Development of the LHCb VELO Detector Modules into a Standalone, Non-Invasive Online Beam Monitor for Medical Accelerators



Schnuerer, Roland, Yap, Jacinta ORCID: 0000-0002-2319-3728, Zhang, Hao ORCID: 0000-0002-4299-7609, Cybulski, Tomasz, Smith, Tony ORCID: 0000-0002-3638-809X, Haefeli, Guido, Girard, Olivier, Szumlak, Tomasz and Welsch, Carsten ORCID: 0000-0001-7085-0973
(2018) Development of the LHCb VELO Detector Modules into a Standalone, Non-Invasive Online Beam Monitor for Medical Accelerators. Instruments, 3 (1). 1 - 1.

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Abstract

<jats:p>Knowledge of the beam properties in proton therapy through beam monitoring is essential, ensuring an effective dose delivery to the patient. In clinical practice, currently used interceptive ionisation chambers require daily calibration and suffer from a slow response time. A new non-invasive method for dose online monitoring is under development based on the silicon multi-strip sensor LHCb VELO (VErtex LOcator), originally used for the LHCb experiment at CERN. The proposed method relies on proton beam halo measurements. Several changes in the system setup were necessary to operate the VELO module as a standalone system outside of the LHC environment and are described in this paper. A new cooling, venting and positioning system was designed. Several hardware and software changes realised a synchronised readout with a locally constructed Faraday Cup and the RF frequency of a medical cyclotron with quasi-online monitoring. The adapted VELO module will be integrated at the 60 MeV proton therapy beamline at the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre (CCC), UK and the capability as a beam monitor will be assessed by measuring the beam current and by monitoring the beam profile along the beamline in spring 2019.</jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2019 16:12
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2022 07:31
DOI: 10.3390/instruments3010001
Open Access URL: https://doi.org/10.3390/instruments3010001
URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3064824