Some Limitations in the Use of Plastic and Dyed Plastic Dosimeters

Arne Miller, Erling Bjergbakke, W. L. McLaughlin

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    Several practical plastic and dyed plastic dosimeters were examined under irradiation conditions similar to those used for radiation processing of materials. Cellulose triacetate, polymethyl methacrylate, polyvinyl chloride, dyed polymethyl methacrylate, dyed Cellophane and dyed Nylon were given fractionated and uninterrupted absorbed doses in the megarad range with 60Co γ-rays and 10 MeV electron beams. It was found that with some systems, differences in radiation response due to dose-rate and temperature dependence can cause large systematic errors in dose interpretation. Poor reproducibility of response may result from batch-to-batch differences or intra-batch variations in thickness, distribution of sensitizers and background optical density. When using these routine dosimeters, careful calibration of the response and monitoring of factors contributing to poor reproducibility are essential.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalInternational Journal of Applied Radiation and Isotopes
    Issue number10
    Pages (from-to)611-620
    Publication statusPublished - 1975


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