Study of excitation functions of alpha-particle induced nuclear reactions on holmium for 167Tm production

F. Tárkányi, A. Hermanne, B. Király, S. Takács, A. V. Ignatyuk

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167Tm is a candidate radioisotope for both nuclear medicine diagnostics and therapy due to its emitted Auger-electrons, low energy X- and gamma-rays. In the frame of a systematic study of excitation functions for production of medically relevant radioisotopes by charged particle induced reactions on rare earths, the 165Ho(α,2n)167Tm reaction and the 165Ho(α,n)168Tm, 165Ho(α,3n)166Tm, 165Ho(α,4n)165Tm side reactions were measured up to 40 MeV by the stacked foil irradiation technique and gamma-ray spectroscopy. The measured results were compared to the ALICE-IPPE and EMPIRE-II theoretical curves. Thick target yields, impurity levels and specific activities were deduced and compared with the same parameters for other charged particle production routes of 167Tm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)404-411
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Radiation and Isotopes
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2010



  • Alpha-particle irradiation
  • Cross section
  • Excitation function
  • Ho target
  • Tm product

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation

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