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Title: Linear accelerator for radioisotope production

A 200- to 500-..mu..A source of 70- to 90-MeV protons would be a valuable asset to the nuclear medicine program. A linear accelerator (linac) can achieve this performance, and it can be extended to even higher energies and currents. Variable energy and current options are available. A 70-MeV linac is described, based on recent innovations in linear accelerator technology; it would be 27.3 m long and cost approx. $6 million. By operating the radio-frequency (rf) power system at a level necessary to produce a 500-..mu..A beam current, the cost of power deposited in the radioisotope-production target is comparable with existing cyclotrons. If the rf-power system is operated at full power, the same accelerator is capable of producing an 1140-..mu..A beam, and the cost per beam watt on the target is less than half that of comparable cyclotrons.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5220459
Report Number(s):
LA-9144-MS
ON: DE82009551; TRN: 82-013759
DOE Contract Number:
W-7405-ENG-36
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab., NM (USA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
43 PARTICLE ACCELERATORS; 38 RADIATION CHEMISTRY, RADIOCHEMISTRY, AND NUCLEAR CHEMISTRY; LINEAR ACCELERATORS; ECONOMIC ANALYSIS; USES; RADIOISOTOPES; PRODUCTION; MEV RANGE 10-100; MICRO AMP BEAM CURRENTS; MILLI AMP BEAM CURRENTS; PROTON BEAMS; ACCELERATORS; BEAM CURRENTS; BEAMS; CURRENTS; ECONOMICS; ENERGY RANGE; ISOTOPES; MEV RANGE; NUCLEON BEAMS; PARTICLE BEAMS 430303* -- Particle Accelerators-- Experimental Facilities & Equipment; 400703 -- Radiochemistry & Nuclear Chemistry-- Radioisotope Production