Optical Properties of Poly(2,6-Dimethyl 1,4 Phenylene Oxide) and it's potential for a long term dosimeter

Lester, R. A., Parisi, Alfio V., Kimlin, Michael G., & Sabburg, Jeff (2003) Optical Properties of Poly(2,6-Dimethyl 1,4 Phenylene Oxide) and it's potential for a long term dosimeter. Physics in Medicine and Biology, 48(22), pp. 3685-3698.

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The optical properties of poly(2,6-dimethyl-1,4-phenylene oxide) (PPO) film have been characterized in order to develop an alternative method for UV dosimetry with a focus on long-term human exposure measurements. The dynamic range of PPO film was found to extend to 2 MJ m(-2) of broadband UV exposure independently of film thickness, providing an exposure range of roughly four summer days at subtropical latitudes. The sensitivity of the film to UV exposure was positively related to film thickness in the 20-40 microm range. Films of 40 microm thickness proved to be the most suitable for long-term human UV exposure measurements. The temperature independence of the response of 40 microm PPO film was established from 1.5 degrees C to 50 degrees C within a dosimeter response uncertainty of 6.5%. Dose-rate independence was also demonstrated within 8% of the mean dosimeter response. The spectral response approximates the CIE erythemal action spectrum between 300 and 340 nm, with a peak response at 305 nm. A large deviation from this action spectrum was observed at shorter wavelengths. Investigation of the angular response in both the azimuth and altitude planes showed a cosine error of less than 6.2% between 0 degrees and 40 degrees, and did not exceed 13.3% at any angle greater than 40 degrees. These results indicate that PPO film satisfies the requirements for use as a UV dosimeter, and may be employed in long-term human exposure measurements.

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ID Code: 7849
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please contact the QUT Faculty of Health.
DOI: 10.1088/0031-9155/48/22/005
ISSN: 0031-9155
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Institute of Physics Publishing
Deposited On: 04 Jun 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:30

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