A High Yield Neutron Target for Cancer Therapy

Donald L. Alger, Robert Steinberg
1973 IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science  
A rotating target has been developed that has the potential for providing an initial yield of 10 13 neutrons per second by the T(d, n)He 4 reaction, and a useable lifetime in excess of 600 hours. This yield and lifetime are indicated for a 300 KV and 30 mA deuteron accelerator and a 30 nm thick titanium tritide film formed of the stoichiometric compound TiTg. The potential for extended lifetime is made possible by incorporating a sputtering electrode that permits use of titanium tritide
more » ... ium tritide thicknesses much greater than the deuteron range. The electrode is used to remove in situ depleted titanium layers to expose fresh tritide. beneath. The utilization of the rotating target as a source of fast neutrons for cancer therapy is discussed. *Trade name of Sealol Corporation for a teflon-glass composition.
doi:10.1109/tns.1973.4326939 fatcat:u54d7f7yxfgdjkd5boedwo54eu