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Accelerators for Research and Sustainable Development: novel concepts and technical innovation

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Tens of thousands of accelerators around the world help create radiopharmaceuticals, treat cancer, preserve food, monitor the environment, strengthen materials, understand fundamental physics, study the past, and even disclose crimes. The far-reaching capabilities of accelerator technology contribute in particular to the overall progress towards sustainable development. The present collection investigates the current developments in emerging accelerator technologies specifically relevant to these aims.

Lead Guest editor:

Sotirios CHARISOPOULOS, International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna International Centre    
S.Charisopoulos@iaea.org

Guest editors:

Danas RIDIKAS, International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna International Centre
D.Ridikas@iaea.org

Valeriia STAROVOITOVA, International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna International Centre
V.Starovoitova@iaea.org

Celina HORAK, International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna International Centre
C.Horak@iaea.org

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  1. Recently, progress in technology for accelerator-based neutron sources has increased attention regarding boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT). BNCT is a type of radiotherapy that combines neutrons and boron dr...

    Authors: Hiroaki Kumada, Takeji Sakae and Hideyuki Sakurai
    Citation: EPJ Techniques and Instrumentation 2023 10:18
  2. The interest in compact, cost-effective, and versatile accelerators is increasing for many applications of great societal relevance, ranging from nuclear medicine to agriculture, pollution control, and cultura...

    Authors: Alessandro Maffini, Francesco Mirani, Marta Galbiati, Kevin Ambrogioni, Francesco Gatti, Maria Sole Galli De Magistris, Davide Vavassori, Davide Orecchia, David Dellasega, Valeria Russo, Margherita Zavelani-Rossi and Matteo Passoni
    Citation: EPJ Techniques and Instrumentation 2023 10:15
  3. The Applied Nuclear Physics Group at Lund University has constructed a CANS (Compact Accelerator-driven Neutron Source). The CANS is based around a 3 MV, single-ended, Pelletron accelerator, which is used to i...

    Authors: R. J. W. Frost, M. Elfman, K. Fissum, P. Kristiansson, N. Mauritzson, J. Pallon, G. Pédehontaa-Hiaa, H. Perrey, K. E. Stenström and A. Sjöland
    Citation: EPJ Techniques and Instrumentation 2023 10:14
  4. During the second long shutdown period of the CERN accelerator complex (LS2, 2019-2021), several upgrade activities took place at the n_TOF facility. The most important have been the replacement of the spallat...

    Authors: N. Patronis, A. Mengoni, S. Goula, O. Aberle, V. Alcayne, S. Altieri, S. Amaducci, J. Andrzejewski, V. Babiano-Suarez, M. Bacak, J. Balibrea Correa, C. Beltrami, S. Bennett, A. P. Bernardes, E. Berthoumieux, R. Beyer…
    Citation: EPJ Techniques and Instrumentation 2023 10:13
  5. Proton therapy systems produce large fluxes of energetic secondary particles when tailoring the beam energy and transverse profile to the specificities of each irradiation plan. A Low Activation Concrete (LAC)...

    Authors: E. Ramoisiaux, C. Hernalsteens, R. Tesse, E. Gnacadja, N. Pauly and F. Stichelbaut
    Citation: EPJ Techniques and Instrumentation 2023 10:9
  6. The feasibility of using an external beam microprobe facility to explore the biological effects generated by proton irradiation in cultured cells is demonstrated. An in-air irradiation set-up was developed tha...

    Authors: Teresa Pinheiro, Luís C. Alves, Victoria Corregidor, Francesc Teixidor, Clara Viñas and Fernanda Marques
    Citation: EPJ Techniques and Instrumentation 2023 10:5
  7. A brief overview of ion beam analysis methods and procedures in studies of materials exposed to fusion plasmas in controlled fusion devices with magnetic confinement is presented. The role of accelerator techn...

    Authors: Marek Rubel, Daniel Primetzhofer, Per Petersson, Sotirios Charisopoulos and Anna Widdowson
    Citation: EPJ Techniques and Instrumentation 2023 10:3
  8. The existing and future accelerator facilities at GSI and FAIR offer unique opportunities for interdisciplinary research, especially for material science and nanotechnology. On their way through polymers, swif...

    Authors: M. F. P. Wagner, K.-O. Voss, C. Trautmann and M. E. Toimil-Molares
    Citation: EPJ Techniques and Instrumentation 2023 10:2
  9. New modes of production and supply of short-lived radioisotopes using accelerators are becoming attractive alternatives to the use of nuclear reactors. In this study, the use of a compact accelerator neutron s...

    Authors: Erik V. Johnstone, Natalia Mayordomo and Edward J. Mausolf
    Citation: EPJ Techniques and Instrumentation 2023 10:1