Lithium formate and l-α-alanine (alanine) EPR dosimeters were irradiated to doses from 100 Gy to 100 kGy. The irradiations were mainly performed at a Gammacell irradiator with dose rate of approximately 5.5 kGy h−1. Both the peak-to-peak amplitude of the first derivative EPR spectrum and the area under the EPR absorption spectrum were extracted, and the resulting dose dependence of these EPR signal intensity parameters were analyzed. The dependence of the peak-to-peak width of the central resonance in the first derivative EPR spectrum on the dose was also elucidated. In addition, the dependence on dose rate and irradiation temperature for the two materials was measured. Dosimeters were given doses from 100 Gy to 10 kGy at two different Gammacells with dose rates of 5.5 kGy h−1 and 0.6 kGy h−1, respectively, and the results were compared. Furthermore, the EPR signal intensities for dosimeters irradiated to 1 kGy at temperatures from 11ºC to 40ºC were analyzed. By fitting an ‘exponential rise to maximum'-function to the dependence of the area under the EPR absorption spectrum on the dose, saturation doses of 53 kGy and 87 kGy for lithium formate and alanine, respectively, were found. Lower estimates were found when analyzing the dose dependence of the peak-to-peak amplitude. Furthermore, the peak-to-peak width was found to increase for doses above 10 kGy. No dose rate dependence for any of the studied materials was observed and the temperature coefficients at 25ºC (i.e. change in dosimeter signal per ºC change in irradiation temperature) were 0.154 % K−1 and 0.161 % K−1 for lithium formate and alanine, respectively. This work demonstrates that lithium formate EPR dosimeters may be suitable for high dose applications, but their signals saturate at lower doses than alanine. The saturation doses found for both materials may be used in theoretical calculations of the dosimeter response following hadron beam irradiations.
- Radiation research and nuclear technologies
- Radiation physics