Yasuda H.,Japan National Institute of Radiological Sciences |
Lee J.,Korea Astronomy and Space Science Research Institute |
Yajima K.,Japan National Institute of Radiological Sciences |
Hwang J.A.,Korea Astronomy and Space Science Research Institute |
Sakai K.,Japan National Institute of Radiological Sciences
Radiation Protection Dosimetry | Year: 2011
Exposure to cosmic radiation in operation of a jet aircraft is considered to be a part of the occupational exposure. Cosmic radiation doses received in aviation are generally evaluated by numerical model simulations. The precision of the model calculation should be verified by measurements. From the viewpoint of radiological protection, neutrons are the most contributing radiation component and have to be precisely measured. Neutron measurements were thus performed in a long-haul flight using a relatively new transportable neutron monitor (WENDI-II) which responds fairly well to the cosmic-ray neutrons. The in-flight measurement was carried out on 5-6 November 2009 on a polar route flight from New York/John F. Kennedy airport to Seoul/Incheon airport. The flying time was ~14 h. The observations obtained as 1 cm ambient dose equivalent were compared with model calculations using a computer program developed by the authors for the calculation of aviation route doses *JISCARD EX'. Good agreements between the measured and calculated values were observed over the polar route where the geomagnetic cut-off rigidity is the lowest. © The Author 2011. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.