2015 Accelerators Article Beams ICNCT16 Physics

Design and simulation of an optimized e-linac based neutron source for BNCT research

Applied Radiation and Isotopes, 2015

Authors:   E. Durisi,K. Alikaniotis,O. Borla,F. Bragato,M. Costa,G. Giannini,V. Monti,L. Visca,G. Vivaldo,A. Zanini,
Journal: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
Abstract: The paper is focused on the study of a novel photo-neutron source for BNCT preclinical research based on medical electron Linacs. Previous studies by the authors already demonstrated the possibility to obtain a mixed thermal and epithermal neutron flux of the order of 107cm−2s−1. This paper investigates possible Linac’s modifications and a new photo-converter design to rise the neutron flux above 5 107cm−2s−1, also reducing the gamma contamination.