Exotic Radionuclides – What are they good for?

Authors

  • Dorothea Schumann Paul Scherrer Institut Villigen, Forschungsstrasse 111, CH-5232 Villigen, Switzerland;, Email: dorothea.schumann@psi.ch
  • Emilio Maugeri Paul Scherrer Institut Villigen, Forschungsstrasse 111, CH-5232 Villigen, Switzerland
  • Rugard Dressler Paul Scherrer Institut Villigen, Forschungsstrasse 111, CH-5232 Villigen, Switzerland

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.2533/chimia.2020.932

Keywords:

Geoscience, Isotope production, Nuclear astrophysics, Nuclear data, Radiochemical separation

Abstract

Accelerator waste contains a number of rare isotopes that are urgently needed in various fields of scientific research. Activated components from the surroundings of high-power accelerators like the HIPA cyclotron at PSI are valuable sources for such 'isotope mining' . While the isotope production itself is practically 'for free' , because the irradiation takes place anyway, the challenge is the chemical extraction of the required isotopes from the activated matrix material. The article presents an overview on the attempts and achievements of more than 15 years research and development in the research group 'Isotope and Target Chemistry' at PSI and presents some of the highlights in scientific applications.

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Published

2020-12-23

How to Cite

[1]
D. Schumann, E. Maugeri, R. Dressler, Chimia 2020, 74, 932, DOI: 10.2533/chimia.2020.932.