A new thermal neutron irradiation facility, devoted to carry out both dosimetric and radiobiological studies on boron carriers, which are being developed in the framework of INFN BNCT project, has been installed at the ENEA Casaccia TAPIRO research fast reactor. The thermal column, based on an original, hybrid, neutron spectrum shifter configuration, has been recently become operative. In spite of its low power (5 kW), the new facility is able to provide a high thermal neutron flux level, uniformly distributed inside the irradiation cavity, with a quite low gamma background. The main features and preliminary benchmark measurements of the Beam-shaping assembly are here presented and discussed. © The Author 2007. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
Esposito, J., Rosi, G., & Agosteo, S. (2007). The new hybrid thermal neutron facility at TAPIRO reactor for BNCT radiobiological experiments. Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 126(1-4), 69 - 73. https://doi.org/10.1093/rpd/ncm015