Characteristics and performance of the Sunna high dose dosemeter using green photoluminescence and UV absorption readout methods

S. D. Miller, M. K. Murphy, M. R. Tinker, A. Kovacs, W. Mclaughlin, Y. S. Horowitz, L. Oster

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Abstract

Growth in the use of ionising radiation for medical sterilisation and the potential for wide-scale international food irradiation ave created the need for robust, mass-producible, inexpensive, and highly accurate radiation dosemeters. The Sunna dosemeter, lithium fluoride injection-moulded in a polyethylene matrix, can be read out using either green photoluminescence or ultraviolet (UV) absorption. The Sunna dosemeter can be mass-produced inexpensively with high precision. Both the photoluminescent and the UV absorption reader are simple and inexpensive. Both methods of analysis display negligible humidity effects, minimal dose rate dependence, acceptable post-irradiation effects, and permit measurements with a precision of nearly 1% 1 σ. The UV method shows negligible irradiation temperature effects from -30°C to +60°C. The photoluminescence method shows negligible irradiation temperature effects above room temperature for sterilisation dose levels and above. The dosimetry characteristics of these two readout methods are presented along with performance data in commercial sterilisation facilities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-58
Number of pages6
JournalRadiation Protection Dosimetry
Volume101
Issue number1-4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2002

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