Currently, there are no radiation detectors that can be used for routine measurements of linear energy transfer (LET) in particle therapy clinics. In this work, we characterized the LET dependence of Al2O3:C optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) detectors (OSLDs) exposed to therapeutic proton beams in order to evaluate their potential for clinical LET measurements. We evaluated OSLDs that were irradiated with an absorbed dose to water of 0.2 Gy in therapeutic proton beams with average energies ranging between approximately 25 MeV and 200 MeV, resulting in LET in water values between 0.45 and 2.29 keV/μm. We examined two properties of the OSL emission signal in terms of LET dependence: the signal intensities of the blue and ultraviolet (UV) emission bands, and the shapes of the OSL curves. We found that the signal intensity of the UV emission band increased consistently with LET within the range investigated, whereas the intensity of the blue emission band remained constant. Our results also demonstrated that the OSL curve shapes were more LET dependent for signals containing both the blue and UV emission bands than for signals containing only one of the bands. Both metrics we examined in this study - the relative UV/blue emission signal intensities and OSL curve shapes - show potential for LET detection in proton therapy.

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Keywords Dosimetry, Linear energy transfer, Optically stimulated luminescence, Proton therapy, Radiation measurement
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.radmeas.2014.03.026
Journal Radiation Measurements
Citation
Granville, D.A. (Dal A.), Sahoo, N. (Narayan), & Sawakuchi, G.O. (Gabriel O.). (2014). Linear energy transfer dependence of Al2O3:C optically stimulated luminescence detectors exposed to therapeutic proton beams. Radiation Measurements, 71, 69–73. doi:10.1016/j.radmeas.2014.03.026