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Development of tailor-made silica fibres for TL dosimetry

Bradley, David, Abdul Sani, SF, Alalawi, AI, Jafari, Shakardokht, Nisbet, Andrew, Noor, NM, Hairul Azhar, AR, Mahdiraji, GA, Tamchek, N, Ghosh, S , Paul, MC, Alzimami, KS and Maah, MJ (2014) Development of tailor-made silica fibres for TL dosimetry Radiation Physics and Chemistry, 104. pp. 3-9.

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The Ge dopant in commercially available silica optical fibres gives rise to appreciable thermoluminscence (TL), weight-for-weight offering sensitivity to MV X-rays several times that of the LiF dosimeter TLD100. The response of these fibres to UV radiation, X-rays, electrons, protons, neutrons and alpha particles, with doses from a fraction of 1Gy up to 10kGy, have stimulated further investigation of the magnitude of the TL signal for intrinsic and doped SiO fibres. We represent a consortium effort between Malaysian partners and the University of Surrey, aimed at production of silica fibres with specific TL dosimetry applications, utilizing modified chemical vapour deposition (MCVD) doped silica-glass production and fibre-pulling facilities. The work is informed by defect and dopant concentration and various production dependences including pulling parameters such as temperature, speed and tension; the fibres also provide for spatial resolutions down to <10μm, confronting many limitations faced in use of conventional (TL) dosimetry. Early results are shown for high spatial resolution (~0.1mm) single-core Ge-doped TL sensors, suited to radiotherapy applications. Preliminary results are also shown for undoped flat optical fibres of mm dimensions and Ge-B doped flat optical fibres of sub-mm dimensions, with potential for measurement of doses in medical diagnostic applications. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Abdul Sani, SF
Alalawi, AI
Noor, NM
Hairul Azhar, AR
Mahdiraji, GA
Tamchek, N
Ghosh, S
Paul, MC
Alzimami, KS
Maah, MJ
Date : November 2014
DOI : 10.1016/j.radphyschem.2014.03.042
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 21 Jun 2017 14:40
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 12:24

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