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Title: Crystal structure, electronic structure, temperature-dependent optical and scintillation properties of CsCe 2Br 7

CsCe 2Br 7 is a self-activated inorganic scintillator that shows promising performance, but the understanding of the important structure-property relationships is lacking. In this work, we conduct a comprehensive study on CCsCe 2Br 7. The crystal structure of CsCe 2Br 7 is refined using single crystal X-ray study for the first time. It crystallizes into the orthorhombic crystal system with Pmnb space group. Its electronic structure is revealed by Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations. Two cerium emission centers are identified and the energy barriers related to the thermal quenching to 4f ground states of Ce 3+ for these two Ce centers are evaluated. CsCe 2Br 7 single crystal has better light yield and energy resolution than CsCe 2Cl 7, but with an additional slow decay component of 1.7 s. The existence of a deep trap with a depth of 0.9 eV in CsCe 2Cl 7 contributes to its higher afterglow level in comparison to that of CsCe 2Br 7. The most possible point defects in CsCe 2Cl 7 and CsCe 2Br 7 are proposed by considering the vapour pressure in the growth atmosphere upon melting point.
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  1. Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States)
  2. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Materials Chemistry. C
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 3; Journal Issue: 43; Journal ID: ISSN 2050-7526
Royal Society of Chemistry
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; scintillator; novel crystal structure; x-ray diffraction; crystal growth
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