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Sorohalide scintillators, phosphors, and uses thereof

United States Patent

9,334,444
May 10, 2016
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The present invention relates to sorohalide compounds having formula A.sub.3B.sub.2X.sub.9, where A is an alkali metal, B is a rare earth metal, and X is a halogen. Optionally, the sorohalide includes a dopant D. Such undoped and doped sorohalides are useful as scintillation materials or phosphors for any number of uses, including for radiation detectors, solid-state light sources, gamma-ray spectroscopy, medical imaging, and drilling applications.
Yang; Pin (Albuquerque, NM), Deng; Haoran (Albuquerque, NM), Doty; F. Patrick (Livermore, CA), Zhou; Xiaowang (Livermore, CA)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
14/ 177,737
February 11, 2014
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST This invention was made with Government support under contract no. DE-AC04-94AL85000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy to Sandia Corporation. The Government has certain rights in the invention.