The incorporation site of Cu in the scintillator and thermoluminescent dosimeter material lithium tetraborate Li2B4O 7:Cu has been shown to depend on the charge state of the dopant. As confirmed by a refined analysis, the EPR spectra of an unpaired hole can be ascribed to Cu2+ situated near the Li lattice site with C1 symmetry, in contrast to the higher (C2) overall symmetry reported earlier for Cu+ in its relaxed excited state, the latter suggesting interstitial incorporation for the monovalent dopant. Consequences for charge transfer processes involving copper ions are discussed.
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