Particle Accelerators and Detectors for medical Diagnostics and Therapy

Braccini, Saverio (2013). Particle Accelerators and Detectors for medical Diagnostics and Therapy (Unpublished). (Habilitation, Philosophisch-naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät)

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This Habilitationsschrift (Habilitation thesis) is focused on my research activities on medical applications of particle physics and was written in 2013 to obtain the Venia Docendi (Habilitation) in experimental physics at the University of Bern. It is based on selected publications, which represented at that time my major scientific contributions as an experimental physicist to the field of particle accelerators and detectors applied to medical diagnostics and therapy. The thesis is structured in two parts. In Part I, Chapter 1 presents an introduction to accelerators and detectors applied to medicine, with particular focus on cancer hadrontherapy and on the production of radioactive isotopes. In Chapter 2, my publications on medical particle accelerators are introduced and put into their perspective. In particular, high frequency linear accelerators for hadrontherapy are discussed together with the new Bern cyclotron laboratory. Chapter 3 is dedicated to particle detectors with particular emphasis on three instruments I contributed to propose and develop: segmented ionization chambers for hadrontherapy, a proton radiography apparatus with nuclear emulsion films, and a beam monitor detector for ion beams based on doped silica fibres. Selected research and review papers are contained in Part II. For copyright reasons, they are only listed and not reprinted in this on-line version. They are available on the websites of the journals.

Item Type:

Thesis (Habilitation)


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

UniBE Contributor:

Braccini, Saverio


500 Science > 530 Physics




Regula Schatzmann

Date Deposited:

27 Jan 2016 16:05

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24 Mar 2016 08:40




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