From early February to late March, Franz Hartung, PhD student in Project F2 of the CRC 806, had a research stay at the TU Dresden. In the lovely atmosphere of the baroque city he benefited from the expert knowledge of the Radiation Physics Group led by PD Dr. Jürgen Henniger, and learned how to use radiation transport simulation programmes. They can support to constrain the impact of environmental radiation processes to Beryllium Oxide dosimeters, which can be used to determine the dose rate in OSL-dating applications. Advised mainly by Dorothea Sommer, he strengthened his skills in using the software “PENELOPE” by programming simple simulations. He learned the essentials of applying radiation transport codes through many discussions with Dorothea as well as other members of the working group, and through making increasingly complex simulations. He will now use these skills to investigate the influences of β-radiation and different radioisotope concentrations on dosimeters which have been inserted into sediments.
The skyline of the baroque city Dresden.
Photo: Johannes Völker
The dosimeters and burial capsules of the dosimetry system BeOmax.
Photo: Franz Hartung