Excitation functions of deuteron induced nuclear reactions on dysprosium targets for the production of the theranostic relevant isotopes of terbium
Department of Physics, University of Milan, via Celoria 16, I-20133, Milan, Italy
2 LASA, University of Milan and INFN-Milano, via F.lli Cervi 201, I-20090, Segrate, MI, Italy
3 Laboratoire Subatech, IN2P3-CNRS, IMT Atlantique, Nantes Université, 4 rue Alfred Kastler, 44307, Nantes, France
4 GIP Arronax, 1 rue Aronnax, 44817, Saint-Herblain, France
Accepted: 9 October 2022
Published online: 26 October 2022
The physical properties of Tb enable their use in both diagnostic and therapeutic applications in the field of nuclear medicine. For this reason the optimization of the production routes of these radionuclides is of widespread interest in research. In this work, the feasibility of the production of Tb and Tb via the nuclear reactions induced by deuterons on dysprosium target with natural isotopic abundances has been discussed. The cross sections of Dy(d,x) reactions have been studied in the 12.5–32 MeV energetic range with the stacked-foil technique and the corresponding Thick Target Yields have been obtained. The presence of terbium and dysprosium contaminants (Tb, Dy) has been evaluated too.
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