Laser-driven radioisotopes production at SCAPA for medical and industrial application

G Battaglia, E Brunetti, M M R Chishti, G Lorusso, D O'Donnell, M Scheck, S M Wiggins, D A Jaroszynski

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Abstract

Isotopes for nuclear medicine are scarce and expensive. Researchers worldwide are exploring new production methods to avoid the dependence on nuclear reactors as sources to satisfy future isotope demands. Photo-nuclear reactions have hitherto been used as a tool for studying the nuclear structure. Laser wakefield accelerators (LWFAs) are very compact accelerators capable of producing high energy electron beams. In this paper we investigate the possibility of using LWFAs to produce 225Ac via photo-spallation reactions.
Original languageEnglish
Article number012200
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Volume1643
Early online date2 Aug 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Dec 2020

Keywords

  • isotopes
  • nuclear medicine
  • production
  • photo-nuclear reactions
  • laser wakefield accelerator (LWFA)
  • photo-spallation reactions

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