CR-39 track detector for multi-MeV ion spectroscopy

T.W. Jeong, K.P. Singh, C. Scullion, H. Ahmed, P. Hadjisolomou, C. Jeon, H. Yun, K. F. Kakolee, M. Borghesi, S. Ter-Avetisyan*

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We present the characteristics of track formation on the front and rear surfaces of CR-39 produced by laser-driven protons and carbon ions. A methodological approach, based on bulk etch length, is proposed to uniquely characterize the particle tracks in CR-39, enabling comparative description of the track characteristics in different experiments. The response of CR-39 to ions is studied based on the energy dependent growth rate of the track diameter to understand the intrinsic particle stopping process within the material. A large non-uniformity in the track diameter is observed for CR-39 with thickness matching with the stopping range of particles. Simulation and experimental results show the imprint of longitudinal range straggling for energetic protons. Moreover, by exploiting the energy dependence of the track diameter, the energy resolution (δE/E) of CR-39 for few MeV protons and Carbon ion is found to be about 3%.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2152
JournalScientific Reports
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2017

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