Thermoluminescence properties of ZnO and ZnO:Yb nanophosphors

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ZnO and ZnO:Yb thermoluminescence nanophosphors have been developed and tested under beta radiation. Spherical nanoparticles of sizes ranging from 130 to 1200 nm were prepared through a glycol mediated chemical synthesis. The Yb doping had a thermoluminescence quenching effect compared to undoped ZnO. The 5% Yb concentration produced a low fading, a single thermoluminescence glow peak structure, and a dose linearity behavior adequate for thermoluminescence dosimetry applications. The ZnO:Yb nanophosphor has a great potential as a dosimeter for monitoring in ionizing radiation fields.

Original languageEnglish
Article number183118
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number18
StatePublished - 2006

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The authors acknowledge UC-MEXUS and CONACyT, Mexico for their financial support through Grant Nos. CN-05-215 and 46269, respectively.


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