A model survey meter using undoped poly (ether sulfone)

Hidehito Nakamura*, Yoshiyuki Shirakawa, Masaya Kanayama, Nobuhiro Sato, Hisashi Kitamura, Sentaro Takahashi

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The large region surrounding the damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant has necessitated the use of numerous radiation survey meters with large, robust substrates. The survey meters require efficient scintillation materials that do not require doping and have dimensional stability, such as poly (ether sulfone) (PES) resins. Here, we demonstrate the performance of a model survey meter that uses large PES plates with polished, mirrored surfaces and rough, scattering surfaces. Light collection efficiencies from plates having one or more of these surfaces were quantitatively Characterised with 36Cl-, 60Co-, 137Cs-radioactive sources. The count rates of plates having a combination of mirrored/scattering-surfaces are >1.6 times that for plates having two mirrored surfaces. In addition, a significant amount of radiation-induced light generated in the PES is trapped inside the plate because of its relatively high refractive index. The results indicate that large, undoped PES plates can be used in radiation survey meters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-130
Number of pages4
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Apr 21
Externally publishedYes


  • Aromatic ring polymer
  • Count rate
  • Poly (ether sulfone)
  • Radiation survey meter
  • Refractive index
  • Surface treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation


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