The cyclotron laboratory and the RFQ accelerator in Bern

Braccini, Saverio; Ereditato, Antonio; Kreslo, Igor; Nirkko, Martti; Scampoli, Paola; von Bremen, K.; Weber, Michael (2013). The cyclotron laboratory and the RFQ accelerator in Bern. In: Ricci, R.A.; Rigato, V.; Mazzoldi, P. (eds.) MULTIDISCIPLINARY APPLICATIONS OF NUCLEAR PHYSICS WITH ION BEAMS (ION BEAMS '12). Legnaro-Padova, Italy. 06.-08.06.2012. 10.1063/1.4812922

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Two proton accelerators have been recently put in operation in Bern: an 18 MeV cyclotron and a 2 MeV RFQ linac. The commercial IBA 18/18 cyclotron, equipped with a specifically conceived 6 m long external beam line ending in a separate bunker, will provide beams for routine 18-F and other PET radioisotope production as well as for novel detector, radiation biophysics, radioprotection, radiochemistry and radiopharmacy developments. The accelerator is embedded into a complex building hosting two physics laboratories and four Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) laboratories. This project is the result of a successful collaboration between the Inselspital, the University of Bern and private investors, aiming at the constitution of a combined medical and research centre able to provide the most cutting-edge technologies in medical imaging and cancer radiation therapy. The cyclotron is complemented by the RFQ with the primary goals of elemental analysis via Particle Induced Gamma Emission (PIGE), and the detection of potentially dangerous materials with high nitrogen content using the Gamma-Resonant Nuclear Absorption (GRNA) technique. In this context, beam instrumentation devices have been developed, in particular an innovative beam profile monitor based on doped silica fibres and a setup for emittance measurements using the pepper-pot technique. On this basis, the establishment of a proton therapy centre on the campus of the Inselspital is in the phase of advanced study.

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08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute > Laboratory for High Energy Physics (LHEP)
10 Strategic Research Centers > Albert Einstein Center for Fundamental Physics (AEC)

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Braccini, Saverio; Ereditato, Antonio; Kreslo, Igor; Nirkko, Martti; Scampoli, Paola and Weber, Michael


500 Science > 530 Physics




AIP Conference Proceedings




Andrea Stettler

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26 Sep 2014 08:09

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