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TY - UNPB AU - Winklehner, D. AU - Bromberg, L. AU - Minervini, J.V. AU - Radovinsky, A. ED - Conradie, Lowry ED - De Villiers, John Garrett ED - Schaa, Volker RW TI - Status of the Development of a Fully Iron-free Cyclotron for Proton Beam Radiotherapy Treatment J2 - Proc. of Cyclotrons2019, Cape Town, South Africa, 23-27 September 2019 CY - Cape Town, South Africa T2 - International Conference on Cyclotrons and their Applications T3 - 22 LA - english AB - Superconducting cyclotrons are increasingly employed for proton beam radiotherapy treatment. The use of superconductivity in a cyclotron design can reduce its mass by an order of magnitude and size by a factor of 3-4 over conventional resistive magnet technology, yielding significant reduction in overall cost of the device, the accelerator vault, and its infrastructure. In the presented work, we go a step further and remove the iron yoke, generating the magnetic field with a combination of superconducting coils only. Eliminating the iron yoke has two key benefits. First and foremost, the overall weight can be reduced by almost another order of magnitude. Secondly, eliminating all magnetic iron from the flux circuit results in a linear relationship between field and coil current, which allows smooth scaling of the magnetic field and thus the output energy, thereby removing the need for a degrader. Here we describe the status of the design of such an iron-free cyclotron, currently under development at the Plasma Science and Fusion Center at MIT, with coil and cryostat calculations as well as beam dynamics studies and treatment plan considerations pertaining to this type of cyclotron. PB - JACoW Publishing CP - Geneva, Switzerland ER -