Study of gamma radiation shielding properties of glasses

Issa S. A. M., Sayyed M. I., Kurudirek M.

BULLETIN OF MATERIALS SCIENCE, vol.40, pp.841-857, 2017 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 40
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s12034-017-1425-x
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.841-857
  • Keywords: Mass attenuation coefficient, effective atomic number, electron density, exposure buildup factors, tellurite glass, RAY BUILDUP FACTORS, ENERGY-ABSORPTION, RAMAN-SPECTRA, 100 MFP, GENERATION, DEPTHS
  • Ataturk University Affiliated: Yes


Mass attenuation coefficient , half value layer (HVL) and mean free path (MFP) for (100, where , 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 mol%, have been measured for 0.662, 1.173 and 1.33 MeV photons emitted from and using a inch NaI(Tl) detector. Some relevant parameters such as effective atomic numbers ( and electron densities ( of glass samples have been also calculated in the photon energy range of 0.015-15 MeV. Moreover, gamma-ray energy absorption buildup factor (EABF) and exposure buildup factor (EBF) were estimated using a five-parameter Geometric Progression (GP) fitting approximation, for penetration depths up to 40 MFP and in the energy range 0.015-15 MeV. The measured mass attenuation coefficients were found to agree satisfactorily with the theoretical values obtained through WinXcom. Effective atomic numbers ( and electron densities ( were found to be the highest for 4060 glass in the energy range 0.04-0.2 MeV. The glass sample has lower values of gamma-ray EBFs in the intermediate energy region. The reported new data on radiation shielding characteristics of zinc tellurite glasses should be beneficial from the point of proper gamma shield designs when intended to be used as radiation shields.