FLUKA simulations of the response of tissue-equivalent proportional counters to ion beams for applications in hadron therapy and space
2011 (English)In: Physics in Medicine and Biology, ISSN 0031-9155, E-ISSN 1361-6560, Vol. 56, no 20, 6545-6561 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
For both cancer therapy with protons and ions (hadron therapy) and space radiation environments, the spatial energy deposition patterns of the radiation fields are of importance for quantifying the resulting radiation damage in biological structures. Tissue-equivalent proportional counters (TEPC) are the principal instruments for measuring imparted energy on a microscopic scale and for characterizing energy deposition patterns of radiation. Moreover, the distribution of imparted energy can serve as a complementary quantity to particle fluences of the primary beam and secondary fragments for characterizing a radiation field on a physical basis for radiobiological models. In this work, the Monte Carlo particle transport code FLUKA is used for simulating energy depositions in TEPC by ion beams. The capability of FLUKA in predicting imparted energy and derived quantities, such as lineal energy, for microscopic volumes is evaluated by comparing it with a large set of TEPC measurements for different ion beams with atomic numbers ranging from 1 to 26 and energies from 80 up to 1000 MeV/n. The influence of different physics configurations in the simulation is also discussed. It is demonstrated that FLUKA can simulate energy deposition patterns of ions in TEPC cavities accurately and that it provides an adequate description of the main features of the spectra.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 56, no 20, 6545-6561 p.
Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-70887DOI: 10.1088/0031-9155/56/20/002ISI: 000296604200005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-70887DiVA: diva2:483401
authorCount :52012-01-252012-01-242012-10-12Bibliographically approved