Laser-driven helium ion acceleration for hadron therapy

S. S. Bulanov, E. Esarey, C. B. Schroeder, W. P. Leemans, S. V. Bulanov, D. Margarone, G. Korn, T. Haberer

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Laser acceleration of helium ions from near-critical density targets is studied as an ion source for hadron therapy of oncological diseases. Helium ions are considered a promising candidate for therapy due to higher precision in dose deposition and possibly higher Relative Biological Effectiveness. The feasibility of using PW-class lasers to produce 250 MeV per nucleon helium ion beams that meet the hadron therapy requirements is discussed. The relative effectiveness of laser acceleration of He3 and He4 ions is studied.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvanced Accelerator Concepts 2014: 16th Advanced Accelerator Concepts Workshop: Proceedings
EditorsMark J. Hogan
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9780735414396
Publication statusPublished - 28 Oct 2016
Event16th Advanced Accelerator Concepts Workshop, AAC 2014 - San Jose, United States
Duration: 13 Jul 201418 Jul 2014

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


Conference16th Advanced Accelerator Concepts Workshop, AAC 2014
CountryUnited States
CitySan Jose

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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