2015 Accelerators Article BSA designs ICNCT16 Physics

Optimal moderator materials at various proton energies considering photon dose rate after irradiation for an accelerator-driven 9Be(p, n) boron neutron capture therapy neutron source

Applied Radiation and Isotopes, 2015

Authors:   Y. Hashimoto,F. Hiraga,Y. Kiyanagi,
Journal: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
Abstract: We evaluated the accelerator beam power and the neutron-induced radioactivity of 9Be(p, n) boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) neutron sources having a MgF2, CaF2, or AlF3 moderator and driven by protons with energy from 8MeV to 30MeV. The optimal moderator materials were found to be MgF2 for proton energies less than 10MeV because of lower required accelerator beam power and CaF2 for higher proton energies because of lower photon dose rate at the treatment position after neutron irradiation.