Photon energy dependence of three fortuitous dosemeters from personal electronic devices, measured by optically stimulated luminescence

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New data are presented with regard to the relative OSL sensitivity of three different emergency dosemeters irradiated to various photon energies approximately between 48 and 1250 keV using blue excitation light. Investigated components extracted from commonly worn objects include those from USB flash drives (alumina substrate), mobile phones (Ba-rich silicate) and credit cards (chip card module). Several basic properties have been investigated such as the overall radiation sensitivity, the shape of the decay curve and fading of the OSL signal. An increase of the sensitivity for low energies relative to 60Co gamma rays can be observed for the three dosemeters, the increase being very pronounced for the Ba-rich component (factor of 10) and less pronounced for the chip card module (factor of 2). It is concluded that proper dose correction factors for photon energy have to be applied in order to accurately determine the absorbed dose to tissue. The OSL sensitivity to neutron irradiation was investigated as well, but this was found to be less than the gamma sensitivity.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)294-299
JournalRadiation protection dosimetry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010


  • personal objects, fortuitous dosemeters, emergency dosimetry, energy dependence, optically stimulated luminescence

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