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Tooru Kobayashi, Yoshinori Sakurai, Keiji Kanda, Yoshiaki Fujita, Koji Ono
Nuclear Technology / Volume 131 / Number 3 / Pages 354-378
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The Heavy Water Thermal Neutron Facility of the Kyoto University Research Reactor (KUR) was wholly updated in March 1996 mainly for neutron capture therapy. The performance as a neutron irradiation facility was improved using the epithermal neutron moderator of the aluminum-heavy water mixture (Al/D2O = 80/20 vol%), the neutron energy spectrum shifter of heavy water, and the thermal neutron filters of cadmium and boral plates. The clinical irradiation utilization under the full-power (5-MW) continuous KUR operation was realized employing both the radiation shielding system, consisting of the shielding door and irradiation room, and the remote carrying system for a patient. The safety and utility of the facility were improved due to the safety observation system.
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