Laser-plasma generated very high energy electrons (VHEEs) in radiotherapy

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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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedical Applications of Laser-Generated Beams of Particles IV
Subtitle of host publicationReview of Progress and Strategies for the Future
EditorsKenneth W. D. Ledingham
PublisherSPIE
ISBN (Electronic)9781510609792
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017
EventMedical Applications of Laser-Generated Beams of Particles IV: Review of Progress and Strategies for the Future - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: Apr 24 2017Apr 25 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume10239
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X

Other

OtherMedical Applications of Laser-Generated Beams of Particles IV: Review of Progress and Strategies for the Future
CountryCzech Republic
CityPrague
Period4/24/174/25/17

Keywords

  • Depth-dose distribution
  • Dose rate
  • Laser wakefield acceler-Ation
  • Laser-plasma accelerator
  • Multi-beam arrangement
  • Radiotherapy
  • Treatment time
  • Very high energy electrons (VHEEs)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Kokurewicz, K., Welsh, G. H., Brunetti, E., Wiggins, S. M., Boyd, M., Sorensen, A., Chalmers, A., Schettino, G., Subiel, A., DesRosiers, C., & Jaroszynski, D. A. (2017). Laser-plasma generated very high energy electrons (VHEEs) in radiotherapy. In K. W. D. Ledingham (Ed.), Medical Applications of Laser-Generated Beams of Particles IV: Review of Progress and Strategies for the Future [102390C] (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 10239). SPIE. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2271183