Tissue equivalent proportional counter (TEPC) is the most accurate device for measuring the microdosimetric properties of a particle beam, nevertheless no detailed information on the track structure of the impinging particles can be obtained, since the lower operation limit of common TEPCs is ~0.3 μm. On the other hand, the pattern of particle interactions at the nanometer level is measured by only three different nanodosimeters worldwide: practical instruments are not yet available. In order to partially fill the gap between microdosimetry and track-nanodosimetry, a low-pressure avalanche-confinement TEPC was recently designed and constructed for simulating tissue-equivalent sites down to the nanometric region. The present article aims at describing the response of this newly developed TEPC in the range 0.3 μm-25 nm against a fast neutron field from a 241Am-Be source and a quasi-monoenergetic neutron beam. The experimental results are in good agreement with Monte Carlo simulations carried out with the FLUKA code.

A novel tepc for microdosimetry at nanometric level: Response against different neutron fields

Bortot, D;MAZZUCCONI, DAVIDE;Agosteo, S;Pola, A;PASQUATO, STEFANO;Fazzi, A;
2018

Abstract

Tissue equivalent proportional counter (TEPC) is the most accurate device for measuring the microdosimetric properties of a particle beam, nevertheless no detailed information on the track structure of the impinging particles can be obtained, since the lower operation limit of common TEPCs is ~0.3 μm. On the other hand, the pattern of particle interactions at the nanometer level is measured by only three different nanodosimeters worldwide: practical instruments are not yet available. In order to partially fill the gap between microdosimetry and track-nanodosimetry, a low-pressure avalanche-confinement TEPC was recently designed and constructed for simulating tissue-equivalent sites down to the nanometric region. The present article aims at describing the response of this newly developed TEPC in the range 0.3 μm-25 nm against a fast neutron field from a 241Am-Be source and a quasi-monoenergetic neutron beam. The experimental results are in good agreement with Monte Carlo simulations carried out with the FLUKA code.
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