Target Production and Applications to Radionuclide Production
Dr. Matt Gott
Argonne National Laboratory
Target preparation and characterization are the critical first steps in the production of radionuclides. Target preparation is driven by a variety of factors. Many experiments use isotopically enriched target materials, which can be rare and expensive, necessitating high efficiency production techniques. The chemical and physical forms of the starting material and desired target often lead to one method being preferred over others.
Targets utilized for nuclear physics experiments tend to be ultra-thin foils to minimize energy deposition into the foil as well as enable decay particles and photons to readily escape for detection. This talk will provide a survey of the techniques used for production and characterization for the production of these type of targets as well as some recent experimental results at ATLAS.
This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Nuclear Physics, under Award No. DE-SC-0017208. This research used resources of Argonne’s ATLAS facility, which is a DOE Office of Science User Facility.
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