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Peculiarities of the triplet relaxed excited-state structure and luminescence of a CsI:Tl crystal

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  • V. Nagirnyi
  • A. Stolovich
  • S. Zazubovich
  • Viktor Zepelin
  • E. Mihokova
  • M. Nikl
  • G. P. Pazzi
  • L. Salvini
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>05/1995
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter
Issue number18
Number of pages17
Pages (from-to)3637-3653
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Four emission bands, all belonging to the main thallium centres, have been detected in CsI:Tl, and their spectral, polarization and kinetic characteristics have been studied at 0.35-320 K. A new model is proposed for the excited states responsible for the luminescence of thallium-doped caesium iodide. In this model, the main thallium centre is considered as a cluster consisting of a Tl+ ion and at least 12 I- and 11 Cs+ ions. Two weak ultraviolet emission bands of CsI:TI (3,31 and 3.09 eV) are ascribed to electronic transitions from trigonal and tetragonal Jahn-Teller minima of the tripler relaxed excited state, whose structure is similar to that of Tl+ centres in Fee alkali halides. Two intense visible bands (2.55 and 2.25 eV) are assumed to arise from two different ('weak' and 'strong') off-centre configurations of a self-trapped exciton perturbed by the Tl+ ion. The minima responsible for all the emission bands are located on the same adiabatic potential energy surface. The excitonic-like nature of visible emission could explain the high scintillation efficiency of CsI:Tl.