16 May 2017 Laser-plasma generated very high energy electrons (VHEEs) in radiotherapy
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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.
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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, "Laser-plasma generated very high energy electrons (VHEEs) in radiotherapy", 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; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2271183
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