Pr: LuAG crystal (chemical Pr: Lu3Al5O12, also known as Pr-doped aluminium garnet crystal) is a scintillation crystal with excellent performance and is widely used in high energy physics, oil logging, and other fields. The light output is up to 20,000 photons/MeV, which is about three times that of BGO. Decay time (about 20ns) and energy resolution (4.9%@662KeV) are better than BGO and Ce: LYSO. Pr: LuAG crystals have a strong ability to prevent gamma rays, and are non-tidal, inexpensive. Therefore, Pr: LuAG crystals have important applications in nuclear medicine imaging and other fields. In particular, Pr: LuAG crystals have a decay time of 20ns and are well suited for applications such as time-of-flight positron emission tomography (TOF-PET) and fast ion imaging. The Pr: LuAG crystal is also suitable for positron emission breast cancer scanners (PEM).


Material Features

Chemical formulaPr:Lu3Al5O12
Density (g/cm3)6.73
Melting point (℃)2043
Hardness (Mho)7.5
Solubility (g/100gH2O)N/A
Thermal conductivity (W/mK)9.7
Thermal expansion coeff (C-1)8.8*10-6

Scintillator Properties

Wavelength(Max. emission) (nm)310
Decay time (ns)20
Light yield (photons/keV)22
Light output relative to Nal(Tl) (%)20
Refractive index2.03@310nm
Radiation length (cm)1.41
Optical transmission (um)TBA
Transmittance (%)TBA
Reflection loss/surface (%)TBA
Energy resolution (%)≤5
Neutron Capture Cross-section (barns)TBA
Afterglow (%)<0.3



  • Strong gamma ray blocking ability
  • Not easy to tide
  • High light output
  • Fast decay time
  • Low energy resolution


  • Time-of-flight positron emission tomography (TOF-PET)
  • Fast Ion Imaging
  • Positron Emission Mammography (PEM)
  • High Energy Physical Detection
  • Petroleum Logging


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[2] Bonesini, M, Falcone ,et al. Characterization of Pr:LuAG scintillating crystals for X-ray spectroscopy[J]. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A. Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, 2016, 824:212-214.
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