HEATHER - HElium Ion Accelerator for RadioTHERapy

J. Taylor, T. R. Edgecock, C. Johnstone, S. Green

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Abstract

A non-scaling fixed field alternating gradient (nsFFAG) accelerator is being designed for helium ion therapy. This facility will consist of 2 superconducting rings, treating with helium ions (He2+) and image with hydrogen ions (H2+). Currently only carbon ions are used to treat cancer, yet there is an increasing interest in the use of lighter ions for therapy. Lighter ions have reduced dose tail beyond the tumour compared to carbon, caused by low Z secondary particles produced via inelastic nuclear reactions. An FFAG approach for helium therapy has never been previously considered. Having demonstrated isochronous acceleration from 0.5 MeV to 900 MeV, we now demonstrate the survival of a realistic beam across both stages.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIPAC 2017 - Proceedings of the 8th International Particle Accelerator Conference
EditorsGianluigi Arduini, Mats Lindroos, Juliana Pranke, Volker RW Schaa, Mike Seidel
PublisherJoint Accelerator Conferences Website (JACoW)
Pages4768-4771
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9783954501823
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 May 2017
Event8th International Particle Accelerator Conference - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 14 May 201719 May 2017
Conference number: 8
https://ipac17.org/ (Link to Conference Website )

Conference

Conference8th International Particle Accelerator Conference
Abbreviated titleIPAC'17
CountryDenmark
CityCopenhagen
Period14/05/1719/05/17
Internet address

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