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Characterisation of the TAPIRO BNCT epithermal facility

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Abstract

A collimated epithermal beam for boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) research has been designed and built at the TAPIRO fast research reactor. A complete experimental characterisation of the radiation field in the irradiation chamber has been performed, to verify agreement with IAEA requirements. Slow neutron fluxes have been measured by means of an activation technique and with thermoluminescent detectors (TLDs). The fast neutron dose has been determined with gel dosemeters, while the fast neutron spectrum has been acquired by means of a neutron spectrometer based on superheated drop detectors. The gamma-dose has been measured with gel dosemeters and TLDs. For an independent verification of the experimental results, fluxes, doses and neutron spectra have been calculated with Monte Carlo simulations using the codes MCNP4B and MCNPX 2.1.5 with the direct statistical approach (DSA). The results obtained confirm that the epithermal beams achievable at TAPIRO are of suitable quality for BNCT purposes. (authors)
Authors:
Burn, K. W.; [1]  Colli, V.; [2]  Curzio, G.; D'Errico, F.; [3]  Gambarini, G.; [2]  Rosi, G.; [4]  Scolari, L. [2] 
  1. FIS-NUC, ENEA, Via Martiri di Montesole 4, Bologna (Italy)
  2. Dept. of Physics of Univ., INFN, Via Celoria 16, I-20133 Milano (Italy)
  3. DIMNP, Univ. of Pisa, Via Diotisalvi 2, I-56126 Pisa (Italy)
  4. FIS-ION, ENEA, Casaccia, Via Anguillarese 301, I-00060 Santa Maria di Galeria, Roma (Italy)
Publication Date:
Jul 01, 2004
Product Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Radiation Protection Dosimetry; Journal Volume: 110; Journal Issue: 1-4; Conference: 9. Symposium on Neutron Dosimetry - Advances in nuclear particle dosimetry for radiation protection and medicine, Delft (Netherlands), 28 Sep - 3 Oct 2003; Other Information: Country of input: France; 7 refs.
Subject:
61 RADIATION PROTECTION AND DOSIMETRY; 21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; 62 RADIOLOGY AND NUCLEAR MEDICINE; BORON; COLLIMATORS; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; DOSEMETERS; FAST NEUTRONS; GAMMA RADIATION; MONTE CARLO METHOD; NEUTRON CAPTURE THERAPY; NEUTRON DOSIMETRY; NEUTRON SPECTRA; NEUTRON SPECTROMETERS; RADIATION DOSES; RADIATION PROTECTION; RESEARCH REACTORS; RISK ASSESSMENT; SLOW NEUTRONS; THERMOLUMINESCENT DOSIMETRY
OSTI ID:
22104145
Country of Origin:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Journal ID: ISSN 0144-8420; TRN: GB13V1703061966
Availability:
Available from doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/rpd/nch161
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
page(s) 645-649
Announcement Date:
Jun 20, 2013

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Citation Formats

Burn, K. W., Colli, V., Curzio, G., D'Errico, F., Gambarini, G., Rosi, G., and Scolari, L. Characterisation of the TAPIRO BNCT epithermal facility. United Kingdom: N. p., 2004. Web. doi:10.1093/RPD/NCH161.
Burn, K. W., Colli, V., Curzio, G., D'Errico, F., Gambarini, G., Rosi, G., & Scolari, L. Characterisation of the TAPIRO BNCT epithermal facility. United Kingdom. doi:10.1093/RPD/NCH161.
Burn, K. W., Colli, V., Curzio, G., D'Errico, F., Gambarini, G., Rosi, G., and Scolari, L. 2004. "Characterisation of the TAPIRO BNCT epithermal facility." United Kingdom. doi:10.1093/RPD/NCH161. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/10.1093/RPD/NCH161.
@misc{etde_22104145,
title = {Characterisation of the TAPIRO BNCT epithermal facility}
author = {Burn, K. W., Colli, V., Curzio, G., D'Errico, F., Gambarini, G., Rosi, G., and Scolari, L.}
abstractNote = {A collimated epithermal beam for boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) research has been designed and built at the TAPIRO fast research reactor. A complete experimental characterisation of the radiation field in the irradiation chamber has been performed, to verify agreement with IAEA requirements. Slow neutron fluxes have been measured by means of an activation technique and with thermoluminescent detectors (TLDs). The fast neutron dose has been determined with gel dosemeters, while the fast neutron spectrum has been acquired by means of a neutron spectrometer based on superheated drop detectors. The gamma-dose has been measured with gel dosemeters and TLDs. For an independent verification of the experimental results, fluxes, doses and neutron spectra have been calculated with Monte Carlo simulations using the codes MCNP4B and MCNPX 2.1.5 with the direct statistical approach (DSA). The results obtained confirm that the epithermal beams achievable at TAPIRO are of suitable quality for BNCT purposes. (authors)}
doi = {10.1093/RPD/NCH161}
journal = {Radiation Protection Dosimetry}
issue = {1-4}
volume = {110}
journal type = {AC}
place = {United Kingdom}
year = {2004}
month = {Jul}
}