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Compact proton therapy for fight against cancer
Date:6/10/2014

a laser accelerator, there are yet many obstacles to be overcome before this kind of a facility can become a reality. As such, the various pulsed magnets have to first be developed and tested. Also, at this time, the laser-accelerated protons' energies are falling short of targeting deeper-lying tumors within the patient's body. Which is why the HZDR's own laser DRACO is currently undergoing an upgrade and is also getting a new big sister, PENELOPE, which, at a performance of 1 petawatt will take its place among the World's most powerful lasers. Professor Ulrich Schramm, head of the HZDR laser-particle acceleration group, is quite certain that "following some five years of intense research using DRACO we're thinking we will at last be able to realize the necessary parameters for patient radiation therapy."


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Contact: Christine Bohnet
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Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf
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