We conducted a feasibility study for producing a high-purity medical radioisotope 64Cu from natural zinc with accelerator-based neutrons. 64Cu isotopes were produced via the 64Zn(n,p) reaction. The accelerator-based neutrons were generated via the C(d,n) reaction using low-energy deuterons of 9 and 12 MeV on a 1-mm-thick carbon target. First, the production purity was estimated using the evaluated nuclear data library JENDL-4.0 and our previously measured thick target neutron yield. We found that even when natural zinc was used as the starting material, significantly high-purity 64Cu could be obtained. Next, irradiation experiments for producing 64Cu using natural zinc were conducted at Kyushu University Tandem Laboratory, with the amounts of 64Cu isotopes and other gamma-emission nuclides measured by a high-purity germanium detector. As a result, high-purity 64Cu isotopes of 1.11(49) × 100 and 3.70 (17) × 100 Bq/g/C were produced with incident deuteron energies of 9 and 12 MeV, respectively.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Nuclear Energy and Engineering