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Isotope production for medical usage using fast neutron reactions

Hatsukawa, Yuichi; Nagai, Yasuki; Kin, Tadahiro; Segawa, Mariko; Harada, Hideo  ; Iwamoto, Osamu; Iwamoto, Nobuyuki ; Ochiai, Kentaro; Takakura, Kosuke; Konno, Chikara; Hashimoto, Masashi

Authors proposed a new route to produce $$^{99}$$Mo by the $$^{100}$$Mo($$n$$,2$$n$$)$$^{99}$$Mo reaction, which has some characteristic features. Such as the reaction cross section is large, about 1.5 barn at 12 $$<$$ $$E$$$$_{rm n}$$ $$<$$ 17 MeV, which is 10 times larger than the thermal-neutron capture cross section of $$^{98}$$Mo. Second, the cross sections of the ($$n$$,$$alpha$$), ($$n$$,$$np$$), and ($$n$$,$$p$$) reactions are less than a few mb at $$E$$$$_{rm n}$$ = 14 MeV. Third, a large amount of $$^{100}$$Mo target materials can be used, compared to that for proton beam irradiation on $$^{100}$$Mo. Fourth, intense neutrons with energy of 12-17 MeV are already available. In the present work we have measured all $$gamma$$-rays emitted from activities produced by bombarding a natural Mo target with neutrons from the D($$^3$$H,$$n$$)$$^4$$He reaction at Fusion Neutronics Source Facility (FNS) at Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) to study characteristic features mentioned above more in detail. The neutron flux was about 10$$^{12}$$n/cm$$^2$$s. The experimental results at FNS will be discussed in the conference.

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