Synthesis, purification, and growth of highly higroscopic halides by micro-pulling-down method for scintillating detectors

The work will be focused on synthesis of highly hygroscopic halides, e.g. SrI2, LaBr3, from different starting materials and its purification by introduction of halogenation agents into its melt combined with zone refining. One of the goals will be to test different halogenation agents and determine the influence on final material properties. Purified material will be used for growth of rare earth (e.g. Eu2+, Ce3+) doped single crystals by micro-pulling-down method and study of their physical, optical, and luminescence properties and its scintillation performance.