The Development of New Techniques for Retrospective Luminescence Dosimetry (LUMINATE), Final Report
Project ID: FIGD-CT-2000-00094Funded under: FP5-EAECTP C
Considerable scientific effort has been devoted to the assessment of the medical, environmental and physical consequences of the major radiation incidents that have occurred since 1945. The studies at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Chernobyl and Chelyabinsk have all underlined the need for retrospective methods of dosimetry such as luminescence that are suitable for application in dose reconstruction in populated areas. The continued need for the application of such methods is likely to remain since the risk of further accidental or deliberate actions in the future that result in the exposure of populations or individuals should not be discounted. To examine the health effects of such incidents, it is essential that dose reconstruction can provide accurate estimates of absorbed dose for epidemiological studies. Luminescence retrospective dosimetry (LRD) has a potentially important role to play in this process by providing quantitative estimates of cumulative absorbed dose that may be used as reference points for modelling calculations employed in dose reconstruction. It also has the potential to contribute to dose reconstruction in forensic cases where clandestine irradiation of individuals or groups is suspected. LRD has been, until the completion of this project, limited to the use of ceramic materials that were heated during manufacture and this restricted the scope of application of the method. In particular, techniques suitable for use with unheated building materials such as concrete, mortar, silica bricks and adobe brick had not been developed, and the experimental procedures developed for ceramics were not suitable to be directly applied to unheated materials.
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