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Title Tracking and LET Measurements with the MiniPIX-TimePIX Detector for 60 MeV Clinical Protons
  • J.S.L. Yap, C.P. Welsch
    Cockcroft Institute, Warrington, Cheshire, United Kingdom
  • N.J.S. Bal
    NIKHEF, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • M.D. Brooke
    University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
  • C. Granja, C. Oancea
    ADVACAM s.r.o, Prague, Czech Republic
  • A. Kacperek
    The Douglas Cyclotron, The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust, Wirral, United Kingdom
  • C.P. Welsch, J.S.L. Yap
    The University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Abstract Recent advancements in accelerator technology have led the rapid emergence of particle therapy facilities worldwide, affirming the need for enhanced characterisation methods of radiation fields and radiobiological effects. The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, UK operates a 60 MeV proton beam to treat ocular cancers and facilitates studies into proton induced radiobiological responses. Accordingly, an indicator of radiation quality is the linear energy transfer (LET), a challenging physical quantity to measure. The MiniPIX-Timepix is a miniaturised, hybrid semiconductor pixel detector with a Timepix ASIC, enabling wide-range measurements of the deposited energy, position and direction of individual charged particles. High resolution spectrometric tracking and simultaneous energy measurements of single particles enable the beam profile, time, spatial dose mapping and LET (0.1 to >100 keV/µm) to be resolved. Measurements were performed to determine the LET spectra in silicon, at different positions along the Bragg Peak (BP). We discuss the experimental setup, preliminary results and applicability of the MiniPIX for clinical environments.
Funding EU FP7 grant agreement 215080, H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 675265, OMA - Optimization of Medical Accelerators and the Cockcroft Institute core grant STGA00076-01.
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Conference IPAC2021
Series International Particle Accelerator Conference (12th)
Location Campinas, SP, Brazil
Date 24-28 May 2021
Publisher JACoW Publishing, Geneva, Switzerland
Editorial Board Liu Lin (LNLS, Campinas, Brazil); John M. Byrd (ANL, Lemont, IL, USA); Regis Neuenschwander (LNLS, Campinas, Brazil); Renan Picoreti (LNLS, Campinas, Brazil); Volker R. W. Schaa (GSI, Darmstadt, Germany)
Online ISBN 978-3-95450-214-1
Online ISSN 2673-5490
Received 18 May 2021
Accepted 23 July 2021
Issue Date 25 August 2021
DOI doi:10.18429/JACoW-IPAC2021-MOPAB418
Pages 1260-1263
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