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Oxyfluoro-tellurite-zinc glasses and the nuclear-shielding ability under the substitution of AlF3 by ZnO

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Abstract

This paper examines radiation-shielding abilities of oxyfluoro-tellurite-zinc glasses in the chemical form of AlF3–TeO2–ZnO under the substitution of AlF3 by ZnO. Gamma-ray- and neutron-shielding properties were tested in terms of mass attenuation coefficient (μ/ρ), half value layer, mean free path, effective atomic numbers (Zeff), effective electron density (Neff) and removal cross-section (ΣR). The μ/ρ values of the glasses were generated by Geant4 simulations over an extended energy range and then the generated data were confirmed via XCOM software. The results showed that both gamma-ray- and neutron-shielding efficiencies of the selected glasses evolved by substituting of AlF3 by ZnO. Nuclear radiation-shielding abilities of the current glass systems were compared with that of some conventional shielding materials and newly developed HMO glasses. It can be concluded that oxyfluoro-tellurite-zinc glasses could be useful to design novel shields for radiation protection applications.

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Sayyed, M.I., Akyildirim, H., Al-Buriahi, M.S. et al. Oxyfluoro-tellurite-zinc glasses and the nuclear-shielding ability under the substitution of AlF3 by ZnO . Appl. Phys. A 126, 88 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00339-019-3265-6

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Keywords

  • Oxyfluoro-tellurite-zinc glass
  • Geant4
  • Nuclear radiation
  • Attenuation