Demonstration of the potential and difficulties of combined tl and osl measurements of tld-600 and tld-700 for the determination of the dose components in complex neutron-gamma radiation fields

L. Oster, I. Eliyahu, Y. S. Horowitz, G. Reshes, A. Shapiro, G. Garty

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Abstract

The results reported herein demonstrate the potential application of combined optically stimulated luminescence/thermoluminescent (OSL/TL) measurements in neutron-gamma discrimination dosimetry. The advantages of OSL/TL are two-fold: (i) The OSL and TL readout can be carried out on the same sample and (ii) the greater efficiency of OSL to high ionization density radiation due to F 2 and F3 excitation. The gamma/electron calibration coefficients for LiF:Mg, Ti (TLD-600 and TLD-700) were measured using a 90Sr/90Y source calibrated at the SARAF-SSDL nuclear facility. The estimation of the neutron calibration coefficients was carried out by irradiation with broad-spectrum beam of fast neutrons with median energy 5 MeV at the Radiological Research Accelerator Facility (RARAF) of Columbia University. Naturally cooled samples of TLD-600 and TLD-700 were dosed to levels of 29.8 Gy neutrons and 6.1 Gy gammas in air and KERMA calculations employed to transfer the levels of dose to6,7LiF. A figure of merit for fast-neutron/gamma ray discrimination was determined at 10.6 for TLD-700 in the current measurements. The use of combined TLD-600/TLD-700 allowed, as well, the determination of a considerable and somewhat unexpected thermal neutron component of 116 Gy in TLD-600.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)383-388
Number of pages6
JournalRadiation Protection Dosimetry
Volume188
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 24 Jun 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiation
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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