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Production of 13N Via Inertial Electrostatic Confinement Fusion

J. W. Weidner, G. L. Kulcinski, J. F. Santarius, R. P. Ashley, G. Piefer, B. Cipiti, R. Radel, S. Krupakar Murali

Fusion Science and Technology / Volume 44 / Number 2 / September 2003 / Pages 539-543

Technical Paper / Fusion Energy - Nonelectric Applications

This paper describes a proof of principle experiment to produce 13N using an inertial electrostatic confinement (IEC) fusion device. This radioisotope is often used in positron emission tomography scans to image the heart. The 10-minute half-life of 13N limits its use to those areas and clinics that possess an accelerator. A portable IEC device could be brought to remote locations, however, and produce short-lived PET isotopes on-site. Using the 14.7 MeV protons produced from the D-3He fuel cycle, the University of Wisconsin IEC device was used to produce approximately 4 - 8 Bq of 13N during two separate experiments.

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