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    We assess a new data set of mass electronic stopping powers of diamond for electrons and positrons. To this end, an optical energy-loss function (OELF) for this material is generated from available experimental dielectric properties of the valence band and photoabsorption mass attenuation coefficients, supplemented with a Drude-type analytical expression to interpolate at intermediate energies. From this synthetic OELF, a mean excitation energy equal to (88.5 ± 2.0) eV is extracted and the density-effect correction is evaluated using Fano's simplified method. These quantities then allow calculating the mass electronic stopping power of diamond for electrons and positrons by means of the relativistic Bethe formula. The present results for 1 keV-1 GeV electrons in diamond are 0.9%-3.3% smaller than those corresponding to graphite as tabulated in ICRU Report 90. © 2021 Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine.


    José M Fernández-Varea, Bartosz Górka, Bo Nilsson. Electronic stopping power of diamond for electrons and positrons. Physics in medicine and biology. 2021 Aug 03;66(16)

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    PMID: 34233317

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