In recent years, novel liquid scintillators have been developed allowing the separation of
Cherenkov and scintillation light. They hold the potential for a major breakthrough in neutrino
detection technology, allowing development of large, low-threshold, directional detectors suited
for the study of neutrino properties and astrophysical observations.
We perform two characterisation experiments for these novel liquid scintillation media
exploiting the CN proton beam at LNL, Italy. We investigate the energy-dependent quenching
effect and the fluorescence time spectra utilizing gammas and neutrons produced in collisions
of the proton beam with a lithium target at a few MeV beam energy. In addition, we also
perform high precision measurements of these properties for classical organic scintillators. Our
results will allow a refined understanding and modelling of scintillator properties and constitute
valuable input for the design of future large scale detectors.