The Nitrous Oxide Dosimeter


NITROUS oxide has been proposed1 as a suitable material for the dosimetry of ionizing radiations over wide temperature- and pressure-ranges and with a wide variety of types of radiation. The basis for the yields quoted in ref. 1 was the measurement of radiation flux using ionization chambers or ferrous sulphate solutions. We have investigated the radiolysis of nitrous oxide and have compared the results of absolute measurements based on tritium as an internal source with measurements based on ferrous or ceric sulphate dosimetry, using cobalt-60 γ-rays or 4-MeV. X-rays as external sources.

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HUMMEL, R., HEARNE, J. The Nitrous Oxide Dosimeter. Nature 188, 734–735 (1960).

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