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  1. Abstract Polyethylene Naphthalate (PEN) plastic scintillator has been identified as potential self-vetoing structural material in low-background physics experiments. Radio-pure scintillating components have been produced from PEN using injection compression molding technology. These low-background PEN components will be used as optically active holders to mount the Germanium detectors in the Legend -200 neutrinoless double beta decay experiment. In this paper, we present the measurement of the optical properties of these PEN components. The scintillation light emission spectrum, time constant, attenuation and bulk absorption length as well as light output and light yield are reported. In addition, the surface of these PEN components has been characterized and an estimation of the surface roughness is presented. The light output of the final Legend -200 detector holders has been measured and is reported. These measurements were used to estimate the self-vetoing efficiency of these holders. 
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  2. Abstract Poly Ethylene Naphthalate (PEN) is an industrial polymer plastic which is investigated as a low background, transparent, scintillating and wavelength shifting structural material. PEN scintillates in the blue region and has excellent mechanical properties both at room and cryogenic temperatures. Thus, it is an ideal candidate for active structural components in experiments for the search of rare events like neutrinoless double-beta decay or dark matter recoils. Such optically active structures improve the identification and rejection efficiency of backgrounds events, like this improving the sensitivity of experiments. This paper reports on the production of radiopure and transparent PEN plates These structures can be used to mount germanium detectors operating in cryogenic liquids (LAr, LN). Thus, as first application PEN holders will be used to mount the Ge detectors in the Legend -200 experiment. The whole process from cleaning the raw material to testing the PEN active components under final operational conditions is reported. 
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