Accession Number : AD0770114


Title :   Saturation Characteristics of Miniature Ionization Chambers in Pulsed LINAC Exposures.


Descriptive Note : Technical note,


Corporate Author : ARMED FORCES RADIOBIOLOGY RESEARCH INST BETHESDA MD


Personal Author(s) : Shosa,D. W.


Report Date : SEP 1973


Pagination or Media Count : 17


Abstract : Theoretical expressions have been derived for the critical applied voltage below which charge collection is incomplete in ionization chambers exposed to pulsed radiation. To test the accuracy of the expressions, a 0.5 cc ionization chamber was exposed to 100 nsec pulses in a 35-MeV electron beam from the AFFRRI LINAC. Several gases with negligible electron attachment coefficients were used. These included argon, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and a tissue-equivalent mixture of methane, carbon dioxide and nitrogen. It was found that the theory accurately predicted that, with 1000 volts applied, a charge density of 11 esu per pulse could be completely collected. It was also found that, for an air-filled chamber sufficiently small so that negative charge is transported to the anode by electrons, the derived expressions accurately predict the critical voltage. (Author)


Descriptors :   (*Ionization chambers, Saturation), (*Electron beams, Ionization chambers), Linear accelerators, Space charge, Ion density


Subject Categories : NUCLEAR INSTRUMENTATION


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE