The visible radiophotoluminescence response of radiation-induced stable F2 and F3+ color centers in nominally pure lithium fluoride crystals, irradiated with a reference 60Co gamma beam in the 1–20 Gy dose range, was carefully investigated. After irradiation, the Stokes-shifted emission spectra of the colored crystals were measured as a function of time under continuous laser excitation at 445 nm and in stationary conditions. The F2 radiophotoluminescence intensity remains constant; the signal, spectrally integrated in a 50 nm-wide interval centered on the F2 emission peak at 670 nm, exhibited a linear dependence on the absorbed dose with a good signal-to-noise ratio, stability for multiple readout and long storage times. Combined with our previous investigations after irradiation at similar doses with low-energy protons and clinical X-ray beams, these experimental results confirm the feasibility of passive solid-state dosimeters for radiotherapy based on color center radiophotoluminescence in nominally pure lithium fluoride crystals.

Dose response of visible color center radiophotoluminescence in lithium fluoride crystals irradiated with a reference 60Co gamma beam in the 1–20 Gy dose range

Piccinini M.;Nichelatti E.;Pimpinella M.;De Coste V.;Montereali R. M.
2022-01-01

Abstract

The visible radiophotoluminescence response of radiation-induced stable F2 and F3+ color centers in nominally pure lithium fluoride crystals, irradiated with a reference 60Co gamma beam in the 1–20 Gy dose range, was carefully investigated. After irradiation, the Stokes-shifted emission spectra of the colored crystals were measured as a function of time under continuous laser excitation at 445 nm and in stationary conditions. The F2 radiophotoluminescence intensity remains constant; the signal, spectrally integrated in a 50 nm-wide interval centered on the F2 emission peak at 670 nm, exhibited a linear dependence on the absorbed dose with a good signal-to-noise ratio, stability for multiple readout and long storage times. Combined with our previous investigations after irradiation at similar doses with low-energy protons and clinical X-ray beams, these experimental results confirm the feasibility of passive solid-state dosimeters for radiotherapy based on color center radiophotoluminescence in nominally pure lithium fluoride crystals.
2022
Color centers
Dosimetry
Lithium fluoride
Radiophotoluminescence
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