No Access Published Online: 05 August 2010
AIP Conference Proceedings 1265, 391 (2010);
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  • Department of Nuclear Physics, Institute of Physics, University of São Paulo, CP: 66.318, Sao Paulo‐SP 05315‐970, Brazil
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  • Henry Javier Ccallata
  • Shigueo Watanabe
In this study, the thermoluminescence (TL) properties of natural crystal of zoisite were investigated after beta (90Sr) irradiation at room temperature (RT). Zoisite, of chemical formula Ca2Al3(SiO4)(Si2O7)O(OH), is found in Minas Gerais State, Brazil as natural mineral of silicate, member of the epidote group. The glow curve of a natural sample submitted to a heat treatment at 600 °C is composed of two broad peaks, centered at about 110–130 °C and another one at about 205–210 °C. A heating rate of 4 °Cs−1 was used in the temperature range from RT to 300 °C. The additive dose, Tm‐TSTOP thermal cleaning, initial rise, variable heating rate and computerized glow curve deconvolution methods have shown that the glow curve is a superposition of six peaks at 100, 130, 155, 175, 200 and 230 °C. The trapping parameters for the individual peaks have been calculated. The TL dose response of 130 and 200 °C peaks has a linear response. Zoisite is a candidate for a TL dosimeter because of its high sensitivity.
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