13-19 June 2015
University of Alberta
America/Edmonton timezone
Welcome to the 2015 CAP Congress! / Bienvenue au congrès de l'ACP 2015!

Dense Plasma Focus for Short-Lived Isotope Activation

16 Jun 2015, 17:00
15m
CCIS L2-190 (University of Alberta)

CCIS L2-190

University of Alberta

Oral (Student, In Competition) / Orale (Étudiant(e), inscrit à la compétition) Plasma Physics / Physique des plasmas (DPP) T3-10 Special session to honour Dr. Akira Hirose II (DPP) / Session spéciale en l'honneur du Dr Akira Hirose II (DPP)

Speaker

Mr R. A. Behbahani (University of Saskatchewan)

Description

Short-lived radioisotopes (SLRs) are used for medical applications including positron emission tomography (PET). The required activity for N-13for PET is about 4 GBq for a myocardial blood perfusion assessment. Dense plasma focus (DPF) has been considered as a low cost methods for producing SLRs as an alternative to conventional cyclotron facilities. A low energy dense plasma focus has been built and optimized at the University of Saskatchewan to study the feasibility of SLRs production, in particular N-13 using energetic deuteron ion beams produced in a dense plasma focus. X-ray detectors and a Faraday cup have been used to characterize the DPF properties, particularly the ion beam energy based on time-of-flight measurements. The preliminary results have shown generation of ions with energies up to 2 MeV, well exceeding the threshold energy for N-13 production (328 keV). Electrical signals have been used for circuit analyses in order to interpret the anomalous plasma resistance and plasma inductance during the pinch phase. Simulation of N-13 activation using deuteron beam has been carried out.

Primary author

Mr R. A. Behbahani (University of Saskatchewan)

Co-authors

Dr Akira Hirose (University of Saskatchewan) Chijin Xiao (Univ. of Saskatchewan) Dr Sean Wolfe (Plasmionique Inc.) Mr seanne Chung (University of Saskatchewan)

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