2004 Accelerators Article Dosimetry Physics

In-phantom characterisation studies at the Birmingham Accelerator-Generated ep}thermal Neutron Source (BAGINS) BNCT facility

Applied Radiation and Isotopes, 2004

Authors:   Culbertson C.N., Green S., Mason A.J., Picton D., Baugh G., Hugtenburg R.P., Yin Z., Scott M.C., Nelson J.M.
Journal: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
Abstract: A broad experimental campaign to validate the final epithermal neutron beam design for the BNCT facility constructed at the University of Birmingham concluded in November 2003. The final moderator and facility designs are overviewed briefly, followed by a summary of the dosimetric methods and presentation of a small subset of the results from this campaign. The dual ionisation chamber technique was used together with foil activation to quantify the fast neutron, photon, and thermal neutron beam dose components in a large rectangular phantom exposed to the beam with a 12 cm diameter beam delimiter in place. After application of a normalisation factor, dose measurements agree with in-phantom MCNP4C predictions within 10% for the photon dose, within 10% for thermal neutron dose, and within 25% for the proton recoil dose along the main beam axis.

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