ESR and TL investigations on gamma irradiated linden (Tilia vulgaris)

Paksu U., Aydas C., Yuce U. R., Aydin T., POLAT M., ENGİN B.

RADIATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL BIOPHYSICS, vol.52, no.2, pp.255-267, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


Electron spin resonance (ESR) and thermoluminescence (TL) signals induced by gamma irradiation in linden (Tilia vulgaris) were studied for detection and dosimetric purposes. Before irradiation, linden leaf samples exhibit one singlet ESR signal centred at g = 2.0088. Besides this central signal, in spectra of irradiated linden samples, two weak satellite signals situated about 3 mT left (g = 2.0267) and right (g = 1.9883) were observed. Dose-response curves for the left satellite signal and the central single signal were constructed, and it was found that both of these curves can be described best by the combination of two exponential saturation functions. Variable temperature and fading studies at room temperature showed that the radiation-induced radicals in linden leaf samples are very sensitive to temperature. The stabilities of the left satellite (g = 2.0267) and the central single (g = 2.0088) signal at room temperature over a storage period of 126 days turned out to be best described by a sum of two first-order decay functions. The kinetic features of the left satellite signal were studied over the temperature range of 313-373 K. The results indicate that the isothermal decay curves of the left satellite ESR signal also proved to be best fitted by the combination of two first-order decay functions. Fading and annealing studies suggested the existence of two different radiation-induced free radical species. At the same time, Arrhenius plots evidenced two different kinetic regimes with two different activation energies. TL investigation of polyminerals from the linden samples allowed to discriminate clearly between irradiated and unirradiated samples even 75 days after irradiation.