Activation cross-section measurement of deuteron induced reactions on cerium for biomedical applications and for development of reaction theory

F. Tárkányi, S. Takács, F. Ditrói, J. Csikai, A. Hermanne, A. V. Ignatyuk

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In the frame of a systematic study of deuteron induced nuclear reactions on lanthanides we have measured the excitation functions on natural cerium for production of 142,139,138m,137Pr, 143,141,139,137m,137,135Ce and 140La up to 50 MeV deuteron energy using the activation method with stacked-foil irradiation technique and high-resolution γ-ray spectrometry. The cross-sections of the investigated reactions were calculated using the modified pre-compound model codes ALICE-IPPE-D and EMPIRE-II-D. A comparison was made also with the data retrieved from the TENDL-2012 library, based on the latest version of the TALYS code system. The measured cross-section data are important for further improvement of nuclear reaction models and for practical applications in nuclear medicine and other labeling and activation studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-32
Number of pages11
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Publication statusPublished - Sep 23 2013



  • Cerium target
  • Deuteron irradiation
  • Pr, Ce and La radioisotopes
  • Theoretical model codes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation

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