A proton therapy test facility: The radiation protection design

S. Sandri, G. Ottaviano, C. Poggi, M. Carpanese, L. Picardi, C. Ronsivalle

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A proton therapy test facility is planned to be sited in the Frascati ENEA Research Center, in Italy. A 30 m long, 3 m wide bunker has to be designed to host a proton linear accelerator with a low beam current, lower than 10 nA in average, and an energy up to 150 MeV. The accelerator will be part of the TOP-IMPLART project for deep tumors treatment. The design of the 150 MeV accelerator is under study and the radiation protection solutions are considered in this phase. The linear accelerator has some safety advantages if compared to cyclotrons and synchrotrons. It can be easily housed in the long, narrow tunnel. The main radiation losses during the acceleration process occur below 20 MeV, with a low neutron production. As a consequence the barriers needed should be substantially lighter than the one used for other types of machines. In the paper the simulation models and the calculation performed with Monte Carlo codes are described. The related results are presented together with those assessed by applying experimental approaches. Considerations about workers and population protection are issued in the conclusions. Copyright © 2011 by IPAC'11/EPS-AG.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd International Particle Accelerator Conference, IPAC 2011 - , Spain
Duration: 1 Jan 2011 → …


Conference2nd International Particle Accelerator Conference, IPAC 2011
Period1/1/11 → …


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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Sandri, S., Ottaviano, G., Poggi, C., Carpanese, M., Picardi, L., & Ronsivalle, C. (2011). A proton therapy test facility: The radiation protection design. Paper presented at 2nd International Particle Accelerator Conference, IPAC 2011, Spain.