Measurement of Parameters of Neutron Radiation on the Accelerator-Based Epithermal Neutron Source

M. I. Bikchurina, T. A. Bykov, D. A. Kasatov, Ia A. Kolesnikov, I. M. Shchudlo, S. Yu Taskaev

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Abstract

Treatment of oncological diseases using Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT) is an important issue of our time. Cancer cells accumulate a boron-containing drug, after which they are irradiated with a beam of epithermal neutrons, a nuclear reaction 10B(n,α)7Li occurs, and the products of a nuclear reaction destroy these cells. In BNCT, it is generally accepted that the total dose of ionizing radiation consists of four components: boron dose, dose from fast neutrons, dose from thermal neutrons, and dose of gamma radiation. Dose values and their ratio strongly depend on the neutron flux; therefore, the measurement of the neutron flux (yield) is an urgent task. In this work, the neutron yield was measured by the activation of the target with the radioactive isotope beryllium-7, which is formed in the reaction of neutron generation 7Li(p,n)7Be. It was found that the neutron yield from a specifically manufactured lithium target is in good agreement with the calculated one, which is important for planning therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication27th Russian Particle Accelerator Conference, RuPAC 2021
EditorsMaksim Kuzin, Volker R W Schaa
PublisherCERN
Pages337-339
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9783954502400
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event27th Russian Particle Accelerator Conference, RuPAC 2021 - Alushta, Russian Federation
Duration: 27 Sep 20211 Oct 2021

Publication series

NameCERN-Proceedings
Volume2021-September
ISSN (Print)2078-8835

Conference

Conference27th Russian Particle Accelerator Conference, RuPAC 2021
Country/TerritoryRussian Federation
CityAlushta
Period27.09.202101.10.2021

OECD FOS+WOS

  • 1.03 PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND ASTRONOMY

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