Optimization of target, moderator, and collimator in the accelerator-based boron neutron capture therapy system: A Monte Carlo study

Bo Wi Cheon, Dohyeon Yoo, Hyojun Park, Hyun Cheol Lee, Wook Geun Shin, Hyun Joon Choi, Bong Hwan Hong, Heejun Chung, Chul Hee Min

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The aim of this study was to optimize the target, moderator, and collimator (TMC) in a neutron beam generator for the accelerator-based BNCT (A-BNCT) system. The optimization employed the Monte Carlo Neutron and Photon (MCNP) simulation. The optimal geometry for the target was decided as the one with the highest neutron flux among nominates, which were called as angled, rib, and tube in this study. The moderator was optimized in terms of consisting material to produce appropriate neutron energy distribution for the treatment. The optimization of the collimator, which wrapped around the target, was carried out by deciding the material to effectively prevent the leakage radiations. As results, characteristic of the neutron beam from the optimized TMC was compared to the recommendation by the International Atomic Energy Agent (IAEA). The tube type target showed the highest neutron flux among nominates. The optimal material for the moderator and collimator were combination of Fluental (Al203+AlF3) with 60Ni filter and lead, respectively. The optimized TMC satisfied the IAEA recommendations such as the minimum production rate of epithermal neutrons from thermal neutrons: that was 2.5 times higher. The results can be used as source terms for shielding designs of treatment rooms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1970-1978
Number of pages9
JournalNuclear Engineering and Technology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jun

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by Korea Institute of Radiological & Medical Sciences (No. 50532-2018 ), and by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning (NRF- 2020R1A2C2011576 ) and by the Nuclear Safety Research Program through the Korea Foundation Of Nuclear Safety (KoFONS) using the financial resource granted by the Nuclear Safety and Security Commission (NSSC) of the Republic of Korea ( 1803027-0320-SB110 ).

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© 2020 Korean Nuclear Society

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  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering


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