The physics of Cerenkov light production during proton therapy.

  title={The physics of Cerenkov light production during proton therapy.},
  author={Yusuf Helo and Andrzej Kacperek and Ivan Rosenberg and Gary J. Royle and A. P. Gibson},
  journal={Physics in medicine and biology},
  volume={59 23},
There is increasing interest in using Cerenkov emissions for quality assurance and in vivo dosimetry in photon and electron therapy. Here, we investigate the production of Cerenkov light during proton therapy and its potential applications in proton therapy. A primary proton beam does not have sufficient energy to generate Cerenkov emissions directly, but we have demonstrated two mechanisms by which such emissions may occur indirectly: (1) a fast component from fast electrons liberated by… CONTINUE READING
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