Status Report on the Development of a Spallation Neutron Source for Neutron Capture Therapy (NCT)
The eventual aim of the present study is to construct an accelerator-based intermediate-energy neutron source that would permit irradiation of neoplasms in the central nervous system by an intermediate-energy fluence rate of at least 109 n·cm−2.s−1 in fields of 4–8 cm in diameter. The accelerator should be of a moderate size to permit accommodation in a hospital environment. In the first instance, a prototype source has to be designed that could be conveniently tested in a laboratory dedicated to radiation research, such as the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), where the measurements here reported were performed.
KeywordsFast Neutron Neutron Output Water Moderator Neutron Production Neutron Dose
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