Excitation functions for production of radioisotopes of niobium, zirconium and yttrium by irradiation of zirconium with deuterons

F. Tárkányi, A. Hermanne, S. Takács, F. Ditrói, A. I. Dityuk, Yu N. Shubin

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Excitation functions of deuteron-induced reactions on natural zirconium were re-measured up to 50 MeV for the natZr(d,x) 90,91m,92m,95,96Nb, natZr(d,x)88,89,95,97Zr and natZr(d,x)86,87,88Y reactions. A physically accurate activation method on stacks of natural zirconium foils was used. The results were critically compared with a detailed compilation of earlier reported experimental data and with theoretical calculations. In the overlapping energy regions mainly acceptable agreement was found or our data complete the database where contradictory or scarce data were available. The possible alternative uses in medically relevant radionuclide production as well as applications in thin layer activation and dosimetry are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-388
Number of pages16
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2004



  • Cross-sections
  • Cyclotron
  • Deuteron
  • Excitation function
  • Niobium
  • Yttrium
  • Zirconium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation

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