Room Temperature Instability of E′γ Centers Induced by γ Irradiation in Amorphous SiO2

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We study by optical absorption measurements the stability of E′γ centers induced in amorphous silica atroom temperature by γ irradiation up to 79 kGy. A significant portion of the defects spontaneously decayafter the end of irradiation, thus allowing the partial recovery of the transparency loss initially induced byirradiation. The decay kinetics observed after γ irradiation with a 0.6 kGy dose closely resembles that measuredafter exposure to 2000 pulses of pulsed ultraviolet (4.7 eV) laser light of 40 mJ/cm2 energy density per pulse.In this regime, annealing is ascribed to the reaction of the induced E′γ centers with diffusing H2 of radiolyticorigin. At higher γ doses, the decay kinetics becomes unexpectedly slower notwithstanding the progressivegrowth of the concentration of induced defects. In particular, the annealing kinetics of E′γ centers after 79kGy irradiation is inconsistent with the reaction parameters between the defect and H2. To explain this result,on the basis of the quantitative analysis of the kinetics, we propose water-related species to be responsiblefor the slow room temperature annealing of E′γ after irradiation with such a dose. This model is qualitativelysupported by results obtained by IR absorption measurements, which show an increase of the absorption inthe spectral region of Si-OH groups.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1026-1032
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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