Thermal Annealing Effect on the Thermoluminescence Properties of Commercial High-Pressure High-Temperature Diamond Powders

María Claudia Calderón-Martínez*, María Inés Gil-Tolano, Epifanio Cruz-Zaragoza, Rodrigo Meléndrez, Valery Chernov, Marcelino Barboza-Flores

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Abstract

Diamond applications as thermoluminescence (TL) radiation detectors and dosimeters are extensively studied, especially in synthetic chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and high-pressure high-temperature (HPHT) diamonds. Herein, a comparative study of the thermal annealing (TA) effect on the TL properties of four samples of commercial HPHT microdiamonds (MD) powder with a 10–600 μm-sized range purchased from PlasmaChem is reported. The TL measurements and irradiations are performed using a RISØ TL/OSL reader (β-radiation, 90Sr/90Y). The TL glow curve analysis and dose behavior are studied with and without TA. The TL glow curves are composed of mainly two broadbands located around room temperature (RT) at 127 °C and 127–400 °C. TA at higher temperatures produces a shift of the maximum TL peak toward the higher-temperature side. After TA at 1000 °C, the TL repeatability is significantly improved with deviations around 3.4%, showing better TL performance. The TL fading in 24 h immediately after irradiation at RT is observed to be around 49–60% without TA and 18–26% after TA at 1000 °C. The present findings demonstrate that TA at 1000 °C increases the TL performance of the HPHT MD particles as TL dosimeters suitable for ionizing radiation.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysica Status Solidi (A) Applications and Materials Science
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors acknowledge financial support from CONACYT, Proyecto No. 0222610, Fondo Sectorial de Investigación para la Educación. The authors acknowledge support from Dra. Susana Álvarez‐García for her assistance in Raman and photoluminescence measurements. M.C.C‐M is grateful to CONACYT for a graduate student fellowship.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 Wiley-VCH GmbH.

Keywords

  • beta radiation
  • dosimetry
  • high-pressure high-temperature microdiamonds
  • thermal annealing
  • thermoluminescence

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