An integral equation method for discrete and continuous distribution of centres in thermoluminescence kinetics

L. N. Kantorovich, G. M. Fogel, V. I. Gotlib

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Thermoluminescence kinetics is discussed within the framework of a band model containing an arbitrary number of types of recombination and trapping centres at an arbitrary correlation of all centre parameters. It is shown that the initial system of kinetic equations is reduced to an equivalent system consisting of two integro-differential equations which permit one to perform an accurate generalisation, in the case of a continuous centre distribution, to their parameters for the description of irradiation and thermoluminescence, taking into account charge carrier redistribution to both types of centre. In addition, if only one electron (hole) channel is taken into account, only one integro-differential equation is obtained. On the basis of this equation a precise algebraic equation is obtained for calculation of the area of an arbitrary part of the thermoluminescence curve (TLC), consisting of one or several peaks, which slightly overlap with other peaks. It is shown that at doses which are less than the saturation dose, when the centres are not completely filled by the charge carriers, the dose dependences of such a part of the TLC may have a non-linear character at a simultaneous linear dependence of the area of the whole TLC. At doses which are greater than the saturation dose, the dose dependences of the area of the whole TLC, as well as of its separate parts, undergo breaks at the saturation doses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1219-1226
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physics D: Applied Physics
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sept 1990
Externally publishedYes

Field of Science*

  • 1.7 Other natural sciences

Publication Type*

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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