Application to radiation dosimeter by using γ-ray induced current in InGaP solar cells
Yasuki Okuno1, Masafumi Yamaguchi2, Mitsuru Imaizumi3
1Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Ibaraki, Japan
/2Toyota Technological Institute, Nagoya, Japan
/3Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Ibaraki, Japan

The InGaP solar cell having superior high radiation resistance is expected to be a powerful candidate for a dosimeter under high radiation dose rate environment. Because the minority carrier diffusion length (L) is a factor determining the solar cell performance and L changes due to radiation damage, it is important to predict the detector performance based on the relationship between L and the absorbed dose. In this study, the effect of L on a radiation-induced current as a dose signal in InGaP solar cell is clarified by irradiation tests and empirical calculations. In order to estimate the L for InGaP solar cell, measuring the short-circuit current density (JSC) as a function of γ-ray dose rate is conducted. Based on the experimental results and the empirical formula of the relationship between L and JSC, the operational lifetime of the InGaP solar cell detector under various dose rate is estimated and is determined by the cumulative dose. The present result suggests the InGaP solar cell has high potential as a radiation resistant dosimeter for contributing to the decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Area: Sub-Area 7.1: Space Solar Cells: Including Radiation Effects and Calibration