Johanna Pitters

 

Johanna Pitters: ESR-3

Institution: CERN

Nationality: Austrian

johanna.pitters@cern.ch

Working field: Charge breeding of light ions for cancer treatment – possibilities and limitations

In hadron therapy mostly protons and 12C are used for irradiation treatment. Other light ions, especially the PET candidate 11C, are being considered as treatment ions owing to their excellent characteristics for imaging. The overall goal of this research project is to explore the possibilities and limits of using a charge breeder system connected to an ISOL production stage as a preparation tool for radioactive treatment beams. The centrepiece of the charge breeder system is an Electron Beam Ion Source (EBIS). Inside the device a high intensity electron beam is used to increase the charge state of the treatment ions from 1+ to 6+ (for carbon) by electron impact ionization.

 

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