Excitation functions for 55,56,57,58Co, 57Ni and 60,61Cu radionuclides formed in deuteron induced reactions on natNi have been measured from their respective thresholds to 20 MeV using the stacked-foil technique. The reactions were investigated as potentially useful for monitoring deuteron beams. Thick target yields of 61Cu were calculated from the measured excitation function of the 60Ni(d,n)61Cu-process. The relatively high yield of 61Cu (Ed = 11 → 4 MeV, 100 MBq (2.7 mCi)/μAh), the low level of impurities and the low price of the isotopically enriched 60Ni make the 60Ni(d,n)61Cu process a good alternative route for the production at small cyclotrons of the medically important β+-emitting 61Cu isotope.
- Beam monitoring
- Cross section
- Isotope production
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry