Preparation of thin gadolinium samples via electrodeposition for excitation function studies
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A preparation method for gadolinium targets with a thickness up to 4 mg/cm2 on aluminum supports from aqueous electrolytes was developed. These electrodeposited adhesive and mechanically stable natGd layers were used to measure excitation functions of Gd + p nuclear reactions relevant to the production of medically important 152Tb (PET) and 155Tb (SPECT) radioisotopes.
KeywordsGadolinium Electrodeposition Molecular plating Excitation function Terbium radioisotopes
The authors wish to thank the financial support by the Hungarian Research Foundation (Budapest, OTKA K108669). The authors would also like to thank G F Steyn for a fruitful discussion.