Initial Performance Testing of Sri Gamma Spectroscopy Scintillators and Comparison to Other Improved-Resolution Detectors for Typical Health Physics Applications
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Published online: 31 January 2020
Europium-doped Strontium Iodide (SrI) scintillation gamma detectors have only recently become commercially available. SrI has very high light output ranging from 80,000-100,000 ph/MeV and energy resolution as good as 2.9% at 662 keV and 14.8% at 32 keV. The high density of 4.6 g/cc in combination with a high effective Atomic number and the absence of internal activity make SrI a very attractive sensor material for spectroscopic radiation monitoring devices. This new entrant into the field of commercially available gamma spectroscopy detectors offers improved energy resolution over NaI, without the elevated background of LaBr. While CZT and HPGe detectors have better resolution, the small available size of CZT and the cooling requirement of HPGe limit their usefulness in portable applications. Of these scintillators, SrI2 has the lowest detection limits when compared to other equal- size scintillation detectors, especially at low energies where U and Pu are of interest.
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