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DOI:10.18429/JACoW-IPAC2016-TUPOY020
Title Compact Accelerator Based Neutron Source for 99mTc Production
Authors
  • R. Seviour
    University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, United Kingdom
  • I.R. Bailey
    Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom
  • H.L. Owen
    UMAN, Manchester, United Kingdom
Abstract The radioisotope Technetium-99m (^{99m}Tc) is used in 85\% of all nuclear medicine procedures. ^{99m}Tc is produced from its precursor Molybdenum-99 (⁹⁹Mo), which until recently was produced in only five research reactors worldwide. Recently a number of accelerator-based methods have been proposed to fill this gap and to diversify this supply chain. In the paper we present our base compact (4 m) 10 mA 3.5 MeV accelerator design, to generate low-energy neutrons via fusion. In this design we increase neutron capture with a novel moderator assembly to shift the neutron spectrum into the epithermal resonance region of the ⁹⁸Mo capture cross-section to create ⁹⁹Mo. In this paper we examine Li(p, n) reactions for neutron production. Specifically focused on a numerical studies for an optimised target design capable of handling the heat load.
Funding The authors would like to thank STFC UK for their support of this work
Paper download TUPOY020.PDF [0.660 MB / 4 pages]
Conference IPAC2016, Busan, Korea
Series International Particle Accelerator Conference (7th)
Proceedings Link to full IPAC2016 Proccedings
Session Poster Session
Date 10-May-16   16:00–18:00
Main Classification 08 Applications of Accelerators
Sub Classification U01 Medical Applications
Keywords target, neutron, proton, rfq, cyclotron
Publisher JACoW, Geneva, Switzerland
Editors Volker RW Schaa (GSI, Darmstadt, Germany); Christine Petit-Jean-Genaz (CERN, Geneva, Switzerland); In Soo Ko (POSTECH, Pohang, Korea); Dong Eon Kim (PAL, Pohang, Korea); Kyung Sook Kim ((PAL, Pohang, Korea)
ISBN 978-3-95450-147-2
Published June 2016
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