Activation Cross Section Measurements of Deuteron Induced Reactions on natNi with Special Reference to Beam Monitoring and Production of 61Cu for Medical Purpose

S. Takács, A. Azzam, F. Tárkányi, M. Sonck, A. Hermanne

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-24
Number of pages10
JournalRadiochimica Acta
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1997



  • Beam monitoring
  • Cross section
  • Cu
  • Deuteron
  • Isotope production
  • Nickel

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  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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