A pilot study of a postal dosimetry system using the Fricke dosimeter for research irradiators

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      • Fricke dosimeter to be used in postal dosimetry for research irradiators.
      • Doses ranging from 25 to 300 Gy were delivered by a research irradiator.
      • Fading tests showed no significant difference for the absorbed doses over 9 days.


      Cobalt-60 irradiators and soft X-ray machines are frequently used for research purposes, but the dosimetry is not always performed using the recommended protocols. This may lead to confusing and untrustworthy results within the conducted research. Postal dosimetry systems have already been approved by the IAEA, with thermoluminescence dosimeters (TLD) and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) as the most commonly used dosimeter systems in these cases. The present study tests the Fricke dosimeter properties as a potential system to be used in postal dosimetry for a project using research irradiators. The Fricke solution was prepared according to the literature, and the linearity and fading tests were performed accordingly. All calculated doses were measured using a NE2571 Farmer ionization chamber as a reference. Doses ranging from 25 to 300 Gy were delivered by a research irradiator, with 150 kV and 22 mA to the Fricke solutions inside polyethylene (PE) bags (4 × 4 × 0.2 cm3). The results compared with the ionization chamber showed a linear response to the range of doses used. Fading tests showed no significant difference for the absorbed doses over 9 days, with a maximum difference of 1.5% found between days 0 and 3. The Fricke dosimeter presented good linearity, for low and high doses, and low uncertainties for the fading even for 9 days after irradiation. These preliminary results are motivating, and as the next step, we intend to design a postal dosimetry system using the PE bags of Fricke solution.


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