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Physics in medicine and biology

General collection efficiency in liquid iso-octane and tetramethylsilane used as sensitive media in a thimble ionization chamber.


PMID 10495111

Abstract

The general collection efficiency in the dielectric liquids iso-octane (CaH18; 2-2-4 trimethylpentane) and tetramethylsilane (Si(CH3)4), used as sensitive media in a thimble liquid ionization chamber (LIC) with a liquid layer thickness of 1 mm, has been studied. Measurements were made for continuous radiation at varying dose rates using 140 keV photons from the decay of 99mTc for chamber polarizing voltages of 50, 100 and 500 V. The maximum dose rate in each measurement session was about 150 mGy min(-1). The experimental results were compared with theoretical general collection efficiencies calculated by the equation for the general collection efficiency in gases. The results show that the general collection efficiency in a thimble LIC for continuous radiation can be calculated with the equation for the general collection efficiency in gas ionization chambers, using the same chamber geometry correction factors and analogous characteristic ion recombination parameters for the dielectric liquids.

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