A <tex-math>${}^{238}{\rm Pu}$</tex-math> α-particle exposure apparatus was designed and constructed for use in radiobiological studies with cultured cell systems. The system provides a wide dynamic range of absorbed doses and a uniform radiation field. Average dose rate in air was measured with a small-volume ionization chamber. Estimates of dose rate at the cell surface were obtained from measurements taken with a silicon surface barrier detector. Particle fluence uniformity and fluence rate were measured using track etch procedures. The design and dosimetric characterization of the apparatus are discussed.

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