3-D imaging of particle tracks in solid state nuclear track detectors

D. Wertheim*, G. Gillmore, L. Brown, N. Petford

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    It has been suggested that 3 to 5% of total lung cancer deaths in the UK may be associated with elevated radon concentration. Radon gas levels can be assessed using CR-39 plastic detectors which are often assessed by 2-D image analysis of surface images. 3-D analysis has the potential to provide information relating to the angle at which alpha particles impinge on the detector. In this study we used a "LEXT" OLS3100 confocal laser scanning microscope (Olympus Corporation, Tokyo, Japan) to image tracks on five CR-39 detectors. We were able to identify several patterns of single and coalescing tracks from 3-D visualisation. Thus this method may provide a means of detailed 3-D analysis of Solid State Nuclear Track Detectors.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1033-1036
    Number of pages4
    JournalNatural Hazards and Earth System Sciences
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


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