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Use of poly(ethylene naphthalate) as a self-vetoing structural material

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  • Y. Efremenko
  • L. Fajt
  • M. Febbraro
  • F. Fischer
  • C. Hayward
  • R. Hodák
  • T. Kraetzschmar
  • B. Majorovits
  • D. Muenstermann
  • E. Öz
  • R. Pjatkan
  • M. Pohl
  • D. Radford
  • R. Rouhana
  • E. Sala
  • O. Schulz
  • I. Štekl
  • M. Stommel
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Article numberP07006
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>5/07/2019
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Instrumentation
Issue number7
Volume14
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The discovery of scintillation in the blue regime from poly(ethylene naphthalate) (PEN), a commonly used high-performance industrial polyester plastic, has sparked the interest of the physics community as a new type of plastic scintillator material. This observation in addition to its good mechanical and radiopurity properties makes PEN an attractive candidate as an active structure scintillator for low-background physics experiments. This paper reports on investigations of its potential in terms of production tests of custom made tiles and various scintillation light output measurements. These investigations substantiate the high potential of usage of PEN in low-background experiments.