Journal of Fusion Energy

, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 165–167 | Cite as

Plasma Focus Device as a Breeder of 14.66 MeV Protons to Produce Short-Lived Radioisotopes

  • A. Asle-Zaeem
  • S. M. Sadat kiai
  • M. Sedaghatizadeh
  • A. Talaei
Original Paper


In plasma focus devices filled deuterium gas with low pressure admixture gas, 3He, the deuterium creates high energy protons of 14.66 MeV through the 3He(d, p) 4He(Q = 18.35 MeV) fusion reaction. This reaction takes place due to the thermal and non-thermal (beam-target) mechanisms. The proton yield production for deuterium filling gas is determined by using the beam-target character of the pinched plasma and moving boiler model. If we use a low pressure admixture gas like 11B, these high energy protons in turn, could generate short-lived radioisotopes like 11C (used in positron emission tomography) via the 11B(p, n)11C reaction. Calculations indicate the influence of drive parameter to the final yield for a Mather type device.


Mather type plasma focus device Thermal and non-thermal mechanisms High energy protons Moving boiler model Short-lived radioisotopes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Asle-Zaeem
    • 1
  • S. M. Sadat kiai
    • 2
  • M. Sedaghatizadeh
    • 1
  • A. Talaei
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsKhaje Nasir University of Technology (K.N. Toosi)TehranIran
  2. 2.Nuclear Science Research SchoolNuclear Science & Technology Research Institute (N.S.T.R), A.E.O.ITehranIran

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