The effect of different dopant concentration of tailor-made silica fibers in radiotherapy dosimetry


Begum, Mahfuza and Mizanur Rahman, A. K. M. and Zubair, H. T. and Abdul Rashid, Hairul Azhar and Yusoff, Z. and Begum, Mahbuba and Alkhorayef, M. and Alzimami, K. and Bradley, D.A. (2017) The effect of different dopant concentration of tailor-made silica fibers in radiotherapy dosimetry. Radiation Physics and Chemistry, 141. pp. 73-77. ISSN 0969-806X

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In thermoluminescence (TL) material dopant concentration has an important effect on their characteristics as a “radiation-sensor”. The study investigates dosimetric properties of four different concentration (4 mol%, 5 mol%, 7 mol% and 25 mol%) tailor-made Ge-doped silica fibers. The intention is to seek development of alternative TL materials that offer exceptional advantages over existing passive systems of dosimetry, including improved spatial resolution, a water impervious nature and low cost. Photon beams (6 MV and 10 MV) from a clinical linear accelerator were used for irradiation of the fiber samples over radiation therapy doses, ranging from 0.5 Gy to 8 Gy. SEM-EDX analysis was also performed to investigate the homogeneity of distribution of Ge dopant concentration from the fiber samples. The results of measurement were also compared with two of the more commonly used standard TLDs, TLD-100 (LiF: Mg,Ti-7.5% 6LiF) and TLD-700 ((7LiF: Mg,Ti-99.9%7LiF) chips respectively. The TL intensity of the fiber samples was found to strongly depend on Ge dopant concentration, with samples showing enhanced TL yields with decreasing Ge dopant concentration. 4 mol% Ge-doped silica fiber provided the greatest response whereas the 25 mol% samples showed the least, indicative of the well-known concentration quenching effects All fiber TLDs provided linear dose response over the delivered radiotherapy dose-range, the fibers also showing a weak dependence on photon beam energies in comparing the TL yields at 6 and 10 MV. The fading behavior of the different concentration Ge doped TLD-materials were also measured over a period of thirty (30) days subsequent to irradiation. The relative sensitivity of the samples with respect to standard TLD-100 were found to be 0.37, 0.26, 0.13 and 0.02 in respect of the 4, 5, 7 and 25 mol% fibers. The primary dosimetry peak, which was by far the most prominent of any other feature covered by the glow curve, was found to be around 244 °C using the most sensitive silica fiber. The study is expected to pave the way in making more comprehensive investigations aimed at defining improved TL response fiber samples.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dopant concentration, Glow curve, Ge-doped silica fiber, Relative sensitivity, Radiotherapy dosimetry
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering (FOE)
Depositing User: Ms Suzilawati Abu Samah
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2020 04:34
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2020 04:34


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