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    The irradiation of a thorium target by light charged particles (protons and deuterons) leads to the production of several isotopes of medical interest. Direct nuclear reaction allows the production of Protactinium-230 which decays to Uranium-230 the mother nucleus of Thorium-226, a promising isotope for alpha radionuclide therapy. The fission of Thorium-232 produces fragments of interest like Molybdenum-99, Iodine-131 and Cadmium-115g. We focus our study on the production of these isotopes, performing new cross section measurements and calculating production yields. Our new sets of data are compared with the literature and the last version of the TALYS code.


    C Duchemin, A Guertin, F Haddad, N Michel, V Métivier. Production of medical isotopes from a thorium target irradiated by light charged particles up to 70 MeV. Physics in medicine and biology. 2015 Feb 7;60(3):931-46

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