STUDY ON IONIZATION EFFECTS PRODUCED BY NEUTRON INTERACTION PRODUCTS IN BNCT FIELD*

Document Type: Regular Paper

Authors

1 Physics Department, Shiraz University, Shiraz 71454, I. R. of Iran

2 Physics Department, Payam Nour University, Fariman 93914, I. R. of Iran

Abstract

The ionization effects of charged particles produced in neutron interactions for Boron Neutron
Capture Therapy are considered here using SRIM Monte Carlo Code. The estimated values of these effects in
a Plexiglas acrylic phantom are shown to agree well with the available experimental values in high Boron
concentration areas. As expected, the ionization effects from lithium and alpha particles are significant.
However in the low Boron areas, proton ionization makes an important contribution and their effect on
healthy tissue should not be ignored.

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