OSL and TL in TLD-100 following alpha and beta irradiation: Application to mixed-field radiation dosimetry

L. Oster, Y. S. Horowitz, L. Podpalov

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The optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) of LiF:Mg,Ti (TLD-100) following irradiation by beta and alpha particles was investigated by measurement of the excitation and emission spectra of OSL and comparison with thermoluminescence (TL) characteristics. The OSL excitation spectra of all the samples following both beta and alpha irradiation are very similar. Identical emission bands with very similar relative intensities following both beta irradiation and alpha particle irradiation have been recorded in the OSL induced in nominally pure LiF mono and TLD-100 polycrystals. The identical excitation and emission bands in the doped and pure crystals are strong evidence indicating that the observed OSL is due to an intrinsic trapping structure. The OSL has indeed been previously attributed to F2 centers and F 3+ centers. The preferential excitation of OSL compared to TL following high ionisation density (HID) alpha irradiation is naturally explained via the identification of OSL with the "two-hit" F 2 or F3+ center, whereas the major component of composite TL glow peak 5 is believed to arise from a "one-hit" complex defect. This discovery allows near-total discrimination between HID radiation and low ionisation density (LID) radiation and may have significant potential in mixed-field radiation dosimetry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1130-1133
Number of pages4
JournalRadiation Measurements
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2010


  • Mixed-field dosimetry
  • Optically stimulated luminescence
  • TLD-100
  • Thermoluminescence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Instrumentation


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