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Absorbed-Dose / Dose-Rate Dependence Studies for the Alanine-EPR Dosimetry System



Marc F. Desrosiers, James M. Puhl


Over the course of the last decade, routine monitoring of the alanine dosimetry system revealed a small but significant observation that, after examination, led to the characterization of a previously unknown absorbed-dose-dependent, dose-rate effect for the alanine system. The newly discovered rate effect is of potential concern for electron-beam dosimetry, since electron beam dosimetry typically derives its traceability to national standards through comparisons to gamma-ray calibrations of the dosimetry system. The largest discrepancy in source dose rates is between gamma-ray sources and electron beam accelerators. The influence of temperature on the alanine rate effect is an important first step in preparation for a comparison study between electron-beam and gamma-ray dosimetry. Here, new data is presented on the influence of irradiation temperature (from -40 °C to +50 °C) on the dose rate effect measured at 50 kGy.
Radiation Physics and Chemistry


alanine, dosimeter, dosimetry, electron paramagnetic resonance, electron beam, gamma ray, ionizing radiation, irradiation temperature


Desrosiers, M. and Puhl, J. (2009), Absorbed-Dose / Dose-Rate Dependence Studies for the Alanine-EPR Dosimetry System, Radiation Physics and Chemistry (Accessed June 15, 2024)


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Created September 1, 2009, Updated August 13, 2018