OSL dosimetric properties and efficiency of Brazilian natural calcium fluoride pellets.

Author(s) Malthez, A.L.M.C.; Marczewska, B.; Ferreira, F.; Umisedo, N.K.; Nowak, T.; Bilski, P.; Yoshimura, E.M.
Journal Appl Radiat Isot
Date Published 2018 May

Calcium fluoride (CaF), in both natural and synthetic forms, has been exhaustively studied and explored as thermoluminescent (TL) detector. However its sensitivity to ambient light points to the applicability of CaFas OSL (Optically Stimulated Luminescence) detector, increasing the research about its luminescent properties. Although some properties to employ CaFdetectors with OSL technique have been already demonstrated, there is a lack of some essential information as the OSL response to different types and energy of ionizing radiation. In order to extend the use of Brazilian natural CaFwith OSL technique, we evaluated the efficiency and dosimetric properties of cold pressed CaF:NaCl pellets. The CaFdetectors presented good reproducibility and negligible fading of the signal over one month after irradiation. The dose response using OSL, TL and residual TL showed linear behavior for different radiation beams (protons, photons and alpha and beta particles), being equivalent to the results obtained with BeO and MTS (LiF) detectors through OSL and TL technique respectively. Moreover, differences were observed in OSL efficiency according the beam type and energy; CaFdetectors presented a higher OSL and TL sensitivities to protons, photons and beta particles than to alpha particles. The energy response to photons obtained using OSL and residual TL intensities present an over response at lower photon energy similar to TL energy response. In addition, differences in the OSL curve shapes were observed according to radiation type and energy, pointing to the possibility of applying this material in mixed radiation fields and to estimate average LET (Linear Energy Transfer).

DOI 10.1016/j.apradiso.2018.01.041
ISSN 1872-9800
Citation Appl Radiat Isot. 2018;135:166170.

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