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Turmeric, or Curcuma longa, is a perennial root plant of the ginger family. This
plant originates from Asia and is widely grown and used inIndia. South
Asians have used turmeric for its medicinal purposes for centuries and it has
become integrated into spiritual life as a symbol of protection and purity
(Ravindran et al. 2007). Turmeric
acts as a powerful healing tool because of the phytochemicals it contains. The
main phytochemical in turmeric is curcumin. Research shows that curcumin
provides anti-cancerous, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial health effects,
among others. Curcumin may not be as beneficial as turmeric in its entirety due
to variation in bioavailability (Martin et al., 2011). This extrapolation should be taken into
consideration when attempting to reap the benefits of turmeric in the West.
Inorganic scintillators play an important role in detection and spectroscopy of gamma, X-rays and alpha particles as well as neutrons and charged particles. Scintillation crystals based on cesium iodide (CsI) are matters with relatively low hygroscopicity, high atomic number, easy handling and low cost, characteristics that favor their use as radiation detectors. In this work, pure CsI crystal and bromine doped CsI crystals were grown using the Bridgman technique. The concentration of the bromine doping element (Br) was studied in the range of 1.5 × 10-1 M to 10-2 M. The distribution of the doping element in the crystalline volume was determined by neutron activation. The result obtained with neutron activation analysis (NAA) has found that the mean values of Br found in grown crystals are consistent with those introduced in salt CsI, showing the incorporation of Br in the matrix structure of CsI. The optical transmittance assays were performed at a wavelength range of 110 nm to 1100 nm. Analyses were carried out to evaluate the developed scintillators, concerning alpha particles and gamma radiation.