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The improvement of the output performance of a low-energy medical standing-wave accelerator.

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Journal publication date03/1995
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Journal number2-3
Volume356
Number of pages6
Pages552-557
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

An important objective in the operation of low energy medical standing wave linear accelerators for medical X-ray use, is to limit the spread of energies into the low energy region in order to reduce skin dose to a minimum. This article suggests how this might be achieved by adjustment of the timing of the electron beam pulse relative to the rf power pulse. A theoretical model of a tube based on equivalent circuits is examined to support this proposal. In addition, parameters which affect the dose rate are optimized, in particular the beam loading, and the coupling constant between the accelerator tube and the rf power source.