Single track coincidence measurements of fluorescent and plastic nuclear track detectors in therapeutic carbon beams
Journal article, 2014

In this paper we present a method for single track coincidence measurements using two different track detector materials. We employed plastic and fluorescent nuclear track detectors (PNTDs and FNTDs) in the entrance channel of a monoenergetic carbon ion beam covering the therapeutic energy range from 80 to 425 MeV/u. About 99% of all primary particle tracks detected by both detectors were successfully matched, while 1% of the particles were only detected by the FNTDs because of their superior spatial resolution. We conclude that both PNTDs and FNTDs are suitable for clinical carbon beam dosimetry with a detection efficiency of at least 98.82% and 99.83% respectively, if irradiations are performed with low fluence in the entrance channel of the ion beam. The investigated method can be adapted to other nuclear track detectors and offers the possibility to characterize new track detector materials against well-known detectors. Further, by combining two detectors with a restricted working range in the presented way a hybrid-detector system can be created with an extended and optimized working range.

Hybrid detectors

Heavy-ion detectors

Instrumentation for heavy-ion therapy

Particle tracking detectors (Solid-state detectors)


J. M. Osinga

German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)

University Hospital Heidelberg

I. Ambrozova

Nuclear Physics Institute

Katerina Pachnerova Brabcová

Chalmers, Applied Physics, Nuclear Engineering

M. S. Akselrod

Landauer, Stillwater

O. Jakel

University Hospital Heidelberg

German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)

Heidelberg Ion Beam Therapy Center

M. Davidkova

Nuclear Physics Institute

S. Greilich

German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)

Journal of Instrumentation

1748-0221 (ISSN)

Vol. 9 4 P04013

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