History of Solid State Dosimetry

Mark Balzer
HP Undergraduate Student
Department of Physics/ISU


Solid State dosimetry takes on many forms.  Understanding how energy is deposited in these materials and the proper methods for retrieving data are essential to good  dosimetric measurements.  Proper calibration and annealing are necessary for accurate measurement with solid state dosimetry.  Any dosimeter to be useful in monitoring exposure to humans must be able to record a tissue dose.  Thermoluminescent dosimetry (TLD) has been the work horse of this type of dose measurement for the last 30 years.  Emphasis will be given to this type of dosimeter.