Dosimetric characterisation of the high temperature peaks of LiF:Mg,Ti and CaF2:Tm using computerised glow curve deconvolution

B. B. Shachar, Y. S. Horowitz

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Computerised glow curve deconvolution (CGCD) based on first order TL kinetics has been used to study the high temperature peaks in both LiF:Mg,Ti (TLD-700, Harshaw) and CaF2:Tm (TLD-300, Harshaw). The dose reponse of peak 7 in TLD-700 is supralinear down to the lowest dose level measurable (~2.5 mGy) and the supralinearity is strongly dependent on photon energy. This behaviour significantly complicates the use of peak 7 to peak 5 ratios in n-γ dosimetry. Peak 6, although linear in its dose response, is difficult to separate accurately from its more intense neighbours, and cannot, therefore, be measured reliably below 10 mGy. CaF2:Tm, due to its linear response, is thus definitely superior to LiF:Mg,Ti for n-γ dosimetry, via peak 5 to peak 3 ratios, especially if energy compensating filters are employed. For environmental dosimetry, peak 3 in CaF2:Tm is a poor choice due to its fading and the presence of a strong, non-radiation induced TL signal of between 5 and 25 μGy which lies directly under peak 3. On the other hand, peaks (5+6) can be used to measure dose levels down to 9 μGy with the CGCD analysis at a precision of ±20% (1 SD) and with no measurable fading. The X ray relative TL response of the peaks in CaF2:Tm appears to be strongly heating rate and/or batch dependent so that the use of peak (5+6)/peak 3 ratios for accurate determination of gamma radiation field quality requires further study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-96
Number of pages10
JournalRadiation Protection Dosimetry
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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