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Dependence of nanodosimetric spectra on the sensitive volume length and ion drift in an ion-counting nanodosemeter

S. Shchemelinin, G. Hilgers, E. Gargioni, B. Grosswendt, A. Breskin and R. Chechik

in Radiation Protection Dosimetry

Volume 122, issue 1-4, pages 446-450
Published in print December 2006 | ISSN: 0144-8420
Published online January 2007 | e-ISSN: 1742-3406 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/rpd/ncl485
Dependence of nanodosimetric spectra on the sensitive volume length and ion drift in an ion-counting nanodosemeter

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Nanodosimetric spectra, measured in a well-defined ionisation sensitive volume of an ion-counting gaseous nanodosemeter, may have a valuable predictive value of radiation damage to DNA. In such devices, the distributions of radiation-induced ions are measured after their drift in gas. The sensitive-volume size, corresponding to a DNA segment length, can be tuned by selecting an appropriate time window for ion counting; the method's accuracy depends on the velocity distribution of the drifting ions. The results of ion-drift measurements in an ion-counting nanodosemeter were used for the precise calculation of its sensitive volume length. Monte Carlo simulations of nanodosimetric spectra, performed with the obtained data, are in good agreement with experimental data. The method's limitations, arising from the spread of drift velocities, are discussed.

Journal Article.  2084 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Nuclear Chemistry, Photochemistry, and Radiation

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