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Timepix – A Proton Sensor –  December 2017

Photo: Thorsten Naeser

Timepix – A Proton Sensor – December 2017


Laser-generated proton beams could reduce the cost of the proton accelerators used in cancer therapy and make such treatments available to far more patients. Prof. Katia Parodi (Chair of Medical Physics at LMU) is actively pursuing this goal. Matthias Würl, a PhD student in her team, is developing a new method for monitoring proton beams, based on a so-called hybrid pixel detector that goes by the name ‘Timepix’. This instrument can precisely characterize the laser-generated proton beams produced in the LION experiments at the Centre for Advanced Laser Applications (CALA), which is a precondition for their future use in clinical settings.

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