Accelerators Article Beams Physics Year 2016

The accelerator neutron source for boron neutron capture therapy

Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 2016

Authors:   D. Kasatov, A. Koshkarev, A. Kuznetsov, A. Makarov, Yu. Ostreinov, I. Shchudlo, I. Sorokin, T. Sycheva, S. Taskaev, L. Zaidi
Journal: Journal of Physics: Conference Series
Abstract: The accelerator based epithermal neutron source for Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT) is proposed, created and used in the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics. In 2014, with the support of the Russian Science Foundation created the BNCT laboratory for the purpose to the end of 2016 get the neutron flux, suitable for BNCT. For getting 3 mA 2.3 MeV proton beam, was created a new type accelerator – tandem accelerator with vacuum isolation. On this moment, we have a stationary proton beam with 2.3 MeV and current 1.75 mA. Generation of neutrons is carried out by dropping proton beam on to lithium target as a result of threshold reaction 7Li(p,n)7Be. Established facility is a unique scientific installation. It provides a generating of neutron flux, including a monochromatic energy neutrons, gamma radiation, alpha-particles and positrons, and may be used by other research groups for carrying out scientific researches. The article describes an accelerator neutron source, presents and discusses the result of experiments and declares future plans.