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Tutorial on neutron physics in dosimetry
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Applied Nuclear Physics.
2010 (English)In: Radiation Measurements, ISSN 1350-4487, Vol. 45, no 10, 1090-1095 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Almost since the time of the discovery of the neutron more than 70 years ago, efforts have been made to understand the effects of neutron radiation on tissue and, eventually, to use neutrons for cancer treatment. In contrast to charged particle or photon radiation which directly leads to release of electrons, neutrons interact with the nucleus and induce emission of several different types of charged particles such as protons, alpha particles or heavier ions. Therefore, a fundamental understanding of the neutron nucleus interaction is necessary for dose calculations and treatment planning with the needed accuracy. We will discuss the concepts of dose and kerma, neutron nucleus interactions and have a brief look at nuclear data needs and experimental facilities and set-ups where such data are measured.

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2010. Vol. 45, no 10, 1090-1095 p.
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Neutron physics, Nuclear reactions, Kerma coefficients, Neutron beams
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Physical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-147756DOI: 10.1016/j.radmeas.2010.06.021ISI: 000286349000005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-147756DiVA: diva2:401068
Available from: 2011-03-01 Created: 2011-02-28 Last updated: 2013-02-18

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