Detection threshold control of CR-39 plastic nuclear track detectors for the selective measurement of high LET secondary charged particles

S. Kodaira, N. Yasuda, H. Kawashima, M. Kurano, S. Naka, S. Ota, Y. Ideguchi, Nobuyuki Hasebe, K. Ogura

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    Abstract

    The two-step etching method using PEW (Potassium hydroxide + Ethanol + Water) and NaOH solutions was applied to the control of the response of CR-39 plastic nuclear track detectors for the measurement of high LET (linear energy transfer) particles. CR-39 detectors were exposed to several heavy ion beams covering the LETH2O range of 30-750 keV/μm from HIMAC (Heavy Ion Medical Accelerator in Chiba) at NIRS (National Institute of Radiological Sciences), Japan. The detectors were pre-etched in PEW solutions with 3 different ethanol concentrations at the temperature of 70 °C for 30-60 min. Then, the detectors were post-etched in 7N NaOH solution at the same temperature for 4-28 h. We found that the response curves and the detection thresholds of the detectors smoothly shifted to higher LET regions as the ethanol concentration increases in PEW solution.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1782-1785
    Number of pages4
    JournalRadiation Measurements
    Volume46
    Issue number12
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011 Dec

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    Keywords

    • CR-39
    • High LET particle
    • PEW
    • Secondary particle
    • Short range track
    • Space radiation
    • Track etching

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Radiation
    • Instrumentation

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    Kodaira, S., Yasuda, N., Kawashima, H., Kurano, M., Naka, S., Ota, S., Ideguchi, Y., Hasebe, N., & Ogura, K. (2011). Detection threshold control of CR-39 plastic nuclear track detectors for the selective measurement of high LET secondary charged particles. Radiation Measurements, 46(12), 1782-1785. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.radmeas.2011.08.015