Electron interaction with gel dosimeters : effective atomic numbers for collisional, radiative and total interaction processes

Taylor, Michael, Franich, Rick, Trapp, Jamie, & Johnston, Peter (2009) Electron interaction with gel dosimeters : effective atomic numbers for collisional, radiative and total interaction processes. Radiation Research, 171(1), pp. 123-126.

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The effective atomic number is widely employed in radiation studies, particularly for the characterisation of interaction processes in dosimeters, biological tissues and substitute materials. Gel dosimeters are unique in that they comprise both the phantom and dosimeter material. In this work, effective atomic numbers for total and partial electron interaction processes have been calculated for the first time for a Fricke gel dosimeter, five hypoxic and nine normoxic polymer gel dosimeters. A range of biological materials are also presented for comparison. The spectrum of energies studied spans 10 keV to 100 MeV, over which the effective atomic number varies by 30 %. The effective atomic numbers of gels match those of soft tissue closely over the full energy range studied; greater disparities exist at higher energies but are typically within 4 %.

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ID Code: 37730
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Radiotherapy, Gel dosimetry, Monte Carlo
DOI: 10.1667/RR1438.1
ISSN: 1938-5404
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHYSICAL SCIENCES (020000) > OTHER PHYSICAL SCIENCES (029900) > Medical Physics (029903)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Schools > Physics
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Radiation Research Society
Deposited On: 05 Oct 2010 22:16
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:08

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