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Radiobiology with laser-accelerated quasi-monoenergetic proton beams

Yogo, Akifumi; Maeda, Takuya*; Hori, Toshihiko*; Sakaki, Hironao; Ogura, Koichi; Nishiuchi, Mamiko; Sagisaka, Akito; Bolton, P.; Murakami, Masao*; Kawanishi, Shunichi*; Kondo, Kiminori

Human cancer cells are irradiated by laser-driven quasi-monoenergetic protons. Laser pulse intensities at the $$5times 10^{19}$$ W/cm$$^2$$ level provide the source and acceleration field for protons that are subsequently transported by four energy-selective dipole magnets. The transport line delivers 2.25 MeV protons with an energy spread of 0.66 MeV and a bunch duration of 20 ns. The survival fraction of in-vitro cells from a human salivary gland tumor is measured with a colony formation assay following proton irradiation at dose levels up to 8 Gy, for which the single bunch does rate is $$1 times 10^7$$ Gy/s and the effective dose rate is 0.2 Gy/s for 1-Hz repetition of irradiation. Relative biological effectiveness at the 10% survival fraction is measured to be $$1.20 pm 0.11$$ using protons with a linear energy transfer of $$17.1 pm 2.8$$ keV/$$mu$$m.



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