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"Development of a tandem-electrostatic-quadrupole accelerator facility for BNCT"
A.J. Kreiner, V. Thatar Vento, P. Levinas, J. Bergueiro, H. Di Paolo, A.A. Burlon, J.M. Kesque, A.A. Valda, M.E. Debray, H.R. Somacal, D.M. Minsky, L. Estrada, A. Hazarabedian, F. Johann, J.C. Suárez Sandín, W. Castell, J. Davidson, M. Davidson, Y. Giboudot, M. Repetto, M. Obligado, J.P. Nery, H. Huck, M. Igarzabal and A. Fernandez Salares
Proc. of the "13th International Congress on Neutron Capture Therapy BNCT: a new option against cancer", Florence, Italy, November 2-8, 2008. Ed. S. Altieri, R.F. Barth, S. Bortolussi, L. Roveda and A. Zonta
Applied Radiation and Isotopes 67(7-8), Supplement 1 (2009) S266-S269
Abstract
In this work we describe the present status of an ongoing project to develop a tandem-electrostatic-quadrupole (TESQ) accelerator facility for accelerator-based (AB) BNCT at the Atomic Energy Commission of Argentina in Buenos Aires. The project final goal is a machine capable of delivering 30 mA of 2.4 MeV protons to be used in conjunction with a neutron production target based on the 7Li(p,n)7Be reaction slightly beyond its resonance at 2.25 MeV. These are the specifications needed to produce sufficiently intense and clean epithermal neutron beams, based on the 7Li(p,n)7Be reaction, to perform BNCT treatment for deep-seated tumors in less than an hour. An electrostatic machine is the technologically simplest and cheapest solution for optimized AB-BNCT. The machine being designed and constructed is a folded TESQ with a high-voltage terminal at 1.2 MV intended to work in air. Such a machine is conceptually shown to be capable of transporting and accelerating a 30 mA proton beam to 2.4 MeV. The general geometric layout, its associated electrostatic fields, and the acceleration tube are simulated using a 3D finite element procedure. The design and construction of the ESQ modules is discussed and their electrostatic fields are investigated. Beam transport calculations through the accelerator are briefly mentioned. Likewise, work related to neutron production targets, strippers, beam shaping assembly and patient treatment room is briefly described.
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