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Establishment of X-ray reference fields for performance tests of radiation measuring instruments based on international standard

Shimizu, Shigeru; Sawahata, Tadahiro*; Kajimoto, Yoichi; Shikaze, Yoshiaki ; Yoshihara, Yasuaki*; Tatebe, Yosuke

The International Standard, ISO 4037-1, is applied worldwide for setting the condition of X-ray reference fields to be used for the performance test of radiation measuring instruments for radiation protection. X-ray reference fields were established at the Facility of Radiation Standard in Nuclear Science Research Institute in 2003 and had been operated. Recently, we rebuilt the X-ray reference fields by replacing the X-ray tube with a new model due to the damage of the old one of the middle-hard X-ray irradiation device. We have established three series of medium-hard X-ray reference fields, Narrow, Wide and High air-kerma series with 27 radiation qualities, based on ISO 4037-1. This article described quality of the X-ray fields, X-ray spectra, conversion coefficients to the dose equivalent from Air-kerma and comparison with the quality of ISO 4037-1 in the X-ray fields of medium-hard X-ray voltages ranging from 20 kV to 300 kV. Result of experiments, these X-ray reference fields were well agreed with the condition of the international standard. As a result, these X-ray reference fields were found to be used to carry out the performance test, standard irradiation based on the international standard, and an intercomparison experiment with the reference laboratories in the world.



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