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Ionizing Radiation

Division 6

Almost everything dealt with at Division 6 centres on the nucleus, for here radioactivity, dosimetry and metrology of alpha, beta, gamma, X and neutron radiation are concerned - from radiation therapy in medicine to the measurement of radioactivity in the environment.


The Division is concerned with the metrology of ionizing radiation. Important tasks cover measuring techniques for the detection of ionizing radiation, dosimetry for radiotherapy, radiodiagnostics and radiation protection, radiation measurements in the environment, activity measurements and the determination of atomic and nuclear data. The units of activity, fluence rate, air kerma, absorbed dose and dose equivalent are realized and disseminated via calibrations. The Division thus ensures the uniformity of measurements in the field of ionizing radiation.

Legal tasks are based on the Units and Time Act, the Verification Act, the Medical Products Act, the Radiology and the Radiation Protection Ordinance and the Radiation Protection Preventive Act. Activity standards for about 50 radionuclides are produced and made available. The Division performs type testing of X-ray equipment, X-ray tube assemblies, parasitic X-ray emitters, area and personal dosemeters, and dosemeters for radiodiagnostics. In addition, the Division deals with fundamental research work in the fields of radioactivity, dosimetry and metrology of alpha, beta, gamma, X-ray and neutron radiation.

6 Abteilungsbericht aus dem Jahresbericht 2019

3D Darstellung der Ortsdosisleisung eines technischen Röntgenstrahlers gemessen am Röntgenstrahlermessplatz der PTB.

Der Initiates file downloadAbteilungsbericht gibt einen Überblick über die wichtigsten Nachrichten und Ereignisse der Abteilung „Ionisierende Strahlung“ des letzten Jahres und ergänzt somit den Opens internal link in current windowJahresbericht-2019 der PTB.


Through a collaboration between the PTB (Department 6.3), IRSN, NCBJ and EURADOS, new important interaction cross‑section data are being implemented in the Monte Carlo Geant4‑DNA simulation toolkit. This development should not only improve the accuracy of radiation transport simulations in tissue‑equivalent media, but also increase the versatility of using Geant4‑DNA in micro- and nanodosimetry.

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The International Commission on Radiation Units and Measurements (ICRU) has recommended new quantities for radiation protection in its Report No. 95. Values were calculated for these quantities to be able to estimate the consequences for the calibrations or irradiations of radiation protection dosemeters in the newly recommended radiation protection quantities with photon and/or beta radiation.

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