Conférence POPRA 4 : Towards Laser Driven Hadron Cancer Therapy, a review of progress

Vendredi 20 mai 2016 à 11h


Salle Christian Harel, Laboratoire CELIA, Domaine du Haut Carré

43 rue Pierre Noailles, 33405 Talence cedex

Towards Laser Driven Hadron Cancer Therapy

A Review of Progress

It has been known for about sixty years that proton and heavy ion therapy is a very powerful radiation procedure for treating tumours. It has an innate ability to irradiate tumours with greater doses and spatial selectivity compared with electron and photon therapy and hence is a tissue sparing procedure.

For more than twenty years powerful lasers have generated high energy beams of protons and heavy ions and hence it has been frequently speculated that lasers could be used as an alternative to RF accelerators to produce the particle beams necessary for cancer therapy.

The present talk discusses the progress made towards laser driven hadron cancer therapy and what has still to be accomplished to realize its inherent enormous potential. In addition the use of lasers for cancer diagnostics will also be discussed.


Par le Professeur Kenneth Ledingham, titulaire de la Sir William Penney Chair of Laser Nuclear Physics de l’université Strathclyde à Glasgow.


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