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Title: Los Alamos National Laboratory Support for Commercial U.S. Production of 99Mo without the Use of Highly Enriched Uranium

There is currently a serious shortage of 99Mo, from which to generate the medically significant isotope 99mTc. Most of the world's supply comes from the fission of highly enriched uranium targets--this is a proliferation concern. This document focuses on the technology involved in two alternative methods: electron accelerator production of 99Mo from the 100Mo(γ,n)99Mo reaction and production of 99Mo as a fission product in a subcritical, DT accelerator-driven low enriched uranium salt solution.
Authors:
 [1]
  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1240813
Report Number(s):
LA-UR--16-21406
TRN: US1600678
DOE Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25396
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
43 PARTICLE ACCELERATORS; 38 RADIATION CHEMISTRY, RADIOCHEMISTRY, AND NUCLEAR CHEMISTRY; MOLYBDENUM 99; TECHNETIUM 99; MOLYBDENUM 100 TARGET; PHOTONUCLEAR REACTIONS; GAMMA RADIATION; FISSION PRODUCTS; ELECTRON BEAMS; ACCELERATORS; RADIOISOTOPE GENERATORS; ISOTOPE PRODUCTION. SLIGHTLY ENRICHED URANIUM; NEUTRON REACTIONS; FISSION; TRITIUM TARGET; DEUTERON REACTIONS