A fast, atmospheric-like, neutron spectrum instrument for the accelerated testing of microelectronics though investigation of Single Event Effects. The instrument can also be used for medical neutron radio therapy such as treatment of adenoid cystic carcinoma and hypoxic tumours; shallow tumour lesions such as ear, nose and throat; lymph node, skin and chest wall metastases from breast cancer.
BCT: Boron capture therapy
Boron neutron capture therapy is being studied as a treatment for glioblastoma multiforme and recurrent head and neck cancer. The instrument utilises a hot spectrum neutron beam where the neutrons are captured by 10B isotopes that has been injected into the blood stream and collected in the tumour cells. The resulting decay reaction yields high-energy alpha particles that kill the cancer cells.
By providing a beam port from the spent fuel pool, gamma-rays originating from the decay of fission products can be made available for research. Primarily this facility could be used to measure fuel burnup and cooling time, however other uses such as gamma radiography and gamma diffraction is also foreseen.