Journal Article Comparison of cosmic rays radiation detectors on-board commercial jet aircraft

Kubancak, Jan  ,  Ambrozova, Iva  ,  Pachnerova Brabcova, Katerina  ,  Jakubek, Jan  ,  Kyselova, Dagmar  ,  Ploc, Ondrej  ,  Bems, Julius  ,  Stepan, Vaclav  ,  Uchihori, Yukio

164 ( 4 )  , pp.484 - 488 , 2015-06 , Oxford University Press
Aircrew members and passengers are exposed to increased rates of cosmic radiation on-board commercial jet aircraft. The annual effective doses of crew members often exceed limits for public, thus it is recommended to monitor them. In general, the doses are estimated via various computer codes and in some countries also verified by measurements. This paper describes a comparison of three cosmic rays detectors, namely of the (a) HAWK Tissue Equivalent Proportional Counter; (b) Liulin semiconductor energy deposit spectrometer and (c) TIMEPIX silicon semiconductor pixel detector, exposed to radiation fields on-board commercial Czech Airlines company jet aircraft. Measurements were performed during passenger flights from Prague to Madrid, Oslo, Tbilisi, Yekaterinburg and Almaty, and back in July and August 2011. For all flights, energy deposit spectra and absorbed doses are presented. Measured absorbed dose and dose equivalent are compared with the EPCARD code calculations. Finally, the advantages and disadvantages of all detectors are discussed.

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