NaCl:Cu pellet-shaped phosphors were synthesized through a sintering process. Some samples were exposed to beta irradiation in order to investigate their thermoluminescence properties and capabilities to be used in detecting and measuring ionizing radiation. The glow curves reveal at least four thermoluminescence peaks below 250°C, and a main one above 300°C when a 5°C/s heating rate is used. The lowest temperature peak vanishes in less than 3 min after irradiation, giving rise to an intense afterglow luminescence, potentially useful for in situ non-thermoluminescence dosimetry, and the next remains for about 3 h, but the high temperature one exhibits no important changes after that time. The thermoluminescence intensity increased as the radiation dose increased in the 0.417-25.0 Gy dose range. Because the position and the remarkable stability of the higher temperature peak, besides the strong afterglow produced by the fast decaying of the lower temperature peak, it is concluded that these phosphors are very suitable candidates to be used in both thermoluminescence and non thermoluminescence dosimetry of ionizing radiation, having advantages over monocrystals of similar composition. The synthesis route here followed can be reproduced in standard college laboratories, and thermoluminescence be measured in home-made systems, allowing design practices for interdisciplinary physics, chemistry electronics, and materials science students.
- beta irradiation