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$$^{99}$$Mo yield using large sample mass of MoO$$_{3}$$ for sustainable production of $$^{99}$$Mo

$$^{99}$$Moの持続可能な生産を目指した多量の酸化モリブデン試料使用時の$$^{99}$$Moの収量

塚田 和明; 永井 泰樹*; 橋本 和幸*; 川端 方子*; 湊 太志; 佐伯 秀也*; 本石 章司*; 伊藤 正俊*

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

A neutron source from the C(d,n) reaction has a unique capability for producing medical radioisotopes like $$^{99}$$Mo with a minimum level of radioactive wastes. Precise data on the neutron flux are crucial to determine the best conditions for obtaining the maximum yield of $$^{99}$$Mo. The measured yield of $$^{99}$$Mo produced by the $$^{100}$$Mo(n,2n)$$^{99}$$Mo reaction from a large sample mass of MoO$$_{3}$$ agrees well with the numerical result estimated by the latest neutron data, which are a factor of 2 larger than the other existing data. This result provides an important conclusion towards the domestic production of $$^{99}$$Mo; about 50% of the MoO$$_{3}$$ sample mass with a single Mo in Japan would be met using a 100 g $$^{100}$$MoO$$_{3}$$ sample mass with a single accelerator of 40 MeV, 2 mA deuteron beams.

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