We have for the first time studied the radionuclide purity of the therapeutic isotope 67Cu produced by the 68Zn(n, x)67Cu reaction. The neutrons were obtained by the natC(d ,n) reaction using 40 MeV deuterons. We measured the γ-ray spectra of the reaction products produced by bombarding an enriched 68ZnO sample with the neutrons with a highpurity Ge detector. We found that the relative production yields of the impurity radionuclides 64Cu, 65Zn, and 69mZn to 67Cu are extremely low. The result indicates that the 68Zn(n, x)67Cu reaction is the most promising among those proposed routes until now for producing high-quality 67Cu, and could solve a longstanding problem of establishing an appropriate production method for 67Cu.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)