Mar 21 – 27, 2009
Europe/Prague timezone

Experimental validation of the Geant4 ion-ion models for carbon beams interaction at the hadron-therapy energy range (0 - 400 AMeV)

Mar 24, 2009, 8:00 AM


Prague Congress Centre 5. května 65, 140 00 Prague 4, Czech Republic
Board: Tuesday 019
poster Event Processing Poster session


Dr Pablo Cirrone (INFN-LNS)


Geant4 is a Monte Carlo toolkit describing transport and interaction of particles with matter. Geant4 covers all particles and materials, and its geometry description allows for complex geometries. Initially focused on high energy applications, the use of Geant4 is growing also in different like radioprotection, dosimetry, space radiation and external radiotherapy with proton and carbon beams. External radiotherapy using ion beams presents many advantages, both in terms of dose distributions and in biological efficiencies, compared to either conventional electron or photon beams as well as compared to the proton therapy. Nevertheless, an efficient and proper use of ions for patient irradiation requires a very accurate understanding of the complex processes governing interactions of ions with matter for both electromagnetic and hadronic interactions. In particular, the accurate knowledge of secondary neutral and charged particles production is of fundamental importance as it is strictly related to the biological dose released in tissues. Dose released in an ion-therapy treatment cannot be, in fact, correctly evaluated without these information. Is it moreover demonstrated that a lack exists for both experimental data (in terms of accurate double differential production cross sections) and validated nucleus-nucleus models in the particles and energy ranges typical of hadron-therapy applications: light incident ions (up to Carbon) at energies between 0 and 400 AMeV. In this work we will report and discuss a set of specific validations we performed to the test some of the nucleus-nucleus models actually provided inside Geant4. Double differential production cross sections of neutron and charged particles from 12C beams on different thin targets, obtained using alternative Geant4 models, will be compared to existing published data and to new data acquired by our group in a dedicated experiment performed at INFN/LNS.

Primary author

Dr Pablo Cirrone (INFN-LNS)


Dr Clementina Agodi (INFN-LNS) Dr Cristina Morone (INFN and University of Rome 'Tor Vergata') Dr Dennis Wright (SLAC) Dr Elisa Rapisarda (INFN-LNS) Dr Folger Gunter (CERN) Dr Francesca Fiorini (INFN) Dr Francesca Gacoppo (INFN-LNS) Dr Francesco Romano (INFN-LNS and University of Catania) Dr Giacomo Cuttone (INFN-LNS) Prof. Giovanni Raciti (University of Catania and INFN) Prof. Jose Quesada Molina (University of Sevilla) Dr Koi Tatsumi (SLAC) Mr Marzio De Napoli (INFN-LNS) Dr Pietro Lojacono (INFN-LNS) Dr Sunanda Banerjee (FERMILAB) Dr Vladimir Ivanchenko (CERN, EMSU Lomonosov Moscow State University)

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