Main factors of the technological process of preparation of lead tungstate
(PWO) scintillator crystals of large length are considered. Temperature ran
ge of thermochemical stability of PWO melt is determined. Effects of the ox
ygen content in the atmosphere during growth and annealing are studied. Opt
imum oxygen concentrations have been established, which allow one to obtain
PWO scintillators up to 230 mm long with improved and reproducible functio
nal characteristics. (C) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.