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Photonuclear Technology for Isotope Production


The novel soft technology for production of isotope Mo-99/Tc-99m, Cu-67, Sc-47, Co-57, W-181, Pt-195m and oth. with the use of high-energy bremsstrahlung of the electron accelerator has been developed.

Innovative Aspect and Main Advantages

For the first time the data on photonuclear yield of desired isotopes and impurities in technological target from natural materials of large mass (up to 100 g) are obtained. The technology is based on the use of reliable electron accelerator having the cost and operational expenses substantially lower than the ones of heavy-particle accelerators of same energy and beam intensity. In contrast to reactor technology, the proposed method is free of enriched uranium utilization. The photon reactions produce considerably less “hot” impurities mainly short-lived .

Areas of Application

Production of isotopes chiefly for nuclear medicine.

Fig. 1 Eectron accelerator LU-40m with energy up to 100 MeV

Fig. 2 γ–spectrum of high-purity W-181 source
produced under photonuclear technology

Stage of Development

Study of photonuclear yield of isotopes has been conducted, new technique for computer simulation and optimization of production process developed and verified by experiments. The equipment for high-energy and high-intensity gammas generation and diagnostics as well as experimental target stations designed. The prototypes of Mo-99/Tc-99m, Cu-67, W-181, Pt-195m and other radionuclide sources have been produced.

Contact Details

National Science Center “Kharkov Institute of Physics and Technology”
Uvarov Vyacheslav – “Accelerator” Sc&R Est., NSC KIPT
Tel/fax: +38(057)3351444
E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
1, Akademicheskaya Str., Kharkov 61108, Ukraine.

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