the Cherenkov threshold is not well known. To clarify this point, we measured the produced light irradiating a water sample with electron beams having maximum energies above and below the Cerenkov-light threshold. The intensities of light during irradiation of electron beams with different energies increased rapidly at higher energy than ∼ 260 keV while very small intensity was observed at the beam energy below the Cerenkov-light threshold. We conclude that the intensities of light produced in water during irradiation of electron beams with energies below the Cherenkov threshold from the luminescence of water are much lower than those of Cerenkov light.
- Cherenkov and transition radiation
- Cherenkov detectors
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Mathematical Physics