Influence of heating rate on thermoluminescence of Mg2SiO4 : Tb dosimeter
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In this paper the influence of different heating rates on thermoluminescence (TL) kinetics, glow-peak temperatures, heights and integrated TL intensities of the main glow peak of recently produced Mg2SiO4 : Tb dosimeters are reported. The TL properties of the phosphor were investigated after beta-irradiation at room temperature. Glow curve shape, peak shape, repeated initial rise and variable heating rate methods were used to analyse the TL kinetics of the main glow peak at 473 K. Results show that the TL glow peak of Mg2SiO4 : Tb phosphor obeys second-order kinetics. Analysis of the main dosimetric peak by using the methods mentioned above revealed that activation energy (E) is about 1 eV and the pre-exponential factor (s) is in the range 10(10)-10(11) s(-1). In addition it is ascertained that the glow-peak temperature increases with heating rate. The glow-peak height showed two maxima in the heating rate range investigated. The behaviour of the integrated TL intensities and the maxim...um glow-peak temperatures related to the heating rate have been discussed in terms of thermal quenching and clustering formation.