Application of Zn + p reactions for production of copper radioisotopes for medical studiesF. Szelecsényi1, G.F. Steyn2, K. Suzuki3, Z. Kovács1, T.N. van der Walt2, C. Vermeulen2, N.P. van der Meulen2, S.G. Dolley2 and K. Mukai3
1 Institute of Nuclear Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (ATOMKI), 4026, Bem tér 18/C, Debrecen, Hungary
2 iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator Based Sciences, Old Faure Road, P.O. Box 722, Somerset West 7129, South Africa
3 National Institute of Radiological Sciences, 4-9-1 Anagawa, Inage-ku, Chiba, 263-8555, Japan
Published online: 21 May 2008
The production possibility of four medically important copper radioisotopes via Zn + p reactions was studied up to 80 MeV. Based on experimentally evaluated excitation function curves of the 64Zn(p,x)61Cu, natZn(p,x)62Zn → 62Cu, 66Zn(p,2pn)64Cu, 68Zn(p,x)64Cu and 68Zn(p,2p)67Cu reactions, production energy windows are recommended for the 61Cu, 62Cu, 64Cu and 67Cu isotopes. The available yields for these radioisotopes as well as the predicted yields of the major radiocontaminants are also presented.
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