The use of the Monte Carlo simulation technique for the design of an H*(10) dosemeter based on TLD-100

C. Hranitzky, H. Stadtmann, P. Kindl, Y. S. Horowitz, L. Oster

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Abstract

The thermoluminescence (TL) detector material LiF:Mg,Ti (TLD-100) and appropriate filter materials were combined in order to design a passive dosemeter measuring the operational quantity ambient dose equivalent, H*(10), for monitoring low-dose external photon radiation fields. Using the Monte Carlo simulation technique, optimisations of energy dependent conversion coefficients from air kerma free-in-air compared to ICRU and ISO proposed values, h*K(10), were performed by varying dosemeter detector positioning, geometrical arrangements, and filter materials. Deviations smaller than 5% compared to h*K(10) between 30 keV and 2.5 MeV of primary photon energies were achieved by a dosemeter design consisting of a 15 μm Sn metal layer and a 5 mm PMMA layer surrounding the LiF detector. Subsequently performed free-air verification experiments carried out in well defined standard photon radiation fields showed an obviously TL-specific effect. All underestimation up to - 15% of the modelled data a low photon energies was observed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)279-282
Number of pages4
JournalRadiation Protection Dosimetry
Volume101
Issue number1-4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2002

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