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Neutron Sources in the Varian Clinac 2100~2300C Medical Accelerator Calculated by the EGS4 Code

By X. S. Mao, K. R. Kase, J. C. Liu and W. R. Nelson


Abstract-The photoneutron yields produced indifferent components of the medical accelerator heads evaluated in these studies (24-MV Clinac 2500 and a Clinac 2100C/2300C runfing in the 1O-MV, 15-MV, 18-MV and 20-MV modes) were calculated by the EGS4 Monte Carlo code using a modified version of the Combinatorial Geometry of MORSE-CG. Actual component dimensions and materials (i.e., targets, collimators, flattening filters, jaws and shielding for specific accelerator heads) were used in the geometric simulations. Calculated relative neutron yields in different components of a 24-MV Clinac 2500 were compared with the published measured data, and were found to agree to within HOYO. Total neutron yields produced in the Clinac 2100/2300, as a function of primary electron energy and field size, are presented. A simplified Clinac 2100/2300C geometry is presented to calculate neutron yields, which were compared with those calculated by using the fully-described geometry. (Submitted to the Health Physics Society

Year: 1996
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