Project Description: 

As part of the Medical Applications Programme at CERN, a novel very compact radio-frequency quadrupole (RFQ) linear accelerator has been designed. Operating at a frequency of 750 MHz and having adapted beam optics, this RFQ can reach an energy of 5 MeV over a distance of 2 m. It is a suitable alternative to cyclotrons for use in medical applications, for example as an injector for higher energy linacs or as a standalone accelerator for radioisotope production.

First prototype is being manufactured. Beam tests scheduled for 2016.

Some projects using this technology: 
  • Towards the Next Generation Ion Therapy Facilities
    In 2018, CERN laid the foundations for a collaborative study to start in 2019, to tackle the design and the key components for a new generation of compact and cost-effective light-ion medical accelerators.
  • Bringing Portable Accelerators Into Museums
    A portable RFQ acclerator expects to open up for new possibilities in art studies.
  • A Miniature Linear Accelerator for Cancer Therapy
    During 2016, the construction of the 750 MHz Radio-Frequency Quadrupole (RFQ) was successfully completed.

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