A TLD-based ten channel system for the spectrometry of bremsstrahlung generated by laser-matter interaction

  • Horst, F.
  • Fehrenbacher, G.
  • Radon, T.
  • Kozlova, E.
  • Rosmej, O.
  • Czarnecki, D.
  • Schrenk, O.
  • Zink, K.
Abstract:
This work presents a thermoluminescence dosimetry based method for the measurement of bremsstrahlung spectra in the energy range from 30 keV to 100 MeV, resolved in ten different energy intervals and for the photon ambient dosimetry in ultrashort pulsed radiation fields as e.g. generated during operation of the PHELIX laser at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung. The method is a routine-oriented development by application of a multi-filter technique. The data analysis takes around 1 h. The spectral information is obtained by the unfolding of the response of ten thermoluminescence dosimeters with absorbers of different materials and thicknesses arranged as a stack each with a different response function to photon radiation. These response functions were simulated by the use of the Monte Carlo code FLUKA. An algorithm was developed to unfold bremsstrahlung spectra from the readings of the ten dosimeters. The method has been validated by measurements at a clinical electron linear accelerator (6 MV and 18 MV bremsstrahlung). First measurements at the PHELIX laser system were carried out in December 2013 and January 2014. Spectra with photon energies up to 10 MeV and mean energies up to 420 keV were observed at laser-intensities around 10ˆ19 W/cmˆ2 on a titanium foil target. The measurement results imply that the steel walls of the target chamber might be an additional bright x-ray source.
Jahr:
2015
Publikationstyp:
Artikel
Journal:
Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A
Volume:
782
Seiten:
69-76
Note:
00000
DOI:
10.1016/j.nima.2015.02.010
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