The purpose of this study was to investigate the potential of real-time optically stimulated luminescence (rtOSL) measurements of a beryllium oxide (BeO) ceramic fibre-coupled luminescence dosimetry system. By pulsing the stimulation laser during the exposure to ionizing radiation, an rtOSL dose-rate measurement can be obtained which could be stem effect free. A portable rtOSL BeO ceramic fibre-coupled dosimetry system is presented and characterized using a constant dose-rate superficial 140 kVp X-ray beam. The rtOSL was measured for dose-rates between 0.29 and 3.88 Gy/min, controlled by varying the source to surface distance. After correcting for OSL decay during the exposure, a linear dose-rate response of the change in rtOSL (ΔrtOSL) was observed. The ΔrtOSL was also observed to be stem effect free.
Keywords: BeO ceramic; Fibre-coupled luminescence dosimetry; Optically stimulated luminescence; Stem effect.
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