Light propagation characteristics of high-purity polystyrene

Hidehito Nakamura, Yoshiyuki Shirakawa, Hisashi Kitamura, Nobuhiro Sato, Osamu Shinji, Katashi Saito, Sentaro Takahashi

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Abstract

Organic scintillation materials involve short wavelength light emitted from polymers containing aromatic ring moieties. We have characterized high-purity (>99.9%) polystyrene (PS) as a potential scintillator. It emits ultraviolet light with a 310-nm emission maximum. We demonstrate that the effective refractive index (1.67) for PS is a function of the emission spectrum. Light yield distributions generated by 137Cs and 207Bi radioactive sources were also characterized. The light attenuation length is 41.6 ± 0.5 mm, which is ten times than expected. These results demonstrate that high-purity PS has important light propagation characteristics needed for organic scintillation materials.

Original languageEnglish
Article number161111
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume103
Issue number16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Oct 14
Externally publishedYes

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Nakamura, H., Shirakawa, Y., Kitamura, H., Sato, N., Shinji, O., Saito, K., & Takahashi, S. (2013). Light propagation characteristics of high-purity polystyrene. Applied Physics Letters, 103(16), [161111]. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4824467

Light propagation characteristics of high-purity polystyrene. / Nakamura, Hidehito; Shirakawa, Yoshiyuki; Kitamura, Hisashi; Sato, Nobuhiro; Shinji, Osamu; Saito, Katashi; Takahashi, Sentaro.

In: Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 103, No. 16, 161111, 14.10.2013.

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Nakamura, H, Shirakawa, Y, Kitamura, H, Sato, N, Shinji, O, Saito, K & Takahashi, S 2013, 'Light propagation characteristics of high-purity polystyrene', Applied Physics Letters, vol. 103, no. 16, 161111. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4824467
Nakamura H, Shirakawa Y, Kitamura H, Sato N, Shinji O, Saito K et al. Light propagation characteristics of high-purity polystyrene. Applied Physics Letters. 2013 Oct 14;103(16). 161111. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4824467
Nakamura, Hidehito ; Shirakawa, Yoshiyuki ; Kitamura, Hisashi ; Sato, Nobuhiro ; Shinji, Osamu ; Saito, Katashi ; Takahashi, Sentaro. / Light propagation characteristics of high-purity polystyrene. In: Applied Physics Letters. 2013 ; Vol. 103, No. 16.
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