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Title: Role of Ce4+ in the scintillation mechanism of codoped Gd3Ga3Al2O12:Ce

To control the time-response performance of widely used cerium-activated scintillators in cutting-edge medical-imaging devices, such as time-of-flight positron-emission tomography, a comprehensive understanding of the role of Ce valence states, especially stable Ce4+, in the scintillation mechanism is essential. However, despite some progress made recently, an understanding of the physical processes involving Ce4+ is still lacking. The aim of this work is to clarify the role of Ce4+ in scintillators by studying Ca2+ codoped Gd3Ga3Al2O12∶Ce (GGAG∶Ce). By using a combination of optical absorption spectra and x-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopies, the correlation between Ca2+codoping content and the Ce4+ fraction is seen. The energy-level diagrams of Ce3+ and Ce4+ in the Gd3Ga3Al2O12 host are established by using theoretical and experimental methods, which indicate a higher position of the 5d1 state of Ce4+ in the forbidden gap in comparison to that of Ce3+. Underlying reasons for the decay-time acceleration resulting from Ca2+ codoping are revealed, and the physical processes of the Ce4+-emission model are proposed and further demonstrated by temperature-dependent radioluminescence spectra under x-ray excitation.
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  1. Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States); Chinese Academy of Science, Shanghai (China)
  2. Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States)
  3. Wake Forest Univ., Winston-Salem, NC (United States)
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Journal Name:
Physical Review Applied
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 2; Journal Issue: 4; Related Information: CHORUS Timestamp: 2017-04-06 12:08:58; Journal ID: ISSN 2331-7019
American Physical Society
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Country of Publication:
United States
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OSTI ID: 1180297