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Calibration of BAS-TR image plate response to high energy (3-300 MeV) carbon ions

Doria, D. and Kar, S. and Ahmed, H. and Alejo, A and Fernandez, J. and Cerchez, M. and Gray, R. J. and Hanton, F. and MacLellan, D. A. and McKenna, P. and Najmudin, Z. and Neely, D. and Romagnani, L. and Ruiz, J. A. and Sarri, G. and Scullion, C. and Streeter, M. and Swantusch, M. and Willi, O. and Zepf, M. and Borghesi, M. (2015) Calibration of BAS-TR image plate response to high energy (3-300 MeV) carbon ions. Review of Scientific Instruments, 86 (12). ISSN 0034-6748

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Abstract

The paper presents the calibration of Fuji BAS-TR image plate (IP) response to high energy carbon ions of different charge states by employing an intense laser-driven ion source, which allowed access to carbon energies up to 270 MeV. The calibration method consists of employing a Thomson parabola spectrometer to separate and spectrally resolve different ion species, and a slotted CR-39 solid state detector overlayed onto an image plate for an absolute calibration of the IP signal. An empirical response function was obtained which can be reasonably extrapolated to higher ion energies. The experimental data also show that the IP response is independent of ion charge states.