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New cross section measurements for the production of the Auger electron emitters 77Br and 80mBr

I. Spahn, G. F. Steyn, C. Vermeulen, Zoltán Kovács, Ferenc Szelecsényi, M. M. Shehata, S. Spellerberg, B. Scholten, Heinz H. Coenen and Syed M. Qaim
From the journal Radiochimica Acta


The two Auger electron emitting radionuclides of bromine, namely 77Br (T1/2=57.04 h) and 80mBr (T1/2=4.4 h), are promising candidates for internal radiotherapy. In this work, nuclear reaction cross sections were determined for their production using enriched Se targets. Thin Se samples were irradiated with incident protons of energies up to 85 MeV and the induced radioactivity was measured via non-destructive γ-ray spectroscopy, allowing the determination and extension of the excitation functions of the four reactions 77,78,80Se(pxn) 77Br and 80Se(pn)80mBr. The possible thick target yields were calculated and the different production routes discussed, especially with regard to the yield and the radionuclidic purity of the produced radionuclides.

* Correspondence address: Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Institut Neurowissenschaften und Medizin, INM-5: Nuklearchemie, 52425 Jülich, Deutschland,

Published Online: 2010-11-26
Published in Print: 2010-12

© by Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag, Jülich, Germany

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