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Socio-Economics

Theoretical study of plasma expansion into a vacuum and of the acceleration of high energy ion

Cédric thaury

Nationality French

Year of selection 2008

Institution Ecole Polytechnique

Country France

Risk Socio-Economics

Post-Doctoral Fellowship

1 year

60000 €

Taking aim at tumors

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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