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Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering


Department of Engineering Physics

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Benjamin R. Kowash, PhD.


The search for superior nuclear radiation detection materials is ongoing. Current scintillator materials using Thallium doped Sodium Iodide or Cesium Iodide are the benchmarks for ease of use and quick identification of isotope species. This research aims to explore Cesium Bromide doped with 1% molar tin (CsBr:Sn-1%) and Cesium Tin Bromide (CsSnBr3) as candidate materials for a new scintillator. The techniques of Extended X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS), X-Ray Absorption Near Edge Structure (XANES) and Cathodoluminescence are used to determine the suit- ability of CsSnBr3 and CsBr:Sn-1% with Sn4+ as a potential scintillator materials and explore their crystal and electronic structures. Comparisons with current published work by Savchyn et al. [2007] on CsSnBr3 and CsBr:Sn-1% with Sn2+ will be made. Cathodoluminescence shows the CsBr:Sn-1% with Sn4+ to luminesce at 2.4-eV and 3.0-eV, green and violet respectively, indicating the strong possibility of using CsBr:Sn-1% as a scintillator.

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