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Title: Improvements for extending the time between maintenance periods for the Heidelberg ion beam therapy center (HIT) ion sources

The clinical operation at the Heidelberg Ion Beam Therapy Center (HIT) started in November 2009; since then more than 1600 patients have been treated. In a 24/7 operation scheme two 14.5 GHz electron cyclotron resonance ion sources are routinely used to produce protons and carbon ions. The modification of the low energy beam transport line and the integration of a third ion source into the therapy facility will be shown. In the last year we implemented a new extraction system at all three sources to enhance the lifetime of extraction parts and reduce preventive and corrective maintenance. The new four-electrode-design provides electron suppression as well as lower beam emittance. Unwanted beam sputtering effects which typically lead to contamination of the insulator ceramics and subsequent high-voltage break-downs are minimized by the beam guidance of the new extraction system. By this measure the service interval can be increased significantly. As a side effect, the beam emittance can be reduced allowing a less challenging working point for the ion sources without reducing the effective beam performance. This paper gives also an outlook to further enhancements at the HIT ion source testbench.
Authors:
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  1. Heidelberger Ionenstrahl-Therapie Centrum (HIT), D -69120 Heidelberg (Germany)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22253642
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Review of Scientific Instruments; Journal Volume: 85; Journal Issue: 2; Conference: ICIS 2011: 14. international conference on ion sources, Giardini-Naxos, Sicily (Italy), 12-16 Sep 2011; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
43 PARTICLE ACCELERATORS; 62 RADIOLOGY AND NUCLEAR MEDICINE; BEAM EMITTANCE; BEAM TRANSPORT; CARBON IONS; CERAMICS; ECR ION SOURCES; ELECTRIC POTENTIAL; INHIBITION; ION BEAMS; PATIENTS; RADIOTHERAPY; SPUTTERING