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Title: Wavelength-shifting properties of luminescence nanoparticles for high energy particle detection and specific physics process observation

Abstract

Here, ultraviolet (UV) photon detection is becoming increasingly important in the quest to understand the fundamental building blocks of our universe. Basic properties of neutrinos and Dark Matter are currently being explored through interactions with noble elements. In response to interactions with fundamental particles, these elements emit scintillation photons in the UV range. However, most available detectors have poor response in the UV so it is typically necessary to shift UV to a wavelength, matching the sensitivity of the viable detectors. We report on development of UV-enhanced photosensors using wavelength-shifting properties of nanoparticles. Several nanoparticle coatings were tested for absorption of UV light with subsequent emission in the visible wavelength for high energy particle detection. ZnS:Mn, Eu, ZnS: Mn, CuCy (Copper Cysteamine) and CdTe nanoparticles all exhibited enhanced detection for wavelengths in the range 200-320 nm in several different tests, while ZnS:Ag and CdS nanoparticle showed little or no enhancement in that range. In addition, various LaF3:Ce nanoparticle concentrations in approximately constant thickness of 2,5-diphenyloxazole (PPO)/polystyrene bases were also tested to optimize the nanoparticle concentration for the best outcome. Our studies indicated that ZnS:Mn, Eu, ZnS: Mn, Cu-Cy, CdTe and LaF3:Ce nanoparticles show potential for light detection from fundamental particlemore » interactions.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [1];  [2];  [1];  [1];  [1]
  1. Univ. of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX (United States)
  2. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC); National Science Foundation (NSF)
OSTI Identifier:
1487443
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-06CH11357
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Scientific Reports
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 8; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 2045-2322
Publisher:
Nature Publishing Group
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS

Citation Formats

Sahi, Sunil, Magill, Stephen, Ma, Lun, Xie, Junqi, Chen, Wei, Jones, Benjamin, and Nygren, David. Wavelength-shifting properties of luminescence nanoparticles for high energy particle detection and specific physics process observation. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1038/s41598-018-28741-y.
Sahi, Sunil, Magill, Stephen, Ma, Lun, Xie, Junqi, Chen, Wei, Jones, Benjamin, & Nygren, David. Wavelength-shifting properties of luminescence nanoparticles for high energy particle detection and specific physics process observation. United States. doi:https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-28741-y
Sahi, Sunil, Magill, Stephen, Ma, Lun, Xie, Junqi, Chen, Wei, Jones, Benjamin, and Nygren, David. Thu . "Wavelength-shifting properties of luminescence nanoparticles for high energy particle detection and specific physics process observation". United States. doi:https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-28741-y. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1487443.
@article{osti_1487443,
title = {Wavelength-shifting properties of luminescence nanoparticles for high energy particle detection and specific physics process observation},
author = {Sahi, Sunil and Magill, Stephen and Ma, Lun and Xie, Junqi and Chen, Wei and Jones, Benjamin and Nygren, David},
abstractNote = {Here, ultraviolet (UV) photon detection is becoming increasingly important in the quest to understand the fundamental building blocks of our universe. Basic properties of neutrinos and Dark Matter are currently being explored through interactions with noble elements. In response to interactions with fundamental particles, these elements emit scintillation photons in the UV range. However, most available detectors have poor response in the UV so it is typically necessary to shift UV to a wavelength, matching the sensitivity of the viable detectors. We report on development of UV-enhanced photosensors using wavelength-shifting properties of nanoparticles. Several nanoparticle coatings were tested for absorption of UV light with subsequent emission in the visible wavelength for high energy particle detection. ZnS:Mn, Eu, ZnS: Mn, CuCy (Copper Cysteamine) and CdTe nanoparticles all exhibited enhanced detection for wavelengths in the range 200-320 nm in several different tests, while ZnS:Ag and CdS nanoparticle showed little or no enhancement in that range. In addition, various LaF3:Ce nanoparticle concentrations in approximately constant thickness of 2,5-diphenyloxazole (PPO)/polystyrene bases were also tested to optimize the nanoparticle concentration for the best outcome. Our studies indicated that ZnS:Mn, Eu, ZnS: Mn, Cu-Cy, CdTe and LaF3:Ce nanoparticles show potential for light detection from fundamental particle interactions.},
doi = {10.1038/s41598-018-28741-y},
journal = {Scientific Reports},
number = 1,
volume = 8,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {7}
}

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Figure 1 Figure 1: The excitation (black) a CdS, Cu-Cy, ZnS:Mn,Eu, ZnS:Mn, ZnS:Ag, CdTe, and LaxCe1−xF3 (0 ≤ x < 1).

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