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Automated Research Instrument for Thermoluminescence/Optically Stimulated Luminescence/Radioluminescence Measurements

English title Automated Research Instrument for Thermoluminescence/Optically Stimulated Luminescence/Radioluminescence Measurements
Applicant Yukihara Eduardo
Number 177028
Funding scheme R'EQUIP
Research institution Abteilung Strahlenschutz und Sicherheit Paul Scherrer Institut
Institution of higher education Paul Scherrer Institute - PSI
Main discipline Other disciplines of Physics
Start/End 01.11.2018 - 31.10.2020
Approved amount 145'000.00
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All Disciplines (2)

Discipline
Other disciplines of Physics
Other disciplines of Environmental Sciences

Keywords (5)

luminescent materials; radiopharmaceuticals; proton therapy; geochronology; dosimetry

Lay Summary (German)

Lead
Lumineszenz ist eines der wichtigsten Phänomene aus der Sicht der Grundlagen- und angewandten Forschung. Viele wichtige Technologien profitieren von oder werden behindert durch Lumineszenzeigenschaften, die Materialien durch Dotierstoffe und Verunreinigungen verliehen werden. Beispiele umfassen Szintillatoren, die in der diagnostischen Radiologie, Strahlentherapie und Strahlungssicherheit verwendet werden; fluoreszierende Materialien, die als Biomarker verwendet werden; persistente Leuchtstoffe, die als Bio-Label verwendet werden; Photokatalysatoren; optische Sensoren; Detektoren und photonische Vorrichtungen. Die Forschung auf diesem Gebiet kann von automatisierten Forschungslesegeräten profitieren, die in der Lage sind, mehrere Proben zu handhaben und eine Vielzahl von Lumineszenzanalysen durchzuführen.
Lay summary

In diesem Projekt werden wir ein einzigartiges, hochmodernes automatisiertes Forschungsinstrument erwerben, das spezialisierte Lumineszenz-Messungen (Thermolumineszenz und optisch stimulierte Lumineszenz) mit spektroskopischen Fähigkeiten ermöglicht und eine breite Palette grundlegender und angewandter Forschung, einschließlich Defekt-Engineering von Lumineszenz, ermöglicht Materialien, Charakterisierung von Mineralien von Interesse für Lumineszenz-Datierung, und Entwicklung von innovativen Dosimetrie-Techniken für Strahlentherapie, diagnostische Radiologie, radiopharmazeutische Forschung und Personendosimetrie.

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Lay Summary (English)

Lead
Luminescence is one of the most important phenomena from the point of view of basic and applied research. Many important technologies rely on, or are hindered by, luminescence properties imparted to materials by dopants and impurities. Examples include scintillators used in diagnostic radiology, radiotherapy, and radiation safety; fluorescent materials used as biomarkers; persistent phosphors used as bio-labels; photocatalysts; optical sensors, detectors and photonic devices. Research on this area can benefit from automated research readers capable of handling multiple samples and of performing a variety of luminescence analyses.
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Aims of the research project

In this project we will acquire a unique, state-of-the-art automated research instrument capable of specialized luminescence measurements (thermoluminescence and optically stimulated luminescence) with spectroscopy capabilities, enabling a wide range of basic and applied research, including defect engineering of luminescence materials, characterization of minerals of interest for luminescence dating, and development of innovative dosimetry techniques for radiation therapy, diagnostic radiology, radiopharmaceutical research and personal dosimetry.

Scientific and societal context of the research project

The acquisition of this equipment will boost the research on luminescence materials in Switzerland, providing the scientific community with an efficient and unique instrument for luminescent research. The equipment will enable the development of new luminescence detectors and sensors, better dosimeters for ionizing radiation, including in radiation therapy, and lead to a better understanding of natural samples of interest for geological applications. Because of the strength and expertise of the research groups identified, we envision this instrument will foster an active and interdisciplinary research program in Switzerland.

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Responsible applicant and co-applicants

Publications

Publication
Al2O3:C and Al2O3:C,Mg optically stimulated luminescence 2D dosimetry applied to magnetic resonance guided radiotherapy
Shrestha N., Yukihara E.G., Cusumano Davide, Placidi Lorenzo (2020), Al2O3:C and Al2O3:C,Mg optically stimulated luminescence 2D dosimetry applied to magnetic resonance guided radiotherapy, in Radiation Measurements, 138, 106439-106439.
Feasibility studies on the use of MgB4O7:Ce,Li-based films in 2D optically stimulated luminescence dosimetry
Shrestha Nishan, Vandenbroucke Dirk, Leblans Paul, Yukihara Eduardo (2020), Feasibility studies on the use of MgB4O7:Ce,Li-based films in 2D optically stimulated luminescence dosimetry, in Physics Open, 5, 100037.

Datasets

Al2O3:C Optically Stimulated Luminescence 2D dosimetry applied to magnetic resonance guided radiotherapy

Author Yukihara, Eduardo; Shrestha, Nishan; Cusumano, Davide; Placidi, Lorenzo
Publication date 22.10.2020
Persistent Identifier (PID) http://dx.doi.org/10.17632/vp5jgnvm95.1
Repository Mendeley
Abstract
Data on optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) detectors (Al2O3:C) and films irradiated at the Fondazione Policlinico Universitario ‘‘A. Gemelli’’ using a MRIdian system (ViewRay Inc., Mountain View, California, USA). The results are described in the publication Shrestha, N., Yukihara, E.G., Cusumano, D. and Placidi, L., 2020. Al2O3:C and Al2O3:C,Mg optically stimulated luminescence 2D dosimetry applied to magnetic resonance guided radiotherapy. Radiat. Meas. 138, 106439.Experimental description is provided in the associated publication.

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Fondazione Policlinico Universitario ‘‘A. Gemelli’’ IRCCS Italy (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Agfa NV Belgium (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Clemson University United States of America (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Lausanne University Hospital Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Yale School of Medicine United States of America (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Faculté des géosciences et de l'environnement, University of Lausanne Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University Denmark (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Exchange of personnel
Kyoto University Japan (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Center for Proton Therapy, Paul Scherrer Institute Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication

Associated projects

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138956 Constraining glacial erosion processes using thermochronology and landscape evolution modeling 01.09.2012 SNSF Professorships
153053 Climate history of the Indo-Pacific region and subsurface biosphere of Lake Towuti: The Swiss contribution to the ICDP Towuti Drilling Project (research part) 01.01.2015 Project funding (Div. I-III)
154434 SWISS-AlpArray - Assessing Alpine Orogeny in 4D-space-time Frame 01.10.2014 Sinergia

Abstract

Luminescence is one of the most important phenomena from the point of view of basic and applied research. Many important technologies rely on, or are hindered by, luminescence properties imparted to materials by dopants and impurities. Examples include scintillators used in diagnostic radiology, radiotherapy, and radiation safety; fluorescent materials used as biomarkers; persistent phosphors used as bio-labels, photocatalysts, optical sensors, detectors and photonic devices. In this project we will acquire a unique, state-of-the-art automated research instrument capable of specialized luminescence measurements with spectroscopy capabilities, enabling a wide range of basic and applied research, including defect engineering of luminescence materials, characterization of minerals of interest for luminescence dating, and development of innovative dosimetry techniques for radiation therapy, diagnostic radiology, radiopharmaceutical research and personal dosimetry. In addition to various groups within the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), the equipment will also benefit the University of Bern, the University of Lausanne, the Laboratory of Multifuncional Materials ETH-Zürich, the Institute of Radiation Physics (IRA, Lausanne), and the Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz.
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