Year of selection 2008
Institution Ecole Polytechnique
Radiation therapy using X-rays to kill cancer cells has disadvantages, like the inability to penetrate very far into the body. Dr. Cédric Thaury is working on alternatives: beams of high-energy particles—electrons or protons—that are fired at a tumor to destroy the cancerous cells. He is developing new tools, based on laser-plasma interaction, to produce and control these beams for precise, effective treatment of tumors with fewer side effects. Developing less costly systems would also allow for greater use of these therapies.
Scientific title: Theoretical study of plasma expansion into a vacuum and of the acceleration of high energy ion beams during the interaction of a high intensity laser with a plasma
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