Characterisation and quenching correction for an Al2O3:C optical fibre real time system in therapeutic proton, helium, and carbon-charged beams

Luana de Freitas Nascimento, Paul Leblans, Brent van der Heyden, Mark Akselrod, Jo Goossens, Luis Enrique Correa da Rocha, Ana Vaniqui De Santana, Dirk Verellen

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Real time radioluminescence fibre-based detectors were investigated for application in proton, helium, and carbon therapy dosimetry. The Al2O3:C probes are made of one single crystal (1 mm) and two droplets of micro powder in two sizes (38 μm and 4 μm) mixed with a water-equivalent binder. The fibres were irradiated behind different thicknesses of solid slabs, and the Bragg curves presented a quenching effect attributed to the nonlinear response of the radioluminescence (RL) signal as a function of linear energy transfer (LET). Experimental data and Monte Carlo simulations were utilised to acquire a quenching correction method, adapted from Birks’ formulation, to restore the linear dose–response for particle therapy beams. The method for quenching correction was applied and yielded the best results for the ‘4 μm’ optical fibre probe, with an agreement at the Bragg peak of 1.4% (160 MeV), and 1.5% (230 MeV) for proton-charged particles; 2.4% (150 MeV/u) for helium-charged particles and of 4.8% (290 MeV/u) and 2.9% (400 MeV/u) for the carbon-charged particles. The most substantial deviations for the ‘4 μm’ optical fibre probe were found at the falloff regions, with ~3% (protons), ~5% (helium) and 6% (carbon).
Original languageEnglish
Article number9178
Number of pages25
Issue number23
StatePublished - 25 Nov 2022

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