Combined TL and 10B-alanine ESR dosimetry for BNCT
- Autori: Bartolotta, A.; D'Oca, M.; LO GIUDICE, B.; Brai, M.; Borio, R.; Forini, N.; Salvadori, P.; Manera, S.
- Anno di pubblicazione: 2004
- Tipologia: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
The dosimetric technique described in this paper is based on electron spin resonance (ESR) detectors using an alanine-boric compound acid enriched with 10B, and beryllium oxide thermoluminescent (TL) detectors; with this combined dosimetry, it is possible to discriminate the doses due to thermal neutrons and gamma radiation in a mixed field. Irradiations were carried out inside the thermal column of a TRIGA MARK II water-pool-type research nuclear reactor, also used for Boron Neutron Capture therapy (BNCT) applications, with thermal neutron fluence from 109 to 1014 nth cm-2. The ESR dosemeters using the alanine-boron compound indicated ESR signals about 30-fold stronger than those using only alanine. Moreover, a negligible correction for the gamma contribution, measured with TL detectors, almost insensitive to thermal neutrons, was necessary. Therefore, a simultaneous analysis of our TL and ESR detectors allows discrimination between thermal neutron and gamma doses, as required in BNCT.