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The production of no carrier added arsenic radioisotopes in nuclear reactors

Abstract

The comparative advantages and drawbacks of some reactor-produced arsenic radioisotopes having favourable characteristics for their use as tracers are discussed. The study comprises their preparation based on: (a) capture reactions on germanium; (b) threshold reactions on germanium, selenium and bromine; (c) secondary reactions on germanium, induced by recoil protons and tritons produced by the action of neutrons on lithium. The recommended options for the production of relatively short half-life radionuclides are 77As by capture on germanium or 76As via (n,α) reaction on bromine, while two different ways are applicable for the production of 74As, longer-lived radioisotope.

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Siri, S., Segovia, M.S. & Cohen, I.M. The production of no carrier added arsenic radioisotopes in nuclear reactors. J Radioanal Nucl Chem 319, 175–184 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10967-018-6278-2

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Keywords

  • Nuclear reactions
  • Nuclear reactors
  • Arsenic radioisotopes production
  • Arsenic tracers