R. Baer, H. Eickhoff, T. Haberer
The HICAT project is a heavy ion accelerator for light ion cancer treatment to be built for the clinics in Heidelberg, Germany. It consists of a 7 MeV/u linac, a compact synchrotron and three treatment places, one of them equipped with a 360 degree gantry beam-line. The facility will implement the intensity controlled raster-scanning technique that was developed and successfully demonstrated at GSI with over 80 patients at present instead of using passive elements to match the dose distribution to the individual tumor geometry. In order to produce the beams with the characteristics requested by the treatment sequencer, the accelerator must operate on a pulse-to-pulse base with different settings. This concept imposes strict and challenging demands on the operation of the accelerators and hence the control system of the facility. The control system should be developed, installed and maintained by and under the complete responsibility of an industrial system provider, using a state-of-the-art system and wide-spread industrial components wherever possible. The presentation covers the status of the project and the requirements on the control system (slow controls, fast real-time controls, data handling, security issues).
Last updated: September 13, 2002
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