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Optical fiber sensor for low dose gamma irradiation monitoring
Author(s): Ana I. de Andrés; Óscar Esteban; Miguel Embid
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Paper Abstract

An optical fiber gamma ray detector is presented in this work. It is based on a Terbium doped Gadolinium Oxysulfide (Gd2O2S:Tb) scintillating powder which cover a chemically etched polymer fiber tip. This etching improves the fluorescence gathering by the optical fiber. The final diameter has been selected to fulfill the trade-off between light gathering and mechanical strength. Powder has been encapsulated inside a microtube where the fiber tip is immersed. The sensor has been irradiated with different air Kerma doses up to 2 Gy/h with a 137Cs source, and the spectral distribution of the fluorescence intensity has been recorded in a commercial grade CCD spectrometer. The obtained signal-to-noise ratio is good enough even for low doses, which has allowed to reduce the integration time in the spectrometer. The presented results show the feasibility for using low cost equipment to detect/measure ionizing radiation as gamma rays are.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 May 2016
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 9916, Sixth European Workshop on Optical Fibre Sensors, 99160D (30 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2236860
Show Author Affiliations
Ana I. de Andrés, Univ. de Alcalá (Spain)
Óscar Esteban, Univ. de Alcalá (Spain)
Miguel Embid, Ctr. de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (Spain)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9916:
Sixth European Workshop on Optical Fibre Sensors
Elfed Lewis, Editor(s)

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