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A feasibility study of the Iranian Sun mather type plasma focus source for neutron capture therapy using MCNP X2.6, Geant4 and FLUKA codes

  • Nanbedeh, M. (Department of Physics, Sanandaj Branch, Islamic Azad University) ;
  • Sadat-Kiai, S.M. (Plasma and Nuclear Fusion Research School, Nuclear Science and Technology Research Institute (NSTRI)) ;
  • Aghamohamadi, A. (Department of Physics, Sanandaj Branch, Islamic Azad University) ;
  • Hassanzadeh, M. (Reactor and Nuclear Safety Research School, Nuclear Science and Technology Research Institute (NSTRI))
  • Received : 2019.02.01
  • Accepted : 2019.10.22
  • Published : 2020.05.25

Abstract

The purpose of the current study was to evaluate a spectrum formulation set employed to modify the neutron spectrum of D-D fusion neutrons in a IS plasma focus device using GEANT4, MCNPX2.6, and FLUKA codes. The set consists of a moderator, reflector, collimator and filters of fast neutron and gamma radiation, which placed on the path of 2.45 MeV neutron energy. The treated neutrons eliminate cancerous tissue with minimal damage to other healthy tissue in a method called neutron therapy. The system optimized for a total neutron yield of 109 (n/s). The numerical results indicate that the GEANT4 code for the cubic geometry in the Beam Shaping Assembly 3 (BSA3) is the best choice for the energy of epithermal neutrons.

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