Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy


Date of this Version

May 1991


Published in Health Physics Vol. 60. No. 5 (May), pp. 717-718, 1991.


(LET) radiations varies with cellular radiosensitivity parameters and the radiation environment. Of special interest is that the RBE varies as the dose of high-LET radiation to the power (1/m - 1) where /m is the “target number” parameter, which varies from 2-4 in different cell lines. This applies to neutrons as well as to heavy ions at sufficiently low doses such that cells are not activated in the γ-kill mode; that is, the tracks of single heavy ions are sufficiently far apart so that there are few cases of inter-track inactivation.

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