Synthesis and characterization of newly developed phosphate-based glasses through experimental gamma-ray and neutron spectroscopy methods: Transmission and dose rates

KAVAZ E., Ersundu M. Ç. , ERSUNDU A. E. , Tekin H.

Ceramics International, 2022 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.ceramint.2022.01.266
  • Title of Journal : Ceramics International
  • Keywords: Gamma-ray spectroscopy, Glass synthesis, Neutron, Phosphate glasses


© 2022 Elsevier Ltd and Techna Group S.r.l.In this study, four new phosphate-based glasses with the compositions of CaO–Na2O–K2O–P2O5 (PN system), CaO–Na2O–K2O–Al2O3–P2O5 (PA system) and CaO–Na2O–K2O–Al2O3–SiO2–P2O5 (PS system) were synthesized and characterized through experimental gamma-ray and neutron spectroscopy methods. Glass densities were then measured experimentally and evaluated theoretically. Next, a high purity Germanium (HPGe) detector was used for determining the fundamental gamma-ray transmission parameters in 35.4–383 keV gamma-ray energies emitted from 133Ba source (Radioactivity: 3Ci). Additionally, the experimental setup was used to determine the equivalent dose (EAD) to get a better knowledge of fast neutron attenuation. Our findings indicate that experimental gamma-ray transmission measurements are consistent with standard theoretical data (EpiXS). Consequently, PA10 was shown to have higher gamma-ray and neutron attenuation capabilities when compared to the other glass samples studied. Our outcomes showed that increasing the molar contribution of Al2O3 to the phosphate-based glasses increased not only their transparency but also their gamma-ray and neutron attenuation capacities. It can be concluded that substituting Al2O3 for P2O5 is a functional and monotonic tool for improving the optical, gamma-ray, and neutron attenuation of phosphate-based glasses, which are being evaluated as prospective shielding materials for medical and industrial radiation facilities.