Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 278, Issue 3, pp 755–759 | Cite as

Characterization of LaBr3: Ce and LaCl3: Ce scintillators for gamma-ray spectroscopy

  • K. AlzimamiEmail author
  • E. Abuelhia
  • Z. Podolyak
  • A. Ioannou
  • N. M. Spyrou


This study aims to investigate the performance of relatively new cerium-doped scintillators, LaCl3 and LaBr3, for gamma-ray spectroscopy. The study involved recording of detected spectra and measurement of energy resolution, as well as photo-fraction. The Monte Carlo package, GATE, was used to validate the experiments. In general, the energy resolution figures achieved were twice as good as that of NaI(Tl). In conclusion, LaBr3: Ce and LaCl3: Ce crystals have excellent energy resolution, (2.13±0.03)% and (2.92±0.04)% at 1332 keV, respectively, and comparable photo-fraction to NaI(Tl). Hence, these crystals, particularly LaBr3: Ce, have the potential to replace NaI(Tl) as the scintillator of choice for γ-ray spectroscopy.


Energy Resolution Inorganic Scintillator Excellent Energy Resolution Monte Carlo Package Measured Energy Resolution 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    K. S. Shah, J. Glodo, M. Klugerman, W. W. Moses, M. J. Weber, IEEE Trans. Nucl. Sci., NS-50 (2003) 2410.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    C. D’Ambrosio, F. De Notaristefani, G. Hull, V. Orsolini Cencelli, R. Pani, Nucl. Instr. Meth., A556 (2006) 187.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    A. Kuhn, S. Surti, J. S. Karp, P. S. Raby, K. S. Shah, A. E. Perkins, G. Muehllehner, IEEE Trans. Nucl. Sci., NS-51 (2004) 2550.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. 4.
    G. Santin, D. Strul, D. Lazaro, L. Simon, M. Krieguer, M. Vieira Martins, V. Breton, C. Morel, IEEE Trans. Nucl. Sci., 50 (2003) 1516.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. 5.
    K. Assie, I. Gardin, P. Vera, I. Buvat, Phys. Med. Biol., 50 (2005) 3113.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. 6.
    C. W. E. Van Eijk, Nucl. Instr. Meth., A471 (2001) 244.Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    K. S. Shah, J. Glodo, M. Klugerman, W. M. Higgins, T. Gupta, P. Wong, IEEE Trans. Nucl. Sci., 51 (2004) 2395.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. 8.
    B. D. Milbrath, B. J. Choate, J. E. Fast, W. K. Hensley, R. T. Kouzes, J. E. Schweppe, Nucl. Instr. Meth., A572 (2007) 774.Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    R. B. Firestone, L. P. Ekstrom, Table of Radioactive Isotopes, V.2.1.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Alzimami
    • 1
    Email author
  • E. Abuelhia
    • 1
  • Z. Podolyak
    • 1
  • A. Ioannou
    • 1
  • N. M. Spyrou
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of SurreyGuildfordUK

Personalised recommendations