Characterization of OSL and OSLN droplets for Dosimetry

Luana de Freitas Nascimento, Emiliano D'Agostino, Ana Claudia Vaniqui, Clarita Saldarriaga Vargas, Filip Vanhavere, Yves De Deene, Lara Struelens

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In spite of considerable progress in neutron dosimetry, there is no dosemeter that is capable of measuring neutron doses independently of the neutron spectrum with good accuracy. Carbon-doped aluminium oxide (Al2O3:C) is a sensitive material for ionising radiation (beta-ray, X ray and electron) and has been used for applications in personal and medical dosimetry as an optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dosemeter. Al2O3:C has a low sensitivity to neutron radiation; this prevents its application to neutron fields, representing a disadvantage of Al2O3:C-OSL when compared with LiF, which is used as a thermoluminescent detector. Recently an improvement for neutron dosimetry (Passmore and Kirr. Neutron response characterisation of an OSL neutron dosemeter. Radiat. Prot. Dosim. 2011;144:155-60) uses Al2O3:C coated with 6Li2CO3 (OSLN),which gives the high-sensitive response as known for Al2O3:C with the advantage of being also sensitive to thermal neutrons. In this article, the authors compare small-size detectors (droplets) of Al2O3:C (OSL) and of Al2O3:C+6Li2CO3 (OSLN) and discuss the advantages and drawbacks of both materials, regarding size vs. response.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
JournalRadiation protection dosimetry
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - Dec 2013
EventNEUDOS 2013 -12th Symposium on Neutron and Ion Dosimetry - IRSN- Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire, Aix-en-provence
Duration: 3 Jun 20137 Jun 2013

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