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Dosimetric calibration of radiochromic film for laser-accelerated proton beams

AuthorsBellido Millán, Pablo Jesús ; García López, J. ; Jiménez-Ramos, M. C. ; Fernández-Martínez, B.
Issue Date2013
CitationIEEE: NSS/MIC/RTSD (2013)
AbstractWhen an ultra-intense and ultra-short laser pulse interacts with solid matter a fraction of the laser pulse can be converted into kinetic energy of a beam of charged particles. Radiochromic film (RCF), widely used as radiation detector in the field of conventional radiotherapy, can be used as detector for laser-accelerated protons. If used in stack configuration it is a useful and versatile tool to obtain 2D spatial distribution and energetic information of proton beams. In order to obtain dosimetric information from RCF it must be properly calibrated. Irradiating film pieces under well known conditions allows us to establish a relation between the optical density (OD) of the radiochromic film, which is measured through a flat bed scanner operating in transmission mode, and the deposited energy in the active layer. A calibration curve over a large dynamic range (3 orders of magnitude) has been obtained for few MeV protons. Our calibration process has been performed at the Spanish National Accelerator Center at Sevilla. We have irradiated several areas of a single RCF with a constant 50 pA beam current and fixed 4 MeV energy from a 3 MV tandem accelerator. We have calculated the deposited energy in the films under the same conditions. We demonstrate that this technique can be used to measure the spectrum and total energy of a laser-accelerated mixed-energy proton beam. This detector has been calibrated for a near future application at the Center of Pulsed, Ultra-short, Ultra-intense Lasers (CLPU) at Salamanca (Spain). We present the calibration procedure and results, the design optimization, and a comparison with similar experiments.
DescriptionResumen del trabajo presentado al IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging and Workshop on Room-Temeprature Semiconductor: "Beyond Imagination of Future Science" celebrado en Seoul (Korea) del 27 de octubre al 2 de noviembre de 2013.-- et al.
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