Italy, Milan

Advanced Scintillator Materials

when 12 September 2016 - 13 September 2016
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 50

Scintillators are materials able to transform the energy deposited by ionizing radiation into visible or UV light that can be efficiently detected by photomultipliers or semiconductor detectors.
Tailoring materials to specific application needs is of critical importance; the strategies of band-gap and defect engineering have been successfully applied to several material systems to discover novel and better performing scintillators. For example, the development of new imaging techniques in medicine requires efficient high-density scintillation materials. The current research is mainly concentrated on lowering the patients exposure while improving image quality and resolution. Moreover, the need to achieve more precise timing information is of increasing importance for applications using time-of-flight techniques, in positron emission tomography (PET) or in high energy physics detectors.
The ASCIMAT summer school is aimed at introducing PhD students and young researchers to the mechanism of scintillation, to material preparation techniques and to the development of novel material systems including bulk crystals, thin films, ceramics, and optical fibres.
The summer school will be hosted in the campus of the University of Milano-Bicocca. The duration of the school will be of two full days. Presentations of students’ activities in a poster session coupled to mini-orals (short 5-minutes presentations introducing the results of the poster) are also planned.

Course leader

Prof. Anna Vedda

Target group

Master and PHD Student, young researchers

Course aim

The program will cover the latest advanced studies on scintillation materials and innovation issues including the following topics:
• Radioluminescence and scintillation mechanisms, energy transfer and storage, optically and thermally stimulated luminescence in solids;
• Physics and chemistry of luminescent materials for detectors and transformers of ionizing radiation, technology and growth techniques;
• Defects and their role in materials performance;
• Novel phenomena, scintillation processes in nanophosphors and nanocomposites
• Application of scintillators for medical diagnostics, biological research, high energy physics, and environmental studies.

Fee info

EUR 50: Courses activities, lunches and coffe breaks