99Mo yield using large sample mass of MoO3 for sustainable production of 99Mo

Kazuaki Tsukada, Yasuki Nagai, Kazuyuki Hashimoto, Masako Kawabata, Futoshi Minato, Hideya Saeki, Shoji Motoishi, Masatoshi Itoh

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A neutron source from the C(d,n) reaction has the unique capability of producing medical radioisotopes such as 99Mo with a minimum level of radioactive waste. Precise data on the neutron flux are crucial to determine the best conditions for obtaining the maximum yield of 99Mo. The measured yield of 99Mo produced by the 100Mo(n,2n)99Mo reaction from a large sample mass of MoO3 agrees well with the numerical result estimated with the latest neutron data, which are a factor of two larger than the other existing data. This result establishes an important finding for the domestic production of 99Mo: approximately 50% of the demand for 99Mo in Japan could be met using a 100 g 100MoO3 sample mass with a single accelerator of 40 MeV, 2 mA deuteron beams.

Original languageEnglish
Article number043201
Journaljournal of the physical society of japan
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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