2011 Article BSA designs Physics

Towards the final BSA modeling for the accelerator-driven BNCT facility at INFN LNL

Applied Radiation and Isotopes, 2011

Authors:   Ceballos C., Esposito J., Agosteo S., Colautti P., Conte V., Moro D., Pola A.
Journal: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
Abstract: Some remarkable advances have been made in the last years on the SPES-BNCT project of the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN) towards the development of the accelerator-driven thermal neutron beam facility at the Legnaro National Laboratories (LNL), aimed at the BNCT experimental treatment of extended skin melanoma. The compact neutron source will be produced via the 9Be(p,xn) reactions using the 5 MeV, 30 mA beam driven by the RFQ accelerator, whose modules construction has been recently completed, into a thick beryllium target prototype already available. The Beam Shaping Assembly (BSA) final modeling, using both neutron converter and the new, detailed, Be(p,xn) neutron yield spectra at 5 MeV energy recently measured at the CN Van de Graaff accelerator at LNL, is summarized here.

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