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The spectral properties of Na2SO4 have been studied by means of infrared stimulated luminescence (IRSL), thermoluminescence (TL) and radioluminescence (RL) in the range of 200-800 nm. The observed changes in the RL emission spectra after an annealing treatment (400 degrees C for 1 h) could be linked to thermal phase transformations and alkali self-diffusion through the lattice of this salt. Despite the complexity of the luminescence spectra structure, five emission bands peaked at 330, 345, 385, 460 and 630 nm could be distinguished. The UV-blue TL emission of this material exhibits a maximum peaked at 230 degrees C which is well correlated with the differential thermal analysis (DTA) and can be associated with the thermal transformation of the orthorhombic sodium sulphate (Na2SO4) V (thenardite) phase into Na2SO4 III, II and I phases. Taking into account the observed changes on the structural phase transition by X-ray diffraction (XRD) from 16 degrees C onwards, this material does not show satisfactory features for radiation dosimetry, but could be employed for temperature calibration of TL readers.


V Correcher, J Garcia-Guinea, P Lopez-Arce, J M Gomez-Ros. Luminescence emission spectra in the temperature range of the structural phase transitions of Na2SO4. Spectrochimica acta. Part A, Molecular and biomolecular spectroscopy. 2004 Jun;60(7):1431-8

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PMID: 15147684

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