Journal of Radiation Research and Radiation Proces ›› 2018, Vol. 36 ›› Issue (4): 40401-040401.doi: 10.11889/j.1000-3436.2018.rrj.36.040401

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Particle identification using CR-39 solid state nuclear track detector

XU Xiuqing1,2, XIA Xiaobin1, LI Yang3, CAI Jun1, CHEN Changqi1,2, HUANG Wenbo1, XIE Guiying1, GAO Lingwei1,2   

  1. 1. Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201800, China;
    2. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China;
    3. Tongji Hospital of Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430030, China
  • Received:2018-03-26 Revised:2018-04-11 Online:2018-08-20 Published:2018-08-18
  • Supported by:

    Supported by Strategic Priority Research Program of Chinese Academy of Sciences (XDA02050100)


To identify α-particles and protons using CR-39 solid state nuclear track detector (CR-39 SSNTD), track growth model and interaction theory between particles and media were applied and the profile and appearance of the tracks produced by α-particles and protons on the CR-39 SSNTD were simulated. In addition, the optimal chemical etching conditions for 3~8 MeV α-particles and 1~9 MeV protons were calculated. The corresponding diameters, depths and the gray level values of the tracks for the optimal chemical etching conditions were simulated to identify the α-particles and protons with the same energy and different energies. To verify the simulation method, a CR-39 SSNTD was used to measure the tracks made by 5.84 MeV α-particles and 3 MeV protons. The differences between the experimental and simulated diameters of the tracks ranged between 0.36%~9.70%. For the optimal etching conditions obtained from simulation, a difference of 5.6% was observed between the experimental and simulated chemical etching time. These results are preliminary proof of the feasibility and validity of the simulation method.

Key words: CR-39, Solid state nuclear track detector, Etching conditions, α-particle, Proton

CLC Number: 

  • TL815.7