Medical proton dosimetry using radioluminescence from aluminium oxide crystals attached to optical-fiber cables

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The prime objective of this study is to investigate if radioluminescence (RL) from carbon-doped aluminum oxide (Al2O3:C) crystals potentially can be used for absorbed dose-rate measurements during proton radiotherapy. The RL from two separate (2 mg) Al2O3:C crystals attached to optical-fiber cables were recorded during irradiations in water in a 175 MeV clinical proton beam. The RL response for low-LET protons in the plateau region of the Bragg curve was found to closely resemble that observed for a clinical 6 MV X-ray beam. An identical response was found in the Bragg peak (where the dose-averaged LET is about 4 keV/mu m) for absorbed doses less than 0.3 Gy. For doses in the range of 0.3-3Gy, we observed a significant decrease in luminescence efficiency with LET. At 3 Gy, the luminescence efficiency was about 60% in the Bragg-peak region. The study implies that the RL-signal from Al2O3:C could potentially be suitable for medical proton dosimetry in the 0-0.3 Gy range even without any LET-dependent correction factors. (C) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


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  • Accelerator Physics and Instrumentation


  • radiation-induced luminescence, dosimetry, neutron and proton
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)466-468
JournalNuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research. Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors, and Associated Equipment
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Publication categoryResearch