Topics for Academic Theses

 

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Based on the close collaboration between MedAustron and the Austrian universities and universities of applied sciences, there is the unique opportunity for students to perform their academic theses (MSc or BSc) at the particle accelerator of MedAustron. Currently, theses in the following topics are possible:

 

DOSIMETRY

Topics: dosimetry for protons and carbon ions, dosimetry for small field sizes, micro-dosimetry, linear energy transfer, thermoluminescent detectors, dose measurments with films, quality assurance, dose area product, radiation protection, dosimetry for X-rays, magnetic field effects

Contact: Peter Kuess (MedUni Wien) und Monika Puchalska (TU Wien)

 

APPLIED PARTICLE PHYSICS AND DETECTOR ENGINEERING

Topics: imaging using computed tomography with protons and ions, i.e. hardware oriented programming (FPGA, VHDL), particle tracking, energy measurement of ions using a calorimeter, image reconstruction using measured and simulated data, tests of semiconductor detectors

Contact: Albert Hirtl (TU Wien) and Thomas Bergauer (HEPHY)

 

IMAGE PROCESSING AND TREATMENT PLANNING IN ION BEAM THERAPY

Topics: (multi-parametric) magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, image processing with neural networks, image-guided radiation therapy, treatment planning for new particles and moving tumours, comparative treatment planning studies for protons and carbon ions

Contact: Peter Kuess (MedUni Wien) und Barbara Knäusl (MedUni Wien)

 

COMPUTER SIMULATIONS AND SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

Topcis: Monte Carlo simulations using Geant4, GATE, FLUKA, PHITS; dose calculation; fragmentation effects; detector modelling; modelling of the beam line; extension of the Monte Carlo framework; validation measurements; optimization of experimental set-ups

Contact: Albert Hirtl (TU Wien) und Hermann Fuchs (MedUni Wien)

 

PRE-CLINICAL RADIATION BIOLOGY

Topics: Irradiation of cells and spheroids and following experimental investigation of radiation-induced processes in various tumour models which requires cell culture experiments and the performance of immunological and molecular assays (e.g. immunohistochemistry, Western Blot, ELISA).

Contact: Sylvia Gruber (MedUni Wien)

 

PRE-CLINICAL IMAGING

Topics: Imaging Based on CT, SPECT and PET

Contact: Markus Zeilinger (Fachhochschule Wiener Neustadt)

 

 

Exemplary, some completed MSc-theses, which have been carried out at MedAustron, are listed in the following:

Andrea Balz: Surface proton dosimetry and its clinical application
Alexander Burker: The calculation of differential and double differential cross sections using GATE simulations
Niklas Reisz: Head scatter modeling of the ImagingRingTM System
Paul Semmelrock: Tumor motion trajectory estimation to compensate for monitoring latency when using real-time 2D/3D registration
Adrian Thummerer: Characterization and preparation of thermoluminescence dosimeters for surface and in vivo dose measurements
Felix Ulrich-Pur: Simulation and optimization of a proton computed tomography setup at MedAustron