Laser-plasma generated very high energy electrons (VHEEs) in radiotherapy

K. Kokurewicz, G. H. Welsh, E. Brunetti, S. M. Wiggins, M. Boyd, A. Sorensen, A. Chalmers, G. Schettino, A. Subiel, C. DesRosiers, D. A. Jaroszynski

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As an alternative modality to conventional radiotherapy, electrons with energies above 50 MeV penetrate deeply into tissue, where the dose can be absorbed within a tumour volume with a relatively small penumbra. We investigate the physical properties of VHEEs and review the state-of-the-art in treatment planning and dosimetry. We discuss the advantages of using a laser wakefeld accelerator (LWFA) and present the characteristic features of the electron bunch produced by the LWFA and compare them with that from a conventional linear accelerator.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102390C
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of SPIE
Publication statusPublished - 16 May 2017


  • very high energy electrons (VHEEs)
  • radiotherapy
  • depth-dose distribution
  • laser wakefield acceleration
  • laser-plasma accelerator
  • dose rate
  • treatment time
  • multi-beam arrangement


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