Characterization of the ESR response of alanine dosimeters to low-energy Cu-target X-tube photons

Fabio Principato, Salvatore Gallo, Leonardo Abbene, Anna Longo, Luigi Tranchina, Maurizio Marrale, Marrale, Longo, Salvatore Gallo, D'Errico, D'Errico, Francesco D'Errico, Tana, Salvatore Panzeca

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This article describes Electron Spin Resonance (ESR) response measurements of Kodak BioMax alanine films exposed to low-energy X-rays from a Cu-target tube operating at 20 kV. Commercial alanine detectors were used to ensure maximum reproducibility of the results, while the choice of a film was due the low penetration of the soft X-rays. X-ray energy spectra and fluences were determined with an innovative digital semiconductor detector system. These data were used to quantify the irradiation of the alanine films in terms of absorbed dose to water. The alanine films were found to present a stable response, highly linear with dose. To our knowledge, these data have not been previously reported and they may be extremely relevant, e.g., when mapping the high-gradient treatment fields used in microbeam radiation therapy (MRT) with synchrotron radiation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)200-204
Number of pages5
JournalRadiation Measurements
Publication statusPublished - 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiation
  • Instrumentation


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