Jun 13 – 19, 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

Jun 16, 2015, 5:00 PM
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)


Mr R. A. Behbahani (University of Saskatchewan)


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)


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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