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Laser-plasma generated very high energy electrons (VHEEs) in radiotherapy
Author(s): K. Kokurewicz; G. H. Welsh; E. Brunetti; S. M. Wiggins; M. Boyd; A. Sorensen; A. Chalmers; G. Schettino; A. Subiel; C. DesRosiers; D. A. Jaroszynski
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Paper Abstract

As an alternative modality to conventional radiotherapy, electrons with energies above 50 MeV penetrate deeply into tissue, where the dose can be absorbed within a tumour volume with a relatively small penumbra. We investigate the physical properties of VHEEs and review the state-of-the-art in treatment planning and dosimetry. We discuss the advantages of using a laser wakefield accelerator (LWFA) and present the characteristic features of the electron bunch produced by the LWFA and compare them with that from a conventional linear accelerator.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 May 2017
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10239, Medical Applications of Laser-Generated Beams of Particles IV: Review of Progress and Strategies for the Future, 102390C (16 May 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2271183
Show Author Affiliations
K. Kokurewicz, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
G. H. Welsh, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
E. Brunetti, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
S. M. Wiggins, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
M. Boyd, Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences (United Kingdom)
A. Sorensen, Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences (United Kingdom)
A. Chalmers, Institute of Cancer Sciences (United Kingdom)
G. Schettino, National Physical Lab. (United Kingdom)
A. Subiel, National Physical Lab. (United Kingdom)
C. DesRosiers, Indiana Univ. School of Medicine (United States)
D. A. Jaroszynski, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10239:
Medical Applications of Laser-Generated Beams of Particles IV: Review of Progress and Strategies for the Future
Kenneth W. D. Ledingham, Editor(s)

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