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New production routes for medical isotopes $$^{64}$$Cu and $$^{67}$$Cu using accelerator neutrons

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

We have measured the activation cross sections producing $$^{64}$$Cu and $$^{67}$$Cu, promising medical radioisotopes for molecular imaging and radioimmunotherapy, by bombarding a natural zinc sample with 14 MeV neutrons. We estimated the production yields of $$^{64}$$Cu and $$^{67}$$Cu by fast neutrons from $$^{nat}$$C(d,n) with 40 MeV 5 mA deuterons. The calculated $$^{64}$$Cu yield is 1.8 TBq (175 g $$^{64}$$Zn) for 12 h of irradiation; the yields of $$^{67}$$Cu by $$^{67}$$Zn(n,p)$$^{67}$$Cu and $$^{68}$$Zn(n,x)$$^{67}$$Cu were 249 GBq (184 g $$^{67}$$Zn) and 287 GBq (186 g $$^{68}$$Zn) at the end of 2 days of irradiation, respectively. From the results, we proposed a new route to produce $$^{67}$$Cu with very little radionuclide impurity via the $$^{68}$$Zn(n,x)$$^{67}$$Cu reaction, and showed the $$^{64}$$Zn(n,p)$$^{64}$$Cu reaction to be a promising route to produce $$^{64}$$Cu.

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